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Writers Network
Screenplay & Fiction Competition

Writers Network
Screenplay & Fiction Competition

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289 South Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
800-646-3896 (voice)
310-275-0298 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: writersnetcomp@yahoo.com

Contact: Sarah Kelly, Program Director

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Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.4/5.0)
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Objective

To give new and talented writers the chance to pursue a career in film and television. Contest judging by WGA Signatory Agencies.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

Competition is based solely on storytelling talent.

Awards

$10,000 in cash and prizes.

Writers Network
Screenplay & Fiction Competition

Contact

289 South Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
800-646-3896 (voice)
310-275-0298 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: writersnetcomp@yahoo.com

Contact: Sarah Kelly, Program Director

Report Card

Overall: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 8    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Writers Network
Screenplay & Fiction Competition

Contact

289 South Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
800-646-3896 (voice)
310-275-0298 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: writersnetcomp@yahoo.com

Contact: Sarah Kelly, Program Director

Report Card

Overall: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 8    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Writers Network
Screenplay & Fiction Competition

Contact

289 South Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
800-646-3896 (voice)
310-275-0298 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: writersnetcomp@yahoo.com

Contact: Sarah Kelly, Program Director

Report Card

Overall: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 8    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Jay Williams

An interview with screenwriter Jay Williams regarding the Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition Writing Competition.

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

A: THE SPARTAN

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

A: It promised a lot, and it's run by Fade In Magazine, so I assumed that gave it some extra credibility.

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: I was very disappointed. My prize winnings were twice claimed to be lost in the mail, and the check finally arrived almost exactly one year after the win. My real frustration, was their near lack of communication--that was the worst of insults--and their not following through with the promise of representation.

(If this is how Fade In treats the winners, what do they do to those that don't win?--go over to their house and beat the crap out of them with a club?!)

The great thing about the first place, however is that they gave me detailed notes on the winning script, and also on a second one, and that helped me make them both better. But I would otherwise recommend against the Fade In contests. There are better contests out there.

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

A: It took me forever! At least three years (but then I have a very poor work ethic.) And yes, I did several outlines before hand; I used every technique ever proposed by any writer ever to find the story!

After I had a good solid first draft (which was really maybe draft four or five if I was to count) I sent it off to Robert Flaxman of Deep feedback and after his extensive help I knew I had a script that was really good. (It was crap before.) He should have almost gotten a co-writing credit after his help!

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

A: I use Movie Magic and have from the beginning. I also have Dramatica but I still haven't mastered it enough for it to help.

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

A: I try to write five days a week and my goal is always four hours per session, but I'm usually relieved if I've even managed a couple. Sometimes though I'll get on a tear and crank out six or eight hours staight. But not often enough. A lot of times I go several days--even weeks-- without managing anything. (I think I like the thought of writing more than the act itself;) I'm going to turn this around though.

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

A: I often do. I'm a perfectionist and I think that's helpful in doing good work, but it's murder on productivity. It's something I'm working on all the time.

I deal with it by steeping myself in strong coffee and the music of Gloria Estefan and Michael McDonald, but that only helps so far.

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

A: I've spent a lot of years in real estate, writing a lot of ad copy (was no help) and have completed my fourth project this month, a comedy called SELLING SEATTLE that I think will do really well. I've also written a sit com pilot that was once optioned, and then my first script, SEMPER FI, which was a semi-finalist at the Nicholl Fellowships.

That's when the phone really rang off the hook! To even advance to the quarter-finals at Nicholl gets you lots of attention--it's the greatest contest of them all by far. I'm in awe of the people who can actually win that!

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

A: No, and I don't plan to. I live up in Spokane, so it's only a short flight to get there anytime I need to get there.

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

A: I'm trying to find my next story--I've got lots of ideas, like a comedy of a couple of guys trying to break into Mexico to find work, or the story of the boxer Sugar Ramos, who had to live with the death of two men he killed in the ring. I think I may write them both at the same time, but I'm not sure on anything yet.

God bless to you all, and happy writing!

Posted Wednesday, October 27, 2010