CONTACT

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INDUSTRY FAQ

COMMUNICATION

I'm receiving too many emails. How do I change that?

Go to your Account Settings and click on communications. There you'll be able to choose which types of communications you'd like to receive.

GENERAL

What is blcklst.com?

Think of blcklst.com as your personalized, real-time Black List. Instead of an annual list of the year's most-liked unproduced screenplays, you can log on at any time and get list of the week's, month's, and year's most liked unproduced screenplays AND a list of screenplays you're most likely to like based on your tastes and everyone else's.

We're worked closely with Sean Owen, founder of Myrrix and current Vice President of Data Science at Cloudera, to create a recommendations algorithm that will inform you of the scripts you're most likely to like. Our algorithm essentially calculates the score you're likely to give a script based on your tastes and everyone else's. Those with the highest predicted scores are recommended to you.

How are my recommendations determined?

We're worked closely with Sean Owen, founder of Myrrix and current Vice President of Data Science at Cloudera, to create a recommendations algorithm that will inform you of the scripts you're most likely to like. Our algorithm essentially calculates the score you're likely to give a script based on your tastes and everyone else's. Those with the highest predicted scores are recommended to you.

I don't want people to know what I think of a script. Will that be a problem?

Not at all. Blcklst.com is entirely automated and anonymous. You will never know another user's ratings, and they will never know yours. Any additional information we request is strictly for billing and general demographic data.

I don't want people to know what the rest of the world thinks of this script. Will that be a problem?

Individual and average ratings of scripts will never be shared. If a script is one of the ten most popular based on a weighted average over a given period of time, it will appear in our Top 10, just as it would appear on the annual Black List at the end of the year.

Couldn't the algorithm be manipulated by users to over-recommend a certain script?

Good luck with that.

Am I encouraged to rate scripts?

Yes, absolutely. The more scripts you rate the better, both for us and for you (and particularly the quality of your recommendations.) Generally speaking, we ask that you have read enough of the script to rate with an informed opinion before doing so.

What criteria should I be using to rate these scripts?

You should rate them based on how much you like the script or alternatively how likely you'd be willing to recommend the script to others.

I'd like to be informed about only film scripts / only episodic pilots / both film and episodic pilots. What do I do?

You can set your dashboard and weekly email preferences in the account settings section of your Black List account.

SCRIPTS

Why are some scripts accessible and others not?

We do not make scripts available without the explicit permission of the writer. Scripts available on our site have been uploaded by their authors. Those which are not hosted on our site can most likely be gathered via the representatives listed on the script's information page.

The information listed for this script is wrong. What can I do?

Please let us know immediately by clicking the "edit details" option on the script's page so that we can update the information. The Black List strives to have the most up-to-date information possible.

WRITERS

Can I contact a writer?

Yes, you're more than welcome to contact writers either directly or through the Black List site. We encourage it!

WRITER FAQ

BILLING

How do I change my credit card?

Go to Account Settings and under Billing you can add/edit your credit cards.

Will my script automatically renew at the end of the month?

Yes. We default to auto renew. But you can go to your script and set your auto-renew off.

How often is a script billed?

You're billed for each upcoming month, and billing periods start the day you upload, not the beginning of each month. You'll be billed one month after the initial billing date and so on.

What happens when I suspend my script?

When you suspend your script, it will become inactive (all details including the ability to view the script) until you choose to reactivate it. Your billing will also be put on hold and you'll continue the rest of your billing period when you reactivate your script. So, for instance, if you suspend a script 15 days into your billing period, you'll still have 15 days left once you reactivate.

What's the difference between suspending and deleting a script?

Suspending allows you to reactivate a script at a later date. Deleting will permanently delete your entry.

What if I want to cancel my membership?

You won't be billed as long as you have no active scripts. If you wish to be removed entirely from our system, please email support@blcklst.com.

Where can I find out my next billing date?

Click on your script overview page. You'll see a graph with your downloads and views. Above that there will be one stat that says Next Bill Date.

