Frequently Asked Questions

Please browse our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is a logline?

A logline is a single-sentence summary of a film or television pilot that provides a synopsis of the program and an emotional hook to stimulate interest. The idea is to sell your story in one sentence. Bob likes to say, “If I could tell it one sentence, why do I need 120 pages?” But, that’s what that elusive executive in the elevator wants to hear!

We have some examples and a discussion going on over at this page, if you’d like more information or to join the conversation. You can also check out our previous winners (who have given us permission to print their loglines) here.

What are you looking for in a winning logline?

We are so glad you asked! We like to think of loglines as mini-pitches, and over on the Great American Pitchfest site, the wonderful Pilar Alessandra says it better than we ever could. Read her blog post.

There’s also a good interview with Sheri Brummond, Director of Development at Rosemont Productions International Ltd, here.

The short answer, though, is we’re looking for a character with a flaw, involved in a situation, with a big problem, and at least a hint about where the story may go after that. And we’re looking for all of that, in one sentence. Definitely fewer than three sentences.
That bears repeating. A logline is fewer than three sentences!

We have some examples and a discussion going on over at this page, if you’d like more information or to join the conversation. You can also check out our previous winners (who have given us permission to print their loglines) here.

My logline is longer than three sentences. Do I still have a chance at winning?

It is extremely unlikely.

(See our previous winners here.)

Do I have to have written the screenplay to enter?

Not at all. This is a competition for loglines, not for scripts. Feel free to enter as many loglines within a specific category as you wish!

How many times can I enter? Can I only enter once?

You can enter as many times as you want, in as many months as you want. You’re limited only by your ideas!

I already entered and I thought of a new logline, can I get a discount?

Unfortunately, to get the discounted rate, all loglines must be submitted at the same time. Feel free to enter again though, you’ll just need to pay the $5 rate per logline (unless you submit another five loglines at once).

Can you explain the timeline for the competition?

Timeline

Note that the last day of the month could be the 31st, the 30th or even the 29th or 28th in February!

What is this the category for this month?

Click here for this month’s category.

Who judges the contest?

Our regular judges are Signe Olynyk and Bob Schultz, the writers and producers who founded the Great American Pitchfest. More information about us can be found here.

Sometimes, we have special guest judges who are relevant to the category of the month. Guest judge bios will be posted as they announced here.

What prizes are on offer for the winner/s?

This all depends on the month. We announce the prizes for the coming month on the 15th. Right now, our hottest prize is a ticket to the Great American Pitchfest.

How many winners are there each month?

Each month, we will announce up to 10 winners. The number depends on how great your loglines are. Our aim is to encourage every writer to improve their loglines. We don’t want our favorite loglines to miss out, simply because we could only announce one winner.

As a writer, how is my copyright protected? Will you just steal my idea?

As writers ourselves, we genuinely understand your concern. If you believe that your idea is 100% fresh, original, unique, has never been done before, and you think it could be stolen, our best answer is, do not enter it into our contest. Enter another idea that you’re not as protective about.

Please keep in mind, that similar ideas arise at the same time in different people, so it could be possible that we are already working on a similar idea ourselves. Check out the blog It’s In the Air (or Hey, That Was MY Idea!) by Pamela Jaye Smith. Also, it’s worth noting that an idea isn’t subject to copyright, so even with a completed, copyrighted screenplay, there is nothing stopping someone from stealing your idea and executing it in a different way (different characters, setting, dialogue etc.)

Please note that if you enter into the contest, you enter at your own risk and if you have any concerns, please consult a lawyer. Also  check out our Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy for more information.

I want to enter my logline, but I don't want you sharing my logline publicly. Can I still enter?
We’re definitely open to that. Before we announce the winners of the contest, we contact them individually for their permission to post their logline online. If we don’t get that permission, we simply post your name, film title, and film genre.
What's this Great American Pitchfest you keep mentioning?

GASP! Get your butt over to www.pitchfest.com right this second and we’ll pretend you didn’t ask that.

I just want to enter and pay my five bucks, already.

That’s not a question but we like your style, buddy. Head on over here. Or, take us up on our sweet deal of five entries for $20 – that’s 20% off or a whole entry free!

How can I edit my loglines? There are loglines appearing on my invoice that I don't want to pay for. How do I remove them?

If you haven’t yet completed the process of submitting your entry with a payment via Paypal, please go to: http://ultimatelogline.com/home/shop/cart/

From this page, you should be able to remove the loglines you have submitted by clicking on the small red cross on the left hand side.

If you have already paid for your loglines and completed the Paypal process, please contact us and we’ll see what we can do.

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us:

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