There are dozens of screenwriting competitions, but which screenplay from among the winners of all of these quality competitions is the best of the best?
The Contest of Contest Winners hopes to answer that question and shine the spotlight on many accomplished, award-winning screenplays in what amounts to a definitive last shuffle of an elite pack.
All entrants will receive Two Expert Evaluations from writer-judges on their scripts (coverage and score sheet typically valued at $250.00)
Notification: March 1, 2013
A. A completed and signed Entry Form and Release of Liability/Contest Contract.
B. Proof of your success in a previous Contest, including contact information (name, email and/or phone, maybe a document) at that Contest. Check the ever-changing Qualifying Contests page. From the last 5 years, winners and even some quarterfinalists qualify.
C. One copy of an original feature film screenplay, approximately 90-130 pages in length. Submissions must have been written originally in English; translations will not be accepted.
If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that should be noted on the title page. Collaborative work, undertaken by no more than two writers, is eligible. Collaborative screenplays written by three or more writers are not eligible. Separate application forms should be submitted by both collaborators. One should be designated the prime contact for all mailings.
The applicant's name should not appear on the cover, the title page or any other page of the script.
Only one copy, draft or version of any screenplay may be submitted by any entrant or entrants. Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplays be made after submission.
Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s) and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fictional or nonfictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced. Entries may, however, be adapted from the applicant's (or applicants') original work, which should be noted on the application form.
The Winner gets $500 and Story Notes from industry expert ($500 value) and a scholarship to Gary Shusett's Sherman Oaks Experimental College class with A-list writers and actors.
The top ten finalists will receive: Paid publicity for writer and script on the Internet, The latest software from Final Draft.
All entrants will receive Two Expert Evaluations on their scripts (coverage and score sheet typically valued at $250.00)
Two expert judges on every entrant and the testimonials on these speak for themselves.
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Tony Scott's Love In Time has been named the winner of the Contest of Contest Winners.
Beyond the Horizon by George Ferris has been named the winner of the Contest of Contest Winners.
Jenna's Gone by Russ Meyer has been name the winner of the Contest of Contest Winners.
James Walker's Shrouded in Darkness has been named the winner of this year's Contest of Contest Winners.
ScriptDoctor.com has named James Walker's The Afterglow as the winner from over 70 entrants to their Contest of Contest Winners Screenwriting Competition.
An interview with screenwriter Russell Meyer regarding the Contest of Contest Winners Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: JENNA'S GONE. When the waitress they both love goes missing, the friendship of a young untried deputy and an exceptional hunting guide is strained as the two track across the desert after the kidnapper, both suspecting the other of a role in her disappearance.Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?
A: What drew my attention to The Contest Of Contest Winners was the raised bar. Every script entered has already done well in another contest.
JENNA'S GONE has been entered in other contests. It won Best Drama Script in the Screenplay Search Screenwriting Competition, 3rd Place - Divebomber Radio Movie Script Contest, 4th Place - Skyfest Screenwriting Contest, and The Bare Bones Film Festival, Top 5 finalist - Minnesota Screenwriters Workshop 'Leave 'Em Hooked' Contest, Top 7 finalist - The Screenwriters Conference in Santa Fe Killer First Page Contest, Top 8 finalist - Award Winning Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Top 20 finalist, Script PIMP Screenwriting Competition, Semi-finalist - The Writers On The Storm Contest, Quarter-finalist - The Nicholl Fellowship Competition, and NexTV Writing & Pitch Competition, and an Official Script Selection at The Action On Film - Film Festival.
A: I am more than satisfied with the administration of the contest. The change in contests, to offering feedback from their judges, did slow judging in a lot of contests. The Contest Of Contest Winners kept us apprised of their revised schedule. Yes, I've received all the awards - the Final Draft Version 8 download, the $500 cash prize, pages of notes from the judges, and the ScriptDoctor's unique set of 'from the inside out' in-depth notes, a CD which goes even farther into details, and the marked up script. All of which was most helpful. I also had the opportunity to speak with Howard Allen, the ScriptDoctor himself.Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?
A: I lost track. It was over a dozen drafts over two years. I did outline, but since the crux of the story is the personalities and unraveling friendship of the two leads, there was a lot of the story that did not appear in the original outline.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 written 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 do, now that I'm a full-time writer. Between writing, research, and script groups, it's a full eight hour plus day.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: I work around it, approach it from a different angle, or switch to another project for a while.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. Four of my feature scripts have won seven screenwriting competitions. I started writing television last year, and those spec scripts are just starting to go out to competitions.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: In February I was writing in Florida, right now I'm in Minnesota, and this month I'll be in L.A. My motto is: 'Have pen, will travel' wherever the writing takes me.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: Working with my agent, Joe Florance of Circle of 10 Talent, on marketing JENNA'S GONE, polishing my next thriller script, THE PIPER, and deciding between a couple low budget thrillers, and a tent pole idea for my next script.