DISNEY

What is it?

The Black List is pleased to announce a partnership with the Walt Disney Studios to identify writers with diverse perspectives who have not made more than $250K for their screenwriting work in the last ten years for Disney's Feature Writers Program. This is the second such partnership between the Black List and a major Hollywood studio.
The Walt Disney Studios' Feature Writers Program is a paid one year residency housed in Disney's live-action production group that provides up-and-coming feature writers with development and mentorship opportunities.

When's the deadline?

You must opt in by May 5, 2014. The script must be hosted for at least one week during the submission period.

How does selection work?

On May 5, 2014, the Black List will select a short list of between five and ten writers based on the data gathered about each script during its time hosted on the website. Each finalist will then provide a professional resume and one page personal statement, which will be reviewed along with their selected screenplay by executives in the Walt Disney Studios live-action production group.

Can I submit a pilot?

No, only features.

What else should I know?

For additional information, click here.
For additional submission requirements, click here.
For the Walt Disney Studios submission agreement and release, click here.

FEATURED SCRIPT

FOX

How will the process work?

Based on the ratings of the teleplay submissions received, the Black List will create a Short List containing five eligible writers. Writers on the Short List will be invited to submit a one page professional biography and/or one-page personal statement (see the Submission Requirements for more details) that will be read, along with the writer's Short-Listed teleplay, by FOX executives. The network executives may then choose a writer or writers with whom to contract for a Blind Deal or staff writing opportunity. Whether or not a Short-Listed writer is selected for either a Blind Deal or a staff writing position is at FOX's sole discretion and is not guaranteed, even if a writer makes the Short List. The Short List will be determined within 7 days following the expiration of the Submission Period and the blind script deal recipient(s) (if any) and staff writer iosition recipient(s) (if any) will be selected by FOX no later June 30, 2014 subject to their receipt of the materials described in the Submission Requirements and signed copies of Fox's Blind Script Agreement and Submission Agreement.

Is this a case where the person who buys the most evaluations will make the Short List?

Not at all. Certainly more data allows the Black List to make more confident decisions about the strength of the scripts on the site, but by no means is it necessary or recommended to buy up evaluations to improve your chances of being selected.

When is the deadline?

The Black List will determine the short list based on available data about opted in scripts through May 2, 2014.

My script was on the site a while ago, but I took it down to work on a rewrite. Does a script have to be live on the site to be considered?

To be considered for this Program, a script need only be live on the site for a minimum of one week during the submission period. If your script has not been hosted during that submission period, we recommend reactivating the script for one week at some point during this submission period.

Can I submit multiple scripts for consideration?

Yes, but be aware that since the opportunity is for participation in the Fox Submission Call, the totality of a writer's submissions will be considered by the Black List in determining the Short List and only the writer's strongest script will be shared with Fox to inform their final decision.

I live outside the US. Can I still apply?

Yes, you may. Please note, however, that if you are selected for the Fox Submission Call, your services may be required in the U.S. All persons selected will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

May I opt-out of the Fox Submission Call after I have opted-in?

Yes, you may opt-out of the Fox Submission Call any time prior to the submission deadline. If you wish to opt-out, go back to the submission page and click the "Opt out" link next to the script you wish to opt out.

GENERAL

Should I sign up as a screenwriter?

Screenwriter memberships are designed for those who would like to submit their work for consideration by our readers and industry professional members or WGA members who would like to list their work in our database. If you're looking for screenplays to represent, direct, produce, finance, etc., you should apply for an industry professional membership. If you're a screenwriter who would like to submit their work and receive an industry professional membership, sign up as a screenwriter and put your name on the wait list for industry professional membership separately, letting us know that you've already registered as a screenwriter.

I'm part of a writing team. Is there a way we can sign up together?

We currently do not provide joint accounts for writing teams. Writing teams should sign up under one individual's name and resolve the issue of access to the account and shared payment between themselves. They will, of course, be able to associate both names with the screenplay everywhere on the Black List website and on the cover page to their script.

