Submit to the Scriptnotes 'Three Page Challenge' & Have Your Work Read by John August & Craig Mazin

green_headshot_300Scriptnotes, the podcast from screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin that we've featured on No Film School a number of times (and also happens to be one of the most popular podcasts about that topic), is running a challenge for listeners to submit three pages of their original work, to be read and critiqued on an upcoming podcast. Click below for more details and learn how to enter!

John August, whose credits include Go and Tim Burton's Big Fish and Charlie and Chocolate Factory, has been running his screenwriting blog since 2003, when dinosaurs roamed the internet. On the Scriptnotes podcast, August and Hangover II and III scribe Craig Mazin discuss "screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law." On an upcoming podcast, Mazin and August will be reviewing work from readers:

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 more details on how to submit your work:

  • Entries must be submitted by email to
  • 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.
  • If you haven’t yet, you may want to check out Stuart’s post on Learning from the Three Page Challenge before submitting.

For the rest of the details on submitting, head on over to August's blog.

What do you think of this idea? Will you be submitting? As a screenwriter, what's your opinion of the idea? Do you think it would be helpful to your own work?

Link: Scriptnotes Three Page Challenge

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I sent my 2.75 pages ... now I am going to put on some plate armor and chain mail to protect myself from the slings and arrows ... (unless the fortune, in Lionel Richie's words, is indeed outrageous) ... thanks, Justin ....

June 12, 2013 at 10:14PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Submitted. Thanks for the heads up!

June 12, 2013 at 10:48PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


People should be aware however that John and Craig have around 500 submissions already on the back burner (probably more by now) and they are going through 3-4 script examples every THIRD episode, or so. That means they go through perhaps 50 scripts in a YEAR.

Granted, good submissions must go to the front of the line (all are reviewed by John's assistant Stuart), but that elite stack is probably already at least 50 scripts high also, so expect to be read in a year at the earliest, if at all...

Great podcast, non the less!

June 13, 2013 at 5:09AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


It's also worth mentioning that Craig and John have been running 'The Three Page Challenge' for quite a while now, and that listening to their many previous editions over the past year or so is valuable and helpful to getting on.

June 15, 2013 at 7:13AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM