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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Frederick Mensch Author: Frederick Mensch Posted: 12/17/2014 01:17 PM
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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

regina junior Author: regina junior Posted: 12/15/2014 02:41 PM
ODARA: Wife of MANSA MUSA first runner up in October/November 2014 finalist!!! Thank Jared Dune

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

tom jeffery Author: tom jeffery Posted: 12/13/2014 11:43 AM
Please could moviebytes check into these scam competitions before placing them on their contest lists. It would save the amateur screenwriter a lot of time and money. Maybe there needs to be more criteria to be placed on this site. Just a suggestion.

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Frederick Mensch Author: Frederick Mensch Posted: 12/12/2014 11:29 PM
FYI, as of 12/12/2014, this contest has ceased operations.

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/12/2014 03:47 PM
Thanks for the response very helpful. Cheers. And congrats all who made the finals cheers

Patrick

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 12/12/2014 01:24 PM
Patrick...Having people read for you is a lot of help. But in the end it all comes down to taste, assuming you've hit some of the basic notes, which I'll list: 1) No typos or as few as possible 2) Do your research, even on mundane stuff. 3) Never describe ANYTHING that is not SHOWN on screen. 4) If you're going to depart from classic structure, have a good reason. 5) Don't write what you've already seen. If you got into top 10, that's GREAT. That means you are writing at a solid level. I'm not much for coverage. I've gotten some and often found it badly written and unfocused. Then again, I got GREAT feedback from the Austin Film Festival (The biggest raves I got) yet I never came close to winning! The contest circuit is SUBJECTIVE as is the whole evaluation process. If someone doesn't like a script about rabid penguins, it won't move, no matter how well you've written it. I posted my comments here because I see several negative reviews for the Big Break Contest and I know they are a HIGHLY respected contest. Once you enter they really owe you nothing but a read. If your material doesn't connect, you're out. It's just that simple. Last year I didn't get into the first round! This year I'm in the top 3 and won other contests and management. You have to keep pushing, love movies and strive to put your blood into the pages. Best of luck to all and thanks again to FD Big Break.

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/10/2014 04:27 AM
Just a question for Robert - you've had some success with doing successive drafts - wondering if you use some service or a site to get feedback to help you with your re-drafts.

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Contest: Circus Road[Post New Comment re: Circus Road]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/10/2014 12:00 AM
Well done. I made it as a finalist too but didn't win - of course.

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/09/2014 11:57 PM
Well done Robert and good advice. My script reached the top ten in the Family genre this year but it's about my tenth draft and every time I finish a draft I finish it's gold and a couple of weeks later I think it's trash. The mind certainly plays tricks and it's ahrd to be objective on your own stuff.

Once again congrats and good to see ahrd work does pay off

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Contest: Shore Scripts[Post New Comment re: Shore Scripts]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/09/2014 11:45 PM
Okay maybe I;m justa bit miffed for not even making the qtr finals but I am confused how the winner won for a script that has been in development since 2012 - http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/claire-fowler/little-house/ My assumption would be that if something has already been made into a film then that script would not be a viable contender

Also I should add I did like the script for the third place winner but the subject matter etc for the winner and runner up were atypical

I'll probably have second thoughts before entering in this contest in the future

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 12/09/2014 09:54 PM
Okay, let me get this out of the way first...It's VERY hard to win these contests and you really need to work hard and read a LOT of scripts to do well at all. This year my script won GOLD in the Page Awards, also took 1st place in its genre in the Fresh Voices contest and finished in the top 3 in the Final Draft Big Break contest. Not a bad run! Because of this I acquired management and my script is being shopped around. It's very exciting. But it was VERY hard. In last years Final Draft contest I did not make the 1st round with the same script, and that's because I had not done enough work and refined it. It was the improved versions that won contests and got things moving. I think that many writers knock out a 1st, 2nd and 3rd draft and believe they have something, but a lot of the time they're out-of-touch with the realities of this industry. Depending on the type of script you're writing, you may need 20 drafts to get to that winning version. In some respects you have to write at an even higher level than if you were a working writer! The backlash of dissapointment is palpable, but it's within your power to regain control and write something special. You just have to do the work. As for Final Draft, the contest is REAL. If you do well they MIGHT get you noticed or even sold. The odds are really up to you. I won some and I lost some. Tastes vary and a uniform result is not likely on the contest circuit. In my opinion you should "swing for the fences" and enter the bigger contests like this one. The worst thing I can say is that they were a bit late on some announcements, but that's really not meaningful if you made the finals or won. Bottom line: This is a great contest with the power to change lives. Don't make luck part of your plan. Get to work and write!

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Contest: Circus Road[Post New Comment re: Circus Road]

Harold Jewell Author: Harold Jewell Posted: 12/09/2014 03:42 PM
There were over 400 semifinalists so I wasn't that thrilled to be one of so many. But then I got news that I was one of the 35 finalists, and wow! I'm delighted.

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Contest: Wildsound 1st Scene[Post New Comment re: Wildsound 1st Scene]

Elan Carlson Author: Elan Carlson Posted: 12/08/2014 11:56 AM
WILDsound has been a treasured consultant in every way. Their time and expertise are amazing and so supportive for our writing excellence and success. I'm forever grateful and will submit every future screenplay I write. Thank you!

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

James Kirk Author: James Kirk Posted: 12/07/2014 02:41 PM
I've entered this contest a few times and even had the good fortune of winning one year. Unfortunately nothing whatsoever came of that victory -- I did not get a single phone call or email from anyone in the industry, which was pretty disappointing. Also, they're not great about meeting their own announcement deadlines. Overall, not a bad experience, but not quite up to the high standards of the Page International or Scriptapalooza screenwriting contests...

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

James Kirk Author: James Kirk Posted: 12/07/2014 02:35 PM
I was lucky enough to be a Page winner last year, and I have nothing but good things to say about this contest. Every step of the way, Jennifer and Zoe do it exactly right. They meet their deadlines, respond to email queries, deliver their prizes on time, and do their best to advocate for the winners. Also, great feedback from their readers. Overall, probably the classiest and most prestigious of independent contests (meaning, not associated with the Oscars, Austin Film Festival, etc). If you only enter one contest, seriously consider making it this one...

