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Contest: London Independent[Post New Comment re: London Independent]

Barbara Neri Author: Barbara Neri Posted: 04/26/2017 09:17 AM
Well, I took a chance and entered because 'a lot can change in 12 months...' and I was excited about my screenplay. I heard nothing from them. I found out I was out by seeing it on withoutabox. I emailed them to confirm or find out directly from them. Got no reply. I would not recommend entering as one should at least get a form email saying 'thanks for entering but...' Writers and their work should be treated with this basic respect. Probably a small festival with limited staff. But it felt like a big waste of money.

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Contest: Talentville[Post New Comment re: Talentville]

steven tenney Author: steven tenney Posted: 04/17/2017 03:07 PM
Come to think of it, it was the old Triggerstreet peer review site that recommend talentville as triggerstreet was shutting it's site down.

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Contest: Talentville[Post New Comment re: Talentville]

steven tenney Author: steven tenney Posted: 04/17/2017 03:05 PM
Sometimes, though, you do get some useful feedback, looking back at my experience with this Peer Review site. I would just use a lot of caution before I shelled out any of your hard earned money. As a tourist, you can only submit one screenplay. And you have to do a lot of reviewing before you can have your own story reviewed.

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Contest: Austin Fest Film[Post New Comment re: Austin Fest Film]

Alex M Author: Alex M Posted: 04/12/2017 02:09 PM
A HUGE caveat emptor on this one.

A few unfortunate details about how the screenplay competition is run have recently leaked, which raises questions about its quality and definitely had me doubt I will ever enter again.

To brief you:

1. The first round's readers are NOT experienced working professionals in the industry, not even low-level readers for production companies or agencies... They are, in fact, other aspiring writers who've made the second round last year(s); who were lucky enough to made the second round thanks to last year’s unprofessional readers. In other words, they are not qualified in any way – but they are the people deciding whether or not your screenplay is good enough to move forward and maybe even land you representation or a sale.

2. Those readers are NOT paid. They work for free, and your entry fee goes entirely to the film festival. As you probably know, reading a lot of scripts under a deadline is a nightmare as it is. But unpaid? Basically, those readers can do the job as lousy as they want and even sabotage their competition. After all, they do it voluntarily.

3. They are, however, "paid" with badges (entry tickets) to the festival itself – but ONLY if they finish reading at least 70 screenplays. That means they probably get the job done, or half-done, as quickly as possible so they get this nightmare over with and get their reward. And that’s assuming they even read the screenplays at all. I would be surprised if they take the time with your screenplay, even if it's well-written. They're not given a reason to.

4. The short feedback you get from your first reader is also a great indication of the unprofessionalism of both the reader and the competition’s organizers. So many entrants report and quote the laughable feedback they got, which includes: typos, grammar and spelling errors, poor sentence structure and wording, mistakes that point to skimming/not reading, confusing character names and relationships, talking about some other screenplay they must’ve read, logic problems or ridiculous suggestions, and so on.

While luck is a major factor in these competitions in general and you always pay to play, Austin Film Festival is the only legit one that uses amateurs as its first judges and does not even pay them. So it’s less about how good your screenplay is and more about how lucky you are.

If you get lucky with your first readers, only then you’ll be read by actual industry professionals, paid and experienced ones.

I do not blame the readers, I blame the competition’s greedy organizers. They do not care about the screenplays, the writers submitting them, or the readers reading them; it’s all about the festival events. If anything, those readers are victims as well, they're taken advantage of. The competition organizers pocket OUR money.

Personally, I would not enter again until the organizers hire professionals and pay them.

I’m writing this to warn you in the hopes that you guys warn other writers. Hopefully more writers will take a stand and boycott for this to happen. If it doesn’t, there are plenty of great and better competitions out there that industry professionals respect.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

steven tenney Author: steven tenney Posted: 04/12/2017 10:02 AM
Thanks for clearing that up, Mark.

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

steven tenney Author: steven tenney Posted: 04/12/2017 09:39 AM
I remember waaaay back in the 90's, listening to KINK radio out of Portland, OR one saturday. Mike Rich was a DJ back then. He mentioned that the Nicholl screenwriting contests was coming up. He said to call hi for details. So I did. He was very nice over the phone. I sent in my screenplay, as did he. His screenplay was "Finding Forester", which was produced into a great movie.

I never got any feedback on my own screenplay. I wasn't even sure they even received it. So I never entered this contest again. I'll only enter contests where I can get some feedback, even at a nomial fee. Otherwise, what's the point?

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Mark Andrushko Author: Mark Andrushko Posted: 04/11/2017 10:41 AM
Steven, actually if you order feedback, you get a logline, a synopsis and 4-5 pages of feedback on your entire script, not the first 20 pages.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

steven tenney Author: steven tenney Posted: 04/10/2017 10:01 AM
Looking at their website, they charge a hefty fee for feedback. $100 for just the first 20 pages. Seems too steep for me. StoryPros seems more reasonable for only $40. No wonder they only get 1 1/2 stars for feedback in the Report Card!

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Contest: WeScreenplay Feature[Post New Comment re: WeScreenplay Feature]

Paul Gross Author: Paul Gross Posted: 04/04/2017 11:26 PM
In the past year, I have seen the professionalism of WESCREENPLAY at many levels. The coverage was always on time as promised, lengthy and insightful. The feedback was always challenging. When I thought two reviews had unexplained variance with other reviews, I contacted Mark, his response was rapid, clear and acceptable. As a result, I trust the ratings process of WeScreenplay and its scoring methods. As a result of these inputs, I have a much better script than when I first contacted WeScreenplay. It placed second in the 2016 WeScreenplay Feature Contest, and it won or placed at other competitions in London, Europe and USA. In the past two years, I have learned the hard way that what you pay for in screenplay coverage is not always related to the quality of that coverage. WeScreenplay is not cheap, but its coverage represents value for money when it is on time, comprehensive, professional and takes a script to another level.

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Contest: Talentville[Post New Comment re: Talentville]

steven tenney Author: steven tenney Posted: 04/03/2017 02:18 PM
Well, said Patrick. The ONLY reason I can see for joining T.V. is if you are an absolute newbie at screenwriting, which I was last year (and still am a bit). One can read some fairly good examples of scripts at this site. BUT, again to reiterate. one needs to be aware that this is just a PEER REVIEW site, and not worth much in that regard. So I'd only join for the sample writing and you can do it for free as a tourist. But don't be under the delusion that the reviews are worthwhile.

