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Gered Beeby Author: Gered Beeby Posted: 07/21/2008 02:18 PM
Feedback and analysis -- I entered "The Bottle Imp" into several contests in the early part of 2008 with these goals in mind. Script Savvy's review was the most thorough and useful I received. The screenplay is set in 1890's Hawaii. The extensive comments even included help with the local pidgin English. This was especially interesting from a writer who spent his first few years of high school in the Aloha State! At 50 out of 60 points the work received a "Consider," not a win, but after various fixes my script is better as a result. Script Savvy and its analysis should be included in any screenwriter's scope of contests.

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Gered Beeby Author: Gered Beeby Posted: 07/21/2008 12:18 PM
My screenplay, "The Bottle Imp" won the June 2008 HSI monthly contest. This was my first out-and-out win, although the script has placed in other contests. These favorable remarks may reflect this rose-tinted perspective, but I've been impressed by HSI's overall professionalism. Within days of the win I received notice from InkTip of my 6-month free subscription. Within two weeks my first copy of the one-year Script magazine subscription arrived in the mail. The MovieBytes announcement, also part of the winnings is still forthcoming; I expect that at any time. The comment sheet, though brief, gave me another insight into the fable-fantasy nature of Bottle Imp with a view toward marketing. Eventual success with the art and business of Hollywood, of course, remains to be seen. Nonetheless, I will credit HSI with an early jump-start to what I hope will be a rewarding career. I recommend their contest to anyone.

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Michael Pallotta Author: Michael Pallotta Posted: 07/19/2008 12:01 PM
Yes, this contest is professional all the way. However, the short script I entered - a finalsit in Shriekfest/07 - achieved nil in Movie Short Script Contest, leaving me to believe in the old saying 'beauty is to the beholder.'

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

Donna Brodsky Author: Donna Brodsky Posted: 07/18/2008 01:31 PM
We enjoyed a very thorough critique of our script, THE SWITCHEROO. We received guidance early on to help with a rewrite which we believe helped us join the Quarterfinalists. Unexpectedly, we received a second critique that we know will assist to make our story become the best it can be.



Everything the reader said made sense and they were very involved in the story. It's very apparent that BlueCat takes pride in their competition.

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Prestin Scott Author: Prestin Scott Posted: 07/16/2008 12:45 PM
Hey there! Thanks for pointing out your concerns. That statement was not inserted into our rules to scare you. It's simply a means to protect any efforts we may put into a finalist! Because of your concerns, I will have it removed. Sorry about the confusion! Craig James Pietrowiak The Movie Deal!

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/14/2008 01:56 PM
HI ANNE --

Thanks for telling everyone what happened to you. I won, but I did not get any money. I got an "agent" in Hollywood, CA -- way back in 10-11-07. However, the man has not told me anything. I wrote him a note to find out what was going on-- it anything. That was about a month ago. He has not answered at all--YET. If never, I will tell everyone the same that you said. Write to me, Friend -- if you wish. -- Connie

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/12/2008 09:00 PM
Friends -- I guess I did not tell you how I feel about these people. They get so so so many screenplays to have to read. I would love to read them but I can't read as I fell off my house and died a bit. But these people are very sweet and I no they do very good things. Two of my screenplays were on to the Quarter in July 2007. But that was all. It was good for me. When I can right better I will fix some of my screenplays and also right some NEW ones. Everyone should try this Page.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/12/2008 08:26 PM
Hello Friends --

My three screenplays were on their Semi in around April 2008-- but mine did not go up to Finalists. Darn. I may try it another time. When I died a bit 2 years ago, I never could read and right. I wanted to kill myself as before, I have always been great at righting. But I'm getting better every day. It takes a long time to just read and right a note. When it gets better, I will take this one again.

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/12/2008 06:12 PM
Hello Friends --

It has been quite awhile -- and I forgot to tell you way back in 2007. My three screenplays got in Semi -- and only my Thriller, A Death in Concord -- got on the Finalists. I'm happy just about that. Anyway, many should send their screenplays to this place. Great people.

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Contest: Woods Hole[Post New Comment re: Woods Hole]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/12/2008 05:46 PM
OH DEAR, Friends -- I wrote to the man and told him I was so sorry I said that. Actually, I found out I was the "Second Winner" for the "Thriller" - etc. My screenplay was The Raven's Treasure". The people must really read you screenplays. That is great.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/12/2008 05:37 PM
Friends -- I think I did not tell you that 2007, one of my screenplays got on the Semi. That was wonderful for me. At least they were smart people. I will enter again.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/12/2008 04:35 PM
Hello Friends -- I did not say anything about Red Inkworks. This is a very smart man. This is a good place to send you screenplays. He will tell you whatever you want to no. Great man. In Oct 2007, my two screenplays got on to the "Top 50 Finalists". That makes me very happy. Well, I no the man is not just trying to make me happy. I'm sure he reads everything and puts the really good screenplays onto the 50.

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/12/2008 04:02 PM
Hi Friends --

The last two people wrote to you, are my friends! We all got the Semi -- but the Jean almost won (she gets alot of things as she always does) But the lady at "Extreme" is a great girl. I would try this one again. I think she is smart.

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/12/2008 03:23 PM
Hi Friends --

My three screenplays got into this year at the Quarter. Next only two of mine got into the Semi -- Then my "Death in Concord" got into Finalist. But of course I did not win. The people at StoryPros were great, though. I'm happy for my friend, Geoff Breuder -- he was one of the winners.

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Contest: Writers Place[Post New Comment re: Writers Place]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/12/2008 02:35 PM
Hi Friends --

These in the Writers Place, are very smart. I got in the first Finalists -- I had sent all three of mine but only got one of mine on that. My "The Nutcracker" had never gotten the Finalist -- but I loved it very much. I didn't make it to the winner part. But I'm glad you people have won.

I wonder if any of you have gone to where they take your poetry's? I did. And I won that one! I could not believe that I had won! They even sent money to me -- so fast! They are smart and very sweet. I will enter to them anytime.

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Contest: hollywoodscript.com [Post New Comment re: hollywoodscript.com ]

Tom Shipley Author: Tom Shipley Posted: 07/12/2008 09:11 AM
Craig and Judy's service was created for writers like me, which happens to be like a lot of writers out there, who toil in obscurity; they're only hopes of breaking into the biz hung on entering contests and sending out cold queries.

What hollywoodscript.com does is give you an industry-insider perspective on your script. It's almost like hiring an uncle in the business who has agreed to help you get your work out there as long as you've written something that's good enough. And for the amount of work provided for a relatively modest fee, it sometimes does feel like you have someone who has some sort of obligation to you working on your side.

The feedback is honest and straightforward. The best part of a consultation is that it's mostly negative (ie& comments on what needs work), but given in a positive manner. If you're looking for only positive feedback, save your money and give the script to your mom.

But if you're looking for honest, knowledgeable, and constructive feedback that will shatter your illusions of how perfect your script is while giving you a roadmap for taking the genuinely good parts of your script and turning them into a great screenplay, call Craig and Judy.

Who knows, they may even help you break into the biz.