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Contest: Scriptapalooza TV[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza TV]

James Kirk Author: James Kirk Posted: 12/07/2014 02:29 PM
Like its sister contest, the Scriptapalooza feature contest, Scriptapalooza TV is a classy operation. Scripts get read and evaluated honestly, and they meet their deadlines. Very responsive to emails, and the fact that they advocate for (and publicize) not only the winners but also the finalists is very cool. Thumbs up!

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

James Kirk Author: James Kirk Posted: 12/07/2014 02:25 PM
I was a Scriptapalooza feature contest runner up a few years ago, and I found the experience to be a positive one. Mark Andrushko, who runs the contest, is a class act. He is knowledgeable and dedicated, and I genuinely believe he does his best to advocate for the winners and finalists in his contest. The feedback I've gotten from his readers has also been very solid, insightful and constructive. Overall, I think this is one of the best contests for would-be screenwriters -- and believe me, I know from experience, having entered many over the last five years. There are definitely some sketchy contests out there, but this is not one of them. Strong recommend.

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 12/03/2014 03:01 PM
All I did was ask a couple of perfectly reasonable questions based on comments and issues raised by other contributors to this forum. I have no knowledge of, or affiliation with, anyone on this website whatsoever.

Somehow my questions have been horribly twisted into accusations of collusion with the original complainant and have culminated in personal attacks against me (and, believe it or not, my very gender... because I happened to have mentioned it!). Is it any wonder that I have chosen to keep my profile on this website private?

What I find particularly striking is that the vitriolic comments of the preceding commentators on Screenwriter Staffing have miraculously appeared out of no-where to testify in glowing terms to the contest organizers without any of them ever having posted a comment anywhere on MovieBytes before. This strikes me as particularly odd since most commentators tend to simply relate their experiences, good or bad, without resorting to insulting others or contradicting the experiences of other contributors. It also makes me question the report card ratings which have been magically boosted in recent times. They were substantially below par before I dared to ask about legal action and staffing numbers. [By the way, to claim that "we have a total of 8 people (that includes freelancers)" working full time is an OXYMORON].

If you trace my posting history, you will see that in response to someone complaining about Bankable Script I mentioned that it is a federal offence to accept money across state lines and not honor the contract. A few days later Bankable Script announced they were shutting down the 'contest'. I like to think that by reminding contest organizers of their legal obligations my input saved some fellow screenwriters their hard earned cash.

People who run these 'contests' need to recognize that they are entering into legally binding contracts. If they fail to honor those contracts they are breaking the law. As a consumer I have every right to ask questions about where and to whom my money is being sent.

How can any potential entrant not be deeply suspicious of any competition organizer that purports to have an entire "legal department" in their employ (with its own email address no less!!!)? Anyone who has ever hired an attorney can tell you how obscenely expensive attorneys are...(let alone having an entire department devoted to them!). Where does the money come from to keep all these attorneys employed, or more importantly, why does this competition organizer need them?

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

T.J. Wester Author: T.J. Wester Posted: 11/28/2014 11:28 AM
I loathe those who clog these forums with pointless rhetoric hoping to persuade those wishing to submit. Why slam or promote any contest if you have never submitted? Filling out a report card or commenting on this contest operation should only be available to those who have submitted. If you have submitted and found the contest excellent or poor, then please, by all means, share your thoughts. Otherwise, stay quiet!!!

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

SHANE WILSON Author: SHANE WILSON Posted: 11/27/2014 10:40 AM
Also, "Dee Dee", and this is coming from someone with no affiliation to this contest, any contest that allows me to enter for free with the chance of getting noticed and winning screenwriting prizes seems everything but alarming.

And, what, because you are a "woman" that means you have to make everything private? I respect privacy as much as the next person, but I find it odd you have to throw in you are a "woman". So that's why you must remain in the dark?.... And here I thought we have progressesed as humans... dang

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

SHANE WILSON Author: SHANE WILSON Posted: 11/27/2014 10:34 AM
"Have a good life, losers. XXXDD" - Dee Dee

... yep, you sound "highly" educated to me, DEE DEE ;)

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/26/2014 09:58 PM
How extraordinary!

What has happened to this world? Why is it that someone who chooses to protect their privacy online is automatically assumed to be in cahoots with those who dare to state publically that they are unsatisfied with a product/service/consumer item?

For the record, I have no idea who/what/where"geno scala" is. I couldn't even tell you what species/gender/location "geno scala" is. I'm not even American. I just watch this site because people seem to feel comfortable to state the truth about their experiences. From what I have observed thus far I must go on record stating that I am alarmed by any business that intimates they have an entire "legal department" at their disposal. Given their recent posts, they need one. Just look at their stupid comments they have posted online.

Is this not a clue people?

My alarm bells are ringing.

FYI I am a highly educated, published, and award winning screenwriting woman (you have to be a nut job to put all your details out there).

Have a good life, losers. XXXDD

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

SHANE WILSON Author: SHANE WILSON Posted: 11/26/2014 03:05 PM
Jacob, I wouldn't sweat it. "Dee Dee" may just be a pseudonym for Geno. This profile is private, which leads me to believe this IS either Geno or a close crony. I had to leave Geno's group several years back due to his monstrous rants.

I think Movie Bytes forum should only be used for those who have submitted to the contest; not for those wanting to know "who owes who money?" and "how many employees do you have?"

My logline is entered into the contest. I submitted a logline on their site back in July so I was automatically qualified in their contest. So no complaints here!

This is their first logline contest, so I can't comment on the judging and closing process, but as a free member to their site for years, I can vouch for their professionalism and generosity.

I'd give "Screenwriting Staffing Logline Contest" a "recommend" thus far.

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Team Member Author: Team Member Posted: 11/26/2014 02:30 PM
Hi DEE DEE,

May I and the other forum people have your full name? I like to know who I'm speaking to.

I believe your original question had nothing to do with the # of employees at our company. But to answer your question, we have a total of 8 people (that includes freelancers) on our team.

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/26/2014 12:30 PM
I Asked a very simple question to Screenwriting Staffing: "How many people work for you full time?"

Obviously I have hit a raw nerve. They have refused to answer and have tried to redirect my question to an off-line forum.

