Logline: During the Great Depression, a young woman is murdered near a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Upstate New York. In an attempt to find her killer, a detective discovers the answer lies hidden in the confluence of three murders, complicated romances, and an enormous drug smuggling operation.
Browsing: THE LAUNCH PAD
Logline: After three centuries as an assassin for the ruthless Sumerian demon to whom she sold her soul after being burned at the stake, one woman gives up her powers and must live as a human, atoning for her past sins and seeking a way to banish all demons.
Logline: When his illness comes back full force after 22 years, a high-functioning schizophrenic who runs a private security firm finds himself deep in a word of paranoia and danger. After he’s locked up for murdering a client, he begins to realize that his medication may have been tampered with, and that he is at the center of an elaborate conspiracy.
Logline: A music talent agent travels to Key West to scout an act, but finds his prospective young superstar has the ability to breathe underwater, and his unique gifts may be the key to something much bigger than a pop music career.
Logline: A reverend and his son are entrusted with an ancient secret by a wealthy family in the Dakota Territory in the late 19th century.
Logline: With only a graphic novel inspired by her little sister’s kidnapping to her name, a struggling artist moves to New York in order to pursue her dream of getting the work published. After she is rejected by all but one publishing house, she becomes roommates with an ex-con harboring secrets of a similarly dark past, and the two team up on the graphic novel, attempting to help one another overcome their respective traumas in the process.
Logline: A washed-up former boxer finds a chance to make amends for past mistakes and repair his relationship with his estranged daughter when he takes on the responsibility of helping to alleviate massive gambling debts accumulated by his old boxing adversary, the father of his daughter’s new fiance.
Logline: After a nobleman finds himself amongst rebels when a cruel prince murders his parents and tries to take over the Empire using dark magic, a spirit offers him the ability to avenge his family, but not without a catch – it will cost him his very soul.
Logline: A washed up FBI agent is blackmailed into doing the bidding of a powerful pharmaceutical company after they kidnap his newborn baby and implant a bomb in her body.
Logline: On the day of his forced retirement in 1888 New Zealand, a police inspector reexamines the biggest failure of his lengthy career – a series of gruesome murders committed by a notoriously elusive gang.
Logline: An impoverished young woman is accepted into the prestigious academy deep in space where Earth trains its warriors to fight off alien invasions.
Logline: A man returns to his small Montana hometown to get revenge on the corrupt town responsible for his father’s unjust death by utilizing an intricate plan to con and bankrupt the entire community with a boxing match starring two of the world’s most famous boxers.
Logline: After a mysterious arcade game, sent back to us from after the extinction of humanity by an artificial intelligence, appears to be able to impact the real-life future, two arcade employees must figure out how to use it for good.
Smith’s manuscript THE FOURTH COURIER is described as A Most Wanted Man meets Bridge of Spies, and is a current Top 10 Finalist in the 2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.
Lampert’s script I Love College is described as Greek meets Mean Girls, and it generated considerable buzz from the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, where it placed in the Top 25.
This year’s finalists come from a wide range of genres, from heart-wrenching period dramas to pulse-pounding thrillers, and feature teen sleuths, charming sociopaths, very real magicians, 19th Century gold miners, and everything in between.
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Over half of this year’s Top 25 come from female authors, and a handful are written by authors hailing from countries abroad. From fantastical young adult fare to sci-fi adventure epics, the Top 25 manuscripts feature an array of genres, ranging from rom-coms to dark comedies to the darkest of thrillers.
Half of this year’s Top 50 manuscripts come from female authors, and over 25 percent from writers abroad. This year’s Top 50 also features a wide range of genres, with everything from fantasy and thrillers, to period dramas and comedic sci-fi.