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

Martin Stack Author: Martin Stack Posted: 07/11/2008 02:35 AM
There's something about this contest that just isn't sitting right with me. I entered through withoutabox and sent them an email requesting receipt. I have two versions of my script on withoutabox (one with a synopsis and one without) and asked which version they had downloaded from WAB. I got a very short response saying that my submission was complete but they never specified which version they had received (after several requests). Also, WAB does not show that they even downloaded a version. Second, I asked if they would be announcing Semi-Finalists this year like they did last year....I was told by the contest coordinator that they would be. I'll be steering clear of this one in the future.

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

Richard Hohenrath Author: Richard Hohenrath Posted: 07/08/2008 01:14 AM
I took a chance with this competition, and it has turned into an extremely positive and rewarding experience. Not simply because my script scored favorably, but because this competition has been run in a courteous, professional manner. Storypros has responded to my e-mail inquiries promptly, and I received my award prizes in a timely fashion. Their updates have also been greatly appreciated. Highly recommended.

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

Rich Kachold Author: Rich Kachold Posted: 07/04/2008 02:32 PM
For the list of Quarterfinalist, simply click the link on the main page that says "2008 Quarterfinalists Announced." Or go here: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/winner/2008_finals.php

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Contest: Woods Hole[Post New Comment re: Woods Hole]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/02/2008 08:56 PM
WELL GIRL FRIENDS,

I HAD SENT MY THREE SCREENPLAYS IN. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR 6 MONTHS. I FINALLY SAW SOMETHING. BUT HERE IS WHAT I TOLD THEM. THEY WILL PROBABLY NOT EVER WRITE TO ME, ETC. BUT HERE IT IS: __________ Hey.

Is that IT??? I went to your place. All you put there is: ___________ Announcing Screenplay Competition Winner SWEET MARY JANE by Jennifer Harrison ___________

Did not say a damed thing. Why not? Don't you think you should have told us a little bit about this girl's screenplay? What she wrote, what it sounds like?

How many screenplays did you get? 20, 70. 100. 200, or 300???

If there are 100, you should have put up maybe 50 would be "Quarter" and maybe 2 weeks later you would put "Semi" maybe three screenplays -- Then a wee later you will say who is the winner.

You also need to tell everyone at "MovieBytes" so everyone can see it. If you did that, you would have more people try to be your winner person.

Does Jennifer Harrison live close to you people? If so, that is also terrible. I sent and payed for three of my screenplays. It has been six months of me WAITING, WONDERING, ETC.

You really should tell everyone who sent you their screenplays. This is so bad for you. You may never have anyone to send you their screenplays. I will tell everyone what I found (NOTHING FROM YOU PEOPLE). YOU SHOULD REALLY TAKE YOUR STUFF OFF FROM "MOVIEBYTES" AND ALSO OFF FROM "WITHOUTABOX".

CONNIE TONSGARD JUNEAU, ALASKA _______

WELL THAT'S IT.

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

Teresa Allison Author: Teresa Allison Posted: 07/02/2008 09:15 AM
This used to be a good competition to enter if you were mainly interested in some inpartial feedback from an industry insider. These days, the feedback comes from an intern or assistant, the judging is inconsistent with other competitions and it has become a resounding disappointment to participate in.

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Richard Hohenrath Author: Richard Hohenrath Posted: 07/02/2008 12:50 AM
Overall, I've been pleased with the professionalism of this contest. In the three consecutive years I've applied to this competition, I've scored as both a quarter and semi-finalist. They've maintained contact through newsletters (which isn't always true with other competitions)And the free script critique --to all quarter-finalists-- is a nice compensation. Recommended.

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

Laura Onorio Author: Laura Onorio Posted: 07/01/2008 07:31 PM
I have sent 2 emails and have not received a response. The website posts quarterfinalists announced. Announced where? I guess I was supposed to receive an email. The Blazing Quill contest the names are posted on the website. I was a semi finalist. I woujld not enter this contest again and I do not understand how they get so many people to enter.

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Contest: Omaha[Post New Comment re: Omaha]

k coleman Author: k coleman Posted: 07/01/2008 03:22 PM
My script 'Zaid's Cup' won Best Short Screenplay at the 2008 OFF. This is a wonderful, professionally operated competition with an outstanding prize package! If you can only enter one or two competitions with your short script, definitely choose OFF.

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Contest: Screamfest[Post New Comment re: Screamfest]

Alex Greenfield Author: Alex Greenfield Posted: 07/01/2008 08:45 AM
Winning the Screamfest prize for Best Screenplay in 2006 was a huge turning point in my career as a writer. To that point, I'd worked mostly in advertising, had done a handful of low-budget (waaay low-budget) assignments and was a writer/producer at WWE. After winning the award, the winning script - CHILDISH THINGS - was optioned and I've booked four writing assignment. The first, STREET WARRIOR starring REDBELT's Max Martini, debuts on Spike TV this summer and another (a mini-series for Ion) is currently in production starring Christopher Lloyd. The two others are in development. All of this success stems directly from my success at Screamfest.

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Contest: Nantucket[Post New Comment re: Nantucket]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/01/2008 12:03 AM
FLO -- Well that is great that you won at this place! I am happy for you. Can you tell me what your screenplay is? Name of it? Just a bit that you wrote -- . When they have so many --300 or so, I feel like they should have 100 at Quarter, then a bit later, have 50 who are on Semi -- then a little later would be the winners. These people do not tell the screenplay people ANYTHING. I am wondering if they just make someone the winner if they just live there? I no I will never send my screenplays and pay so much money as I did.

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

Todd Luongo Author: Todd Luongo Posted: 06/29/2008 05:30 PM
My screenplay, "P.R." won an Honorable Mention in the comedy category in Screenplay Festival's 2007 contest. Overall, I found the contest to be a good experience.

My positive feedback on this contest is that since I won the HM, they have sent me contact information for several industry professionals requesting my logline. In the end that's the most important compensation I can receive from placing in a contest so kudos to them for that.

However, I do think there are three places where they could improve in the future. I don't believe any of these points are major enough that anyone should steer clear of this contest because of them. I'm just offering them as constructive criticism for the contest coordinators.

The first (and easiest) area for improvement is communication. It's just soooo easy to create an e-mail address list of entrants and send out a one sentence blast e-mail to entrants when you announce semi's, finals, delays, etc. and they didn't do that. You would have to keep coming back on your own accord to check their web site to see what was happening. I did get an e-mail to notify me that I had won an honorable mention but that was the first communication I received from them since entering. I will say that they were prompt in answering a question that I e-mailed to them.

The second area for improvement is delays. I tend to cut contests some slack for delays since that tells me that they are taking care to give everyone a good read. However, the delays here were significant and every step along the way. They even missed their own pushed back deadlines. There's definitely some room for improvement here.

The last area I would comment on is the prizes. A little on the light side, IMHO. The grand prize winners in each category gets $1,000 and some non-cash prizes and that's all the prizes. The Honorable Mention winners get a certificate. Based on the amount of semi-finalists they announced I suspect that they had over 1,000 entries. With that many entries I think they need to consider upping the grand prize and also awarding prizes to the HM's.