Question to potential entrants: "Do you want these people to have your hard earned money?"

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

T.J. Wester Author: T.J. Wester Posted: 11/24/2014 08:46 PM
A- Report Card

Submitted November 18th. Great staff and contest! I wasn't committed to my logine and when asking the staff if I could edit it after I submitted they said I couldn't, but to my surprise, they actually helped me concoct an excellent logline free of charge before submitting! Excited to see the results at Screenwriting staffing!

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Carol C Author: Carol C Posted: 11/24/2014 06:34 PM
I've been a member with this organization [Screenwriting Staffing Utopia]. Since April of 2013. They are one of the best it the biz, and would highly recommended them to anyone looking to get their work seen by decision-makers.

- Carol

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 11/20/2014 05:12 AM
UPDATE As I reported in my previous post, I won the Gold prize for action/adventure in the 2014 Page Awards. I have now signed with a LA manager, who also helped me fix a few problems with my script, Red Sky. After just five weeks my script is out to some pretty big production companies and getting read. Will this lead to a huge payday and sailing with George Clooney and his wife? More importantly, does Clooney even know how to sail? Well, dreams and reality don't easily meet, but that doesn't mean that it's not thrilling to get this far and Page is a big part of the progresss. I just can't say enough about how this has changed everything. When you enter Page the odds seem daunting. But this isn't lotto. Your voice and craft can level the playing field, skew it in your favor. And should you lose, keep at it. Screenwriting is the art of refinement as much as word-craft. To the folks at Page, THANK YOU

Robert

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Contest: Austin[Post New Comment re: Austin]

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 11/20/2014 04:46 AM
Austin Film Festival enjoys a solid reputation, but I had an impression that my somewhat large scale action/adventure script was not the type of story they'd be interested in. Part of this feeling was amplified by the lack of even a category for my script. I made it to the second round and communication was good.

Amazingly my script won the Gold prize in action/adventure in this years Page Awards and 1st place in the same category with Fresh Voices contest and is currently in the top 10 with Final Draft Big Break. After winning the gold prize for action/adventure I quickly secured LA management, so I'm a happy camper.

Now here's the funny part: A few days ago I received an e-mail from Austin with the notes on my script from a judge. The notes were GLOWING! I'm not talking lightly positive here; the comments sounded like they were for Dances with Wolves! The 1 1/2 pages of notes are so complimentary that I cannot imagine that I did not advance further in the contest.

Obviously, after winning a contest like Page, I'm not complaining. The whole point here was to win and acquire management and that's exactly what happened. But it just seemed odd to get those notes from Austin after only getting into the top 10-15%.

On the other hand, it's certainly a very subjective process and completely reasonable to win in one contest and get little notice in another. In no way am I being critical of Austin, but everyone should understand that entering a slew of contests (5 in my case) can garner very different results. I do think Austin is worth entering and my losing entry in Austin still garnered some of the best compliments (always good for the soul!). My script is now out to some big production companies and it's an exciting time indeed.

Cheers,

Robert

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Team Member Author: Team Member Posted: 11/19/2014 10:09 PM
DEE,

This comment section, I believe, is designed to allow folks who submitted to this contest directly to provide thoughts and feedback. I will be happy to answer any non-related questions through e-mail at JNStuart@screenwritingstaffing.com.

Thanks.

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Contest: Austin[Post New Comment re: Austin]

Marcia Simmons Author: Marcia Simmons Posted: 11/19/2014 04:42 PM
My spec TV script made it into the second round of this competition (which appears to be similar to quarterfinals) and every step of the way it was a pleasant experience with helpful staff and clear communication. I received a letter notifying me of my placement (with handwritten notes specific to my script) that offered a significant discount on going to the festival. I opted to go and there were special panels and meetings for people who were in the second round or above. The staff was super involved in making sure I could get into panels I wanted and understood what was available to me. I could go on about the good experience at the festival/panels, but this site is specifically about the competition. About a month and a half after the competition, I received brief notes about my script from the readers. (Not coverage but rather general reasons why the script advanced and things I could improve) They offer detailed coverage for a low fee and you get a discount on that if you were second round or above. The staff for this was the most helpful and responsive of anything I've ever entered and I have made contacts based on my participation.

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/18/2014 09:28 PM
I didn't realize you were such a big company with an entire legal department at your disposal.

How many people work for your company full time?

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/18/2014 09:15 PM
I didn't realize you were such a big company with an entire legal department at your disposal.

How many people work for your company full time?

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Team Member Author: Team Member Posted: 11/18/2014 10:08 AM
No, NOT all. It's actually the opposite. He has one pending against him. The paperwork was supposed to be finished by the 1st of November, but our team got really busy. It will, however, be initiated by the 1st of January.

This is NOT appropriate conversation for this forum and only involves the accused and my team. But if you have further info, you may e-mail our legal team at: legaldepartment@screenwritingstaffing.com

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/17/2014 01:23 PM
Do you owe Geno Scala money, and do you have legal actions pending against you?

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Team Member Author: Team Member Posted: 11/16/2014 08:46 PM
Dear Readers,

Jacob, the Founder here.

We at Screenwriting Staffing try not to give any time to "Geno Scala". Any one who reads the comments on here knows that Geno will publicity destroy any contest he did not qualify in.

While Geno's remarks are quite ludicrous, please understand it's a pathetic ploy to bring business to him.

Moving on.

We are so lucky to have our partners/sponsors on board with us! &, we are so very sorry to these organizations that Geno has ALSO thrown them under the bus. But no harm no foul.

BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Back in 2011 I worked for them, and they are an excellent contest w/ a proven track record of success! We are so grateful that BlueCat is giving us a FREE entry to our winner and supporting us once again! Thanks, BlueCat!

Script Reader Pro. SRP offers some of the BEST doctoring services online. We were overwhelmed when they contacted us back in 2013 and asked to advertise on our site. We humbly accepted. We are even more excited they are allowing us to distribute their NEW book to our Logline winners!

The Tracking Board. I love these folks! They are "THE" Hollywood resource in my opinion. When They agreed to cross-promote, giving us a 1 year membership to our WINNER, if we advertised for them, I was astounded! I hope they know I would have advertised for them for FREE ;). What a wonderful service they offer.. AND affordable!

