Screenwriting Pitch Sites: Are They Really Worth It?

Our verdict on using screenplay pitch sites and a possible alternative.

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by Script Reader Pro in How to Sell a Screenplay
October 27, 2014 38 comments
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Screenwriting pitch sites: are they worth it and which ones are the best?

Once you’ve written the “perfect script,” there’s nothing you want more than to get it out there and into the right hands. The problem is, how do you do this?

Instead of soliciting your script blindly and getting nowhere, there are avenues for writers  that might get you noticed. One of them is utilizing online screenwriting pitch sites.

However, while you do have a chance of connecting with an industry professional using screenwriting pitch sites, it can still be very hard to do.

In our opinion, there are only three screenwriting pitch sites worth considering. Here they are:

Top 3 scriptwriting pitch sites.

For a fee of anywhere from $65 to $175, you can pay to have a screenplay submission site host it or send it to industry folks for you.

Some services include script reviews, assessments, or access to a library of managers, directors and producers.

The only screenwriting pitch sites we’d recommend you pay to help circulate your script around Hollywood are:

The Black List


Spec Scout

These screenwriting submission sites can also view your script and contact you if they like it. Be aware that a large percent of writers who use screenwriting pitch sites like these, just end up paying a lot of money with few results.

The dark side of using a screenwriting pitch site.

Be particularly guarded when it comes to paying companies who will list your script along with hundreds of others. And be wary of any site that wants a large fee.

Some pitch sites entice aspiring writers by making them feel as if this list is extremely exclusive. Technically it may be because you have to pay to be on it, but that’s where the exclusivity ends.

Some make producers and execs pay to use them too. But would bona fide industry people really go to these sites first to find a new script? The answer is no.

With the tremendous network that proper Hollywood executives have, there is no reason for them to pay the fees to join the site. Or take the time to log on and search among the numerous scripts in hopes to find that gem. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

The alternative to scriptwriting pitch sites.

In many cases, you are much better off signing up at IMDb Pro and making real connections there.

For less money than joining a few screenwriting pitch sites, you will get the contact info for managers, agents, producers, etc. In other words, actual people who will give your script the time of day (provided you have an amazing pitch, of course.)

Plus, with IMDb Pro, instead of being a name on a list you can build an entire profile page where people in the industry can find you. You’re more likely to come up in an internet search if you’re listed on IMDb Pro than in an online screenwriting pitch site.


Have you used online screenwriting pitch sites? How did you find them? Or do you use the IMDb Pro method? Tell us your experiences in the comments section below.

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  1. Muhammad says:

    My name is Muhammad a new writer and I have completed written a short film titled
    Is a nice story takes place inside the bottle
    And anyone interested in the project email

  2. oscar julian lopez rincon says:

    great-job, guys!!!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’ve used InkTip for almost a year for 4 scripts. It is costly with 4 scripts, plus I pay to have a weekly newsletter sent to me of companies looking for a specific script. You can then pitch your script to these places. InkTip can bring you a bit excitement because you see a consistent level of “views” for your logline. But keep in mind, someone is viewing your logline along with several others in your same genre. The only way to feel a little special is when you get “views” of your synopsis or actual script. Which has happened to me a few times. One time I had the Hallmark channel view my Rom/Com script. I knew my script wouldn’t be for the Hallmark channel, but it nice to have them read it. Other than that I’ve had my low-budget script get a lot of requests and views. Nothing sold yet. If you have a high budget script chances are the producers/directors looking for scripts on InkTip will pass it by. I’ve never had my 2 high budget scripts looked at.

  4. Carmen M Smith says:

    I think pitch sites are only out to get your money. I found my talent manager the old fashioned way – I queried dozens until one responded with enthusiasm. He in turn got me signed on with an agent, so I have both working for me at this time.

  5. John L. Flynn, Ph.D. says:

    Virtual Pitch Fest or VPF is the site that I have used to pitch my script “Murder on Air Force One.” I first registered the script on the Writer’s Guild West website and copyrighted the script. It is based on my best-selling novel of the same name. I pitched my script to 30 producers; 17 said “no” right off the bat, but said my project was a good one; 13 said “yes,” and asked me to send my script to them. I did. A couple of them responded with personal emails, asking for more information, details… With 13 “yes’s”, I qualified for the “hot list”, and was on the hot list at number 3 spot, then number 2 spot, at various times throughout the month of February. When you’re on the “hot list,” producers can request your script. Each pitch was approximately $10, but they do have special savings at various times during the month, so the pitch costs less. Note: I also listed my script on The Black List and InkTip, but never received a single notice my script had been read. It is far easier to sell a novel than a script. But it is also about luck and writing skill and having a topical idea. I also find prayer helps as well. I’ve written/had published 19 books; I’ve received 3 Hugo nominations for my work; 7 of my books have become audio books, which is where there’s a lot of money to be made. Still waiting for the breakthrough with Hollywood.