Are screenwriter members able to read the screenplays hosted on the site and rate them?

The ability to read other writers' work and rate that material is limited to our industry professional members. Writer members can choose to make their scripts available for download by other writers via the site, but we default to limiting that ability to industry professional members. Regardless of your download settings, writers will never be able to rate your screenplay. Some writers will be granted industry professional membership. Those decisions will be made based on the individual's potential to assist in advancing another writer's career or the production of their screenplay.

So what do I get for my $25 per month?

We'll host your script and index it along a number of metrics, making it available to our over 2,000 industry professional members.

Who are these industry professionals?

As of November 1, the Black List counts over 2,000 film industry professionals amongst its membership ranging from major and mid-major agency assistants to studio presidents of production and working creative talent (actors, directors, etc.). These are people involved in making major studio motion pictures and independent films likely to play in festivals and get distribution.

What if I want to remove my screenplay from the database? How long am I committed to keeping it up there?

You can remove your script at any time with no penalty of any sort.

Can industry professionals provide written evaluations of the scripts they read on the site?

Currently we don't allow our industry professionals to post written evaluations of material. That may change in the future, but for now, evaluations are limited to our team of paid readers who we have selected because of their ability to deliver reliable, quality evaluations of writers' work.

Are industry pros contacted about my script if it receives a high rating from your readers?

Every Monday, our industry professionals receive an email that includes the titles, authors, genres, and loglines of scripts that received high (8+) overall ratings from our paid readers. A single read with a high rating from our readers merits inclusion. Other emails circulate regularly (at least once a week and often on Friday), listing titles, authors, genres, and loglines of scripts that receive high component scores in categories or genres where the industry pros have expressed specific interest.

Why are some scripts accessible and others not?

We do not make scripts available without the explicit permission of the writer. Scripts available on our site have been uploaded by their authors. Those which are not hosted on our site can most likely be gathered via the representatives listed on the script's information page.

What is blcklst.com?

Think of blcklst.com as your personalized, real-time Black List. Instead of an annual list of the year's most-liked unproduced screenplays, you can log on at any time and a get list of the week's, month's, and year's most liked unproduced screenplays AND a list of screenplays you're most likely to like based on your tastes and everyone elses.

How are my recommendations determined?

We're worked closely with Sean Owen, founder of Myrrix and current Vice President of Data Science at Cloudera, to create a recommendations algorithm that will inform you of the scripts you're most likely to like. Our algorithm essentially calculates the score you're likely to give a script based on your tastes and everyone else's. Those with the highest predicted scores are recommended to you.

Couldn't the algorithm be manipulated by users to over-recommend a certain script?

Good luck with that.

What can I do to make my script more easily seen by industry professionals?

You can start by tagging the script with appropriate genres and tags. This will help industry members find scripts and it'll help us index the script appropriately. There's no way to market your script on the site. We want the work to stand for itself. In order to help better gauge the quality of the script, we recommend purchasing a reader evaluation. This generally acts as a first filter for industry members.

I forgot my username or password. What should I do?

Go to the login page and click the link for Forgot Username or Password. Enter your email address and a link will be sent to your email allowing you to reset your password or provide you with your username.

HASTY PUDDING

What is it?

The Black List and the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 are pleased to announce the Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship, which seeks to increase the visibility of satire and social commentary in the arts. The inaugural fellowship will include a $20,000 grant to help one aspiring professional screenwriter of satire or social commentary who has not yet made $100,000 in their writing career in order to continue to develop scripts and projects in that tradition.

When's the deadline?

Opt-ins for this opportunity close at 11:50 pm PST on July 10, 2014. It must be hosted for at least one week prior to the deadline.

Do I submit a feature or a pilot?

Features only.

What other things should I know?

For additional information, click here.
For additional submission requirements, click here.

Who's eligible to apply?

Writers who have not made more than $100,000 in their writing careers and who have a satire or screenplay with significant social commentary hosted on the Black List website can opt into consideration.

LABS

So what exactly happens in a screenwriters lab?

