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Writers Place

The Writers Place

Contact

P.O. Box 11426
Pensacola, FL 32524-1426
850-476-1405 (voice)
850-476-1039 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Jim Fischer, Cofounder/Director of Administration

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 21    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

To assist the aspiring screenwriter in realizing his/her dream of becoming a professional screenwriter. To eliminate industry chokepoints that stifle creativity and impede screenplay access to managers,agents & producers.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

  1. Full-length scripts - not more than 130 pages.
  2. Half-hour shorts or teleplays - not more than 45 pages.
  3. Submissions must be in Engish
  4. Submissions must use 12-point Courier font.
  5. Pages should be numbered.
  6. 3-hole punch & brads with front & back cover.
  7. No promotional material.
  8. No shooting scripts.
  9. Scipts must be copyrighted or registered with the WGA.
  10. Entry form, release form & appropriate fee must accompany each submission.
  11. May enter more than one script.
  12. $10 administrative charge for scripts submitted after contest period deadline.

Awards

Winning & placing scripts are submitted to managers, agents and/or producers; Final Draft Screenwriting Software or commensurate cash; and yearly magazine subscriptions of major industry periodicals.

The Writers Place

Contact

P.O. Box 11426
Pensacola, FL 32524-1426
850-476-1405 (voice)
850-476-1039 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Jim Fischer, Cofounder/Director of Administration

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 21    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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The Writers Place

Contact

P.O. Box 11426
Pensacola, FL 32524-1426
850-476-1405 (voice)
850-476-1039 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Jim Fischer, Cofounder/Director of Administration

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 21    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

TWP Announces Latest Contest Winners

The Writers Place (TWP) has announced the winners of its May through October 2014 screenplay competition.

Updated: 01/01/2015

Writers Place Announces Latest Finalists

The Writers Place (TWP) has announced the finalists for their May 2014 through October 2014 screenplay competition.

Updated: 11/30/2014

The Writers Place (TWP) Announces November 2013 - April 2014 Contest Winners

American Bred by Justin Chambers has been named the winner of the latest Writers Place Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 07/02/2014

TWP Announces Nov. - April Screenplay Finalists

The Writers Place (TWP) has announced the finalists for its November 2013 through April 2014 screenplay competition.

Updated: 06/03/2014

TWP Announces Latest Contest Winners

Thomas Jannetta's Maiden Flight has been named the winner of the The Writers Place (TWP) May 2013 through October 2013 Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 01/01/2014

The Writers Place

Contact

P.O. Box 11426
Pensacola, FL 32524-1426
850-476-1405 (voice)
850-476-1039 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Jim Fischer, Cofounder/Director of Administration

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 21    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Debi Calabro

An interview with screenwriter Debi Calabro regarding the Writers Place Writing Competition.

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

A: Life in the Fast Lane is a one hour TV pilot dramedy about a diverse group of race horse fans who are drawn together for better or worse.

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

A: I entered the script into this contest because when I read the co-founders bio's they were very impressive. I finished writing the script not too long ago so I just started entering it into contest. The Writers Place was the first I heard from and, of course, I am very excited about the win especially considering who the co-founders are.

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: They are an extremely organized Company and promptly contacted me as they did the other winners of this contest in a separate email which I thought was very classy.

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

A: It usually takes me a good month to write the first draft of a script but for some reason it only took about a week to write this one. I think it might be because I'm a racehorse advocate and owner so knowing a lot about the subject made it easy to write. I do not outline. I think it's a waste of time. I used to outline but realized that by time I finished a script it was completely different than the outline. But others consider outlining a must. Go figure. I only did about two drafts on this script but that was unusual. I usually write at least 10 before it's good enough to send out.

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

A: I've been using Final Draft since I started writing 15 years ago. I never needed to use anything else.

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

A: I try to write everyday for at least a couple of hours. I think it's very important though to take a break every now and than just to clear your head. But no longer than a week or two.

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

A: Yes, I definitely get writer's block and when I do that's when I know it's time to take a break.

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

A: I've been writing scripts for about 15 years. I'v written about 10 screenplays in all genres, except horror. I'm too much of a chicken for that. Wrote one TV script which is Life in the Fast Lane. I've study the art of script writing by taking courses, reading many books and writing, writing, writing. Oh, and rewriting.

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

A: I live in NYC but have many connections out in LA. It might be easier to live there in this business but I'm too much of a New Yorker to consider living anywhere else.

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

A: I have a script in development right now so I'm focused on that. I will also continue to pursue pitching Life in the Fast Lane to network and cable TV. I recently finished writing a one location script and have it out to a couple of companies. I have other story ideas but I really want to focus on getting what I have done already off the ground because I'm sure at one point or another I'll be doing a rewrite on anyone of them and want to keep my head clear.

Posted Tuesday, January 6, 2015