I liked the old peer review site, Triggerstreet, started by Kevin Spacey waaaay back in 2002. But they got out of that "biz" back in 2013. Back then they would have not just screenplays and short films, but also they would accept short stories, which is what I did.

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Contest: Talentville[Post New Comment re: Talentville]

steven tenney Author: steven tenney Posted: 04/01/2017 05:35 PM
TalentVille is just a peer review site. I cannot recommend it at all. Lately there are only about 2 or 3 reviews per day. Most of the reviews I received weren't all that helpful and some were absolutely terrible, missing the point of my scripts entirely. Many members probably do just a quick scan of a screenplay and base their reviews on a minimal reading. But on the positive side, if you don't like a review you can rate it low, which reduces the reviewer's rating. It also seems to be a little too clubby, where a group of "citizens" gush over each other's work. You can try joining for free as a "tourist", but I wouldn't waste any money on "citizenry".

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Contest: Table Read[Post New Comment re: Table Read]

James Jackson Author: James Jackson Posted: 03/29/2017 01:55 PM
It's a good competition. I was a semifinalist in 2016.

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Contest: Diverse Voices[Post New Comment re: Diverse Voices]

m page Author: m page Posted: 03/26/2017 10:45 AM
Arr We Screenplay Contest and Screencraft Contests run by the SAME people??? This must be a VERY lucrative business for them.

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Contest: WeScreenplay Feature[Post New Comment re: WeScreenplay Feature]

odin ozdil Author: odin ozdil Posted: 03/23/2017 06:13 PM
I have placed highly, often in the top 3 for many competitions including Script Pipeline, Nashville and Nicholl. I can say that, for me, there hasn't been a competition that has been better with communication and support than WESCREENPLAY. Mark Stasenko has supported getting my name and work out far beyond the window of time of the competition I entered. From how WESCREENPLAY is run, I can only imagine that in the near future this will be one of the most important competitions around.

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Contest: WeScreenplay Feature[Post New Comment re: WeScreenplay Feature]

Quinn Dewsbury Author: Quinn Dewsbury Posted: 03/18/2017 03:47 PM
Google Paul Gross

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Contest: WeScreenplay Feature[Post New Comment re: WeScreenplay Feature]

michelle p Author: michelle p Posted: 03/17/2017 03:54 PM
I thought this competition was for Amateurs. I don't consider Novelists amateurs.

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Contest: 13Horror.com[Post New Comment re: 13Horror.com]

Phillip Hardy Author: Phillip Hardy Posted: 03/17/2017 01:02 AM
This is a good horror contest that provides free feedback and the do what they say they're going to do in a timely fashion.

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

reni bifamo von Author: reni bifamo von Posted: 03/15/2017 01:04 PM
Like take part at the creative contest Is my first contest What is important to.know The files should be PDF, why not others?

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Contest: HBO Access[Post New Comment re: HBO Access]

Robert Stokley Author: Robert Stokley Posted: 03/03/2017 05:24 PM
How the HECK do you enter these contest

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Contest: WriteMovies UK [Post New Comment re: WriteMovies UK ]

Persephone Vandegrift Author: Persephone Vandegrift Posted: 02/24/2017 01:02 PM
I entered their inaugural contest and placed as 1 of 4 finalists. Correspondence was always prompt, even when there was an issue with payment and script uploading, they were on top of it immediately. Notifications were sent if any delays. Technical glitches are unavoidable. My impression over the past year and a half is that in a constantly changing industry, WM has a hard-working team passionate about storytelling.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Persephone Vandegrift Author: Persephone Vandegrift Posted: 02/24/2017 12:32 PM
I've just entered this year's Spring contest, but having entered previous WM contests, I've always had excellent correspondence from the WM team. If there's been an issue, they work to get it resolved. I know they had technical glitches last year and it was as frustrating for them as it was for us. Their feedback has always been professional and supportive.

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Contest: People's Pilot[Post New Comment re: People's Pilot]

Jon Davis Author: Jon Davis Posted: 02/22/2017 01:56 PM
Don't bother entering. The feedback comes months after the contest ends. I had an entry that placed as a finalist in 8 other competitions but somehow with this competition scored in the bottom 1/3.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

WriteMovies DotCom Author: WriteMovies DotCom Posted: 02/22/2017 03:48 AM
After the success of our 2016 contests, we are delighted to announce the WriteMovies Spring 2017 Screenwriting Competition! We took a careful review this time of what writers value most about our competitions and how we can ensure that every submission gets several script professionals’ oversight before any judgment is passed. http://writemovies.com/spring-2017-screenwriting-competition/

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

WriteMovies DotCom Author: WriteMovies DotCom Posted: 02/22/2017 03:46 AM
In case you missed it, we recently announced our Winter 2016 Screenwriting Contest Quarter Finalists!

This has been our strongest field in a while, so don’t get disheartened if you haven’t made the cut this time. We decided against many competent works for a variety of reasons. Most were simply outperformed by other scripts at this stage in their development. Some were not suited for the cinematic medium, others conceptually flawed, and some lacked commercial appeal. But the enthusiasm and dedication from each writer is clear to see, and a lot explored genuinely distinctive territory that deserves further development.

Congrats to the 54 Quarter-finalists and thank you to everyone who entered the contest! http://writemovies.com/winter-2016-screenwriting-contest-quarter-finalists/

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Contest: Nickelodeon[Post New Comment re: Nickelodeon]

reni bifamo.von Author: reni bifamo.von Posted: 02/21/2017 12:03 PM
Hi, sent you today s message Wait for your feedback Regards Reni

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

reni bifamo.von Author: reni bifamo.von Posted: 02/21/2017 11:41 AM
Hi sent you s message Please sent me a feedback Have a script ready

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Contest: Vancouver Filmworks[Post New Comment re: Vancouver Filmworks]

Marjory Kaptanoglu Author: Marjory Kaptanoglu Posted: 02/08/2017 01:16 PM
Quarterfinalists were supposed to be announced in June, 2016. It is now February, 2017, and still no announcement. The guy in charge, Jeff Waters, put one update on his Facebook account (now removed) saying he would announce winners by December, and that never happened either. He claimed the reason the contest was running late was that his mother was sick, but then he should've returned everyone's contest fees, which he did not do. Therefore he is a thief and a scam artist. His website is still up: http://vancouverfilmworks.org/, and here is a link to the attorney general complaint site for Washington State: https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/ComplaintForm.aspx if anyone wants to file a complaint. Do not do business with this man!

