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TrayseaWrites
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Screenwriting Contests

Has anyone submitted their work to any of the screenwriting contests? I was perusing sites for software and came across Final Draft's Big Break contest.

For Daniel, is this something you would recommend?
Ian
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Re: Screenwriting Contests

These are all contests. My favourites are the Nicholl and the BlueCat. I love the BlueCat because every entrant receives feedback on their script. It was excellent feedback, too. The best I did in the Nicholl was the quarter-finals (top 300 out of over 6000 scripts). I'm very proud of that. I didn't make it any farther though. I won Best Screenplay at last year's Pocono Mountains Film Festival but it's expensive ($75 entry fee) so, beware.

http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/
http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/why_enter_bluecat.php
http://www.scriptapalooza.com/
http://www.zoetrope.com/contests/
http://www.finaldraft.com/events-and-services/big-break/

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Ian
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Competitions and Tracking Sites

As you explore the culture of screenwriting, you’ll come across a great multitude of screenwriting contests. Winning one of these competitions can be a good way to generate a little heat on your script, which you can use to drum up interest. World class competitions like the Nicholl Fellowship and the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project have been known to launch the careers of screenwriters. (There’s a comprehensive list of screenplay contests here.)

A more recent phenomenon is script tracking sites, such as Script Shark, InkTip and Trigger Street. These sites, through a variety of methods, involve uploading your script for review, either by other writers like yourself, or by industry professionals. When a script gets consistently high marks, it works its way up through the ranks where it might get noticed by someone important.

Contests and tracking sites can be a legitimate way to market your screenplay. But at the same time, it’s important to be discerning. Participating in these competitions usually involves an entry fee, and after a while, those fees can really add up. Make sure you research any contest or tracking site before you enter to ensure that the potential pay-off is worth the cost.
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Re: Screenwriting Contests

Excellent info, Ian & Daniel! Thanks!
Ian
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Re: Screenwriting Contests

There's a thread on triggerstreet asking what contests people have entered or will be entering. I can't believe how many contests some writers enter. I mean two or three over the course of year is my limit - and that goes directly to financial limits. There are writers entering six to eight contests and in some of those they're entering more than one script. Wow. Expensive.

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Ian
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