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WriteMovies Summer 2017 Screenwriting Competition

WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition

Contact

264 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Suite 1132
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(206) 203-1256 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@writemovies.com

Contact: John Sullivan, Competitions & Consulting Facilitator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 72    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

Thank you to everyone who has entered the contest so far, we’re really pleased with the screenplay submissions this time around! We’ve decided to extend a little longer to give teleplay and book writers a bigger chance in our “Book with the Best Screen Potential” and “Best Teleplay or Pilot” awards. As we only introduced those two new awards late in the contest, we’re extending the contest by two weeks to give writers more time to make the most of them! Further film screenplay submissions will also be welcome of course but we’re especially keen to extend our offerings for book and teleplay writers at this time to make the most of the judging capacity we’ve made available.

This way more authors and TV writers can take advantage of our “Book with the Best Screen Potential” and “Best Teleplay or Pilot” awards – since we’re pleased with the number of movie screenplays already submitted we’ll be focusing on submissions for the new prizes in these weeks.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 10/01/2017

Notification: Quarter-finalists: October 6th - Semi-finalists: October 20th - Winners: November 3rd

Rules

Entries must have cover sheet with contact info in order to be considered. Please see website for complete rules and guidelines.

“Book with Best Screen Potential” Award - The winner will get FREE Development Notes to help them adapt it to a screenplay or documentary (or to help them find a screenwriter who can), and a free re-entry to our next main contest for their redrafted work.

“Best Teleplay or Pilot” - The winner of this award will receive free Development Notes to help make their teleplay or pilot break through and a free re-entry to our next main contest for their redrafted work. With on-demand bringing the best shows into our homes whenever we want them, the appetite for scripted TV shows is massive.

Awards

  • Grand Prize: $2,000 in cash and guaranteed representation. 1 Full year of script mentoring for the winners, including development notes on all re-writes of winning scripts. Worth $3,200
  • Up to $1 million in option monies from the A-List producers we work with. If an established studio/production company with theatrical credits wishes to option the script, we will fly the winner to Los Angeles and pay (up to $4,000) for their accommodation. We will pitch the top three projects to relevant production companies (such as Neal Moritz Productions, Bruckheimer Films, Scott Rudin Prods.) and studios (Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal, etc.). You keep ALL the option/sales money up to $1m. The Grand Prize winner is also pitched to several literary agencies and management companies as well as non-US companies to increase the chances of a sale. We will pitch your script to companies such as CAA, ICM, William Morris Endeavor, ACME, The Gage Group, etc. The names of the top three winners and their projects are mentioned in press releases and on the web.
  • The second-place winner will receive our free Platinum consulting package.
  • The third-place winner will receive our free Gold consulting package. Intensive pitch coaching to help you get immediate attention and stand out as a pro amongst the hordes of wannabes.
  • InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Winners will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine so they can promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives. Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.s sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.

WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition

Contact

264 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Suite 1132
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(206) 203-1256 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@writemovies.com

Contact: John Sullivan, Competitions & Consulting Facilitator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 72    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition

Contact

264 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Suite 1132
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(206) 203-1256 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@writemovies.com

Contact: John Sullivan, Competitions & Consulting Facilitator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 72    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

WMC36 Quarterfinalists Announced

WriteMovies has announced quarterfinalist for their 36th Writing Contest from the nearly 1000 screenplays, books, plays, short stories and articles that were submitted. (UPDATED)

Updated: 08/22/2014

WMC Announces Contest Results

Cog and the Machine, by Harris Doran, has been named the winner of the lastest (WMC 35) WriteMovie Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 07/11/2014

WMC Announces Contest Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 03/02/2014

WriteMovies Announces Contest #34 Semifinalists

Semifinalists have been announced for the WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 02/13/2014

WriteMovies Hosts Contest Luncheon

Louise's Trattoria in Los Angeles played host to the WriteMovies winners' luncheon on December 12, 2011. Hosted by WriteMovies' Freddie DeLaVega, contest winners from France, Tennessee, New York and Los Angeles were in attendance to meet with industry experts and discuss their future and winning scripts. Also in attendance were former Universal Executive and Producer Peter Saphier, Chris Lockhart, Story Editor at WME, and Creative Executive for Mutual Film Co., Greg Rodgers.

Updated: 01/03/2012

WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition

Contact

264 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Suite 1132
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(206) 203-1256 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@writemovies.com

Contact: John Sullivan, Competitions & Consulting Facilitator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 72    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Eddie Yaroch

An interview with screenwriter Eddie Yaroch regarding the WriteMovies Writing Competition.


Eddie Yaroch
Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: "A Ghost Story Of Christmas"

I took "A Christmas Carol," modernized it with married professional ghost hunters and equipment, ala "The Conjuring," and added goblins from Dickens' "Pickwick Papers."

The twist is that Scrooge's former fiancee, Belle, is one of the ghost hunters. She and her husband run a carnival that is about to be taken away from them unless they and their spirit-seeing dog, Casper, help Scrooge with his ghost problems.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: Write Movies Contest (WMC) has an excellent report card on your site. Plus, there were two categories: Monthly and WMC36. Ironically, I entered the Monthly contest by mistake and that's where I won Third Place!

I've entered over 15 other contests, including WMC36, and am awaiting the results.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: WMC was having all kinds of website issues while I was trying to enter. It took a week of efforts to finally get entered. That cost me missing the early deadline so my fee increased, but, like I said, the glitches may have led me to inadvertently enter the Monthly contest and end up placing Third. No complaints!

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: After writing an outline, it took about a month of evenings and weekends to write in longhand. There's only one draft, but that longhand version has scribbles, crossouts, arrows, footnotes and sweat stains galore. I don't tend to spit it all out and fix later. Crazy as it sounds, I fix as I go. Then it's tweaking and spellcheck and rephrasing.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Movie Magic software. It does the trick and not that expensive.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: No no no. I am actually a San Diego actor who writes occasionally when the muse strikes, which so far has been seven times for feature screenplays and a one-act play. Right now, the muse is telling me to adapt "A Ghost Story Of Christmas" into a madcap play with a handful of brilliant comic actors.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: When I get stuck, I go for a long walk. Ideas seem to loosen themselves up and bubble to the surface. Hot showers are good, too. The water bill goes up when I'm writing, which is not good in southern CA.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I have a BFA in Theatre from the University of MN-Duluth. The first thing I wrote (after my one-act about domestic violence) was a spec pilot script called "Up Down Under." It was at the height of "Crocodile Dundee" mania and my pilot was about an Australian foreign exchange student living with an American family like the Cosbys.

I then wrote a spec "Tales From The Crypt" that dealt with superstitions and a cursed town under the spell of a black cat.

Then it was six full-length screenplays over the years. One of them, "Class President," I produced and directed on 35MM in a small town in South Dakota for $137,000 (loans, maxed credit cards and investors).

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Not if I can avoid it. San Diego is a nice distance and I can visit LA, if needed.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: The play version of AGSOC, just in time for Christmas!

Posted Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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