Writers Place

Writers Place

Contact

P.O. Box 11426
Pensacola, FL 32524-1426
850-476-1405 (voice)
850-476-1039 (fax)

Web:
http://www.thewritersplace.org
Email:
contest@thewritersplace.org

Contact: Jim Fischer, Cofounder/Director of Administration

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Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
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Objective

To assist the aspiring screenwriter in realizing his/her dream of becoming a professional screenwriter. To eliminate industry chokepoints that stifle creativity and impede screenplay access to managers,agents & producers.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

  1. Full-length scripts - not more than 130 pages.
  2. Half-hour shorts or teleplays - not more than 45 pages.
  3. Submissions must be in Engish
  4. Submissions must use 12-point Courier font.
  5. Pages should be numbered.
  6. 3-hole punch & brads with front & back cover.
  7. No promotional material.
  8. No shooting scripts.
  9. Scipts must be copyrighted or registered with the WGA.
  10. Entry form, release form & appropriate fee must accompany each submission.
  11. May enter more than one script.
  12. $10 administrative charge for scripts submitted after contest period deadline.

Awards

Winning & placing scripts are submitted to managers, agents and/or producers; Final Draft Screenwriting Software or commensurate cash; and yearly magazine subscriptions of major industry periodicals.

Writers Place

Contact

P.O. Box 11426
Pensacola, FL 32524-1426
850-476-1405 (voice)
850-476-1039 (fax)

Web:
http://www.thewritersplace.org
Email:
contest@thewritersplace.org

Contact: Jim Fischer, Cofounder/Director of Administration

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 24    
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The Writers Place

Contact

P.O. Box 11426
Pensacola, FL 32524-1426
850-476-1405 (voice)
850-476-1039 (fax)

Web:
http://www.thewritersplace.org
Email:
contest@thewritersplace.org

Contact: Jim Fischer, Cofounder/Director of Administration

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 24    
Have you entered?
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Contest News

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Christine Autrand Mitchell

An interview with screenwriter Christine Autrand Mitchell regarding the Writers Place Writing Competition.

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

A: The Cullings Principle. It's a Victorian-era mystery with current and universal themes - disappearances, prostitution, overcrowding, GLBT themes, and so on.

In 1855, OWEN CULLINGS, a young charismatic attorney, travels to overcrowded London refusing to believe his sister is dead - so a letter tells him. In his search, he becomes the darling of London society but also travels its underbelly. After months, dead ends leave him ill and with one last lead, but what answers will he find?

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 looked like a good contest with results for writers and knowledgeable directors. Ironically, a friend won the contest previously (and I worked on the feature now being shopped to distributors).

I've entered quite a few others and have placed 10 times with this script and four additional ones with two other screenplays, which are a little lighter. I'm enjoying the contest circuit but hoping for another win and all the things that come out of that...

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: There were a few hiccups with some of their sponsors, but it's all getting worked out. It's not their fault directly.

I received Final Draft, a one year Inktip subscription and several magazines. I'm certainly utilizing the on-line sites.

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

A: The script took about 6 months of intense work. I'd drafted a novel and kind of adapted it from there. Hoping I can sell both! I don't keep track of drafts, but I believe the work in writing a script is in the ensuing drafts and not the first one or two.

I was way over on pages and had to turn it into a mathematical formula: need to lose x amount of pages for every y. Quite painful - but it worked!

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 used MovieMagic Screenwriter, but I'm slowly switching to Final Draft.

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

A: I try to write ever day. I'm very prolific and also write fiction, short stories and non-fiction, including articles on screenwriting (for Three Lines or Less and other sites). The hours vary from 1 to 6 or more a day. (Yes, I'm lucky!)

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

A: I don't really get blocked. It's more like struggling to find the mood of the story I need to work in. If nothing else, I'll develop a new idea or write an article to get something written.

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

A: I was raised abroad and ended up with a Bachelor's in Linguistics. I worked in the corporate world and left my creative side behind, eventually building a consulting business. It really helps when I work as a Producer. I started a production company, so I get to Produce, Direct, cast, offer workshops, and write!

I've written several other screenplays and am now drafting a pilot for cable television. My script "A Village Affair" and its Americanized version "A Valley Affair" have garnered 4 placements so far. I have others as well.

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

A: I don't live in LA but I do visit occasionally. I work with LA actors, for instance.

Since my material is deemed more of "independent" or "foreign" film, I don't have plans on moving there. With internet, I don't think it's a necessity.

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

A: I'm always working on something - a novel, a screenplay and a play. I'm never bored!

Thank you.

Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Writers Place

Contact

P.O. Box 11426
Pensacola, FL 32524-1426
850-476-1405 (voice)
850-476-1039 (fax)

Web:
http://www.thewritersplace.org
Email:
contest@thewritersplace.org

Contact: Jim Fischer, Cofounder/Director of Administration

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 24    
Have you entered?
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