  6. Salina says:

    Do you do online seminars?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Not yet 🙂

  7. William Whiteford says:

    I have contacted the IDMbPRO, and they seem to be fair.
    THANKS for your post.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Good luck with it, William 🙂

  8. Angelo says:

    Great blog post! Am I able to call you about my who can be best fit for my script?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Angelo! We don’t have a phone but feel free to email anytime.

  9. Stefano Pavone says:

    I don’t understand why so many of these sites (not all) charge such a high fee, it’s annoying. I just want to get my stuff out there, I shouldn’t have to pay an extortionate amount of money every time (IMDb Pro seems reasonable enough, I’ve used it before). I’ve been writing screenplays for 15 years and no-one – NO-ONE – has given me any guidance or assistance. I had to learn the trade secrets on my own, and I’ve learned that people who want to become actors have a higher chance of success than people who want to become writers (we’re considered beneath the bottom of the barrel).

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Screenwriting pitch sites are just an option, though. You don’t have to pay anyone to write a great script, network, query managers, producers, execs, etc. and get your work out there.

  10. Lanre Ayanlowo says:


    In 2003, a pregnant woman is driving all alone at night towards Chicago City, when a meteors-rock balls fall off from the sky, on her car. She becomes terribly afraid, and there is nobody to help her remove it. She struggles out of the car, to remove the heavy burning meteors-rock away, suddenly, she as a cut on her hand, and she bleeds, crying, but she looks again, all appears normal.

    I’m ready to sell any of the Screenplay to a good buyer. Thanks

  11. Carmen M Smith says:

    I think all of those sites are just out for your hard-earned money. You’re better off contacting a screenplay manager or agent, even a production company, on your own.

    1. Cannon Rosenau says:

      Agree with Carmen above, you can do it on your own without spending money on hosting sites (I found a freebie called Script Revolution). However, I was able to option one of my scripts and get a play published all on doing my home work. I’ve gotten some of my other work read since quite often (which means my pitch is working). It is time consuming to make sure you’re even a good fit for the company you’re sending it to or finding out if they’re even accepting unsolicited queries. Keep a log because you will send it to a ton of contacts. I’m going to give IMDBpro a try with my latest script. Regardless always keep writing. While selling one, you need to be working on another! Don’t give up.

    2. Carmel JOYCE says:

      Well, Script Reader Pro, you’ve done it again! I hardly read any of the blogs or comments from the volume of emails that greet me every morning, though your listing of the ‘three screenwriting pitch sites sucked me in again. I have wanted to say thank you for the past few months for the advice you have offered and applaud you for being the most genuine screenplay supporting team that I have come across. Over my past ten years of screenwriting, yes, I’ve been a member of IDMbPRO, ISA, InkTip, The Black List and a dozen other depositories who give hope of exposure for our written work. The AWG/Australian Writer’s Guild brings its own set of rules to the industry for turning all writers in Australia from ever joining!
      Over the past year, COVID has changed many aspects for me as a screenwriter who wants to write ones own work and be recognised. My greatest challenge is how do you sell your work when you don’t have a manager/agent in your country (Australia) to represent unsolicited work? I have written to all three of them and discovered it is not the accepted way business is done in Australia.
      In your lifetime, unless you are prepared to ghostwrite or are young enough to want a career in some aspect of the film industry, there is little hope of your unsolicited work gaining any recognition or support to the production level.
      In the past, I have used international screenwriting competition AWARDS to promote my screenplays though now, my latest feature scripts are ‘Not Selected’ for screenplay festivals, particularly in the US, Canada and the UK.
      FilmFreeway lodgement for screenplay competition in any of the festivals is in US dollars, and also the preferred way of lodgement for Australian competitions, thus an expensive exercise. I am now sceptical of the reduced entry fee offers for the festivals with FilmFreeway.
      FadeIn and Final Draft competitions seem to want to flog their software only. Where do I go as a writer from here with seven fully finished period true-story feature screenplays? I am toying with the idea of finding like-minded tribal members in Australia if you want to contact me.