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Contest: Vancouver Filmworks[Post New Comment re: Vancouver Filmworks]

j johnson Author: j johnson Posted: 02/06/2017 11:26 AM
Total scam. They took the entry money and ran. JS Waters is the dude that stole your money if yo entered. Buyer beware. They posted no results, only one post since last summer, then deleted any reference on their facebook account because people there and on Amazon had called them on their scam. We probably will report them to authorities in Vancouver lite the BBB. Stay away from this scam

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Contest: StoryPros Awards[Post New Comment re: StoryPros Awards]

Marc Calderwood Author: Marc Calderwood Posted: 01/30/2017 11:02 PM
I've entered StoryPros several times and never been disappointed. As a First Place winner twice I've found their competition to be run professionally but not impersonal, these are nice folks who are interested in helping you move forward as a screenwriter. Screenwriting contests continue to be a growth industry because content is desired by the the development in streaming and new providers who require more "stuff". But there are contests that help by giving you a clear and concise understanding of whether or not you're on the right path or need vast improvement ... choose carefully and make this one of your choices.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

WriteMovies DotCom Author: WriteMovies DotCom Posted: 01/16/2017 10:25 AM
Contest Extension - In order to verify and process all of the late surge of entries, we need to add a final extension to the contest until SUNDAY, JANUARY 22ND to ensure all enquiries have been processed in time for our cutoff. The entry fee will remain at $49 for this extension period.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

WriteMovies DotCom Author: WriteMovies DotCom Posted: 01/13/2017 08:33 AM
Follow in the footsteps of our 2016 Grand Prize winners - THE PEOPLE VS GOLDMAN SACHS by Rob Laffin and RINGMASTER by Tory Williams - the winners of our main international competitions and $2000 in cash, a year of free script development and will have their scripts pitched to the film industry! These two definitely had a good 2016!

You could be our very next Grand Prize Winner for our Winter 2017 Screenwriting Competition – all you have to do is enter before the end of Sunday!

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

WriteMovies DotCom Author: WriteMovies DotCom Posted: 01/11/2017 10:19 AM
just 4 days left in the Winter Screenwriting Competition – Finish in Third, Second or First Place and you win! This is your opportunity to earn a year of free script development and mentoring and your chance to have your script pitched and promoted to our industry contacts – of which we have hundreds. Of course, the Grand Prize Winner also receives the $2000 cash prize, too! Deadline is this Sunday, January 15th and at an entry fee of just $49 – that’s all!

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

WriteMovies DotCom Author: WriteMovies DotCom Posted: 01/09/2017 09:26 AM
Just 6 days left before your chance to earn a prize fund worth over $5000 comes to a close. As we’ll be reviewing our business model again when the competition closes, this might turn out to be your LAST CHANCE to gain our top prize and be one of three winners who gain a year of free script development and pitching to industry – don’t miss out!

Best of luck to everyone!

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

WriteMovies DotCom Author: WriteMovies DotCom Posted: 01/05/2017 04:57 AM
Just 10 days to go everyone! Thanks to all who have entered so far and best of luck to you all for the contest. We're sure some of you have made a New Year's resolution to get that script you've been working on for a while - so finish it up and send it in!

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Contest: West Field[Post New Comment re: West Field]

Dan Fitzgerald Author: Dan Fitzgerald Posted: 12/16/2016 01:00 PM
One month after the Season Ten winners were to be announced, West Field has still not released the names of the winners. In addition, they have deleted their Facebook page after other complaints began to surface.

Be very careful with your hard work.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

David Wolfe Author: David Wolfe Posted: 12/08/2016 03:00 PM
Scriptapalooza is one of the best competitions for writers. It operates as a means to get scripts into production, not to just collect fees and provide banal feedback, and every bit of help is appreciated in this competitive industry. There is a genuine team effort to help you succeed if your script enters the top 100, and Scriptapalooza's CEO is an active participant. I highly recommend this competition.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Gregory Mulligan Author: Gregory Mulligan Posted: 12/08/2016 10:45 AM
The Scriptapalooza contest was easily the best of the 4 screenwriting competitions I entered. I received very helpful feedback and it was on time. It was also obvious by the feedback that the script was read in it's entirety. As my script advanced through the ranks I just was hoping it made the top 100, which it did. Once in the top 100 Mark Andrushko and the staff at Scriptapalooza really push your script just like they promise. They get it in the right hands and are able to put it in front of people I would NEVER have been able to on my own. I have received numerous emails updating me on the process.. It's been very exciting and I would definitely enter Scriptapalooza again.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Robert Mangrum Author: Robert Mangrum Posted: 12/07/2016 04:14 PM
My script "Senior Moment" made it as a semi-finalist in the 2016 Scriptapalooza screenwriting contest, and fared as well or better in other competitions this year. The difference between this one and others? Scriptapalooza invests time in me as a screen writer. They care, and actively market my script, going the extra step to form a partnership.

I have been very impressed with the open channel of communication provided by the President, Mark Andrushko. It has helped renew my personal commitment to polish up my script to make it as marketable as possible.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Dan Steiny Author: Dan Steiny Posted: 12/07/2016 01:25 PM
Hi All - I've have placed two scripts into Scriptaplooza. In 2016 CODE was as semifinalist and in 2012 my script THE UNSEEN won finalist. So, from that perspective, I like these guys!

I also think that the team really does try to market the script that have won. I've never actually gotten a request for either of these scripts after being placed, so that's a bit disappointing. But, I don't think it's for lack of effort on their part. A lot of it is a numbers game, of course. Mark Andrushko and the team seem like they really give it their all.

Having these placements helps my query letters have a bit more kick, so I'm grateful for that.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Michael Kriegsman Author: Michael Kriegsman Posted: 12/07/2016 12:34 PM
My Scriptalooza experience has been an absolute rush.

They're attentive, and reply to questions with lightning speed.

I was lucky enough to win 3rd place in the 2016 screenplay competition, which resulted in production company meetings and open-door invitations to pitch anytime.

Thanks to Mark and everyone at Scriptapalooza!