Scriptapalooza! Many of you know them for their contest, which is great! But they also offer great coverage, I know this b/c I have sent ppl to them in the past! So when I wanted to offer coverage to my winners, I looked no further than them. I had the opportunity to speak w/ the owner directly, and we agreed that our winner will receive their coverage. what a great guy and organization.

I do want to apologize on behalf of Screenwriting Staffing that people like "Geno Scala" deliberately try to destroy FREE screenwriting resources. You will notice his services are pretty high-priced. I always encourage screenwriters to find networks and groups that promote screenwriting success and growth, not negativity. Unfortunately, his small network is used to threaten and ridicule competition. Please do NOT get involved with networks like that. A quick Google of his name, or you can just ask a screenwriting friend, will give you ALL the information you need about him.

We believe our contest winnings are great, and our prices are low. A matter of fact, OVER 70% of the loglines on our site were POSTED for FREE. But if you don't qualify for our FREE submission, a simple $9.99 is all you need... and your LOGLINE NEVER expires.

Contact me personally w/ any questions or comments.

We appreciate your patronage!

- Jacob, Screenwriting Staffing

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Contest: Hollywood Drama[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Drama]

Peter Varga Author: Peter Varga Posted: 11/13/2014 04:38 PM
I have not got their confirmation e-mail, so I am worried about my 40 dollars. Moreover, their website is from Hungary: http://hollywooddramascreenplay.blogspot.hu/p/contact-us.html

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Geno Scala Author: Geno Scala Posted: 11/11/2014 08:27 AM
These people are the biggest frauds in the business. They have run previous "contests" last year- no winners, just took the money and ran. They have run "pitchfests" in the past- and took the money and run. They stole $2600 from me (Jacob stole $1000 and broke a written contracted agreement while partner Sarah Stutsman stole $1600 in a fraudulent business practice scheme for PR services)and have, at last count, stolen $100 newsletter subscriptions from 13 "premium" clients (totaling $1300), and stopped sending them premium newsletter for several months now (all victims are on record and are currently filing a lawsuit). There are so many lawsuits pending against these frauds. Look at the "prizes"- no money, just "free services"- services they will only pay for the winner out of the money they expect to receive from entries. There is no "partnership" in place with any of these service companies. They are trying to ride the coattails of other established companies, pretending to be on their level. These people are crooks through and through, and it would be wise to avoid them, and any of their latest schemes and "contests", at all cost. In the end, you'll only be another victim.

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Contest: Wildsound/TV[Post New Comment re: Wildsound/TV]

Michael Kellner Author: Michael Kellner Posted: 11/10/2014 09:54 AM
I've been very impressed with Wildsound. The script performance aspect of the contest sets it apart, and leaves you with a tangible reward if you win. Wildsound also puts genuine effort into giving you feedback, and into promoting winning scripts.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Elan Carlson Author: Elan Carlson Posted: 11/10/2014 08:50 AM
WILDsound is a screenwriter's treasure! They take enormous time to provide the most expert, detailed feedback, even allowing my choice to incorporate all the Committee's ideas or stay with my draft. With caring support, they've honored each deadline and every award they promised, and I'm forever grateful for Matthew's right-on insightful niggles to enhance my story. Matthew and WILDsound provide everything a screenwriter needs to find the way to a story's successful completion. I'm forever grateful!

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Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/07/2014 03:51 AM
If Bankable Script has accepted money from the prize winner across state or international borders and not honored their contract, doesn't this constitute WIRE FRAUD, a federal offence? Is there a scriptwriting Attorney out there who could enlighten us? I for one am fed up with the scams. Something has to be done about it.

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tom jeffery Author: tom jeffery Posted: 11/04/2014 03:55 PM
Apparently according to the winner of this competition they still owe him $8500. I think this is unacceptable and should be looked into by moviebytes (should they be allowed to advertise on this site?) Also I entered this competition and would like to know where my entrance fee went if they are not prepared to give out the prize. Sounds like a huge scam. Everyone entered in good faith and the winner did not receive his $10000 which is the only point of this competition. I think it's important for the amateur screenwriting community to not let companies scam us out of our hard earned money.

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Contest: Big Story[Post New Comment re: Big Story]

Andrew Quinn Author: Andrew Quinn Posted: 11/04/2014 07:03 AM
Placed as a runner-up in this contest.

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Contest: Zed Fest Feature[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest Feature]

Zed Fest Author: Zed Fest Posted: 11/03/2014 07:32 PM
Zed Fest is happy to announce the following finalists for our Feature Screenplay Competition

LITTLE SISTER by Deirdre Patterson BIG DADDY by Deirdre Patterson FLIPPED by Anthony Mezza THE TEACHER - MARINE by Jeffrey Ryback GRACE by Lynda Lemberg COMMUNITY SERVICE OF THE DAMNED by Dick Grunert NIC CAGE VS ZOMBIES by Ian Fortey AUTOPILOT by Sam Butler RAYTHU RISING by Brad Carpenter HUSH by Michael Kehoe LOOKIN' UP by Marvin Kaplan THE NIGHT WITCHES by Steven Prowse DOGHEAD by Petong Sakulchai ZOMBIE 101 by Alan Porter ENTER AT OWN RISK by Thomas Ferguson NINO VARGAS by Melvin Cartagena CRIME FITERS: HIGH VOLTAGE by Irene Frame ABOLITION OF THE SENSES by Carlos Burgaleta Perez LET IT BLEED by Scott Selden VERMIN by Chris Warner INFINITY by Chris Bonneau THE ALPHA TRANSMISSION by Craig Clyde SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL by John Cruz Alarid SPIRITS by Brent Hartinger GRAND & HUMBLE by Brent Hartinger P.A.M. by Russell Davis THE DEVIL'S BROKER by Robert Aitchison HOTEL PURGATORIO by Joey Agbayani BLINDSPOT by Graham Parke DEAD MOUNTAIN by Michael Winingham

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Contest: Circus Road[Post New Comment re: Circus Road]

Karen Willoughby Author: Karen Willoughby Posted: 11/03/2014 01:29 PM
Unfortunately, didn't make the list of Finalists.

