Chicago Screenwriters Network

Chicago Screenwriters

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Chicago, IL
(847) 816-6604 (voice)

Web:
www.chicagoscreenwriters.org
Email:
info@chicagoscreenwriters.org

Contact: Sonny Wareham, President

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Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
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Objective

To introduce Midwestern screenwriters to Hollywood production companies and representatives.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

  1. Must be over 18 years of age.
  2. Must be a resident of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin. Proof in the form of a driver’s license or utility bill must be presented upon request.
  3. In case of two or more writers, one must reside in the Midwest.
  4. Any script from the action, comedy, drama, family or horror genres will be accepted.
  5. Multiple entries are accepted, provided a signed entry form and payment is attached to each submission.
  6. Screenplays must be the original work of the author. Adaptations will not be accepted.
  7. Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
  8. All screenplays must either be registered with the WGA or copyrighted by the Library of Congress.
  9. The screenplay must not have been previously optioned, sold, or produced.
  10. Absolutely no refunds.
  11. All screenplays must be in English.
  12. Screenplays, once submitted, will not be returned.
  13. Entrants retain all rights to their work.
  14. Once a draft is submitted, that is the official draft. No substitutions will be accepted.
  15. Writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she/ is an independent contractor and CSN is not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
  16. All screenplays must fall between 90 and 120 pages.
  17. Winners of this competition grant Chicago Screenwriters Network the right to use their likeness and names for the purpose of publicity and promotions with no additional compensation. We reserve the right to promote any and all progress, development and success of the entered scripts.
  18. Agents, managers and producers are under no obligation to read, represent, option or purchase any screenplay submitted to them.
  19. Attempting to contact or influence any Chicago board members and/or readers about your entered screenplay will result in immediate disqualification.
  20. No contact information (name, email address, etc.) on the cover page. Title of your screenplay only. Under no circumstances should you include your name or contact information within the body of your script.

Awards

GRAND PRIZE

  • 4-day/3-night trip to L.A. (includes airfare for one and hotel)
  • Meetings with at least 1 producer, 1 manager, 1 agent and 1 consultant
  • Group includes: APA Agency, Benderspink, Lawrence Bender Productions, Periscope Entertainment, William Morris Endeavor, Madhouse Entertainment, Industry Entertainment, Original Artists, Paradigm Agency, NBC Universal’s Writers on the Verge, No BullScript Consulting
  • Final Draft 8 Software
  • VIP Package from Virtual Pitchfest (includes 10 pitches and a query letter)
  • “On the Page: the DVD” by Pilar Alessandra
  • CSN’s Crystal Star Trophy “The Sonny”
  • Your script read by CSN’s industry friends
  • Your script pitched by CSN for one year
  • Mini-Critique/30 min. phone meeting with Kathie Fong Yoneda; valued at $300

2nd & 3rd RUNNERS-UP PRIZES

  • $250 Each
  • Your script read by CSN’s industry friends
  • Final Draft 8 Software
  • Two pitches from Virtual Pitchfest
  • “On the Page: the DVD” by Pilar Alessandra
  • Signed copy of “The Screenwriter’s Bible” by Dave Trottier
  • A plaque
  • A script consultation
  • Your script pitched by CSN for one year

4th & 5th RUNNERS-UP PRIZES

  • TBD! Check back soon!

Each finalist will receive one of the following books from Michael Wiese Productions:

  • STORYLINE by Jen Grisanti
  • THE SCRIPT-SELLING GAME by Kathie Fong Yoneda
  • RIDING THE ALLIGATOR by Pen Densham
  • STORY SOLUTION by Eric Edson
  • TALK THE TALK by Penny Penniston (a Chicagoan)

Chicago Screenwriters

Contact

Chicago, IL
(847) 816-6604 (voice)

Web:
www.chicagoscreenwriters.org
Email:
info@chicagoscreenwriters.org

Contact: Sonny Wareham, President

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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Chicago Screenwriters Network

Contact

Chicago, IL
(847) 816-6604 (voice)

Web:
www.chicagoscreenwriters.org
Email:
info@chicagoscreenwriters.org

Contact: Sonny Wareham, President

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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Contest News

Chicago Screenwriters Network Launches First Screenwriting Contest

The Chicago Screenwriters Network, a non-profit organization devoted to furthering the careers of Midwestern screenwriters, is launching its first-ever screenwriting contest.

"We're very excited," said Sonny Wareham, the group's president. "Since 1995, we've tried - through our monthly meetings, workshops and speakers - to get writers from the Midwest noticed by Hollywood. This contest is the natural evolution of things."

Like other contests, The 2008 CSN Contest will offer cash prizes to the grand prize- winner and runners-up. "But that's not the real gem," explained Wareham. "Through the various connections we have made, we are able to get the winning scripts in the hands of real Hollywood production companies and agents."

Participating companies include: ABC Family, Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring 1 and The Ring 2, The Departed), Clifford Werber Productions (Sydney White, A Cinderella Story), Alex Rose Entertainment (Nothing in Common, Norma Rae) and literary agencies Intellectual Property Group, Smart Entertainment, LA and Will Entertainment.

"We realize there are many other contests out there. What sets this one apart from the others is that it's only open to writers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. We're really trying to get Midwestern voices heard by the studio system," Wareham said.

Writers will be able to enter online at www.chicagoscreenwriters.org for an entry fee of $50. The deadline for entries will be midnight, December 31, 2008. A full list of participating readers, prizes and rules can be found at the site as well.

Founded in the spring of 1995, CSN has since grown at almost a geometric rate, with some fifty-plus members actively involved, and nearly 500 members on its membership roll. Meetings are held the first Sunday of every month at the Lincoln Diner, 4008 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

Updated: 10/13/2008

Chicago Screenwriters Network

Contact

Chicago, IL
(847) 816-6604 (voice)

Web:
www.chicagoscreenwriters.org
Email:
info@chicagoscreenwriters.org

Contact: Sonny Wareham, President

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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