Best, Michael Kriegsman Screenwriter of "One of Us"

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

cc crown Author: cc crown Posted: 12/07/2016 11:33 AM
Top-notch professional group... any time I've communicated they get back immediately. My script An Affair of the Heart placed in the top 100 out of 3207. As a result, Scriptapalooza will keep its logline on its site for one year and notify producers. I don't know of any other competition that continues to help ts entrants this way.

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

Ash Corristine Author: Ash Corristine Posted: 12/02/2016 06:11 AM
I recently won 3rd prize in the TV Pilot category of this script and have been very pleasantly surprised by the contest organizers.

All along we've had regular updates and laurels for each qualifying round. When I made the top five, I got a lovely personal email from the organizer who has since kept me up to date with each step.

My script as read by some incredible judges, some of whom are getting in touch, which I'm incredibly excited about. The script will now be sent out to a number of production companies and managers etc so fingers crossed, I might get some emails over the coming weeks.

They are also sending me some writing software and script coverage as part of the prize. I've entered and placed or won several other contests previously but this is certainly in the top two.

The judges and production companies are outstanding and it feels like a very personable contest. I would certainly encourage anyone else to enter.

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Contest: West Field[Post New Comment re: West Field]

Dan Fitzgerald Author: Dan Fitzgerald Posted: 11/25/2016 07:24 PM
One week to the day past the November 18, 2016 announcement date, and I still haven't seen the results for "Season Ten" posted anywhere. What's even more weird, is that they started the next series of this contest, using the "season 10" page, basically erasing all the data for the current contest.

I made the mistake of entering this contest because of the short turnaround time. However, this contest is apparently so bad, that Film Freeway actually gave me my money back without any questions asked. That being said, FF was very evasive when I pressed them further about this contest.

BEWARE OF THIS ONE! That's for certain.

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Contest: WeTV[Post New Comment re: WeTV]

Jeffrey Storms Author: Jeffrey Storms Posted: 11/08/2016 03:23 PM
Disclaimer: I'm possibly a little biased because I won this competition, but I was really impressed with the professionalism. The contest ran on time. You were given an opportunity to see each of the judge's scores, which gave you an idea of how you were progressing. You could also add coverage/judge's notes onto each round for, what I considered to be, a reasonable price. I was able to use those notes to improve the script as the competition advanced. The organizers were in touch immediately to discuss moving forward. With the infrastructure they have in place, it strikes me that this contest is in it to be successful for the long haul. I'm very happy I entered.

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Contest: Bentonville[Post New Comment re: Bentonville]

m page Author: m page Posted: 10/08/2016 09:20 PM
When will the winner for the 2016 contest be announced???

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Contest: Contest of Contest Winners[Post New Comment re: Contest of Contest Winners]

Joe Borriello Author: Joe Borriello Posted: 10/07/2016 03:48 PM
I made top 10 this year, 2016, and for me, the judges feedback alone was worth the entry fee.

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Contest: Southern California[Post New Comment re: Southern California]

Giancarlo Fusi Author: Giancarlo Fusi Posted: 09/27/2016 05:38 PM
I'm not only saying this cause I won the competition, but this was by far the best screenwriting contest experience I've ever had. The price was right and it didn't take forever to get the results. It was amazing to get a phone call from the contest director Theo Davies, who personally called all the participants before reading their scripts. Followed by a congratulatory call after I won 1st place in the short screenplay category. But by far, the most incredible thing about this competition is the networking opportunities the contest provides by putting the winning scripts into the hands of their Hollywood contacts. Bravo!

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Contest: ScreenCraft Short[Post New Comment re: ScreenCraft Short]

TJ Johns Author: TJ Johns Posted: 09/22/2016 02:33 PM
With as many scripts as I've entered into Screencraft contests, you'd think I would have learned by now that they never meet their announcement deadlines, but... I guess I keep thinking that with as many contests as they have running that they would have figured out their workflow timeline by now... Not sure who's more foolish in this scenario.

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Contest: Nickelodeon[Post New Comment re: Nickelodeon]

Drew Munao Author: Drew Munao Posted: 09/19/2016 07:00 PM
Nickelodeon's writing program is one of the very best in the entire country. The leader, Karen Kirkland, is a renowned member of the entertainment community and is well versed in all things writing. I highly recommend this program for the serious writer who is looking on fine tuning their craft and are ready for some honest and intensive feedback that will truly assist you in your career going forward.

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Contest: HollyShorts[Post New Comment re: HollyShorts]

Damon Ragsdale Author: Damon Ragsdale Posted: 09/07/2016 09:53 PM
Screenplay contest... Semi-Finalists are to receive an all-access pass to the festival ($600 value). And if you are a finalist? Beats me.

I was a finalist and was never notified. Logic dictates that I had to first be a semi-finalist. No prize or notification for that either.

Prior to entering, I sent an email about contact/no contact on the title page since it was not clear on there submission rules. I received a response the same day! I entered.

After stumbling upon the finalists on their website and seeing I was one of them, I emailed as to why no notification or prize, etc.

10 days later and still no response. I suppose they are more interested in you before they have your money.

My personal opinion, nothing more than a money-grab by them from screenwriters.

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Contest: Diverse Voices[Post New Comment re: Diverse Voices]

Patricia Poulos Author: Patricia Poulos Posted: 08/27/2016 08:33 AM
I have not entered this contest and I apologize for not noticing your comments prior to submitting mine on Scriptapalooza TV. I entered this 'Feature' competition and although they were very professional in their notification of numbers of scripts and genre, it stopped there. No further notification of any description. I have also found that entering 'direct' to Festivals provides them an opportunity to drop your script through the cracks. Scripts which had previously 'won' although acceptance acknowledge by PAGE and AOF - then nothing. This prompted my 'accountability' comment.

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

Dan Fitzgerald Author: Dan Fitzgerald Posted: 08/25/2016 01:39 PM
@Patricia. Just a couple of years ago, the majority of contests, at least the ones I came across, were for new talent only, and established writers were barred from entering. That seems to have changed in the last year or so with the proliferation of new contests.

The one-page evaluation that I emailed you last week has helped me land a writing gig and opened the door to full time employment elsewhere.

Scriptapalooza among others, has done nothing for me except lighten my wallet.

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

Patricia Poulos Author: Patricia Poulos Posted: 08/24/2016 03:32 PM
Isn't it time all writers paying to enter competitions required some evidence that their scripts are actually read? 5,000 - 6,000 - entries, but how do you know?... Perhaps only sufficient to fill the 'winning spots' are read. Why bother paying for all the rest to be read? There is no accountability for which many millions of dollars are collected by Festivals for hopefuls. Do writers have a Union? A body should be formed to submit scripts on behalf of their members and which would hold Festivals accountable for the monies received.