All in all though, I'm happy with the experience and would recommend. They seem like good folks who will make tweaks where necessary to improve any deficiencies.

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 06/27/2008 06:52 PM
Thank you both - I didn't even see that!

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Jonah Gruber Author: Jonah Gruber Posted: 06/26/2008 07:54 PM
I believe this to be a bit of a laugh. I highly doubt they have ever received anything close to 19,000 screenplays, as the Nicholl Fellowship (put on by the ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES), in its record year, received less than 7,000. This is one of those contests that exists to make money and provide employment for the people who are putting it on, but you may gain some encouragement from it if you win. I'm not so sure that I would.

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Kathryn Nawrocki Author: Kathryn Nawrocki Posted: 06/26/2008 07:38 PM
The contest has yet to be judged, but I gave it an exemplary review for several reasons. One being TV contests are a long shot to get you anything in general, so a deal with FOX at the cash prize, is phenomenal. What they offer the 'beginning' writer far exceeds any other contest. Plus, no entry fee is a bonus. I wish they took more than one script though, per person, but still NO ENTRANCE FEE makes it a great bet for the TV pilot.

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

Jonah Gruber Author: Jonah Gruber Posted: 06/26/2008 05:00 PM
This contest owns the option of your script when you win? That is not terribly Christian. Yet another example of greed hiding behind the cross. I have nothing against a faith-based contest, but that is quite an unwarranted policy. If the goal is to empower screenwriters, they have failed. The purpose of a contest is NOT to increase the personal screenplay arsenal of Hollywood producers, I don't care how close to God you claim to be.

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

Jonah Gruber Author: Jonah Gruber Posted: 06/26/2008 04:52 PM
Am I right in thinking that the only prize this contest offers is the prize of saying "You have won this contest?" Industry exposure and coverage itself is a little iffy. So many contests seem to be about readers making money from writers, with little compensation or followup serving the writer.

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 06/23/2008 01:30 PM
If she was sick, and the awards were given late, hey - it happens. Most contests announce their winners late. But what really bothered me (and should bother everyone) is that she pocketed the checks but never awarded the winners. If there's any reason to not enter a contest - that's the reason! (Eileen - email me at: neuroticboy@earthlink.net - I couldn't find your email on here).

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Mike McGeever Author: Mike McGeever Posted: 06/23/2008 03:01 AM
I wanted to mention that Donna is STILL recommending my script to folks even though it was in her contest two years ago. Her enthusiasm and commitment is simply unmatched, and I will be forever grateful!

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Marc DeLamater Author: Marc DeLamater Posted: 06/20/2008 08:09 AM
Last week, after no word from the contest runners, I went onto their website to discover that the winners had been announced. Now, for full disclosure, my script did not place, but for what I paid to enter this contest, I expected better. Oh, by the the way, I finally go an e-mmail announcing the winners this morning. Too little, too late, and don't bother!

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Eileen Tiller Author: Eileen Tiller Posted: 06/20/2008 05:50 AM
I can't believe she's still using the "seriously ill" line. She used that on me, and that was a year and a half ago. Sorry if you're truly sick, but you should stop taking people's money if you're not up to doing your job. Honestly, what a gig. Maybe I should quit my day job and start a scam screenwriting competition.

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James O'Donoghue Author: James O'Donoghue Posted: 06/19/2008 10:33 AM
Emailed them 6/12 about the delay. Haven't received any answer. The website for them is 'down'.

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 06/19/2008 02:08 AM
I WROTE ONE 11-18-07 BECAUSE THEY GOT MY MONEY BUT I DO NOT THINK THEY REALLY READ MY THREE SCREENPLAYS. THEY DID NOT SAY A THING ABOUT MINE. IF I WERE YOU, I WOULD NEVER ENTER THEIR COMPETITIONS. THEY JUST WANT YOUR MONEY.

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

Mike Sherer2 Author: Mike Sherer2 Posted: 06/18/2008 03:52 PM
My screenplay "Prisons Of The Mind" won the suspense/horror category of their 2007 contest, and they have flooded my inbox with requests for the screenplay. Also, their sponsers have followed through promptly with promised awards. It has been a very positive experience. I have won two other contests, and neither of them were nearly as productive as Screenplay Festival has been.

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Eric Uzoma Author: Eric Uzoma Posted: 06/17/2008 06:40 AM
Made top 10 in ASA contest.Got about 4 prodco's requesting for my script VELVET GLOVES.

For a 1st attempt on this screeplay writing comp, I'd say not bad. Hoping the "little buzz" ASA has given me will translate in the long term of things.

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

Ursula Holloman Author: Ursula Holloman Posted: 06/16/2008 07:07 PM
I submitted two scripts to the screenwriting lab. The first was not accepted, but the coverage was intelligent, perceptive, and spot-on. The second script was accepted into the lab. The mentor, guests and fellow lab members were all excellent. Very worthwhile.

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

Ursula Holloman Author: Ursula Holloman Posted: 06/15/2008 10:08 PM
This is one of the best. Great bunch of people, tireless workers, passionate about film. Once you become a Fellow, they put effort into supporting and furthering your career.

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S. Lane Porter Author: S. Lane Porter Posted: 06/11/2008 11:24 PM
I was a runner up, and pleased with how they ran their contest with the exception of the program they ran in the fall of 2007. I was invited, got confused by the content of the letter, and asked for clarification. By the time I had received a reply, all the spots were filled up. I stopped applying to this internship as a result. Great contest, not so great follow up communication about their other programs.

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Contest: hollywoodscript.com [Post New Comment re: hollywoodscript.com ]

Jacqueline Stahl Author: Jacqueline Stahl Posted: 06/11/2008 01:49 PM
The Hollywoodscript.com contest is helping new writers like me make remarkable inroads into the movie industry. In just one week after Craig announced my win, I not only received NINE requests for my script, but I also gained representation! Such impressive results! And they came so quickly! And I'm already getting read by producers in Hollywood. Hollywoodscript.com has certainly made an impression on me. I am infinitely thankful to Craig for pushing me to develop my writing skills and then, with the contest, giving my work a vote of confidence.

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

Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 06/11/2008 01:17 AM
Great contest!!! I love how they broke it down into genre categories.

They did an excellent job communicating. I would definitely give this contest a try!

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 06/10/2008 11:06 PM
Friends --

I believe the people who make the winners, chose those who they think you will go to their retreat. They think you will go to them and pay all that money again, which will be $700.00 Or so. The second one is around $1000.00. I believe they are bad people and just want your money. As you see, they do not say who were the winners every year. It has been since 2000 or so. Whatever. Of course I will never put my screenplays into them. I paid $180.00. I no my screenplays are very good. But I live in Alaska, and I'm sure they no I would never come to their retreat. So they did not put me on at all. Terrible people.

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Contest: Nantucket[Post New Comment re: Nantucket]

Actor Cordell Author: Actor Cordell Posted: 06/08/2008 01:22 AM
This contest only has three finalists, but 300 entries for 2008. Why not have more finalists, since after the top three, it would cost them NOTHING in prizes and make some struggling writers happy. Recognition is what we need. Unless they change system, it seems one to avoid in the future.

