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Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum Screenwriting Contest

WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
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Objective

To open doors to provide access to Hollywood. The Forum plans to leverage the experience of President Ken Miyamoto, formerly of Sony Pictures, and current paid screenwriter with Lionsgate, to benefit its members.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

Open to feature length submissions only, which generally speaking, means between 80-130 pages.

All submissions must be written in industry format, preferably using screenwriting software like Final Draft and Movie Magic.

All submission must be saved and sent in PDF format! We will not be accepting hard copies of scripts (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis). PDF format is the industry standard, so you just have to get used to it. All of the screenwriting software programs allow you to save as a PDF/Adobe file.

All submissions are to be kept anonymous, meaning that there should be no identifying information on any part of your script. The title page should have the title of your script only. No name and no contact information of any kind. The person who processes your email submission will keep the necessary records and will not be a part of the judging.

Send your submissions to the following email address with a PDF file of your screenplay attached. In the base of the email, please offer your contact information and a short synopsis of your screenplay. Again, make sure that your PDF copy of your script DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY NAME OR CONTACT INFO.

Email submissions to: secretary@wiscreenwritersforum.org

Awards

The Grand Prize will consist of an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Annual Screenwriting Expo in October, 2011, including airfare, Full Access Golden Pass Conference Registration, meals, lodging, and a one year subscription to CREATIVE SCREENWRITING magazine.* YOUR chance to attend one of the most important annual events for aspiring screenwriters.

The Four Runner-up Prizes will consist of a Screenwriting Expo Basic Pass (still working on a possible second option if writers can't make it to the Expo), a year's subscription to CREATIVE SCREENWRITING magazine, and invaluable feedback from the mock industry meetings and the celebrity judge.

*Cash outlay not to exceed $1500. Should the Grand Prize winner choose not to attend the Expo the First runner up will receive the trip. The author of the winning script will, in this case, be provided registration fee support for screenwriting contests.

WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Jim Eckmann Chosen as Winner of the 2010 WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

The WSF has announce that Jim Eckmann has been named the winner of the 2010 WSF Screenwriting Experience.

Updated: 01/25/2011

WSF Announces Finalists

The Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum has announced the Final Five screenplays and their writers for the 2010 WSF Screenwriting Experience contest.

Updated: 12/01/2010

Greg DePaul: Bride Wars screenwriter's unconventional dual career path

Greg DePaul recently learned he was accepted into the New Jersey Bar after completing his J.D. degree at Rutgers Law School in Newark, NJ. Perhaps it's a bit surprising that he's also an accomplished screenwriter whose work has made it to the big screen. His "Bride Wars" debuted in 2009 starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. He also co-penned "Saving Silverman" starring Steve Zahn and Jack Black, and is serving as celebrity judge for this year's Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum contest.

Updated: 11/18/2010

Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum announces 2010 Screenwriting Experience

Entries are now being accepted. The Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum has announced a deadline of October 15, 2010 for its second annual WSF Screenwriting Experience. The Screenwriting Experience is a unique contest designed specifically to mirror the experience a writer will go through when their work has been noticed by Hollywood decision makers. Submissions will be judged using realistic approaches that Hollywood studios, producers, agents, managers, and talent practice each and every day with thousands of screenplays. The celebrity judge for this year's contest is Greg DePaul, writer of "Bride Wars" starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, and "Saving Silverman" starring Steve Zahn and Jack Black. DePaul will read the final three screenplays and pick the Grand Prize winner.

Updated: 08/18/2010

Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum Announces Contest Winner

"Fruit of the Tree," a remarkable true story of Dr. James Cameron, the only known survivor of a lynching in America was selected by celebrity judge Ken Rance as the winner of the 2009 WSF Screenwriting Experience contest. The screenwriters craft an intriguing work of Dr. Cameron's courageous life-long struggle to bear witness to his horrific experience and his inspiring journey towards racial healing. The screenplay weaves together different periods of Dr. Cameron's life as he remembers that fateful night in Marion, Indiana, how it came about, and how he survived to tell the story. Dr. Cameron went on to found America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a non-profit museum devoted to preserving the history of lynching in the United States and the struggle of Black people for equality.

Updated: 01/11/2010

WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Kristin Kirby

An interview with screenwriter Kristin Kirby regarding the Wisc. Screenwriters Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The title is STONE'S THROW, and it's a coming-of-age drama about an 18-year-old kid named Pauley who has epilepsy. He lives with his mother in a trailer park. He's smart, he's a talented artist. He doesn't have any friends, so he has kind of immersed himself in the world of this comic book he draws, where his superhero alter ego, Zandor, fights the bad guys and wins the pretty girl.

When Angie, a 22-year-old widow, moves in next door, she and Pauley strike up a friendship which then turns into deeper feelings. Pauley gets jealous when a friend of Angie's deceased husband, Scudder, shows up and tries to woo her.

Pauley also has to deal with a bully at school, who dogs him at every turn. And Pauley's mother is determined, because of his condition, to overprotect him.

Scudder's intentions toward Angie turn violent, and Pauley has to overcome his fears and turn into a real-life hero to "rescue" her. In doing so, he kind of grows up and comes to terms with his condition.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I entered STONE'S THROW in Wisconsin because they give lots of feedback on scripts, and they are a reputable and helpful organization.

Besides winning the 2003 WSF contest, STONE'S THROW was also Semifinalist in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Semifinalist in Scriptapalooza, Finalist in the Pacific NW Writers contest, and made Second Round at Austin.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I was very pleased with the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum. They are very professional. And I got a great email from the guest judge praising my writing.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: I found the feedback very helpful. It's great to have several people read your script, because if a majority have an issue with something in the script, it's a good idea to take a close look at why so many people don't like it.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: I was able to get the script optioned because of winning the contest.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I've written about eight feature screenplays. Several of those have won or placed in contests, or have been optioned.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I lived in Los Angeles for awhile in the 90s, when I was trying to sell television dramas. But I've found that if you write for films you can pretty much live anywhere.

I think it's heartening that a few of my friends, who are working screenwriters, have chosen to live in Seattle. There's a great pool of talent up here.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I'm working on a thriller right now. I alternate between dramas and thrillers, with the occasional bumpy foray into comedy. One of these days I'll get one of those right, but for now I write where my strength is.

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2004