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Chicago Screenwriters Network

Chicago Screenwriters Network

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

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Contact: Sonny Wareham, President

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Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
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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 Network

Contact

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

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sonny Wareham, President

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Chicago Screenwriters Network

Contact

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

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sonny Wareham, President

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Updated: 06/30/2012

Chicago Screenwriters Network

Contact

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

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sonny Wareham, President

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Russell Meyer

An interview with screenwriter Russell Meyer regarding the Chicago Screenwriters Writing Competition.

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

A: THE TORTOISE AND THE HEIR won the Best Action Script Award - A threadbare private investigator, once San Francisco's best, becomes involved in a case where unknowing heirs who may inherit half of California are murdered one by one.

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

A: The Chicago Screenwriters Network Screenplay Contest offers awards divided into genre. It makes sense to have action competing against action, rather than action up against comedies. I have entered other contests with this script. It recently was a semi-finalist in The Writers On The Storm Contest, along with another of my scripts, QUEST (JENNA'S GONE).

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

A: For a first year contest, they did extremely well. The awards presentation was emceed by President Sonny Wareham. All of the awards, including cash, were received. Colin Costello helped coordinate the publicity with the participating producers, agents, and managers. The entire board deserves kudos on a job well done.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: No outline. It started with a question. What would be the world's biggest will? After that, it was just a battle to write as fast as the story was coming. I've now done a couple dozen drafts. It's changed my mind on outlining.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: This script was done on Movie Magic Screenwriter 2000. I also use Final Draft, and started writing on Scriptware.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I write/research nearly every day. As a part-time writer it was about twenty hours a week. I've recently decided to go full-time, which should up the potential considerably.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: It is only writer's block if you let it block you. I shift to working on a different scene or angle, even a different script. If I come back, and still don't have any inspiration, I force the pen to move. What could happen in this scene., Where is it going next?, etc., until the story takes off. Then the pen and I just try to keep pace with the ideas.

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

A: I studied screenwriting with Dan Decker, Durrell Royce Crays, and Steve Larson. I've written ten feature scripts, and several shorts. Six of my scripts were quarter-finalists or better in contests this year.

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

A: Presently I'm attempting to preserve a unique voice, writing in flyover country, occasionally distracted by wild turkeys, deer, and bald eagles outside my office. I've been in L.A. and I'm willing to move for assignments, or rewrites.

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

A: Right now I'm a finalist in the BizOfScreenwriting Rewrite Contest. Working on marketing my feature scripts, and on several ideas for new scripts. Doing a first draft on a comedy feature at the moment.

Posted Monday, December 28, 2009