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Contest: Screamfest[Post New Comment re: Screamfest]

Bradford Richardson Author: Bradford Richardson Posted: 06/04/2008 09:03 PM
In 2005 as a direct result of my Horror Thriller, THE DEVOURING, being selected as a SCREAMFEST Semi-Finalist, I was contacted by London Indie Producer, (and Horror fan), Ahmed Maasarani. He loved the script and hired me to write my first paid writing assignment, the Psychological Thriller, THE LAST CONVERSATION.

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Contest: Screamfest[Post New Comment re: Screamfest]

Bradford Richardson Author: Bradford Richardson Posted: 06/04/2008 08:00 PM
Quite simply, the credibility I earned in 2004 when my Horror script, SERAPHIM, became a SCREAMFEST Top Five finalist OPENED DOORS, and still does. Throughout the festival week, SCREAMFEST Director Rachel Belofsky went out of her way to personally introduce me to amazing industry pros and Development Execs. including, Stan Winston, New Line Development Director Jeff Katz, Directors Victor Garcia and Zach Snyder, Gore Effects wizard Tom Savini, Producers Suzanne and Jon P. Goulding, the brilliant and lovely actress Stephanie Moore. The list goes on. SCREAMFEST is truly dedicated to discovering the New Blood of Horror!

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 06/01/2008 01:34 PM
If any other person just calls you to read your screenplay, what would that have anything to do by FilmMakers? If you win, fine. That's just another great thing -- a winner. I would never get to someone because of FilmMakers. What they said about that is is terrible. I will probably not get on that one again. Thats Friends for telling me that.

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Michelle Muldoon Author: Michelle Muldoon Posted: 05/23/2008 06:43 AM
We're well past the deadlines and still nothing posted as to results or placings. I sent an email, and no response. The first email I sent over a month ago, took two weeks to answer. When I did get a response, it was a general announcement. I think they mean well, but are terrible with deadlines and nothing frustrates me more.

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Contest: Rod Serling[Post New Comment re: Rod Serling]

Todd Luongo Author: Todd Luongo Posted: 05/22/2008 05:35 PM
Just a real fun contest to enter. A great excuse to write a short in the vein of "The Twilight Zone", one of the most influential programs ever aired. The finalists are judged by Rod's widow, Carol Serling, which is very cool. Very professionally run. Got a prompt letter to tell me I was a finalist and a phone call and another letter informing me I had won. Prize money check was also delivered promptly. Just a great experience from beginning to end. If I had to nit pick and post some constructive criticism for the contest I'd say that it would have been nice if they did a little bit more to publicize the winners and finalists...press release to Moviebytes, e-mail to the InkTip database, etc. but at the end of the day it really isn't "that kind" of contest. All in all, I would definitely recommend it.

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

Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 05/21/2008 10:38 PM
This sounds like a good contest, and I considered entering until I read this clause -- which sounds awfully familiar to the one on Movie Deal:

"In the event of any sale or option of your screenplay or teleplay that is due to the ongoing promotional efforts, direct or indirect, by FilmMakers.com and/or FilmMakers Magazine, 7% (seven percent) of that amount will be paid by the purchaser or you, the author, to FilmMakers.com (contract value, sale or option under $3000 will be exempt)."

I'd avoid both of these contests (and any others like them) until they remove those clauses.

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Contest: RIIFF/Rhode Island [Post New Comment re: RIIFF/Rhode Island ]

Jenn Dlugos Author: Jenn Dlugos Posted: 05/19/2008 03:15 PM
I had a great experience with this contest. Their communication was excellent and I always received a quick reply to my inquiries. Since winning first place in the screenwriting competition in 2006, I developed a great relationship with the staff members, and they have always been willing to help me promote my script and make industry contacts.

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Contest: hollywoodscript.com [Post New Comment re: hollywoodscript.com ]

Jacqueline Stahl Author: Jacqueline Stahl Posted: 05/19/2008 02:00 PM
Craig Kellem sets the standard breathtakingly high, and then gives you the information and encouragement you need to reach that standard. He has a wonderful ear for comedy, but he also has an impressive feel for a character's state of mind and for the emotional flow of a script. His feedback on these nuances helped me improve my script tremendously. Furthermore, his attention to detail and willingness to give generously of his time suggests a genuine love for his work. Craig Kellem, and Hollywoodscript.com, is making a great contribution to the art of screenwriting.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 05/18/2008 09:01 AM
Hmmmm -- John Johnson said something about me. No big deal. However, I had payed my money and wanted my money back as I thought they were with the GOTHAM -- and I did not want to be with anyone who was with them. But the ''contact'' is Andre Becker and lives in NY. He talked to me many many times. I finally told him that I would stay. As soon as I said that and they got to keep my money, he never said a thing to me at all. So I understand that what they want mostly, is everyone's money. Once they get it, forget ANYTHING.

Several years ago one of my screenplays got on ASA's Quarter. I sent three of my screenplays this time but I did not get any of them on the Quarter. Why that makes me wonder if my three have even been looked at.

One of my screenplays WON in the ''20/20'' -- that is very difficult for anyone here. Well, whatever. I am not stupid, I do not lye. I'm not mean. I just will never no if my screenplays were read on ASA. That's IT.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 05/18/2008 06:39 AM
Friends -- This is very very strange. I see that >>CREATIVE SCREENWRITIN<< is now inside this screenplay contest. I had already given my problem with "CSW" into BBB. The BBB people are great. The "CSW" used to be with Jim Cirile. He now has his own place, >>ON THE STORM<< -- All of these people are friends, as I tried to put my three screenplays into ON THE STORM and paid all that -- but Jim Cirile did not want me to put my stuff to them. I could not figure it out. But now I understand. Because the people in - CSW - who are now with AAA, were very mad because I went to BBB. Now I see that the three of them are friends -- and non of them will ever want to take my screenplays. I do not care about that as they must be bad and lyers. I am not stupid and I do not lye. Believe it or not. All is up to you, Friend.

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Leslie Ann Campbell Author: Leslie Ann Campbell Posted: 05/16/2008 07:04 AM
here's the scoop - I emailed these folks months ago and asked them what was up - the guy said he'd been in the hospital, blah, blah, and that he needed more time. Okay, fine, whatever. I didn't say like, hey, you should post that on your website although I thought it. Several more months went by and no word, so I emailed him again. This time I said listen, if you're not going to be able to finish this contest, I'd be happy with a refund. (which still sticks it to me because of shipping and printing) Oh no! You'd think I stabbed him in the heart! I got a nasty email back of how I wasn't entitled to a refund, blah, blah. Well, between emails one and email two I had done a little internet checking and these folks have been around a while. There have been complaints made before by actors who claim, rightly or wrongfully I can not say, that they get brought in, told to give up a fee for some sort of talent shoot or something, and then they never hear from them again. Again, I don't know if it's true or not, but I do know that these folks should have been a lot more professional than they have been in this situation. Today is May 16th - this contest was supposed to end November 30th. There has been no notice given as to why the contest hasn't completed, nor has there been a refund. I forget which big name was associated with this contest, but I wonder if he knows about all this...

