Is your script turning us off before we even turn to Page 1?

Your cover page speaks volumes.
This cover page screams Newbie Writer!

You might be surprised to learn that your cover page speaks volumes to industry pros. You can convince us you are an inexperienced screenwriter before we even open your script. Your cover page is more telling than you think.

No Special Fonts For The Title

Stick with 12 point Courier or Courier Final Draft. It’s what we’re used to. You don’t gain any points for a unique cover page. And your time is better spent proofing your script than searching for a clever font.

Don’t List The Draft Number

Not only do we not care, but if it is your seventh draft we may think you are a one trick pony, endlessly rewriting the same script. On the other hand, why would you brag that it’s a first draft? That says it probably needs to be honed and polished. Draft information is for you only unless you’re working on a project in active development. Then we’re looking for a draft date not a draft number.

No Draft Dates

No matter when or why we are reading it, we prefer to feel it’s new rather than a piece of material that’s been around the block. Back in the dark ages, the agent I was working for had me white out the draft date on a script before copying it and sending them out. All scripts should feel brand new. It makes them seem special. If something is just now going out, there’s more buzz than there is for a script that has been lying around.

Just The Facts Ma’am

TITLE, all caps centered. No need to underline.

Contact info in the lower right corner, near the bottom of the page, left justified:

Your name.
Your address.
Your phone number.
Your email address.


You can add a WGA registration number or US copyright number in the lower left hand corner of the page. Left justified.

The Look

When printing out a script on paper, offset the margins to allow for brads. Back in the olden days, we’d make the left margin about three-quarters of an inch wider than the right to account for brads or, more often, script covers which might have a fold as wide as an inch. Take a moment to measure so your title is really centered.

Honestly, none of these no-nos will keep anyone from reading your script. You might get an eye roll, but we’re still going to turn the page and hope for a great story.