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 11/02/2014 09:35 PM
I was the gold prize winner this year for Action/Adventure with "Red Sky" and 90 minutes after I won I heard from a manager (also a judge). After Page let the industry know I had 11 requests from managers/agents and producers to read. I had won the 1st prize in Fresh Voices just a few months prior, but the win with Page brought me a lot of attention. I nearly did not enter Page because it's so big, so well known that it seemed almost impossible to win. One gets a sense that your work will get lost in the huge volume of material. This made winning gold all the more thrilling! I spent a year writing and almost another year rewriting. My latest draft (I'd like to think!) is even better. You have to keep working the clay. Page is run very well. Communication is excellent and the reputation of this contest is clearly the result of some very passionate people. I'll update my progress soon! In the meantime...keep working on those screenplays!

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Contest: Zed Fest Short[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest Short]

Zed Fest Author: Zed Fest Posted: 10/31/2014 12:59 PM
Happy Halloween 2014!!! We are happy to announce the winners of the Zed Fest Short Schlock Script contest.

1st Place “At Your Disposal” by Diana Woody 2nd Place “Bitten” by April Wolak

Congratulations!!!

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Contest: BlueCat Contest[Post New Comment re: BlueCat Contest]

John James Author: John James Posted: 10/29/2014 03:22 AM
Their feedback didn't make sense. The reader said the two females were "too sexy" and missed the set-up that they're the smartest characters in the screenplay. H/she said they didn't like the father and wasn't necessary. And missed that the father is the catalyst that leads to the "all is lost" moment. And isn't the reader supposed to be objective and reading this for the exec or producer? Waste of money.

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Contest: Amazon Studios [Post New Comment re: Amazon Studios ]

Steve Warren Author: Steve Warren Posted: 10/22/2014 12:15 AM
How does this contest rate 3 Stars on the Report Card for overall performance when there are 15 comments that do nothing but bash Amazon Studios, and rightfully so, for its wacky contest rules that take away the writer's rights to his/her own script?

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Contest: Hollywood Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Screenplay]

Chris Tipton Author: Chris Tipton Posted: 10/17/2014 08:51 PM
As a first time entrant, I couldn't be more satisfied with the conduct of the contest officials and sponsors.

I received an e-mail notice of my results (Grand Prize) on the day listed for notification.

The next day I received an e-mail from the contest regarding the nature of my winnings and how/when sponsors would deliver.

Three weeks after the results, I've received all listed prizes including Sony Creative software, Script Pipeline membership, InkTip listing and ReadThrough services.

While it may not be as large or prestigious as the main draws (PAGE, Austin Film Festival, Nicholl Fellowship) it's a well run and worthwhile entry for the money. I look forward to reviewing the judge's notes and wish best of luck to all future contestants.

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

David Luz Author: David Luz Posted: 10/16/2014 09:18 PM
Extremely well run and well respected contest. My screenplay, MURDER ME, won the Gold Prize in the Comedy category this year and within 2 hours of the announcement I was contacted by 3 managers who were judges in the contest and had read and loved the script. Read the success stories page on their website - this contest helps writers EVERYWHERE get connected to the people who can make things happen for you in Hollywood.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Kyle Jenkins Author: Kyle Jenkins Posted: 10/14/2014 01:50 PM
I've had a great experience with the WILDsound screenplay contest. The feedback for my screenplay arrived right on time. It was thorough, insightful and very helpful in guiding me during the revision process. The table read of my screenplay was recently posted to YouTube and to the WILDsound website and, by all accounts, it was a wonderful experience!

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 10/11/2014 06:47 PM
Hi

I am considering entering this competition. Wondering from real contestants who have entered this contest what plan they used or suggest. Money is tight and wonder if the Gold plan provides enough in depth information.

thanks

Patrick

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Contest: Hollywood Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Screenplay]

TJ Johns Author: TJ Johns Posted: 10/03/2014 10:47 AM
I just found out, via Movie Bytes, that the Hollywood Screenplay Contest released their contest results. I didn't place. I'm not bent out of shape about it. Contests are subjective. That's the way it is. What bothers me is that there was no email announcement from the contest admin, which is always a bad sign, but not to be unexpected based upon my previous experiences with this contest. I entered last year and placed. At the awards banquet (which was completely underwhelming) they announced that all of the awards winners would be given a free entry into this year's contest. I emailed several times to find out how I should enter to receive my free submission... No reply. Finally, with deadlines looming, I entered and let them know that I was a former award winner... No reply. I followed up several times after that to inquire about being reimbursed for my entry... No reply. Be wary of this contest and approach it with low expectations. If you win, I recommend passing on the awards banquet. Get a drink with some friends and share your success with them. It'll be cheaper, and you'll get a more genuine and sincere feeling of accomplishment from them than you will from the HSC.

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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Via Bia Author: Via Bia Posted: 10/01/2014 11:36 AM
Regarding my prior comment on Cinequest - I was involved with the 2014 Contest, not 2013.

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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Via Bia Author: Via Bia Posted: 10/01/2014 11:27 AM
I was a finalist in the 2013 Short Screenplay Competition and had a great experience the staff (especially Antonea) and the event, which was very well-run.

The Cinequest Film Festival itself is a lot of fun. All the venues are within a few blocks of each other and if you're a finalist, they give you two badges that admit you to all films, parties, plus a VIP lounge where you can snack and drink during the day.

I've since been in touch with Antonea, who is quick to help with any festival or filmmaker-related queries I have. My experience with Cinequest has been so positive that I entered a different screenplay this year and will enter a short I co-produced as well.

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Contest: Zed Fest Short[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest Short]

Zed Fest Author: Zed Fest Posted: 10/01/2014 10:18 AM
OCTOBER 1st 2014 ZED FEST IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE:

The following Short Sclock Scripts have been selected to go on to the next round of judging.

BITTEN - April Wolack DEEP IN THE WOODS - Lee McQueen MONSTER WITHIN - Randall Brown SOULED OUT - Todd Bronson ANGRY SLUT ON A CHAIN - David Santo URSULA MINOR - Evan McNamara THE NEIGHBOR - Joel Reeves DEAD SPRINT - Jason Tostevin SHORT SALE - Allan Mckinnin

Winner to be Announced October 31st 2014

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Contest: Richmond Fest[Post New Comment re: Richmond Fest]

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/29/2014 11:04 AM
I must agree with the previous praises for the Richmond Film Festival. I have entered screenplays each year and last year had a script in the finalist bracket and a short film playing at the fest.