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Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 05/11/2008 11:55 PM
What can be said that hasn't already been said about this contest? At the risk of sounding redundant, this contest goes above and beyond in every way. It has earned all the high praise it has received. All I can say is if you haven't entered this contest yet, make sure you do!

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Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 05/11/2008 11:23 PM
I submitted an early draft of my script to this contest -- primarily from the great reviews it received for feedback.

My script ultimately did not place in this one. However, the feedback lived up to its expectation. My subsequent re-writes have placed in a number of other competitions. So this contest was well worth its weight in gold.

And I must commend Donna on how she handled Connie's concerns. It just goes to show what a class act she is. Keep up the excellent work!

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

Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 05/11/2008 11:14 PM
Barb did a great job with communication, and she was very professional throughout. Excellent notes -- some of the best out there. Enter this contest!

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Gene Langlais III Author: Gene Langlais III Posted: 05/11/2008 03:10 AM
Denise is really cool and super-nice, so you can bet that your experience with her competition will be a positive one. I highly recommend this one!

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

Terry Frazier Author: Terry Frazier Posted: 05/09/2008 09:58 AM
I was a 2007 Finalist. The contest took more than 6 months just to post the results on their own Web site. Getting anything from them was like pulling teeth. One of my worst contest experiences.

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Contest: Writers On The Storm[Post New Comment re: Writers On The Storm]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 05/08/2008 09:33 PM
Friend --

It it very strange. I put my 3 screenplays in "withoutabox" -- I paid for that of course.

Suddenly I got a note from Storm Screenplay - "Thanks for submitting. Writers on the Storm reserves the right not to accept entries at our discretion. We are refunding your submission in full. Thank you for considering Writers on the Storm. -- by Portia Jefferson"

I have no idea why. They must hate me for some reason. I think they are terrible.

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Michelle Muldoon Author: Michelle Muldoon Posted: 05/08/2008 10:46 AM
Let me start by saying Donna is an outstanding person who cares about what she does and runs a great contest. However, the feedback has definitely slipped since going to a monthly contest. When I first entered the contest it was an annual and the feedback was really strong. Now, not so much. I scored well on my last submission, but the feedback was still disappointing. The reader quoted one line by a minor character and insisted that made my entire script film noir and then went on repeatedly about my primary characters not being film noir enough. I found the feedback disappointing the rest of the way, because it was about something I did not write.

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 05/06/2008 08:22 PM
Reading down the comments above, I see most people had as great an experience as I did with Donna and Script Savvy. My first 3 entries received very good scores (49-52), but didn't place. I kept submitting because: 1) the feedback is excellent 2) the contest is very well run. I have already used their notes on rewrites that have improved my scripts. And Donna is hands on with this contest - she knows all the scripts, responds quickly to questions and really goes out of her way to make this a great contest and help people. I did place with my 4th entry about a week ago. In that time, I've already gotten 4 requests for my script. To put this in perspective, this was my 29th major contest placement (in 19 contests) over the past few years - including two placements in the top 5 and several in the top few percent. Script Savvy has already gotten me more requests for my Honorable Mention in one week than any other contest has.

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Eric Uzoma Author: Eric Uzoma Posted: 05/05/2008 01:42 PM
Will I enter the next ASA competition? Like hell yeah!!! Just made semi's. Is it a dream or what? I'm riding the wave here. Lets see how far this "underdog" of a script: VELVET GLOVES can go.

Here's keepin' my fingers crossed and wishin' ya'll out there who made it good luck too. May the "luckiest?" script win.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Thomas Herring Author: Thomas Herring Posted: 04/29/2008 11:43 AM
Came in first place in the short screenplay category and had it read on stage by professional actors. It was great being there and watching it being read. Matt and Jenn were great hosts and put me up in a nice hotel. I got good feedback from the audience and took it as helpful criticism and also got to talk to actors and directors. Would recommend this contest.

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Contest: Phoenix Challenge[Post New Comment re: Phoenix Challenge]

Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 04/26/2008 09:53 PM
I liked this contest alot -- not just because I placed in it either.

Jason did a great job with communication. He answered all my questions right away.

And the little touches like sending out a post card to let you know they received your submission show how they go the extra mile. My only regret is that I wish I could have made the actual film festival.

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Gayle Robinson Author: Gayle Robinson Posted: 04/26/2008 05:54 PM
I had low expectations regarding feedback when I entered the contest, but was pleasantly surprised when it was not only good with respect to grading, but it was also clear they read my script and got into the story. Good points were pointed out as well as issues. But when they pointed out a problem, they gave feedback about ways to remedy them. I'll definitely submit to this contest again. Everyone is a winner because they provide such great input that incorporating their comments definitely helps to elevate your script.

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Contest: Woods Hole[Post New Comment re: Woods Hole]

Marjory Kaptanoglu Author: Marjory Kaptanoglu Posted: 04/26/2008 11:30 AM
I had hoped to enter the Woods Hole contest this year. I checked the website and the final deadline was posted as May 1. I went back to their website on April 18 and learned they had changed the deadline to April 10 due to a high volume of entries. I sent them an email asking if I could still get a waiver to enter the contest through WithoutABox. It's been a week since then, and no response. A simple apology would've been nice. Anyway, if this is an example of the professionalism of this contest, I do not plan to enter in the future. If they must close the contest after a certain amount of entries have been received, they ought to state that up front. If I'd known, I would've submitted earlier.

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Eric Uzoma Author: Eric Uzoma Posted: 04/23/2008 10:23 AM
i considered myself a very "out" outsider in any of the contests i entered over there in the states.reason being that i don't live in the US, or even in europe. what were my chances then,while entering zoetrope,asa and a 3rd(can't remember its name right now)contests?nil.or so i thought.and honestly, i almost didn't enter at all. but some of the reviews i got on triggerstreet.com really encouraged me to give it a shot.now here i am in asa's quarterfinal list.its not like i've won or anything but(heck, it's the 1st sp i've ever written) and it's good nonetheless to know that someone out there saw something in my entry to twitch an eyebrow. and that someone was a reader on the asa panel.

this leads to the next question.why the hoopla on my part about asa?well, for starts, one gets to actually see the progression of the contest, as well as get updates.this is absent in zoetrope and alot of contests out there.lastly, there's the free script critique which is offered to the quarterfinalists.the only other contest that tops that is probably bluecat sp contest and hollywood nexus competition. they offer critiques to all entrants.

my sp "velvet gloves" may not t.k.o its way to the finals but its given this med student hope and a belief that after med school i can hang up my stethoscope and take a shot at going the michael "jurassic park" chrichton way.

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Marjory Kaptanoglu Author: Marjory Kaptanoglu Posted: 04/14/2008 11:14 PM
This is, hands down, the best contest for feedback. I entered twice and each time received about twice as many pages as I signed up for. Cheryl went over every aspect of my script, from plot, structure, character development, and theme to dialogue and line edits. Her analyses are like mini-screenwriting classes. Her comments were also extremely encouraging, never negative. And she responded quickly to every question I had. They gave me an Honorable Mention too! This is one contest I will keep coming back to.