We can only speak to ours, but here are some of the things we have planned:

  • Two hour one-on-one sessions with each screenwriting mentor (including Billy Ray, Kiwi Smith, two mentors to be named later, and Go Into The Story's Scott Myers)
  • One day devoted to peer workshopping of each others' scripts.
  • Evening communal dinners with special industry guests
  • Tours of Zappos.com and the Downtown Las Vegas Project

Why Las Vegas?

We’re big fans of the community revitalization catalyzed by Tony Hsieh and the Downtown Project, and they were generous enough to provide us with accommodations as part of a broader initiative, Writing Downtown, to develop a writing community in downtown Las Vegas.

Does all expenses paid really mean all expenses paid?

Here's what we'll cover:

  • Luxury accommodation in a private bedroom within a three-bedroom apartment shared with other Lab writers.
  • Coach air travel to and from a major US airport.
  • Lab related transportation within Las Vegas.
  • Food & Drink throughout.

Okay, okay, I'd like to be considered for the Black List Labs! How do I do that?

Just opt your script into consideration during onboarding or add it from the My Scripts page. You'll need to meet the following requirements though:

  • You are the sole and exclusive author of the screenplay submitted for consideration. Writing teams are not eligible.
  • You have not received more than $25K in aggregate to date as compensation for film or television writing work.
  • If selected on August 30 as one of the fifteen writers to submit a one page personal statement for additional consideration, you will deliver that personal statement by noon PST on September 2.
  • If selected for participation in the Lab program on September 6, you are available to be flown from a major US airport to Las Vegas, NV in order to participate in the Lab program from September 30 – October 5, 2013.

How will the scripts be evaluated?

We'll be using the ratings a script receives, both from our paid readers and from industry pros, to determine the fifteen writers invited to submit a one page personal statement.

Is this a case where the person who buys the most evaluations will be invited to the Lab?

Not at all. Certainly more data allows us to make more confident decisions about the strength of scripts hosted on the site, but by no means is it necessary or recommended to buy up evaluations to improve your chances of being selected.

When's the deadline?

Because the Black List is an ongoing service and we plan to use all information available to us through August 30 to make our decisions about the short list who will be invited to submit personal statements, there is no hard and fast deadline, per se. That said, we can only guarantee consideration of paid reads purchased by midnight PST July 31, 2013.

My script was on the site a while ago, but I took it down to work on a rewrite. Does a script have to be live on the site to be considered?

Great question. It just needs to be live on the site at some point between now and August 30. Legally, writers have to opt into consideration for the Labs and they can only do that with an active script. We recommend reactivating the script for one month at some point between now and the end of August.

Do I have to workshop the script that got me selected for the Labs or can I workshop something new?

You have to workshop the script that gets you selected for the Labs.

Can I submit multiple scripts to be considered for the Labs?

Absolutely. But writers will be selected based on a single script; so if you're selected, you must workshop the script that is chosen at the Labs.

I live outside the U.S. Can I still apply?

Yes. If selected, you'll need to get yourself to a major U.S. city, but we'll provide domestic airfare to Las Vegas from there.

REVIEWS

And the reads?

You can pay to have one of our readers evaluate your script. Prices vary based on the length the material. Original pilots meant for broadcast of 30 minutes or left cost $30 per evaluation. Feature screenplays, miniseries, and one-hour pilots cost $50 per evaluation. You can indicate the length of your script when you upload it; however, if our reader believes the script is miscategorized, your evaluation will be delayed until you pay the remaining balance.

The data generated by these evaluations help us to identify high quality scripts that we can then make our industry professional membership aware of. Not only do we highlight the best-reviewed scripts, we also make targeted recommendations to individuals using an algorithm similar to Netflix and Amazon's.

Who are these readers?

All of our readers have worked as first filters for major agencies, studios, production companies, television studios, and management companies. They're the type of people who would be reading your script first if you submitted to any of these companies, the type of companies most writers would want to submit their material to. And these are the best of the bunch, beyond their previous experience, they've been selected for their knowledge of screenplays currently in development around Hollywood and the understanding and commitment to the Black List's mission to help moviemakers find great material and great material to find homes with moviemakers.

