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The Poe Contest

The Poe Contest

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Richmond, VA

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Email: info@poefilmfestival.com

Contact: Rita Lee Kane, Coordinator

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Objective

The Poe Contest mission is to recognize and reward fresh voices and creative storytelling, and to assist writers in their quest to obtain representation and produce their work.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early November 21, 2017 $35.00 for features and $25.00 for shorts 33
Regular January 2, 2018 $45.00 for features and $35.00 for shorts 75
Final February 2, 2018 $50.00 for features and $40.00 for shorts 106

The highest scoring feature or short submitted on October 31, 2017, will be entered into our Halloween contest and will be awarded a cash prize of $100, and will be eligible for later awards.

Notification: March 14, 2018

Rules

  • This contest is open to anyone except all employees and immediate family members of Poe Film Festival, LLC.
  • Multiple entries are permissible, but require a separate entry form and entry fee for each script. Following submission, no substitutions of new drafts, corrections or revisions of any kind will be considered or accepted, including revisions to the submitted logline.
  • The judge scoresheet contains numbered scores for format, theme, characters, dialogue, pacing, level of intrigue, voice, and Poe-like originality, as well as brief comments as to what works and what doesn’t work in the story. Finalists may submit to later Poe Film Festival contests with a completely different screenplay. Non-finalists may resubmit their screenplays to later contests without restriction.
  • Adaptations from other works are permissible if in the public domain and/or with the author’s legal written permission. Entrants alone, and not Poe Film Festival, are liable for any unauthorized use or adaptation of a copyrighted or protected work.
  • Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the contest prize(s).
  • Writers under the age of 18 years must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
  • The work or submitted material must not be under a current option agreement, or may not have been previously sold or produced for profit.
  • Writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that the contest administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments on prize money to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
  • Writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writers Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country to protect ownership interests in the screenplay submitted.
  • You must retain at least one copy of the submitted material, and you understand that all material we receive cannot and will not be returned under any circumstances.
  • Required length of your work: Feature – (80 to 140 pages), Shorts – (up to 40 pages) If a feature screenplay of more than 120 pages is submitted, the contest judge in his/her discretion may not consider or read pages beyond page 120. Entrants are encouraged to tighten up their work to meet these required lengths.
  • All entries must be received by the listed Final Deadline. Poe Film Festival is not responsible for late, lost, unacceptably formatted, corrupt, or incorrect submissions. To assure proper handling of scripts and entry fees, writers are encouraged to submit through an account at this website.
  • During the contest period, contestants may submit their screenplay to any other person, contest, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization. Contestants retain all rights to their screenplay, subject to the terms and agreements contained herein.
  • By submitting to this contest, you warrant and guarantee that you are the sole originator of the idea and that you have the legal right to submit it for judging.
  • You understand that your logline and screenplay will be reviewed by our employees and our judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of these employees or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours and you hereby waive any claim that Poe Film Festival, Poe Films, its employees or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or script.
  • No agreement for compensation, other than prizes listed, has been implied.
  • Poe Film Festival intends to submit the winning script titles, writers’ names, and loglines to InkTip and Moviebytes.com for publication. Poe Film Festival will not duplicate, broadcast or cause to be published any script pages to any third party other than to contest judges.
  • When your screenplay, application, and payment have all been received, you will be notified by email. Please provide an appropriate email address. If your email address changes, it is your responsibility to let us know through the contact information at the Poe Film Festival website.
  • By entering this contest and in the event you are declared a semi-finalist, finalist or winner, you understand and accept that Poe Films will be permitted to use your name, script title and logline in its website and for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
  • All contest participants understand and agree with the following:
    Poe Film Festival may develop a series or documentary style program based on the inner workings of the contest and the production resulting therefrom. Poe Film Festival reserves the right to contact contestants with offers to participate in any such production. Contestants are under no obligation to participate therein. Contest applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges. Poe Film Festival has the right to add to the prizes at any time, without notice, and/or substitute prizes of equal or greater value.

Awards

First place features and first place shorts receive a Poe custom certificate and InkTip prize packages. Second and third place winners receive logline internet listings. The highest scoring feature or short script submitted on October 31, 2017, will be entered into our Halloween contest and will be awarded a cash prize of $100. Other prizes to be announced.

The Poe Contest

Contact

Richmond, VA

Web: Click here
Email: info@poefilmfestival.com

Contact: Rita Lee Kane, Coordinator

Report Card

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The Poe Contest

Contact

Richmond, VA

Web: Click here
Email: info@poefilmfestival.com

Contact: Rita Lee Kane, Coordinator

Report Card

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Professionalism: n/a (0.0/5.0)
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Signficance: n/a (0.0/5.0)
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Contest News

Poe Films Names Poe Contest Winners

Bob Giordano of Springfield, TN, has been named the winner of The Poe Contest for his thriller "The Odds," about an abused but strong-willed woman who competes in a gruesome contest against unseen virtual competitors in a winner-take-all test of survival.

Features:

First place, Bob Giordano of Springfield, TN, "The Odds," thriller drama. An abused but strong-willed woman competes in a gruesome contest against unseen virtual competitors in a winner-take-all test of survival.

Second place, Rosalyn Rosen of Austin, TX, "Supremacy," drama. The daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors interviews a neo-Nazi for her new book -- an interview subject who was nothing that she could have imagined.

Third place, Doug Bost of Brooklyn, NY, "The Bride in the Box," mystery drama. On a summer vacation at a remote Maine house, a seven-year-old girl investigates a local ghost legend about a doomed bride who seems to work through the girl to complete her wedding ceremony.

Shorts:

First place, Bill Brock of Midlothian, VA, "I'll Have Another," drama. Jack Hartley meets Sarah Kendall for a dinner date with the help of an online website. Triumphs and regrets are shared, but one secret cannot be revealed.

Second place, Mark Lalonde of Montreal, Quebec, "The Mother Lode," dark comedy. After the death of their eldest child in a horrifying accident, a couple happily realizes that, thanks to the two children they have left, they have struck the mother lode.

Third place, Caroline Hoover of Richmond, VA, "The Crow," drama-mystery. Elliot, 9, on his first ever camping trip, cannot sleep with horrifying sounds of nature outside his tent.

Updated: 02/27/2017
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The Poe Contest

Contact

Richmond, VA

Web: Click here
Email: info@poefilmfestival.com

Contact: Rita Lee Kane, Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Professionalism: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 0    
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