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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    
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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 Stephen Settle

An interview with screenwriter Stephen Settle 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: I entitled it "Eke'Bolos," Homeric Greek for "straight shooter" and a pseudonym for the god Apollo. Set in Greece in 1974, its protagonist is an Irish-born soldier of fortune turned classics professor (SULLIVAN O'SHEA) who conspires to resurrect the Spartan empire by inciting a final war between East and West. O'Shea is both allied and at desperate odds with the military junta that has ruled Greece for years and now faces its final days. A student archaeological trip provides cover for his activities. O'Shea is all things Dionysian: a lover of wine, women, and war.

His antagonist (the Apollonian good guy, JIM PATCHER) is a decorated Vietnam veteran suffering post-traumatic stress and trying to find his niche in life as a classics teacher, having earlier burned out on law, medicine, and theology. O'Shea admires Patcher's war record and hires him as a graduate assistant. But in Greece the two become adversaries as Patcher grows aware of O'Shea's real mission and the danger it poses to the students and to the world.

There's history, intrigue, great beaches, a love interest, a pure sex interest, a redneck gun runner, and some things get blown up. Not an incredibly low budget script, but I hope not too expensive either.

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'm a native North Carolinian, though I've lived in Wisconsin for the past several decades. I learned of this contest through Moviebytes and have been very favorably inpressed with the organization sponsoring it, the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum. It's a very professional group with members not only here in Wisconsin, but throughout the country.

I've done OK in a number of other competitions: honorable mention in Screenplay Festival, "Best New Writer" runner-up in Action On Film, finalist in both Hollywood Nexus and IndieFest, quarter-finalist in Scriptapalooza (an earlier draft), and in the top ten percent of the Nicholl. I've kept rewriting this thing, and I reckon I'm pretty happy with it now -- that is, until it gets optioned and the powers-that-be tell me to take another stab at it. I'd be delighted to comply.

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: Very satisfied. I wish in a way I'd held off until this year, since the prize for the 2006-07 contest is an expenses-paid trip to Screenwriting Expo. But I'm very honored by the recognition and eager to get the script placed on InkTip. I'm hoping to acquire some management or representation as a result.

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

A: I received feedback in three stages: the first 20 pages, when I made the semi-finals, and again at the finals. I found it quite helpful. Everyone loved O'Shea, but several readers felt Patcher's character needed further development. It was constructive criticism, and I took heed of it.

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

A: It's been but a few weeks since I was notified, so I haven't received any contact yet. Still, I definitely intend to refer to this win and to start marketing the script more aggressively as a result of it.

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

A: I worked as a screenwriter 25 years ago. I earned a bit (less than $5,000 per project) and had an agent in Hollywood who was raided by the IRS for back taxes. They grabbed four grand of mine along with everything else in his account, which is how I learned the meaning of"eminent domain." "Fed up" from the experience, I sequed into direct mail fundraising, features writing, and commentary, and would've kept putzin' right along, except that my wife "encouraged" me to return to screenwriting. A couple of years ago I gave in, and I'm glad I did, though I still need my day job.

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

A: I live in a town of 3200 in what's known as dairy country. This'll sound wacky, but I actually enjoy driving in LA. That plus the fact that our youngest daughter is wild about baseball in general and the Dodgers in particular, even had her photo taken with Tommy Lasorda when she was six. I love LA, and yet don't live there. Great jazz spots. I'd be more than open to spending as much time there as I'd need to.

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

A: Yes. It involves bossa nova. That's really all I can say about it.

Posted Tuesday, September 5, 2006