On an upcoming podcast, Craig and I will be looking at three pages — and only three pages! — from listener-submitted scripts. We will provide some critique and comments on what we read. It’s fun and free and open to everyone.

Some important caveats:

  • Entries must be submitted by email to ask@johnaugust.com.
  • Three pages of screenplay or teleplay, folks. Anything longer will be deleted immediately.
  • A cover page is okay but not required. (It doesn’t count as one of your three pages.)
  • It doesn’t have to be the first three pages, but we’ll probably understand it better if it is.
  • Don’t send in log lines, synopses or anything else.
  • PDFs or Fountain are both okay. No .fdx, please.
  • Please title your email “Three Page Challenge:” followed by your name (or a pseudonym if you’re nervous).
  • Each entry email must contain this exact wording in the body. Copy and paste it and type your legal name after it:

I am attaching this three page sample of my screenwriting knowing that it may be discussed on the Scriptnotes podcast, and that this sample could show up in full or in part online. I acknowledge that this isn’t a contest, sweepstakes or solicitation of employment. This is strictly for fun and education. John August and Craig Mazin might say mean things about my writing, but I won’t hold that against them, because after all, I volunteered for this. Most importantly, I won’t claim that they stole my idea or somesuch.

  • Reminder: Type your legal name after the above. You’re free to use a pseudonym for the script sample itself, but use your legal name here.
  • We won’t read everything. In fact, if we get a lot of submissions, we probably won’t read most of what gets sent in.
  • Unless we say otherwise, submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • This is for fun. If it’s not fun we won’t do it again.
  • If you haven’t yet, you may want to check out Stuart’s post on Learning from the Three Page Challenge before submitting.

I used to do screenwriting challenges on the site fairly frequently, and everyone was a great sport about it. I’m hoping that this will be a good 2.0 version.