Scribblefest 2019
Or should we say: SCRIPTfest 2019!

That's right, it's screenplay time!

We want you to write an episode script worthy of the show itself.

We plan to have the winning script read live, on stage, by an ensemble cast of voice actors from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!

Prizes
We're hoping to give one winning author the experience of a lifetime by having their script read live, on the Mane Stage of EFNW 2019 by our VIP guest voice actors. Prior to that, the winner will have their script read and have "notes given" by Nicole Dubuc, story editor and writer for the show itself. (Please note that this is not an "audition" or "application" for any script to become an actual episode and that Nicole will not be serving in any HASBRO capacity with her given commentary.) The winner will then work with our staff and Community Guest writers to implement any final changes and give a final polish to their script before the stage read.

Essentially, this may be as close a fandom writer can get to having their episode produced without actually getting hired onto the show.

Additionally, a printed copy of the script (as used at the table read) will be signed by all the guest actors/writers for the winner to keep.

Second and third place will also get printed copies of their scripts signed.

Rules
All entries must be new, original work by the submitting author.
All entries must be submitted and received by 11:59pm PST January 15th, 2019.
Scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
Scripts should be formatted in standard screenplay format for 30 minute TV sitcoms.

Scripts must use the characters whom we have guest voice actors for, and include all of them in the story.

Devyn Dalton (Ocellus)
Gavin Langelo (Gallus)
Katrina Salisbury (Yona)
Lauren Jackson (Silverstream)
Shannon Chan-Kent (Smolder)
Vincent Tong (Sandbar)
Sunni Westbrook (Cozy Glow)
Kelly Sheridan (Starlight Glimmer)
Mark Acheson (Lord Tirek)
Cathy Weseluck (Spike The Dragon)

(Other characters may be used briefly, and will be read by one of the actors or narrator during the table read of the winning script.)

Any songs used must be original lyrics, but should use well known show or pop music. (See guidelines below for details.)

Lastly, in case it isn't obvious, all elements must be PG rated or lower. If you wouldn't find it in the show itself, it doesn't belong here.

Guidelines (and Clarifications)
Scripts must be submitted in PDF format, as formatting is so important to screenplay and this ensures it doesn't get corrupted by viewing on differing devices.
Standard screenplay format for 30 minute TV sitcoms is essentially an opening teaser plus two or three acts, split on commercial breaks.
Don't forget to include that break for the opening theme. There WILL be an audience sing along!
Timing should be roughly one minute per page, aiming for up to 30 minutes total. You should read this out, not just rely on word count.
Don't forget: Courier 12pt font!

Some useful links for screenplay format:

https://www.writersstore.com/how-to-write-a-screenplay-a-guide-to-scriptwriting/

https://blcklst.com/help/tv_script_standards.pdf

Songs may be used (and are encouraged!), but as our guests will not have time to learn new music, please set your OWN lyrics to the tune of a popular, well-known song of your choosing. (Something the VAs can listen to a time or two and go "Oh yeah, I know this!") You can (and for longer songs should) use only parts of songs as needed.

Likewise, we only have the voice actors for certain characters, so please keep the use of any other characters to a minimum. It's fine to have Celestia make her typical two or three line cameo, or for a one-off/background shopkeeper to have a couple lines, but the focus should be on the characters listed in the rules and use them as much as possible.

Judging Criteria
The winning script will be the one that our panel of judges finds the most enjoyable, and the most "show-worthy." Treat this as you would a spec script for the show itself. It should, as much as possible, have everything that makes MLP great. To that end, good humor (relatable for both adults and children) goes a long way, as does a strong, positive message, and an interesting/exciting plot. We will be judging much more on these (and related elements, like character voicing and behavior) than on technical/formatting details, but still, please try your best to format things correctly.
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If you have any other questions, now, or at any point during the contest, please email Xepher (the writing track lead) at xepher@everfreenw.com

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