The communication with Heather Waters is always prompt, professional and considerate. She's an absolute gem.

A few years ago I placed in the final three of the short film competition the fest offers to entrants. Heather was great in communicating at this point. While I was not able to tweak my script because of some family matters, Heather's e-mails were kind, encouraging and always top of the line.

The Richmond Film Festival will always be on my list of script and film submissions.

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Contest: Wildsound 1st Scene[Post New Comment re: Wildsound 1st Scene]

Elona Pitsadolis Author: Elona Pitsadolis Posted: 09/22/2014 04:29 PM
I have to admit, they were terrific. They really figured out what I needed to change to begin my screenplay. And it was so cheap too! You can really tell a professional looked and gave feedback on my script. SOOOO happy.

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Contest: New York Screenplay[Post New Comment re: New York Screenplay]

Jeffrey Russel Author: Jeffrey Russel Posted: 09/22/2014 09:44 AM
GRACE WINS GRAND PRIZE IN NEW YORK The New York Screenplay Contest announced their winners and posted them on the website on September 19th. Our screenplay GRACE, won the Grand Prize for Biographical/Historical script. To say that Lynda and I are thrilled by the news is a huge understatement. http://newyorkscreenplaycontest.com/2014-winners

Click on www.sharedimagination.com to see our complete list.

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Contest: Richmond Fest[Post New Comment re: Richmond Fest]

Tony Scott Author: Tony Scott Posted: 09/17/2014 03:07 PM
The Richmond International Film Festival is not only a great film festival in a welcoming, artistic town but also an excellent screenwriting competition. It's run by Heather Waters, who clearly wants to provide a platform for filmmakers, writers and artistic talent to be able to showcase their capabilities. The quality of the screenwriting competition is very strong - the finalists the year that I was a finalist all had multiple contest awards under their belts. This is definitely a screenwriting competition to watch in coming years - I expect the Creative World Awards and Richmond International Film Festival to become widely recognized for the top tier events they clearly are already.

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Contest: Richmond Fest[Post New Comment re: Richmond Fest]

Eric Carlson Author: Eric Carlson Posted: 09/17/2014 10:33 AM
RIFF is a contest that truly makes the screenwriters feel welcome. If you want the opportunity to meet key people in the business, attend this festival. You will not be disappointed!

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Contest: One in Ten[Post New Comment re: One in Ten]

Robert Galik Author: Robert Galik Posted: 09/16/2014 11:24 AM
Save your money. This person has ZERO Hollywood contacts.

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Karen Willoughby Author: Karen Willoughby Posted: 09/15/2014 12:40 PM
Jason, most of the people posting here don't even have profiles much less contact information, so I don't see how they're going to band together when they can't even contact each other.

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Contest: Emerging Screenwriters[Post New Comment re: Emerging Screenwriters]

Leonardo Reis Author: Leonardo Reis Posted: 09/14/2014 10:07 AM
I've entered many contests(my Storm Dragons script is the #1 in Fantasy here at Moviebytes now) and I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS ONE.

The prizes are fantastic and real ($2.500 in my account from the last season), the feedback is one of the best I had ever and all the people there are extremely gentle in any contact, about any subject.

It's not a scam and absolutely worth entering!

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Contest: Austin[Post New Comment re: Austin]

Ken Kleemann Author: Ken Kleemann Posted: 09/10/2014 06:16 PM
I entered in May. I have received no contact since my Pay Pal receipt and Austin's thank you for entering.

No email, no phone call, no letter.

I'm not convinced they read or scored my entry.

I don't expect them to admit anything.

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

Walan McLoughlin Author: Walan McLoughlin Posted: 09/10/2014 09:04 AM
Best coverage I've ever received -- nothing but excellent things to say overall about this contest. Heather, Marlene, and the staff at CWA genuinely seem to care & go the extra mile. Also very impressed with the short film production they do. Couldn't say enough great things about them.

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Jason Park Author: Jason Park Posted: 09/08/2014 02:50 PM
Can we organize a group of people willing to fight these two scamming organizations? Are we just going to accept the fact that they lied to our faces and took everyone's money?

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Luis Fernandes Author: Luis Fernandes Posted: 09/07/2014 08:02 AM
Honestly, the feedback I received from Bankable Script was far superior and vastly more helpful than what I obtained from paid coverage in other places.

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

King Richard Author: King Richard Posted: 09/03/2014 01:19 PM
Chicago screenplay contest is related also to Las Vegas screenplay contest which someone posted that that's also a scam contest. For the writers who have placed and won the Chicago screenplay contest and say they are unhappy but are accepting being scammed I do not understand that. You can press charges against them for fraud. They have committed grand theft and fraud which are felonies. These people will keep doing this scam if not stopped. The winners all have proof of not receiving payment as they were promised as per their website which you entered and payed an entry fee you were scammed from. I suggest print out their website rules and info. Print out your winning script and name from their website. Print your email correspondances. Keep your winning contest certificates. That's all evidence and proof that is an open and shut case to get these scammers. You would win in court and get your prize money that you deserve and shut this scammers down. That's my two cents instead of just letting them get away with it and ripping off new victims. Print out your info fast because the contest holders read these posts before they change their website.

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Contest: Talentville[Post New Comment re: Talentville]

jose Noname Author: jose Noname Posted: 09/02/2014 01:58 PM
this is posted under moviebytes as a contest, so, where is the contest?

Moviebytes has been posted as highly rated but that is not what I am finding.

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Contest: Circus Road[Post New Comment re: Circus Road]

Karen Willoughby Author: Karen Willoughby Posted: 09/02/2014 09:46 AM
On schedule (Sep. 1, 2014), semi-finalists announced: http://circusroadscreenplaycontest.com/?p=291. "Godmother" is still in the running.

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Contest: Las Vegas Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Las Vegas Screenplay]

Jason Park Author: Jason Park Posted: 08/31/2014 01:28 PM
DON'T DO THIS CONTEST. IT'S A SCAM!!!!

