Kirsten - I've not seen the email you've got, but mine clearly states that I will get an Award
"If this script is submitted, it will definitely receive an award"
They guarantee it because the person who emailed me is the organiser.
"How do I KNOW you will win an award? I am the co-owner of this festival and I say so."
So no judging panel, quality of other scripts is irrelevant, any normal criteria for winning is out of the window etc
Just pay $25 and get an award, unethical and devaules this award to be worthless