Screenplay & Screenwriting Contests

Screenwriting Contests are competitions in which writers submit completed feature-length or short screenplays to be judged on different story elements. Prizes from screenwriting contests can be anything from receiving notes, all the way to taking meetings with agents and managers. While there are now many available, the best screenwriting contests usually offer a yearly monetary fellowship and or meetings with industry professionals and often lead to representation if a screenplay becomes a finalist in that competition.

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Monday Morning Editor’s Picks: Managing Script Notes

There’s been a bit of a buzz on Twitter lately as to whether script consultants are worth the price or not. Personally, I believe they are, and I’ll address the reasons why in an upcoming Balls of Steel column, but for today, let’s focus on some tools available to improve your script. I have...

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Writer’s Edge: All About Screenwriting Contests

As a screenwriter, you should be entering screenwriting contests to further your career. The reason for that is not necessarily to try and win a cash prize. It is to make significant contacts that can lead you to your ultimate goal of selling your scripts. There are contests that you should enter and many...

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Monday Morning Editor’s Picks – Selling Your Screenplay

Let’s just assume you have a perfectly polished screenplay. I say that because the number one step to selling your screenplay is having a great script! So, let’s just assume you already did the work, the rewrites, the polishes, the analyzing of feedback. Here are the tools I have used over the years to help...

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Screenwriter’s Guidepost: Can Screenwriting Contests Advance Your Career?

Question: “Can entering screenwriting contests really help my screenwriting career?” Beyond winning and losing, it depends on you. With the allocation of time required for reading guidelines, financial resources for entry fees, and research required to identify the best contests, writers can find themselves investing more time on entering contests than on writing. While...

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Why The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest Stands Out

Three years ago, my team and I had an idea for a new kind of screenwriting contest. We called it The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest, and in it, we: Provide a logline from a Industry Insider Ask screenwriters to submit a 15-page spec screenplay based on that logline Mentor the top ten screenwriters through...

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Why You Should Write a Short Film Screenplay

I recently signed my first NDA for a feature-length writing assignment. I did it without an agent (although I’ve had one), without living in L.A. (although I was born there), and without pinning a producer to the file cabinet with brass brads until s/he agreed to read one of my scripts (although I have...

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Balls of Steel: Seize the Day… and the Opportunity

We are raised to plan for the future. Upon our birth, our parents start squirreling away money for a college fund, fantasizing about their offspring becoming doctors, lawyers… I’m sure, rarely artists. Regardless, they optimistically make plans for us and for our rosy future. But what if there is no future? What if ‘future’...

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Balls of Steel: Adapting Your Script into a Novel

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I know, I know, we’re screenwriters, but indulge me for a bit. I’m about to challenge you. Double-dog dare you, in fact. I would like you to consider adapting your script into a novel. Last year I participated in the challenge of writing a 50,000-word novel in...

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Unscripted: Screenwriting Contests

QUESTION of the day: Which screenwriting contests do you think are best and why? Chime in on our Facebook page now! Speaking of contests, the deadline is fast approaching for a contest with a twist… getting your script published as a novel! Check out the Screenplay Replay Contest – deadline September 30th. Improve Your...