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Sofia Ula Author: Sofia Ula Posted: 08/29/2014 08:27 PM
Got my certificate in the mail today. It's a pretty impressive useless piece of paper. They do not mention certificate as a prize in their website which I got. What I did not get was any of the prizes they do mention. Oh well, time to tuck this one under being scammed by one of the predators of aspiring writers and move on.

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Brett Weinrich Author: Brett Weinrich Posted: 08/29/2014 04:03 PM
Update. Just heard via email (w/ an attached pdf of my certificate) that my certificate is in the mail. But the email they were replying to was one in which I asked questions about agent and manager intros and all that stuff. No response to any of that at all. If this isn't actually a scam it is deeply incompetent. Don't see how that's any better for us suckers.

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Jason Park Author: Jason Park Posted: 08/25/2014 01:49 PM
So, I've been in contact with them recently through email exchanges. They said that my emails were getting sent to the spam folder... Anyways, outside of the subscription they I think we all received, I got other prizes that include Slugline and Screenwriter's Bible. Cool, but obviously, we're in this for the meetings/cash prize, more so meetings. Anytime I write an email about that, they seem to not respond. I was thinking about stopping by their office in Chicago, but I have this assuring feeling that it's some rundown building where their offices may not exist. From what it sounds like, it sounds pretty scamish, but wouldn't make sense if they put in this effort to "read" contestants scripts and choose real winners. Not sure how to feel. Hopefully all of you have other potential builders for your writing career, and use your winning scripts and to build off your success through this so called, "screenwriting contest". It sucks, and hopefully they're just really disorganized and scrambling to get their crap together, but right now, I don't think they have the benefit of the doubt. Keep writing though!

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Sofia Ula Author: Sofia Ula Posted: 08/25/2014 01:26 PM
I was very excited to be one of the finalists. If you go to their website they promise a lot of prizes for the winners and finalists including personal introductions to industry people. Sadly all I got from them was an email notifying me he results were in and an offer to buy a trophy from them for $150!

They don't respond to emails unless it's about entering their contest. I am afraid this one is a scam or a grossly mismanaged contest. Either way I am staying away from it from now on.

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Lynda Lemberg Author: Lynda Lemberg Posted: 08/25/2014 09:42 AM
My partner Jeffrey Allen Russel and I were one of four winning scripts at the Chicago Screenplay Contest with our script GRACE.

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Contest: Emerging Screenwriters[Post New Comment re: Emerging Screenwriters]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 08/24/2014 11:47 AM
Thanks for all your comments, King Richard. They are useful feedback for all aspiring screenwriters. Good luck with your entries in the legitimate competitions. Keep us posted.

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Contest: BlueCat Contest[Post New Comment re: BlueCat Contest]

Jeff Rohrick Author: Jeff Rohrick Posted: 08/21/2014 12:55 AM
I received my feedback from the reader. I did some rewrites, taking some of the advice in full, some in part, and some not at all. I think when I resubmit, I can request the same reader.

Do you think I should resubmit and request the same reader so they can see that I took their suggestions to heart, or should I request a new reader for another perspective?

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Contest: Austin Indie Flix[Post New Comment re: Austin Indie Flix]

Phillip Hardy Author: Phillip Hardy Posted: 08/20/2014 12:38 AM
Thanks for the judges at AIFS for selecting my script "The Man Who Bore The Myth" as a 2014 Finalist.

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Contest: Hollywood Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Screenplay]

Karen Willoughby Author: Karen Willoughby Posted: 08/18/2014 09:47 AM
Although I haven't become a finalist or winner in the past, I must say that I have received very detailed and, if I'm honest, accurate, helpful feedback.

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Brett Weinrich Author: Brett Weinrich Posted: 08/18/2014 09:47 AM
Yup, definitely a scam. As a finalist I've been trying to get a hold of them with no luck. Even the phone number listed here is out of service now. Should have known when they tried to pawn off the 'extra' pdf for thirty dollars. What i don't get is there are a lot cleaner ways to pull something like this and get away with it. Why not just make up the winners names so no comes looking for their prizes? maybe because they are associated with filmfreeway? I don't have the slightest idea. Still, really disappointing.

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Contest: American Zoetrope[Post New Comment re: American Zoetrope]

King Richard Author: King Richard Posted: 08/18/2014 03:42 AM
I placed in the quarter-finals in 2013 nothing great I know. But I feel sorry for the others who were finalists. I mean come on giving $5000 to the overall winner only and nothing to the 2nd place or 3rd place or finalists is really stingy. Especially for a contest run by American Zoetrope film company owned by Francis Ford Coppola. I think Francis can afford to raise the prize money and divide the prize money amongst the finalists. That's not asking for money out of his pocket the contest makes enough profit. Really shocking to know that a film contest is run so poorly by such a well respected film pioneer company.

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

King Richard Author: King Richard Posted: 08/18/2014 03:29 AM
Ground control to major SCAM. I entered giving them a chance since they were a new contest. I was deceived by their website. They have been collecting entry fees for the 2015 contest before the 2014 contest is over. They state they have a quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds and they announce all winners from all rounds in one month after the final deadline entry. I emailed with them and I traced their company email address to Las Vegas. Looks pretty shady to me. As others mentioned here that they think they were scammed. This con artists shouldn't get away with good people's money. Us complaining on forums only gets the word out to a few people who take the time to to their research. We should file a class action law suit.

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Contest: Nicholl Fellowships[Post New Comment re: Nicholl Fellowships]

King Richard Author: King Richard Posted: 08/18/2014 03:19 AM
Ok we all know about Nicholl. If you place high in this contest you have a great chance of making in the industry. I entered and no cigar. I was optimistic cause this is suppose to be a professionally run contest and your script will be read by someone interested in your genre as they claim. I believe in my opinion that this contest has gotten to be for their own good because they are part of the Academy Awards. So they are the Hollywood machine now. I wish they would remember where they started with their 1st contest with only a hundred script entries. Really who cares about a fellowship that's just an apprenticeship for a writer. Most writers are struggling artists and could use cash immediately especially if placing high in the hardest script contest in the world. Not have to be put to work to get their money that they won. That is called a job and getting paid for your time and work. So the machine can get away with it cause they are so significant. My point is there should be other contests that should be better and able to compete with nicholl to give writers a successfull career if placed high in their contest. There shouldn't be a monopoly.