      1. Script Reader Pro says:

        Hi Carmel, thanks so much for the feedback, really appreciate it 🙂 We’re by no means experts on international industries but it could be the script still needs work. Or, the script’s industry ready, but you need help marketing it. Have you seen this post on How to Sell a Script? Also, we have a Marketing Mentorship that may help. While our readers are mostly familiar with the US and Canadian markets, we can help with strategy, writing query letters, and with breaking in as a foreign writer to the US.

  12. John Hamilton says:

    Remember folks, if your story is not great and production ready, it doesn’t matter how great your pitch is and who you pitch it to.

    Focus on the craft of telling your story in a unique way, but be well above average when executing. Have colleagues read it and provide honest feedback. If it comes back with a recommend, get some coverage or submit to a contest. If you place well there, you may get several interested parties for the price of submission. If you fail along the way, get notes and rewrite, but be vigilant and fearless to slash and cut to rebuild something better.

    I’m no expert so take my advice with a grain of salt. I just go by what I read and hear the actual experts, like Amanda.

    Keep writing.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Great advice, thanks, John!

  13. Tad Wojnicki says:

    Where are the people who have pitched successfully? Their voices are not heard here. Well, sure! They are not interested in gobbling up this great article …They are out and about living a dream.

  14. Andrea says:

    Since 1995, I’ve always been afraid to show people my script, for even if they use it & you sue, they will have made off good from your script only paying you something for using it. And people have complained copyright laws didn’t matter in court or or their case. Any advice on that?

  15. George Monteiro says:

    Have you had any experience with Fadeinonline, Greenlight My Movie or Virtualpitcchfest? I have received personal responses from the people who read or saw my pitches.

  16. Kathy says:

    Hello, I just found this site and I’m a 16 years old screenwriter so it has been helping me very much. Just wanted to say hi and thanks.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Hi Kathy, you’re in the right place if you want to learn all about screenwriting 🙂

  17. Chanderasakera says:

    Is there any way I can speak to one of your professional screenwriters? I have a project I think you may being interested in. Thank you for your time.

  18. Sammie says:

    I have a script on the black list and it’s definitely one of the best screenwriting pitch sites online. Good post. thanks.

  19. Debra says:

    Is this site in any way supported or part of I’m a skeptic who wonders if there ever is anything on the web that is not profit or personal gain driven.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      No we’re not affiliated with IMDb Pro.

  20. Jorge J Prieto says:

    I’ve used INKTIP and yes have had request for two scripts, although they pass. In last 2 years I’ve been doing live pitches on Stage32 and though once again no request, by the way they charge $30 for eight minutes, I have used them as a practice tool and to discover what is on their (the Executives) and where my scripts are as far as story/protagonists in a very brief pitch. One of the last pitch I did, the Executive someone you’ve all seen his work, gave me a great score, loved the story, but his company is currently producing a similar story. My story deal with bullying and a school shooting. Mind you I wrote this years before the New York stabbing/murder of a student on one of his bullies. Thank you for all that you do for writers

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Jorge – good luck with your scripts.

  21. Duncan says:

    The problem with Black List is their paid reviewers are given guidelines by BL against which to review your scripts. One might think no problem, but have you any idea what these guidelines are? They are not: Is it funny? Is it compelling? Is it original or clichéd? Do the pages turn? etc. Their guidelines are: Is there a strong single protagonist? What is the central character’s motivation? Does the main character have a clear arc? Does this sound familiar to you? It seems Black List adopts a simple model for script evaluation. As a consequence if you do not have a central protagonist you will be marked down. If you don’t explicitly state a character’s motivation (they are not too bright some of these reviewers) you will be marked down. If you have underlying themes, use irony, etc., these are unlikely to be spotted or understood (in my experience). It’s would be best to write formulaic stuff – as we know it’s the rehashing of old idea that keeps the industry afloat.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Interesting comments, Duncan, thanks. We definitely don’t hand out set guidelines for our readers to follow – we’re more about trying to bring out what the writer’s trying to accomplish.

    2. Stephen Vega says:

      Duncan, yes those comments sound familiar. It sounds like novel ideas will not get made into movies, which is a shame.

  22. Lino Mugwanga says:

    Hi Amanda
    Off all the advice I have read today, yours has been the best. Especially your advice on IDMbPRO.

    1. SRP says:

      Thanks Lino!

  23. Michael Trotta says:

    Do these sites handle novels?

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