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

Bobby Bell Author: Bobby Bell Posted: 08/23/2016 07:40 PM
This contest didn't bother to notify me when any of their results were announced, which is inexcusable since all they had to do is send out a mass email to all the contestants. I just happened to think of it and saw on their website that the finalists were announced yesterday. It's odd that my script that was a third place winner in the StoryPros contest and a quarter-finalist in Final Draft Big Break didn't even make the preliminary qualifying round in this one but I guess that's just further evidence of how subjective these things are.

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

Uncle Gunner Author: Uncle Gunner Posted: 08/21/2016 01:21 PM
PAGE has not only given me the best feedback and advice, they’ve also rekindled my interest in writing! Some of you reading this may have shared the experience of receiving feedback that was, shall we say, less than accurate. PAGE is the opposite. The feedback was detailed and concise and completely correct. PD’s advice really turned on the lights for me! And the reading he recommended made clear some points I should have known to begin with. I have no inflated illusions about winning contests or seeing my ideas on screen but I must say, it’s fun again!

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Contest: First 10 Pages[Post New Comment re: First 10 Pages]

Dan Fitzgerald Author: Dan Fitzgerald Posted: 08/14/2016 11:07 AM
The operators of this contest have opened a TV pilot contest that I may enter just for the feedback.

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

Dan Fitzgerald Author: Dan Fitzgerald Posted: 08/13/2016 02:00 PM
Semifinalists were announced on Aug 01, I received no notification. Winners announced before Aug 13, I received zero notification. Makes me wonder if my script was even read.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Jamee Decio Author: Jamee Decio Posted: 07/26/2016 01:47 PM
I won this contest in March 2015, and while one year of development notes were allegedly part of the winning package, I never received any response regarding my September draft. In fact, I never heard from them again. I doubt they sent the screenplay to any lit reps. I doubt they know any lit reps or producers. They misrepresented what the winner receives, and that's fraud. When I finally got a response in March 2016, they said they spent last fall revamping the contest as if that's a legal excuse for failing to provide a year of script mentoring/development notes along with sending the screenplay to producers and lit reps. They never offered to make amends for their failure, aka breach of contract. I am not even mentioned as a winner in 37. Worse contest ever.

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Contest: Kairos Prize[Post New Comment re: Kairos Prize]

Patricia Poulos Author: Patricia Poulos Posted: 07/24/2016 10:19 AM
Forgive the delay - congratulations. This story would be dear to my heart as I have written a similar script - God's Warrior. I live in Sydney.

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Contest: First 10 Pages[Post New Comment re: First 10 Pages]

Patricia Poulos Author: Patricia Poulos Posted: 07/24/2016 10:12 AM
Dear Dan,

Thank you for this. I am finding it most useful.

Kind regards, Patricia

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Contest: Just4Shorts[Post New Comment re: Just4Shorts]

J Steele Author: J Steele Posted: 07/22/2016 01:37 AM
I would AVOID this one. The screenplay portion seems to be fake. There is no information on who's behind this contest, no sponsors or advertisers, no social media at all behind these guys, no mention of who these "production companies" are, etc. and no listing of past winners. The one winner they do post seems to be a fake name and title. All signs point to a website that isn't legit.

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Contest: Diverse Voices[Post New Comment re: Diverse Voices]

J J Hillard Author: J J Hillard Posted: 07/20/2016 02:44 PM
I am very satisfied with the administration of the Diverse Voices contest and with the direct communication (email and phone) I've had with Mark Stasenko, WeScreenplay's co-founder and director (and a screenwriter himself). He invited feedback on how the contest was run.

Cumulative scores (covering 9 aspects of screenplays) were posted by each reader in sequence during the competition and all deadlines were met. The awards for winners are now forthcoming (and generous). All finalists have been invited to a celebration as well!

I tested WeScreenplay's free, 1-page submission offer. I got a fast response and found the feedback helpful. I don't know of any other coverage services that offer this!

I like the innovative business model that WeScreenplay has developed and believe its objectives can benefit screenwriters.

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Contest: StoryPros Awards[Post New Comment re: StoryPros Awards]

KC Cole Author: KC Cole Posted: 07/06/2016 03:18 PM
A very well-run contest. Easy to enter, the contest updates were posted every Wednesday right on schedule, and Jeff was quick to respond to questions.

I also purchased the Feedback option. What I liked most about their feedback was the specificity. It was obvious that someone had given my script a fair, full read -- not something you can say about all the contests out there. The sense that my script had been carefully evaluated made the criticisms (and the compliments!) very much worth the price.

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

Myke Friscia Author: Myke Friscia Posted: 07/05/2016 07:57 PM
AVOID. Like the last commentor, I too submitted but did not get a confirmation they received my script. A request for one was ignored. They did not announce a winner for 3 consecutive months. I googled previous winning entries, authors, titles, and came up with nothing on every single one. Which seems impossible with so many writers self promoting, you'd think you could find info on 1 screenplay. nope. Nothing. I filed a claim with pay pal. After filing a claim, the next day they updated their site after 3 months of inactivity. Again, with titles and authors that returned nothing on google. Note they have no social media connections, no facebook, twit, nothing. No sponsors or advertisers, no email address or about us page, no success stories, and no information on the titles or authors they post as winners. so judge for yourself. If you are considering, at least google the winners and see what you can find.

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Contest: Script Pipeline TV[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline TV]

Dan Fitzgerald Author: Dan Fitzgerald Posted: 06/29/2016 09:58 AM
I entered this contest and it is my understanding that there were over 6000 entries. In addition, all of the entries were lumped together, and my original pilot competed against episodes from shows like "Better Call Saul", among others. There is a huge advantage to writing a spec episode for an existing show over an original pilot. One would think that with so many entries, they could have been broken out better.

If you're looking for in-depth feedback, you have to pay extra, and there is no one-sheet critique for your entry fee. I can get feedback for $50 from a regular, rotating contest, or pay a consultant anywhere from $150 on up for a thorough review.

Of course we all hope to win the cash or a consulting session, but for the 5,900+ who didn't, this contest was of little value.