What's in this evaluation that these readers write?

Your evaluation will include an overall rating and ratings on premise, plot, characters, dialogue, and setting, all from 1 to 10. It will also include brief answers about the script's greatest strengths, weaknesses, and commercial prospects. Writers who choose to upload their series bibles will get additional qualitative comments on the bibles as well.

How do the readers get assigned a script? Do I get to find out who my reader is?

Our readers conduct all of their work anonymously (though we monitor it closely and expect a very high standard.) They're assigned scripts based on their stated genre preferences. A romantic comedy fan will never read a horror script and vice versa, unless that reader is the rare person who seeks out both genres.

How long does it take to get my evaluation back?

Through November 1, 2013, the average evaluation turnaround time was 10.58 days. Just below 75% of evaluations are received within two weeks. If an evaluation takes longer than 3 weeks, we typically offer a month’s free hosting.

How do I find out when my evaluation is complete?

You'll get an email at the email address you provided us when you signed up. That email will include a link to your evaluation, which only you can see. At that point (and any other time while you're using the site), you'll have the ability to choose to make that evaluation visible or keep it private.

My script has gotten great coverage elsewhere, and your reader gave it a low rating. What gives?

We stand by our readers' work. It's impossible for us to comment on evaluations of material received elsewhere, but our standard for excellence is extremely high in order to accurately represent the standard the Hollywood film industry expects of writers working with in it.

I got a high score. What now?

We will spotlight scripts with high scores via emails to our industry professional members, lists of top available screenplays on the Black List site, and via targeted recommendations based on individual members' personal tastes. Scripts with high scores should expect to see their numbers of impressions and downloads improve dramatically over time as industry professionals explore your script's online presence and download it to read it immediately or at a later time. In the event that industry pros like your script, they'll contact you directly via the contact information you included on your coverage page.

I'm not sure if my score is high or low. How do I know?

The Black List's community is highly dynamic. Our evaluations aren't as simple as 'recommend,' 'consider,' or 'pass,' as so many systems are. Though we'll be making various quantitative data available in the near future, at this early date, it's impossible for us to say exactly what one should expect with various scores. Obviously scripts with overall ratings of 9 or 10 can expect a fair amount of attention. It's reasonable to expect that scripts with overall ratings of 7 or 8 will as well, though admittedly less than those with higher ratings.\n\nThe best indication of whether your script is getting traction is the traffic to your script page, which you and only you can see. If after several weeks your script isn't getting any impressions or downloads, it's likely that its score is not high enough to trigger our algorithm spotlighting it.

The average of my component ratings is higher than my overall score! Shouldn't the overall just equal the average of the others?

Your overall rating is not an average of the component ratings. It's a numerical assessment of a paid reader's overall impression of the script and the likelihood that they would recommend it to a peer or superior. As we all know, some movies/scripts are better than the sum of their parts; others are less than. Our component ratings don't represent all of the parts of a screenplay, and even if they did, the overall score can't and shouldn't be an average of them.

The comments in my review seem positive, but the ratings were low. What's the deal?

The Black List's goal is to find great scripts. This means the bar is set high. You're being judged against the entire universe of scripts; that includes produced movies and episodic pilots. So while some elements of your script may be compelling and strong, it doesn't necessarily mean that it will receive an extremely high score. Likely there are still issues with the script or there's still room for improvement. High scores are reserved for exceptional scripts, not simply good scripts. Keep in mind that the readers' comments are meant to provide constructive suggestions for improvement and places to continue to build; they're not meant to justify their ratings.

It's been over three weeks and I still haven't received my review?

It's likely that we're receiving a lot more requests than usual. Email us at support@blcklst.com and we'll get yours prioritized right away.

Can I hide my score but keep my review visible?

No, if you want to show your review, your ratings will also be visible, and vice versa.