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paul byrne Author: paul byrne Posted: 04/14/2008 12:17 PM
This is the fourth time I have won the competition and still feel I benefit, both from Ms. Lee's helpful feedback and the marketing leads I have received. I urge every writer to enter this contest and test their mettle!

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Andrew Crane Author: Andrew Crane Posted: 04/14/2008 12:06 AM
I highly recommend this contest. I didn't win anything but was very pleased with the critique I received from Script Savvy. It was clear that the judge had really dug into the script and offered very valuable comments. Money well spent.

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Andrew Crane Author: Andrew Crane Posted: 04/14/2008 12:06 AM
I highly recommend this contest. I didn't win anything but was very pleased with the critique I received from Script Savvy. It was clear that the judge had really dug into the script and offered very valuable comments. Money well spent.

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

Janet Church Author: Janet Church Posted: 04/10/2008 07:18 PM
My first foray into professional contest. I stumbled, fell, got up and Zoe wiped mud, make that egg, off my face, told me to go for it. I don't know how I will fare but I am encouraged to keep trying. If this contest is indicative of how LA treats screenwriters, I will never send out my novels to the literary industry again. At least these people acknowledge you! Thanx

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

August West Author: August West Posted: 04/04/2008 02:01 PM
Quite a lot has happened since I posted my March 11, 2008 review of Scriptapalooza. Just over a week ago, I received a package from Write Brothers. I was very pleased, and then when I opened it, very disappointed. They didn't send what I won, but sent Movie Magic Screenwriter. It is excellent software (and I recommend it unreservedly) but I already own and use it.

As a result, I sent another email to Mark Andrushko, thanking him but explaining the problem. He called back the next day, apologized for the continuing problems and promised to make things right. He also gave me his cell phone number so that I'd be able to reach him easily should I need to.

I'm pleased to say he was better than good to his word and this time his response exceeded my expectations. Just a few days after our conversation software arrived. I was a finalist, but not a runner-up. Finalists were to receive a scaled-down version of the software runners-up received. Even so, Mark upgraded my prize and sent the runners-up package.

Mistakes happen. Problems occur. I am appreciative that Scriptapalooza was concerned enough about getting things right that they worked hard to make it so.

That reflects well, not only on Mark Andrushko himself, but on his company's commitment to serving writers.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 04/03/2008 07:30 AM
James -- First of all, I notice that Anna Siri is not on the contact. She has been there for quite a few years. No it is Pasha Mckeniely. There must have been some problem -- I have no idea what that could have been. However, I think the people who read the screenplays should have told everyone how good, bad, or almost good there screenplays are. No one said a dammed thing. I wonder if they even read mine. If they did not, they should have given my money back.

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

Harry Bauer Author: Harry Bauer Posted: 04/02/2008 12:08 PM
For people that don't care about late results and such, you should be fine with this. If you are otherwise, this is an FYI.

I was just barely making the deadline to enter and e-mailed my script directly to Rick Reynolds who was kind enough to take it. I asked for a confirmation via e-mail. 48 hours later I asked again, in case my e-mail got buried. No response. 2 weeks later I asked for a confirmation. 2 days later I got one.

The first level of announcing the semi-finalists was a bit late. You must go check the website yourself. No e-mails are sent. I was a semi-finalist.

Next stage, finalists announced in February. Kind of a broad target... So, I e-mailed Rick to find out a rough idea of when (beginning, middle, end of month) it would be. Rick responded about a week later that it would be the middle of the month. A Valentine's Day gift he said. I followed up with an e-mail asking how many scripts were entered. He never responded to that. I checked the Screenplay Festival website every day from 2/14 to 2/19. On 2/19, I e-mailed Rick to find out when the results would be given and ask the question again of how many entires. He responded on March 3rd saying they would be delayed to 3/14 and told me over 100 scripts in each category. On 3/14, I visited the website to see no results. The same for the next 4 days. On 3/17, a message on the Welcome page was posted saying results would be given on 3/21. 3/21 - nothing. 3/22 -nothing. On 3/23, a message was posted saying the finalists would be named on 3/28. And finally 3/28 yielded those results. I did not advance at that stage. As a result, I can't tell you how significant the contest is. I sent Rick an e-mail asked not for details, but for the roughest idea - just a few words - of what held my script back. No reply.

There it is. That's just the raw details of my experience with Screenplay Festival. Take it for what you will and make your own judgements.

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James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 04/02/2008 11:12 AM
Pasha Mckenlely (the top) telephoned me and said, ''I like your script and will be showing to a great variety of agencies and production companies. Do you have anything else you'd like me to tell them about you?'' ... ... I mean, gee, holy cow and holy mackerel, what else do you want. Enter this contest.

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

Gene Langlais III Author: Gene Langlais III Posted: 04/01/2008 07:32 PM
Considering Ms. Alani's "cease and desist" letter to Connie, I cannot in good conscience have any further business with this competition -- at least not until a sincere and public apology is made. Connie's "slanders" are not going to make people avoid this contest; but the apparent lack of empathy of its administrators will. (And yeah, a contest of this size should announce quarterfinalists.)

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Donna White Author: Donna White Posted: 04/01/2008 04:36 PM
In response to Marc's comment above, I'd like to make a couple of notes. 1. Our websites states the following: "Resubmitting your screenplay does not guarantee better or different results." 2. It is true we do not "synchronize" reviews from previous contests. Each time you enter your script, it must stand on its own and be judged in its current state - not in comparison to your past entries. 3. The fact that he scored 39 in one contest and 43 in the next indicates both improvement of the screenplay, and consistency in our judging.

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Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 03/30/2008 08:47 PM
Yeah, they should change the name of this contest to "The Movie Deal-Breaker." If it were not for that clause, I would have considered entering. That's important information that should be posted prominently on their ad here on Moviebytes -- not buried at the bottom of their webpage. Good eyes Gene!

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Contest: Fade In[Post New Comment re: Fade In]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 03/30/2008 01:15 PM
HI FRIENDS -- ''FADE'' DID BAD TO P. WILLIAMS. I NOTICED THAT ''FADE'' HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING SINCE 2005. THEY MUST HAVE HAD A LOT OF DRINKING STUFF. SOMEONE SHOULD GET THERE ATTORNEY TO GET THEM AND MADE THEM GO TO JAIL.

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Gene Langlais III Author: Gene Langlais III Posted: 03/30/2008 02:35 AM
This would seem like a great contest, if it weren't for one major deal-breaker in the fine print:

"In the event of any sale or option of your screenplay or pilot that is due to the ongoing promotional efforts, direct or indirect, of THE MOVIE DEAL, 7% (seven percent) of that amount will be paid by the purchaser or you, the author, to THE MOVIE DEAL (contract value, sale or option under $10,000 will be exempt)."

*Direct or indirect*?? Are you fraggin' kidding me? So if one of the category winners receives a subscription to InkTip from them and sells their script to a producer using that site, is Movie Deal gonna claim they're entitled to 7%? What if you get an Honorable Mention in this contest and put it on your resume, and that adds to the salability of your script? Do these guys get a cut?