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Contest: Script Pipeline TV[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline TV]

Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 06/22/2016 07:41 PM
Let's get it out of the way. I didn't win, place or show here. That doesn't necessarily mean that the contest is unprofessional. On the contrary. I received timely feedback that was paid for, and the deadlines for finalist announcements were met.

The feedback for the TV competition was limited to one page but still concise, professional and proof that someone actually read the script. My only problem (and this may be a writer thing) is that the reader complained about one element of the script by saying that, "if this element has consequences, it's not clear what those consequences are."

I'm paraphrasing. But the point is that the element that s/he speaks of has clearly stated consequences in the dialogue on page 48. And I don't mean inferred consequences. It says, that if you don't follow through with the way to use this thing, bad things will happen. It's pretty straightforward. Even on-the-nose straightforward… And that kind of feedback is irritating for any writer.

It makes us feel like skimming was involved…

Still, it's clear that the script was read, and the majority of the feedback was constructive. So, thanks Script Pipeline.

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

Diana Mitchell Author: Diana Mitchell Posted: 06/03/2016 10:35 AM
Screenplay Search Scriptwriting Competition offers screenwriters a great opportunity to get their script recognized in a fair and balanced competition. Jordon, who oversees the competition, is personable and prompt in responding to all competition questions. This competition met all deadlines, was user-friendly to enter and the fee was very reasonable. Will definitely enter Screenplay Search again!

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/18/2016 04:37 PM
I entered Scriptapalooza in April of this year and on the same day was sent notification that my screenplay had been received. Yesterday I received this email reproduced here verbatim:

Thank you for entering the Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition. This email confirms your entry/entries. We will start announcing Quarterfinalists late July and the winners in August. Stats: 3207 scripts entered Genres: Action/Adventure - 405 Comedy - 454 Drama - 564 Family - 399 Science Fiction/Fantasy - 533 Thriller/Horror - 511 Historical – 341 Sincerely,Mark Andrushko

How cool is that Moviebyters? This should serve as a template for professionalism and sets the bar for all legitimate contests.

Win or lose, I am impressed by the organizers efforts to keep entrants informed. Being given a statistical breakdown is very much appreciated and helps put one’s unrecognized, unrequited and unpaid speculative efforts into perspective. If the quality of Scriptapaloozer’s readers matches the good intentions of the contest organizers, and if they have the decency to stick to announcement schedules (or at least notify entrants of any delays) they will get an A+ from the predominantly jaded, disaffected and horribly frustrated screenwriting community. PAY ATTENTION CONTEST ORGANIZERS. FOLLOW SCRIPTAPALOOZER'S LEAD!

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Contest: Cynosure [Post New Comment re: Cynosure ]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/18/2016 02:58 PM
In 2014 I entered a script which made it to the finals. From the feedback I received, it is obvious to me that my script was read from start to finish (unlike other over-rated competitions such as Page). The criticism I received from Cynosure was constructive, thoughtful, and was way more helpful than other coverage for which I paid my hard earned cash. I don't know that Cynosure has much pull in the industry, however I would enter this competition again, just for the coverage. It was first class.

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Contest: Palm Street Films[Post New Comment re: Palm Street Films]

Dango Forth Author: Dango Forth Posted: 05/18/2016 08:15 AM
This competition has a great history with making award winning films from the winning scripts.

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Contest: Diverse Voices[Post New Comment re: Diverse Voices]

Jason Swingle Author: Jason Swingle Posted: 05/16/2016 03:20 PM
There is now a mini-industry that feeds on screenwriters. Most use the same selling tool of claims about all the great things that competition has or will do for the writer. Needless to say, there’s never any documentation of these representations. I would add that even if a screenwriter did get some industry connection, unless one sees a certified copy of the contract, one can easily surmise that it was incredibly exploitive and ultimately not worth the screenplay competition fee. Just my opinion. As a preamble, I’ve had a screenplay recognized in three (3) writing competitions where there were four (4) Academy award-winning or nominated judges. I was winner on two of these and placed second on one. Most screenplay competitions have no benefit as ultimately no one really knows who the “readers” are. I was lucky on these competitions. According to “Paul” at WESCREEN “all readers are thoroughly trained”. Trained?!? How do you train a screenplay competition reader? Hand them a how to how to pamphlet? I have a notion that anyone who claims to judge screenwriting must have a background in recognized writing, produced films, or an academic background in these. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I do know formatting. However I was surprised to get a mediocre score for my submissions. Formatting?!?! Paul informed in an email of 2-23-16 that they pile together spelling, grammar, ease-of-read and formatting under the category of formatting. My opinion: formatting is formatting. It is not spelling or anything else including vague notions of what constitutes “readability”. Paul went on to state that “we don’t inflate like other contests”. How does he know? I entered two new screenplays at WESCREEN where they claim on their website and in email that there are at minimum TWO “readers”. But I wonder. For one of my submissions there was a list of criteria they posted two sets of scores for. This submission had the EXACT same scores except for the last criteria. On one I rec’d a score of 6, the other supposed reader 6.1. NO, I don’t believe two different readers arrived at the EXACT scores for all other categories. In other words, I’m seriously dubious that there were two readers. Bottom line, there are thousands of screenplays submitted to these competitions which suck in big bucks. What do they really deliver? My opinion on WESCREEN not much!

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

Eric Carlson Author: Eric Carlson Posted: 05/06/2016 07:00 PM
I entered this contest in 2013 and my screenplay was a Grand Prize Winner in the historical category...and I received...nothing...no certificate, no trophy, no promotion, no prize money, no industry exposure...but I did receive an email reminding me to enter in 2014...

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Contest: Contest of Contest Winners[Post New Comment re: Contest of Contest Winners]

Jeffrey Howe Author: Jeffrey Howe Posted: 05/04/2016 10:37 AM
I feel fortunate to have won the contest last year on a number of levels. At Sunscreen Film Festival-West, Howard and crew took the time to explain a lot of things I needed to know as a newcomer to the field, and the one-on-one discussion about my screenplay "Robo4ce" was extremely helpful. Howard has a talent for finding those key moments in a script where a few changes can make something good into something exceptional.

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

Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 04/28/2016 02:56 PM
Recently entered this comp, and while it's too soon to submit an official report (results are 5 months away), I can honestly comment on the professional feedback you get if you pay for the option. I received a three page report that was truly constructive criticism at its best. I can say that both as a recipient of feedback and as a competition reader in my own right. I was very surprised by the expedient receipt, believing that I wouldn't see that feedback until the competition was at a close and finalists were determined. So if you enter this competition, consider paying for the feedback.I don't recommend that very often.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 04/21/2016 09:16 AM
I entered two scripts. Both made Q/F, one made it to the semi-finals. They missed all the deadlines for announcements and did not send any notifications at all.