I got a low score on my evaluation. Am I completely screwed?

You're not. Your evaluations are only made visible to our industry professional membership if you choose to make them visible. You can hide any of them at any time. Moreover, our algorithm will make our industry professional members aware of any script that receives a single high rating from a reader, even if the average isn't necessarily high. We've designed the site explicitly to "do no harm," and this is exactly why.

Lastly, it should be mentioned that, evaluating scripts is an inherently subjective endeavor. It's entirely possible another reviewer may feel differently about your script. It may just be polarizing material. You should think seriously about whether that reader is likely to be an outlier, and if you feel like they are, we encourage you to purchase another read to bear that out.

Multiple low scores are likely an indication that the script is not likely to find success via the Black List site. In that case, we encourage you to remove your script from our site, though it is entirely your prerogative.

I don't agree with the ratings from my review. What should I do?

If you believe the reader did not thoroughly read your script, reach out to us outlining the reasons you believe so with any specifics from the review. Note that ratings themselves, whether high or low, are not an indicator of a bad review. We want to make sure that all scripts are given a thorough and fair read. Any factual inaccuracies, for instance, will be taken seriously. But we try to separate valid opinions from clear misreadings of the script.

But there were lots of things in my script the reader didn't comment on. What about that?

The readers are given a restricted amount of space in which they can comment on the script. Their goal in the weaknesses section is touch on the at a minimum what in their opinion would raise the script's overall rating by at least three points (if that's possible).

I received two extremely divergent scores for two separate Black List readers. What does that mean?

Evaluating scripts is inherently subjective. This is something that's nearly impossible to get rid of and ingrained in the process. Two sensible individuals can have very different reactions to a script and both have valid arguments for their positions. Empirically, rating variance of overall score in two or more reviews has been low; however, if variance is 3 points or more, you will get a discount for a third read.

Will readers be influenced by previous ratings of the script?

No, readers will not look at previous reviews or ratings of the script before reading and evaluating.

SCRIPTS

I've made some tweaks to my script since I uploaded it and want this new version to be available. How do I do that?

You can upload a new version of your script directly from My Scripts page. Click on the title of your script in the right column and submit your script using the upload form.

I've essentially done a page one rewrite on my script. Should I just swap it out?

If it hasn't yet received a read from one of our readers or been downloaded by an industry professional, sure. If it has, we highly recommend not doing so. Presumably you've improved your script with that page one rewrite and won't want its previous evaluations associated with it. In that case, you should remove the old draft altogether and start the process anew with the new script.

I just want to adjust my logline/add a genre/correctly spell my name since I've uploaded my screenplay. How do I do that?

You can update your script information directly from My Scripts page. Click on the title of your script in the right column and submit your changes via the edit information form.

My script is already on the site! I didn't put it there, but it's definitely there. What do I do now?

In all probability, your script is not on the site, just some information about it. We prepopulated the database with information about scripts that have circulated around Hollywood over the last few years. Almost 3500 of them in fact. If you want to upload your script, just select that script title when you go through the upload process and link your file to the entry that already exists.

I don't want people to know what the rest of the world thinks of this script. Will that be a problem?

Individual and average ratings of scripts will never be shared. If a script is one of the ten most popular based on a weighted average over a given period of time, it will appear in our Top 10, just as it would appear on the annual Black List at the end of the year.

The information listed for this script is wrong. What can I do?

Please let us know immediately by clicking the 'edit details' option on the script's page so that we can update the information. The Black List strives to have the most up-to-date information possible.

What if I just want my script information and the actual script?

We reserve the ability to put script information alone to those projects which are somehow off the market, whether they've been optioned or sold or are exclusive to an agency or management company. Email us with this information at support@blcklst.com if you this applies to you.

What should I put on my title page?

Unlike some other contests, we don't read blind. Industry members can contact you through the site, but if you'd like them to be able to contact you directly as well, you're welcome to put whatever contact information you'd like on the title page.

How long should I keep my script up for?