What kind of dream-leeches try to pull a stunt like this?

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Marc DeLamater Author: Marc DeLamater Posted: 03/28/2008 07:20 PM
While I concur that the feedback is good, don't expect consistency!

I submitted my screenplay to ScriptSavvy's annual contest, and my score was 39 out of 60.

I revised my screenplay based on this feedback, and submitted it to their monthly contest.

I got 43 out of 60.

Huh?

It appears that no effort was made to synchronize their earlier review with this new review although I DID indicate that I was a previous participant.

Therefore, there is a lack of consistency in the feedback. For example, the first review identified Plot Point One that is different from the PP1 for the second review.

It is truly frustrating when I get two different takes on the same issue, and therefore, I cannot recommend this contest.

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

August West Author: August West Posted: 03/28/2008 12:36 PM
I only enter competitions that seem to do a good job promoting their top contenders to the industry. They are (or were) the Nicholl, Austin, Scriptapalooza, Writer's Arc, Slamdance, and Fade In magazine. I've placed in each of them, either as a finalist, semi-finalist or quarter-finalist.

Despite the fact that I was only a quarter-finalist once in the Nicholl competition I received at least a dozen inquiries from production companies and agent or managers for that script. That was as a quarter-finalist. I never received a single inquiry after doing as well or much better in the others. Not one.

In my experience, the Nicholl Fellowship competition is the only one worth entering.

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Frank Brady Author: Frank Brady Posted: 03/21/2008 01:00 PM
There are so many contests, how do you know which ones to enter? All I can say is to make sure that Movie Script Contest is on your list. It's one of the few that provides excellent feedback and has access to Hollywood professionals. Jason also gets personally involved. He even called me to discuss my script -- no other contest director has ever done that! Here's a guy who really wants to help -- so let him do so by entering Movie Script Contest.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 03/19/2008 01:49 PM
HELLO FRIENDS--I SEE THAT TWO OF YOU THOUGHT THE SAME THING I DID. I HOPE OTHER PEOPLE READ ALL THAT WE SAID -- AND NEVER GO TO ''HOLLYWOOD NEXUS''. BAD PEOPLE.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 03/19/2008 01:21 PM
I WORRIED ABOUT THIS PLACE THE FIRST TIME I THOUGHT ABOUT IT. THE MAN KEPT TELLING ME IT WAS OK TO ENTER. WELL, I FINALLY DID. IT'S DONE NOW. I WAS NOT IN THE VERY FIRST QUARTER. I HAD PAYED $150.00. THEY COULD HAVE SAID ON DAMED THING. NOTHING. THAT IS VERY VERY TERRIBLE. I WROTE THEM TODAY: ~~~~IS THIS THE ONE THAT I SENT MY THREE SCREENPLAYS? NOT ONE OF MY SCREENPLAYS GOT INTO THE FIRST ONE. I SENT YOU PEOPLE $150.00. NONE OF YOU HAVE TOLD ME A DAMNED THING ABOUT MY SCREENPLAYS. YOU SHOULD TELL ME WHAT THE HELL WAS WRONG WITH MINE. THIS IS NOT GOOD AT ALL. MANY HAVE TOLD ME THAT MINE ARE GREAT. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU, FRIEND, I WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER SEND MINE TO YOUR STUPID PLACE. NEVER. I WILL TELL EVERYONE NOT TO TRIED ON YOUR STUPID PLACE.~~~~~

WELL, FRIENDS -- I JUST WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER SEND MY SCREENPLAYS ON THE ASA. NEVER.

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 03/18/2008 10:27 AM
I received the evaluations of my two scripts in the mail. If you'd like me to scan in a copy to show you, just contact me. It's a one page form with: a rating from 1 to 10, a checklist of 9 items rated from "excellent" through "poor," a checklist of 4 "yes" or "no" questions, and a small paragraph of 7 or 8 sentences. I'm not sure how someone would find checklists and 8 sentences to be very helpful. Standard reader coverage usually includes a checklist and several pages of notes in various categories. For example, Script Savvy gives 4 pages of notes ($55). In the $100-200 range, there are coverage services (ScriptPIMP, ScriptShark, Coverage Ink, So You Wanna Sell A Script, etc.) that will give much more detailed notes if you want that and are willing to pay more.

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Contest: hollywoodscript.com [Post New Comment re: hollywoodscript.com ]

Chris Hansell Author: Chris Hansell Posted: 03/14/2008 05:10 PM
I've worked with several script consultants over the years and Craig has been the best. He can tell me exactly what's wrong, and how it affects the rest of the storyline. He's always getting on me to spell things out, but a script that lacks clarity, in any way, is probably one that won't get sold. Craig has been helping me with a somewhat complicated story. Layer upon layer we've hammered out the kinks. I now feel I know my script inside and out. --When they call you in for that meeting, the meeting where they decide to buy your screenplay or not, they'll want to know some things about you. Like, have you looked at your story from every possible angle, and can you answer all their questions and challenges (like you really know what you're doing). No other script consultant has made me feel more ready for that meeting. Thanks Craig.

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

David Ball Author: David Ball Posted: 03/13/2008 10:48 AM
I was a finalist, so naturally I'm going to feel good about this contest. That said, the notes I received on my script (the good and the bad) were spot on. If you are serious about improving your craft, and taking your script to the next level, these guys deliver. Sure, I hope this contest will get me read, but the feedback alone was worth many times the price of admission.

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

Maria Lennon Author: Maria Lennon Posted: 03/11/2008 02:54 PM
It was a very good contest! It was a clever idea to have every script read by two different judges. One judge was 'ouch', the other one encouraging to detail exactly what's wrong and how to fix it. Overall experience was great. Thank you.

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August West Author: August West Posted: 03/11/2008 12:22 PM
I write this with mixed emotions. I have entered Scriptapalooza almost every year since its inception. I have quarter-finaled with one script and was a finalist with another in the 2007 competition. I agree with those who comment that Scriptapalooza meets its deadlines and "appears" to be promoting their winners. But appearances do not always reflect reality, I'm sorry to say. As a finalist I was supposed to receive two software packages from Scriptapalooza sponsoring partner, Write Brothers. I received nothing. Three months after the competition I emailed Mark Andrushko asking about the software as I was looking forward to using it. He responded by asking me to email him my mailing address. I did that three times, with a month or so between each communication. Each time he asked for my address. Finally, I called him. He expressed disappointment, blamed Write Brothers for not carrying out their responsibilities, and asked me to email him my address again. I also included my phone numbers should he need any more information. It is now almost a month after the phone conversation and still no software. I have come to wonder if Scriptapalooza is as legit as they "appear" to be. One last comment. Neither of my scripts, not the quarter-finalist or the finalist was requested by anyone. Contrast that to a script of mine that was a quarter-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship. I received at least a dozen requests for either its synopsis or the script itself. I have hesitated to write this, but received an email from Mark Andrushko not long ago, that was sent to their mailing list, asking us to visit Movie Bytes and write a review. I wish they were real, but I have serious doubts and will not enter that competition again.