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Contest: Emerging Screenwriters[Post New Comment re: Emerging Screenwriters]

King Richard Author: King Richard Posted: 08/18/2014 03:03 AM
I entered this contest. SCAM in my humble opinion.

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Contest: Fresh Voices Feature[Post New Comment re: Fresh Voices Feature]

King Richard Author: King Richard Posted: 08/18/2014 02:59 AM
This appears to be a legitmate contest. I liked that I received free feedback with my early entry submission. The script reader I can tell actually took the time and read my script for the 1st round, which us writers are always skeptical how much of our scripts ever are read and get a fair shake. The feedback was good I took the criticism with a grain of salt. What I agreed with I changed and what I didn't agree with I didn't change. But what I didn't like is they asked if I wanted to pay additonal money to resubmit a revised version. So I felt like if I didn't pay my script would not have a good chance to make it ot the next round, which it didn't. Maybe my script wasn't good enough who knows can only guess.

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Contest: Hollywood Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Screenplay]

King Richard Author: King Richard Posted: 08/18/2014 02:52 AM
Don't be fooled in by the glitzy Hollywood name for this contest. The Hollywood name is a mirage. Just like most things in hollywood are fake so is this contest.

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

King Richard Author: King Richard Posted: 08/18/2014 02:47 AM
I entered this contest and see so far no significance for advancing a writers career. Seems like another fly by night script contest to make a fast buck.

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Contest: Beverly Hills Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Beverly Hills Screenplay]

King Richard Author: King Richard Posted: 08/18/2014 02:42 AM
I entered this contest and as to my knowledge this contest is a SCAM.

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Contest: Acclaim TV [Post New Comment re: Acclaim TV ]

Travis Hodgkins Author: Travis Hodgkins Posted: 08/15/2014 12:13 PM
Also, I entered this contest electronically by emailing my script in PDF to the email address on the website. I had no problems with this contest. Not in submitting my script, nor in corresponding with the coordinator.

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Contest: Acclaim TV [Post New Comment re: Acclaim TV ]

Travis Hodgkins Author: Travis Hodgkins Posted: 08/15/2014 12:07 PM
Acclaim was one of the first screenwriting competitions I entered, and it was a very positive experience. My TV pilot, Pound for Pound, was the top finalist for the Spring/Summer 2013 competition. I received all of the prizes promised by Acclaim on its website as well as a reading request from a well-respected talent manager in LA. I've entered multiple screenwriting contests since Acclaim, and I can say without reservation that Acclaim is legit and worth your money.

Before and after winning, I corresponded by email with the contest coordinator, Frank Drouzas. He was not only quick to respond, but his responses were substantive and thoughtful. He also provided me with feedback for free about my script after the competition ended and gave me some helpful tips about how to improve it. Again, this is above and beyond, and greatly appreciated.

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Contest: Wildsound 1st Scene[Post New Comment re: Wildsound 1st Scene]

Farah Wentworth Author: Farah Wentworth Posted: 08/15/2014 12:29 AM
Terrific notes I received. All about nailing TONE and setting the pace for your entire screenplay. Best bang for the buck I've received in a long time. I thank them so much for centering the story and setting me up for success.

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Contest: Nicholl Fellowships[Post New Comment re: Nicholl Fellowships]

Rhonda Ewing Author: Rhonda Ewing Posted: 08/13/2014 08:45 PM
My partner, Ronald Marchand and I have entered different contests at different times and this year we entered our script in the Nicholl Fellowships.

Although we didn't make the quarter-finalists, we received a very nice letter from the Director, Greg Beal. It was very encouraging to us as amateur writers. This was just what struggling writers need to carry on.

He told us we received two positive scores from first round readers and it was read twice.

He explained they strive to make the evaluation as objective as possible, it is inherently both a personal and extremely subjective matter.

Although we didn't win, he mentioned it's not necessarily a bearing on our reception in the marketplace. He ventured a prediction that several non-advancing writers will become professional screenwriters in the near future.

We were told to be on the lookout for an email invitation to the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Awards Ceremony in November.

This is a very classy contest and run in a professional manner. They didn't have write and share this with us. We are very appreciative they did.

To all of us who may not win, just remember there are still opportunities out there. We won't stop trying.

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

James Williams Author: James Williams Posted: 08/11/2014 02:48 PM
This contest is a scam. They have also taken advantage of sponsors who have no idea whats going on in this contest. They do not respond to any emails at all and there certainly will not be any introductions to managers or anyone else who can help a writer. They were taking money from entrants for the 2015 contest before the 2014 was over. Please, all moviebyters, do not throw your money away on this contest. (No matter how nice or professional their website looks)

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Karen Willoughby Author: Karen Willoughby Posted: 08/11/2014 01:53 PM
I too have had no response from the contest as far as what my prizes are and when I would receive them. I have contacted each of the sponsors (listed on their website) individually and been able to collect "prizes" from some of them. They have apologized on behalf of Chicago Screenplay, but that's about it. I doubt there will be "Literary Agency Introductions, Meetings and Consultations" forthcoming.

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Contest: Nashville Fest[Post New Comment re: Nashville Fest]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 08/09/2014 02:55 AM
you might have a sticky button - you got in three posts all the same

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Contest: Chicago Screenplay Contest[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenplay Contest]

Don Myles Author: Don Myles Posted: 08/08/2014 06:55 PM
I have sent several emails to this contest requesting info about the finalist's prizes and other general questions but never hear anything back. If you contact them about submitting to their contest, they get back to you in five minutes. I believe this contest is a scam and would advise against entering.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

David Kurtz Author: David Kurtz Posted: 08/08/2014 01:33 PM
Wildsound is a new screenplay writers best friend - they are always upbest and positive, but also constructive. I won a 1st scene reading by real actors and not only enjoyed it but found it useful for seeing tone and pace issues. The monthly schedule and fast feedback turn around is a huge help when one is continually editing and coming up with new (and better?) drafts. Thanks you Matthew!

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