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Submissions Insanity # 11: How To Win Screenwriting Competitions

If you enter the word “screenwriting” into Google, you’ll discover from its Autocomplete function that after “software,” “competitions” is the second most popular search term on the web. But how do screenwriters WIN or place highly in screenwriting competitions, my Bang2writers always ask? Well, from my time sifting through submissions for screenwriting contests, schemes...

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Breaking & Entering: Sex Tips for Screenwriters

When I was in college, one of my favorite books was Sex Tips for Girls by the sublime Cynthia Heimel. She is as explicitly informative as she is wickedly funny. Her pointers on dating, love, and sex range from the utterly practical to the downright devilish. Not that I’m shallow, but would you have...

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Legally Speaking, It Depends – Screenplay Contests

There are about as many different variations of screenplay contests as the screenplays that are entered in them. Each has its attractions and detriments, risks and rewards. With so much variety it is hard to make generalizations as to what contests a writer should enter and which ones should be avoided. This article will...

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Short Circuit: Spotlight – Nashville Film Festival

There’s a new posse ridin’ into the short screenplay circuit and they are comin’ in guns ablazin’. With ten short screenplay categories, this is one roundup you won’t want to miss at Country Music capital’s Nashville Film Festival on April 17–26, 2014! Historic and high-profile, the NaFF has been around for 45 years, but...

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Monday Morning Editor Picks: Screenwriting Contests

Screenwriters often ask me if screenwriting contests are truly a way to break into the industry. The more popular contests consist of submitting a feature-length script, but The Writers Store sponsored contests provide a much more unique way of getting noticed. I urge you to check them out! For tips on prepping your script...

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Short Circuit: Spotlight – Sidewalk Film Festival

By Dan Goforth Occasionally, I try to spotlight individual film festivals to give you a flavor of what they’re like. One of my favorite events is the Sidewalk Film Festival, named one of the “Top 25 coolest film festivals” by Movie Maker magazine. Time called it one of the “Top ten festivals for the...

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Submissions Insanity #4: Screenwriting Contests

By Lucy V. Hay So last month I was reading screenplay submissions for the Actors’ Read Through at London Screenwriters’ Festival in October. Delegates were asked to submit a short excerpt of their script for actors to read at the event, so writers might hear how their words on the page actually sound. I...