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Hollywood Outreach Program (HOP)


2015 Submissions are Open!


CONTACT:  Lisa Franek, Director at


Hollywood Outreach Program (HOP) provides feature writers with in-dept script analysis and access to production companies, agents, and managers.  The program is run twice yearly, from July 1 to November 30 and January 1 to May 31.



Entries receive extensive, in-depth story and script analysis/development notes (5-10 pages) from at least two professional readers.  The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so they may learn the skills necessary to help them achieve their goal of obtaining representation, selling or optioning their work, and/or landing a writing assignment.  



  • Scripts will be eligible to be read by industry professionals including studio executives, production companies, agents and managers based on their request from interest in the logline and genre.
  • InkTip Script Listing:  A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.
  • TextAloud DVDs (TextAloud, plus Crystal and Mike Premium Voices). is providing the DVD’s which go to the top three (3) recommends.



  1. HOP is open to both SWN members and non-members who are 18 years of age or older.
  2. Interstate and international entries are allowed.
  3. Screenplay entries (English only) are to be unproduced, unoptioned and wholly original works of the writer(s) and responsibly registered with the Writers Guild of America and/or the U.S. Copyright Office.
  4. Electronic submissions must be posted by midnight on the entry deadline.
  5. Do NOT put your name or contact information anywhere on the script or title page you submit. Personal information should ONLY be included in the entry form, so that scripts remain anonymous.
  6. Please conform to standard industry feature screenplay format.
  7. Multiple submissions are allowed by an entrant or writing team per session.
  8. Scripts are to be in PDF format only.
  9. Electronic submissions must be posted by midnight on the entry deadline.
  10. Submissions that do not meet the full requirements will be disqualified.



1) Pay through Paypal with a credit or debit card. Pay as a guest user if you are not registered with Paypal. Following successful payment, you will be redirected to an online uploading form.

2) Upload your submission form (in MS Word format) and script (in PDF format). Please download the form from this page and complete prior to payment.

3) Check the box confirming you understand and agree to the competition rules.

There are NO REFUNDS.  



  • Early Bird Deadline:  August 31, 2015 ~ $100 Members / $145 Non-members
  • Regular Deadline:     October 1, 2015 ~ $125 Members / $160 Non-members
  • Late Deadline:          November 20, 2015 ~ $150 Members / $175 Non-members

**Non-member fees will include a free one-year membership to Scriptwriters Network

PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!     $175 Non SWN members
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READERS AND JUDGES (to name a few):

  • Daniela Garcia-Brcek with Circle of Confusion
  • David Binns, VP of Development with Energy Entertainment



HOP is run twice yearly, from July 1 to November 30 and January 1 to May 31.


  • Entries are evaluated in a number of areas such story, structure, character, dialogue, marketability and format.
  • After completion of the written coverage, each entry will receive either a “recommend,” “consider,” or “pass” evaluation.
  • Please allow up to two months for the process to be completed.
  • Entries that receive an overall “pass” evaluation are judged as being completed for that session.
  • Entries which receive at least a single “recommend” grade are entitled to additional judging to determine if they advance to the HOP Committee for further judging.
  • The entries with an overall recommend grade will subsequently be marketed to the participating industry individuals who’ve agreed to read the winning scripts.  



Producers, production companies, agents, and managers who would like to read winning scripts may join our list by completing the Industry Contacts form. It can be downloaded from the documents section below. In the interim, please check out our previous winners.  



We are always looking to expand our pool of experienced readers in HOP. Please contact us at for details.




Disclaimer: Participation in SWN events, programs, contests, classes and workshops is not a promise or guarantee of employment, and is intended for educational and networking purposes only.