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National Lampoon's Girlz Rule 
Script Contest 


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NLGR Contest Submission Form

New Submission Dates: November 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024

Winners will be notified by April 30, 2024

Announced at the Cannes Film Festival 2024

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The National Lampoon Company presents the NATIONAL LAMPOON’S GIRLZ RULE SCRIPT CONTEST (“NLGR Script Contest”) launched in association with Women in Film & Television US (“WIFT US”). The contest is also open to Washington DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) Alum. This partnership seeks to provide women scriptwriters - LGBTQ+, women of color (Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latino), all religions, professional or amateur status, any race, ethnicity, country of origin, native language, political orientation, or sexual preference - with an opportunity to submit their scripts and be part of the GIRLZ RULE feature film series to be produced by National Lampoon. (#GirlzRule)

NLGR Script Contest seeks comedies and parodies of every kind that appeal to a wide audience. The scripts NL GIRLZ RULE seeks are intelligent, with cutting-edge wit, combined with some satire. National Lampoon has an illustrious history in the comedy genre beginning with its first film produced in 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House, one of the most successful comedies ever.

Carol Bidault de l’Isle (“Daliland”) and Jerry Daigle ("Love, Wedding, Marriage" and "Odd Thomas") are set to produce the films. They along with Nancy McBride, WIFT US President will also participate in the review and determine the finalists.

National Lampoon and its NL GIRLZ RULE, LLC will sponsor the submissions process. Submissions will be free, at no cost to the writer, and will be accepted from: November 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024

Winners will be notified by April 30, 2024

Announced at the Cannes Film Festival 2024


For further information, please reach out to your local Women in Film and Television Chapter:

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1.     Scriptwriters must be women 18 years or older;

2.     Writer MUST be an Active Member of a WIFT US member Organization or DCIFF alum (see or for more details);;

3.     Script needs to be copyrighted (registered with the U.S. Copyright Office);

4.     Scripts must be feature-length (minimum of 80 pages, maximum of 120 pages);

5.     Scripts must feature women in both in number and quality of the characters

6.     The screenplay must be submitted in English;

7.     There are no limitations or restrictions as to the date of authorship of submitted screenplay materials;

8.    The screenplay submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, any third party prior to entering the screenplay competition;

9.     Screenplay should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin;

10.   Title and name of screenwriter(s) and contact information on the cover page is required along with the Copyright information.



  1. NL GIRLZ RULE will select at least two (2) and up to six (6) scripts to develop for production. These scripts do not need to be sequels of previously produced NL features;

  2. All Submissions will be submitted via an online submission form. Scripts will be emailed to:;

  3. Submissions must be in PDF file format, the title ONLY indicated in the PDF file name;

  4. On the title page, include phone and email of main writer, list all writers, as well as WIFT US chapter affiliation;

  5. There is no limit to how many submissions each writer can submit, however, we must do a new submission for each title;

  6. All material submitted to the screenplay contests must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s);

  7. Screenplays must be submitted by the credited female writer. Screenplays and scripts written by women writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s);  

  8. All writers must be credited on the title page;

  9. Once submitted, the script will be promptly assigned to analysts and judges, and the reading and scoring begins. No Revisions, rewrites, addenda, or substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered screenplay or script material will be accepted;

  10. All copyright, ownership and derivative rights to the material submitted to the NL Girlz Rule Contest remains with the original rights holders and/or author; 

  11. By submitting material to the Contest, the writer gives Contest administrators permission to promote the work and the writer to third parties at their sole discretion. By submitting material to the contest, you agree to hold The National Lampoon Company, LLC, NL Girlz Rule, LLC, Producers, WIFT US, its officers, managers, employees, contractors, and representatives of all kinds harmless against any and all claims. No assurances, warranties, or guarantees are either implicitly or explicitly made as to the efforts or lack of response by any and all third parties to whom NL Girlz Rule, LLC may send or transmit material;

  12. Writer acknowledges that any and all written feedback and analysis commentary is proprietary to the NLGR Script Contest. NLGR Script Contest will not provide any written feedback to the Writer. Scores and comments are in accordance with current professional film and television industry standards, but writer accepts that the process is purely subjective pursuant to the judgment and opinion of the individual reader-analyst and agrees not to request, demand, or suggest alternate, different, or revised written feedback; no guarantees of satisfaction on the part of the writer are expressed or implied.


  1. Online submission form ( includes: One page summary, logline, short synopsis, locations, confirmation that all writers are women;

  2. Copyrighted Script, with title page with contact information (Writer’s Name, phone and email) in pdf;

  3. Proof of copyright registration.


  • All Submissions will be read by a committee of Story Analysts assembled by WIFT US.

  • Writer(s) will not be able to modify their submission after submission;

  • READERS and top scripts evaluators are in the industry;

  • The Producers, Carol Bidault de l’Isle, Jerry Daigle will determine the finalists;

  • All scores are final and purely at the discretion of the Judging Panel;

  • Finalists will be optioned by the franchise and scripts will be optioned and purchased at standard industry rates (depending on the final budget determined by NL GIRLZ RULE, LLC ) 

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QUESTION: I am not a member of WIFT US, how do I submit?

ANSWER: Join a Women in Film & Television organization near you. Check the website ( for the nearest affiliate near you. Please note, individuals cannot join WIFT US, please join a WIFT organization near you.


QUESTION: I am one of the writers of this script I would like to submit, but the other writer(s) are male, can I submit?

ANSWER: No, all writers must be women


QUESTION: My script is not registered with the US Copyright Office, nor the WGA. Can I submit?

ANSWER: NO, only scripts that have proof of copyright registration will be accepted. The registration number should be listed on title page.


QUESTION: I have submitted my screenplay to other competitions and contests, can I submit to the NLGR Script Contest?

ANSWER: Yes, we do not require exclusivity, however, once we move to the Finals, we do request to have the exclusive rights for the next six months. 

SUBMISSION FORM: Opens: November 1, 2023 / Closes:  March 31, 2024

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