That's entirely up to you. Some scripts have been on the site for months before gaining attention. If you're getting no traction on the site, likely keeping it on won't do much. We don't want writers to spend money on the site if they aren't getting anything out of it.

What qualifies me for the weekly industry highlights email?

You need to receive an overall score of 8 or greater to make the weekly mailing. Scripts receiving a score from a paid reader or industry member during the previous 7 days will make this email.

What's a non-unique download and how is it different from a regular download?

Non-unique downloads will count multiple downloads by the same members. So if a member downloaded your script twice, it would add two downloads in the total. All other downloads are unique, meaning no matter how many times it was downloaded by a single member, it would only count once for that member.

I already see my script up there. How do I claim it?

When you go to upload a script, you'll see suggestions for scripts that are already listed on the site. If you see your script up there, you can claim the script. We'll confirm that it is in fact your script and you'll receive a confirmation email once we do. You'll then be able to manage the script listing.

What's the difference between a view and a download?

A view means someone navigated to your script page, but a download means they viewed or downloaded your actual script.

How should I format my script?

We recommend industry standard formatting, which you can find through various resources. We've created a brief overview of some common best practices. You can access it here.

What's the difference between a reader and pro download?

A reader download is when a Black LIst paid reader goes to download your script to provide an evaluation you've purchased. A pro download is when an industry member goes to download your script.

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE WORKSHOP

What are the requirements?

  1. Writers must not have written or directed more than one produced narrative feature film.
  2. Writers must be based in the Los Angeles area OR be able to get themselves to Los Angeles for the day of the workshop at their own expense.
  3. Writers must be a member of an underrepresented or underserved community working in film, with an emphasis on ethnic/racial and gender diversity.
  4. Writers must be able to complete, between January 1 and January 7, a brief application including a one page artistic statement, one to two page plot synopsis of your script, and brief narrative biography of no more than one page.

When's the deadline?

You must opt-in your script by midnight December 30, 2013.

What do I need to do if selected as one of the ten finalists?

Those who are selected will receive the application via email by 5 pm PST on January 1, 2014 and will be expected to complete it by midnight PST on January 7, 2014. We will then pass the applications to Sundance, and they will choose one writer to participate in the workshop.

How will you be deciding the finalists?

We will use the data we currently have associated with your script. This includes both ratings from industry members and reviews and ratings by Black List reader evaluations.

TOP LISTS

What are the requirements to get on the Top Uploaded Scripts list?

Scripts on the top uploaded scripts list have 2+ ratings and their average rating is above the overall average for all uploaded scripts. Those two ratings can come from anywhere, two industry professional members, two paid reads, any combination of professional and paid reads.

How do I make the top list?

The main top list requires a minimum of 2 ratings both in the last 30 days. Your average rating must also be above that of all uploaded scripts. There are also monthly top, quarterly, annual, and all time top list. These require a different number of ratings over their respective time periods.

What are the requirements for top monthly uploaded list?

You need a minimum of 2 ratings over the last month and the average must be above the average of all uploaded scripts.

What are the requirements for top quarterly uploaded list?

You need a minimum of 3 ratings over the last quarter and the average must be above the average of all uploaded scripts.

What are the requirements for top annual uploaded list?

You need a minimum of 4 ratings over the last year and the average must be above the average of all uploaded scripts.

My script hasn't been receiving views or downloads. Should I take it down?

Scripts vary in the number of views and downloads they get. If you haven't been seeing any views or downloads for several weeks, likely keeping the script up alone won't change this. Industry members discover scripts based on genre preferences and ratings. There are certainly things you can do to make your script more visible, including adding tags. We find that scripts that gain most traction have been rated highly by one of our readers or has made the top lists by receiving multiple ratings and averaging above the rest of the uploaded scripts.

TURNER

What is it?

On April 4, 2014, the Black List will select a short list of five finalists in both comedy and drama based on the data gathered about each script during its time hosted on the website. Each finalist will then provide a professional resume and one page personal statement that will be shared with TBS and TNT development and production executives. The networks will then have the option to offer blind script deals. The list of finalists may also be shared with TBS and TNT's current showrunners, who will have the option to offer staff positions.