If WMC expects to be taken seriously, they need to behave professionally.

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Contest: Depth of Field[Post New Comment re: Depth of Field]

Maja Ramirez Author: Maja Ramirez Posted: 04/20/2016 07:16 PM
Happy to be sharing a respectable third place with only two other scriptwriters in the Spring 2016 competition! Thanks to Depth of Field International Film Festival!

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Contest: Cinestory Feature[Post New Comment re: Cinestory Feature]

Maren Curtis Author: Maren Curtis Posted: 04/19/2016 10:18 AM
Attended the Cinestory Retreat in 2015 - I would highly recommend it to anyone seriously pursuing a screenwriting career.

The workshop sessions are pretty evenly balanced between writing craft and making a career in Hollywood. The one-on-one sessions are a solid two hours of insightful feedback & open dialogue with established industry professionals.

The mentors leading the panel workshops and one-on-one sessions (managers, producers, and writers) and the co-attendees finalists were all very high caliber. As a result, the entire retreat was an enjoyable, intense professional experience.

I learned some great skills and tricks that I've since applied to my writing. And probably most valuable for me, was the opportunity to establish personal connections and friendships - both the mentors and co-attendees - that have since become part of my professional writing network.

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Contest: First 10 Pages[Post New Comment re: First 10 Pages]

Dan Fitzgerald Author: Dan Fitzgerald Posted: 04/10/2016 02:13 PM
Addendum:

I'm posting the Producers Response Report, as I have not seen it done this way in any other contest that I have entered. I have omitted their response to my entry.

Question 1: Is the title compelling? (At the minimum, does it convey genre or storyline?)

Question 2: Is the lead character introduced in a powerful (bold or interesting) way, so as to attract marketable talent?

Question 3: Is the opening scene enticing, exciting, or engaging?

Question 4: Is the main character’s initial goal established?

Question 5: Are the stakes established? (In other words, does the writer establish what will happen – the consequences – if the goal is not achieved?)

Question 6: Is the obstacle (antagonist, personal flaw, or situation) which may prevent the main character from achieving the goal established?

Question 7: Is the dialogue interesting, and not simply perfunctory?

Question 8: Is the tone of the genre successfully conveyed?

Question 9: Is the description succinct and impactful, and not “heavy”, novelistic, or unnecessary to the story? Does it reveal only what can be seen on screen? Does it avoid (or limit) directorial instructions?

Question 10: Is the script format industry-standard and free of typos?

Question 11: Is the writing professional level for a producer’s consideration?

Question 12: Based on the first 10 pages, would you continue to read and consider the script?

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Contest: First 10 Pages[Post New Comment re: First 10 Pages]

Dan Fitzgerald Author: Dan Fitzgerald Posted: 04/08/2016 05:06 PM
I found this contest just a few days before its closing date, and just received the feedback. It came in the form of a 12-Question Producers Response Sheet. I seem to have scored well, and the concerns they brought up have already been addressed in the latest draft.

Despite having some formatting issues, they felt my story was interesting. I'm a technical person by nature, and I typically crave more detail, but what I got back was far superior to what I have gotten from other contests.

As of this writing, they haven't announced the quarter finalists or winners. I'm happy with what I got, in part because they seem to have liked what I wrote.

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Contest: American Gem Short[Post New Comment re: American Gem Short]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 04/02/2016 03:20 PM
Finally received notification of the short screenplay results. I placed in the top ten. It only took 9 months! Counted 544 quarter-finalists, so I'm not sure exactly where this leaves me overall.

Whilst I appreciate email notifications of surviving each round, (1st, 2nd, Q/F, S/F, F) it is utterly absurd that one is invited to submit another version of their script/story (for an additional fee) at each and every level with no stat of the applicant's entry ever given.

This modis-operandi gives the impression that American Gem is nothing more than a cynical income generating enterprise that exploits hard working, aspiring writers. In order to be taken seriously by the writing community, I suggest that only semi, and finalist be invited to resubmit (after receiving notes from judges). This would also speed up the disgustingly long assessment process.

The effusive praise heaped upon this contest by Moviebytes is not only suspicious, but downright contradictory to every private communique I have received regarding this contest.

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

Andre Campbell Author: Andre Campbell Posted: 03/25/2016 06:35 AM
I actually had to ask for my feedback as it was not sent to me. Very strange!

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

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 03/20/2016 01:12 PM
A repeated warning for the young and impressionable: Don't be so quick to sign it all away. Read preceding comments and save yourself!!!!

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Contest: Screamfest[Post New Comment re: Screamfest]

Eddie Money Author: Eddie Money Posted: 03/12/2016 01:38 AM
Entered this in 2015 and the feedback was poor. Not only did they get the characters name's wrong but also misspelled my name, and the title of my script. What's wven worse was that they mentioned things that never happened in my script!!! Wtf?! I have to say this was the biggest waste of money that I've ever had the pleasure to enter.

This absolutely is a horrible horror contest.

Save your money and time, their readers are trash and so is this contest.

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Contest: Kairos Prize[Post New Comment re: Kairos Prize]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 03/01/2016 05:59 AM
Good for you and congratulations! I wish you well and look forward to seeing your movie on the big screen someday. Please keep us posted.

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Contest: Kairos Prize[Post New Comment re: Kairos Prize]

Birgit Myaard Author: Birgit Myaard Posted: 02/29/2016 12:21 AM
I was honored to receive the $10,000 Kairos Prize for my screenplay THE HAND OF A WOMAN. (Logline: When a reluctant warrior refuses God's call, the biblical prophet Deborah finds that the fate of Israel rests in the hand of a woman.) I'm temporarily living in the remote, Outback town of Alice Springs, Australia, so I was amazed that the Movieguide organization actually flew me halfway around the world to receive my award at the Movieguide Awards. Sadly, I didn't get the Grand Prize of $25,000, which means my script didn't get producer reads at studios, but I'm hopeful that having been awarded $10,000 this script will get noticed by agents/producers.

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Contest: FilmMakers/Feature[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers/Feature]

judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 02/28/2016 05:57 PM
As I mentioned, I wrote to them and here is an email I got from the American Gem folks, via Fred, who was very helpful.