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Mark Beech Author: Mark Beech Posted: 03/10/2008 01:40 PM
My collaborator Linda Gray and I looked for a screenwriting consultant for a couple years when we started out. We were very frustrated because we felt that they all tried to make us feel like idiots so that we would be dependent on them. Finally, by some lucky stroke we found Craig Kellem. Craig is everything you would ever want in a writing coach. He says he loves writers and he means it. He never makes us feel inferior or stupid. It's all a very positive, focused, enjoyable working together to optimize the potential of the script. Craig has helped us with two features and several shorts, all tricky in one way or another. We're very pleased with the scripts that came out of this. We have a strong personal rapport with Craig. He's more than a consultant. He has a philosopher's understanding of life and art. This gives him solid footing when he's guiding us through the ins and outs of a screenplay. Craig's website hollywoodscript.com offers all kinds of useful and inspiring articles. His monthly contest is a great incentive. Craig generously answers our show biz questions and gives us advice even when he's not reading one of our scripts. He's always ready to help. It's very comforting to know you have a friend you can rely on in the business. As long as Craig Kellem is willing to read our scripts we will continue working with him to make those scripts better.

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 03/10/2008 01:17 PM
Here's exactly what transpired (see my summary above)... (Again, if you'd like to read the unedited email thread between me and Donna, just email me at neuroticboy@earthlink.net.) I entered one script before the 10/15/07 deadline and a second one before the 11/15/07 deadline. Contests are notoriously late with their announcements and that's fine, but when none of: the 10/1/07 results of the 8/15/07 contest, the 11/1/07 results of the 9/15/07 contest, the 12/1/07 results of the 10/15/07 contest (which I'd entered), or the 1/1/08 results of the 11/15/07 contest (which I'd also entered) had been announced 3 1/2 months late (mid-Jan.), I decided to email to see if they were still in business (on 1/19/08). A week later, Donna replied that "the scripts have been read," she'd "been fighting a flu-like bug," her "assistant had to leave," but "hope to get my evaluations out by next week." Four weeks later (2/25/08), I emailed her again to see what happened - there was no response. A week and a half later (3/5/08), I noticed that a March winner of HSI ("Poach") was mentioned in the moviebytes e-newsletter. What happened to October 2007 through February 2008? I emailed her asking about the earlier contests and if this meant that my scripts didn't place. She replied (3/6/08) that "even though I was seriously ill for a few months I read every script sent in" and "I'll give you a valuable critique." I confronted her (3/6/08) on what happened to the missing 5 winners, wasn't this a monthly contest, even if the results are given late, shouldn't they be given? Now keep in mind with this next response that I never mentioned a critique in any email. In fact, I didn't even realize that I would receive one - when I entered 2005, you didn't receive a critique. Also, not only do I regularly use script services and analysts, but I was a reader for many years in NYC. Donna replied (3/6/08) that "in a perfect world the contest would go as you assumed." She mentioned how she's been sick - in and out of the hospital, and "I'm giving the only thing I can, my evaluation of your script. Some people value this. From your communique you don't. And your scripts need polish. I've been in this business for 32 years, reading scripts for a living and selling some of my own. All I can do now is the best I can." I replied (3/6/08) that I was sorry she was sick, but again, I reiterated that "if you've read and evaluated all of the scripts, why aren't they being divided up into the various months that they were submitted, and a winner determined for each month - as promised in the monthly contest" and "this would take no additional work, but maybe 15 minutes to determine a winner from each month." Donna replied (3/7/08) that "what you are saying is logical. I did consider this and when I mentioned it on voice mail to Moviebytes, they did not get back with me as to how they'd incorporate this into their established format." Huh? And she said "From your last email, you sound like a bright guy. If it would smooth the waters a bit I'll be happy to read and critique another script of yours. We'll enter it in the contest for the month we receive it. Will that be okay?" I replied (3/7/08) that "I'm not sure what moviebytes matters. If you want to pay for an ad that announces "previous winners" that would be nice, but moviebytes isn't even necessary" and "right now, there are 5 winners who deserve: to be able to put this on their resume, any help from you that you would give to a winner, an InkTip posting, and a Scr(i)pt magazine subscription. It has nothing to do with a late announcement, nor you being sick (which I'm sorry for), nor an imperfect world. You are choosing not to give these prizes. These winners can be announced today and the winners would gladly accept. Again, you haven't delivered what you promised, and you are choosing not to. Thanks for the offer on the script read, but obviously I'm not going to be using your services again." That was three days ago and I haven't heard back...

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 03/10/2008 01:14 PM
I should have listened to Eileen Tiller above and taken notice of the fact that the Monthly Contest Winner announcements have been sporadic, but I had placed in HSI's monthly contest in 2005 and gave it the benefit of the doubt. That was a big mistake. Basically, I contacted Donna after no winner was announced for many months, and in the end she is choosing not to have winners for October 2007 through February 2008 and doesn't think there's anything wrong with that, even though people have paid for these contests. She is not delivering what was promised. And it doesn't seem to matter to her. Basically 5 winners were ignored - not receiving their prizes or the assistance she promised. Her answer to this is that "in a perfect world the contest would go as you assumed." When I told her that she can still announce these winners today and people would gladly accept, she blamed it on moviebytes (huh?) and offered me a free submission. Obviously, I'm not someone who would've placed in those 5 months, but some of you are and you have been robbed of your prizes, and your checks have long been deposited. It is the equivalent of a contest having 6 winners and then suddenly announcing that there will be only 1 winner and the other 5 prizes won't be awarded at all. Would you enter that contest again? In the next posting, I will tell you exactly what happened with me - you may think I am biased, but you are welcome to email me (neuroticboy@earthlink.net) and I will forward you the entire unedited email thread between me and Donna, and you can make your own decision. I wouldn't enter this contest or use her services - check out Script Savvy for a highly rated, reliable, monthly contest with feedback. Also — some background on me: I've placed in 17 major screenplay contests for 26 awards, but I have many times that in rejections. I've never posted a bad review on moviebytes before (just a good one for BlueCat).

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Randy Schein Author: Randy Schein Posted: 03/09/2008 08:56 PM
Craig is simply put, an excellent, excellent scriptwriting consultant.

I've worked with him on my screenplay from the initial stages of its inception to the final product. I can't tell you how invaluable his comments have been.

He has spent four hours on the phone with me for one consultation alone! He went over every single page in specific detail and really got the gist of what I was trying to do. He has an exceptional eye for your weaknesses as a writer and is honest about them, but not in a way that is cruel or mean, but is designed to simply help you. For example, one of my weaknesses is a tendency to put an "over the top" feel to some of my scenes and not just that the truth will be enough. Craig's sharp eye allowed me to tone down those scenes and my screenplay now has a very strong, alive sense to it that I wouldn't have otherwise had. He also really helped me develop my two main characters in a believable way. I don't approach writing the same way anymore.

I'm very excited about learning all of these skills and now consider myself a professional. I've already got producers interested in my script!

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