When's the deadline?

You need to opt in by April 4th, but the script must be active for at least one week during the submission period.

Do I submit a feature or pilot?

Both are accepted.

What if it's a dramedy pilot?

You're welcome to opt in for both comedy and drama.

What other things should I know?

Take a look at these docs for more info:

For additional submission requirements, click here.
For the Turner submission agreement, click here.
For the Turner Blind Commitment Agreement (Comedy), click here.
For the Turner Blind Commitment Agreement (Drama), click here.

Who's eligible to apply?

We're considering writers from diverse backgrounds who have not made more than $250K for their writing over the last decade.

WIGS

What is it?

We've partnered with WIGS, the FOX series incubator and top digital channel for scripted drama, to identify one writer to develop a series on the popular digital platform founded by Jon Avnet ("Black Swan," "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Risky Business"), Rodrigo Garcia ("Albert Nobbs," "In Treatment," "Big Love") and Jake Avnet. This opportunity is open to all writers with scripts hosted on the Black List website, regardless of previous earnings.

When's the deadline?

You must opt in by May 6, 2014. The script must be hosted for at least one week during the submission period.

How does selection work?

On May 6, 2014, the Black List will select a short list of between five and ten writers based on the data gathered about each script during its time hosted on the website. Each finalist will then provide a professional resume and one page personal statement, which will be reviewed along with their selected original work by WIGS executives.

What material is eligible?

Pilots and screenplays.

What else should I know?

For additional information click here.
For additional submission requirements,
click here.
For the WIGS blind script agreement, click here
For the WIGS submission agreement, click here.

WARNER BROS

What is it about?

In order to further encourage diversity within their screenwriting ranks, Warner Bros is partnering with the Black List through July 2015 to find screenwriters for a blind script deal. The primary focus of this partnership is to provide access and opportunities for aspiring diverse writers.

To opt into consideration for a two-step blind deal at Writers Guild minimum with Warner Bros pictures designed to provide access for aspiring diverse writers, you must read and accept the terms and conditions set for in the following:

Submission Requirements Submission Requirements

Blind Commitment Agreement Blind Commitment Agreement

Submission Agreement Submission Agreement

For more on diversity in the Hollywood screenwriting community, please read the WGA Hollywood Writers Report WGA Hollywood Writers Report

How will the process work?

Approximately every six months, we'll create a short list of five eligible writers based on the ratings their scripts receive. Writers on that short list will be invited to submit a one page biography that will be read, along with the writer’s shortlisted screenplay(s), by the Warner Bros. development and production executive team. They may then choose a writer with whom to contract for a two-step WGA minimum blind deal.

Is this a case where the person who buys the most evaluations will make the short list?

As with the Labs, not at all. Certainly more data allows us to make more confident decisions about the strength of the scripts on the site, but by no means is it necessary or recommended to buy up evaluations to improve your chances of being selected.

When's the deadline?

Practically, May 2015. We will present Warner Bros with a short list approximately every six months based on the scripts that have opted into consideration during that submission period. If you miss one period, you'll be eligible for the next, until May 2015.

My script was on the site a while ago, but I took it down to work on a rewrite. Does a script have to be live on the site to be considered?

To be considered during each submission period, a script need only be live on the site for a minimum of one week during that period. If your script has not been hosted during a submission period, we recommend reactivating the script for one week at some point during that period.

When are the submission periods?

These dates are approximate and subject to change:

July 23, 2013 – October 31, 2013

November 1, 2013 – May 29, 2014

May 30, 2014 – November 14, 2014

November 15, 2014 – May 29, 2015

Can I submit multiple scripts for consideration?

Yes, but be aware that since the opportunity is for a Blind Script deal, the totality of a writer's submissions will be considered by the Black List in determining the Short List and only the writer's strongest script will be shared with Warners to inform their final decision.

I live outside the US. Can I still apply?

Yes, you may.