"Hi Frederick,

Thanks for letting us know. Can we have access to that thread so we can comment?

American Gem Literary Festival closed in August (including our partner sites that require additional time) with 1445 submissions in all. We allow our readers and judges 20-30 days per round. We have two qualifying rounds so the right scripts advance to the quarter-finals. The finals are to be announced on March 3rd. We inform all contestants via email about announcement dates and in the same email we state where contest updates can be found 24/7; the home page of the filmmakers.com site under heading "American Gem Contest News", and the contest "results page" http://filmmakers.com/contests/short/2015/win/index.htm

We have three Screenwriting Contests run separate because of partnerships per contest are different.

Regards,

Eric

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Contest: FilmMakers/Feature[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers/Feature]

judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 02/27/2016 10:01 AM
This is a comment about the American Gem competition put on by these folks. It has been over a year now. Last I heard I was a semi-finalist. It is incredibly hard to get in touch with organizers, it is even harder to believe that they continue to post competitions when this one goes as long as it has without resolution. I just sent this note to them.

"There are several of us who are wondering what has happened to the American Gem competition. It has been over a year and it seems to go on and on while you folks post more contests????"

No competition should take this long. I have seen several people on Moviebytes complain about this and know that next year, people like me will not take the bait.

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Contest: 100 Screenplays[Post New Comment re: 100 Screenplays]

Alvin Easter Author: Alvin Easter Posted: 02/26/2016 01:24 PM
I'm pleased that this contest honored my script because this script wasn't the conventional, by-the-numbers entry which many source books recommend. I did receive some "nibbles" from various production companies after winning the "100 Screenplays" contest but nothing resulted. However, I knew my script, a period piece, would be a tough sell. I was pleased by all aspects of my experience with "100 Screenplays" and the prize money really came in handy.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Luqman Raymond Whittinger Author: Luqman Raymond Whittinger Posted: 02/24/2016 03:08 PM
WILDsound has been a very useful tool to develop my screenplay scripts. Even if you do not win the notes are excellent quality and good value. I would recommend the festival to ant aspiring writer.

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

Gary Buglass Author: Gary Buglass Posted: 02/09/2016 03:15 PM
I was a finalist in 2011 for this contest and found the whole experience underwhelming. They promote an awards banquet where you can attend a gala dinner, collect your certificate and apparently "network with producers and agents at the reception".

I attended the dinner and was given a mediocre meal and they seemed to rush through the whole event. Not one agent or Producer in sight. You were rushed out as quick as you arrived.

They also promise to promote all finalists for a whole year but that did not happen. I would recommend another contest to everyone, not this one.

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Contest: ScreenCraft SciFi[Post New Comment re: ScreenCraft SciFi]

David McQuillen Author: David McQuillen Posted: 01/31/2016 08:38 AM
I was a quarterfinalist last year and agree that the notification process for contestants could be improved upon, with individualized congratulations or sorry you didn't advance emails for each round rather than a "check the list" notification, but this contest is definitely worth it for the notes.

I paid the higher fee, as I did in several other contests last year, and Screencraft's coverage far exceeded that of any other competition I entered, including Nicholl's.

More in depth, more genuinely helpful and specific, and most importantly, delivered by someone who clearly had a great feel and passion for what's unique to the science fiction genre.

I think this contest is a must for all SF screenplay writers.

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Contest: ISA Fast Track[Post New Comment re: ISA Fast Track]

David Baugnon Author: David Baugnon Posted: 01/27/2016 03:00 PM
I've been fortunate enough to win several contests (and many of them make you pony up even more $$ for trophies or even a certificate) but the ISA Fast Track flew me out to LA, put me up in a swank hotel on Sunset and shuttled to to 9 different meetings over the week-including CAA and the head of production at the Weinstein company. Max and Felicity at ISA couldn't have been nicer and what can I say, I'm still reaping the benefits from that trip. Very much worth the effort!

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Linda Morganstein Author: Linda Morganstein Posted: 01/15/2016 02:15 PM
I entered the yearly contest "39" and results for the quarterfinals were supposed to be posted December 8. So far nothing and no response to emails. Does anybody know what's going on?

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Linda Morganstein Author: Linda Morganstein Posted: 01/15/2016 02:15 PM
I entered the yearly contest "39" and results for the quarterfinals were supposed to be posted December 8. So far nothing and no response to emails. Does anybody know what's going on?

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

Maria Lennon Author: Maria Lennon Posted: 12/23/2015 12:24 PM
I am impressed how professional this contest is managed. Every announcement was on time. When I asked a question via email before entering, it was answered promptly and clear. The feedback was extremely helpful.

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

Maria Lennon Author: Maria Lennon Posted: 12/23/2015 12:15 PM
The company is professional and right on time with all announcements. The feedback I received was very helpful I was so impressed that I entered two scripts into the competition. This contest is recommendable.

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Contest: FilmMakers/Feature[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers/Feature]

Dawn Howard Author: Dawn Howard Posted: 12/15/2015 10:19 PM
I was delighted to find one of my favorite screenplays, "Baba Yaga", among the second round finalists. I'm always happy to see FilmMakers International in the sender field of my inbox!

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Contest: Breaking Walls[Post New Comment re: Breaking Walls]

Andrew Brown Author: Andrew Brown Posted: 12/03/2015 08:18 PM
In reference to my other message, the support team responded to me immediately and assisted me on entering this years contest.

Thank you support team.

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Contest: Breaking Walls[Post New Comment re: Breaking Walls]

Andrew Brown Author: Andrew Brown Posted: 12/03/2015 07:46 PM
I entered this years contest. Made payment with Paypal and received a message that said my payment didn't go through. When my email says it did. $45 dollars. I sent a message asking how to send my script in, now just waiting to hear back.

Hopefully I didn't just waste my money.

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Contest: WeScreenplay Feature[Post New Comment re: WeScreenplay Feature]

Robert Sivigny Author: Robert Sivigny Posted: 11/26/2015 07:15 AM
My script, "Gravity's Pull" was a finalist in the 2014 contest. The contest was run very professionally, we received email notifications on each round, and we were able to view the judge's scorecards (btw, one of the judging criteria is script formatting (I didn't know), so that matters). The finalist prize was 1-year membership to ISA connect, which I never used due to lack of time, and the founder sent out personalized email of congrats.

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