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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/20/2012 10:10 PM
I know how you feel. I wish all MB'ers good luck, unless I'm in the running. Then I still wish them luck... just not as much as wish myself.

Thanks and back at you. There's a lot of us here on the verge...

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/20/2012 09:38 PM
To Paul's last... redirecting back to A/Exposure.

What I find truly amazing is how many writers have no digital footprint. No profile here, no buzz creation on the web, anonymous footprints on places like IMDB. What's up with that? Don't they want to have a place where people can contact them??

So do I find it odd? No. Am I going to come to the conclusion that you provided? Also no. Writers are strange, eccentric folk and love their seclusion. I'm one of them, and that's why I like meeting them so much at fests.

My experience with A/Exposure has been fantastic. I have received excellent attention and I must say, compared to some of the contests that folks rail on about on the plus side, the comments and coverage I have received has been very useful and always positive... much more so than some. So within that, I am not looking to report anything other than that experience.

I don't know who these people are... but their experience, though unlike yours, cannot be invalidated on the basis of their invisibility, nor can a positive experience someone has be invalidated by a contrary experience of another. I like certain airlines and only certain airlines, and refuse to fly other airlines that some folks absolutely love.

BTW congrats on Fresh Voices. I do hope you get an agent that can work for you. I know these guys are good because of previous communications with them... this year I plum missed the deadline. The feed back I received from them a year before inspired a revision that caused a script to take a 1st place prize in Story Pros (another bunch of good folk with great feedback and coverage).

But back to the point of A/Exposure. I know people sometimes have problems with contests. I have had them in the past. Here, though, I have absolutely no complaints. Will it make me a $10M deal? I'll let you know. But if it's only $3M I won't bother (kidding).

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Contest: Fade In[Post New Comment re: Fade In]

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/20/2012 07:02 PM
Got an e-mail from Fade In: today in reply to one I sent them last week.

Quarterfinalists will post April 1st.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Andrew Copelande Author: Andrew Copelande Posted: 03/20/2012 04:50 PM
Great contest. Not a major, but prompt replies etc. I'll thy these guys again.

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Contest: Champion[Post New Comment re: Champion]

Valerie Nordstrom Author: Valerie Nordstrom Posted: 03/14/2012 07:22 PM
I read all the glowing reviews of this contest and decided it was the real deal. What a disappointment. Even though Jim Mercurio is a nice guy and means well, none of his deadlines were ever followed through. And we're talking months, not days. I have deleted the competition from my bookmarks and will never enter it again.

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

Valerie Nordstrom Author: Valerie Nordstrom Posted: 03/14/2012 07:03 PM
This contest is worth entering for the $20.00 feedback and judge's scorecard alone. The insights and suggestions made have been invaluable to my revisions, much better than I got for $125.00 at a coverage service.

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Stephen Readey Author: Stephen Readey Posted: 03/14/2012 09:52 AM
Just another quick update. Tracey Becker from Beachfront Films contacted me yesterday. I am sending her my script next week, and we will set up a meeting to discuss it roughly two weeks after that. Also, I am going to be sending out my query letter and posting my log line in an issue of the Hollywood Bugle as part of the Sell-A-Script prize package I won through this contest. I will let you know if I receive any requests through this.

Oh, and as for the $400 scholarship to Writer's Boot Camp, it sounds like a really interesting program to join, and could be a less expensive alternative to enrolling at somewhere like USC, but even with the scholarship I could not afford the $7000+ it costs to join, so I will not have any review of that prize.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Iqbal Sedri Author: Iqbal Sedri Posted: 03/13/2012 02:09 PM
Did not win, but the consulting was good value and Ellie is a hoot! :-)

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Stephen Readey Author: Stephen Readey Posted: 03/13/2012 01:43 PM
Ken, so far I have received two of the three prizes. I am still waiting to hear from Beachfront Productions, but I'm sure they are very busy, so I am willing to be patient. Jared Dunne has done a good job getting the other companies to contact me, so I'm pretty confident he will put me in touch with Beachfront Productions soon.

I will be sure to come back and leave a full review once I've received and used each of the prizes.

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

gil turner Author: gil turner Posted: 03/12/2012 05:04 PM
do these comments sound like plugs do anyone else.

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Ken Glover Author: Ken Glover Posted: 03/11/2012 10:19 PM
So, it's March..have we heard anything back from the winners circle? Just curious.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Trevor Hedley Author: Trevor Hedley Posted: 03/06/2012 03:46 PM
Results were a day late, but otherwise it was a good experience. I had problems with FD, the file kept getting corrupted when I sent it over, but Lisa worked with me and resolved it. Very helpful.

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Contest: ScriptVamp/Attention Grabber[Post New Comment re: ScriptVamp/Attention Grabber]

Justin Sloan Author: Justin Sloan Posted: 03/05/2012 07:25 AM
This contest is very professional and the staff follows their word. Their feedback is GREAT and their staff is great. Top recommendation on this one!

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Contest: Fade In[Post New Comment re: Fade In]

Craig Bottrell Author: Craig Bottrell Posted: 03/05/2012 04:29 AM
Anyone now anything about when FADE IN are posting the first round of results?

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Contest: Fresh Voices Feature[Post New Comment re: Fresh Voices Feature]

Jim Schweitzer Author: Jim Schweitzer Posted: 03/02/2012 04:37 PM
My experience with Fresh Voices has been overwhelmingly positive.

First, when there was a problem with our entry fee payment, the coordinator Seth sent my partner and me a note letting us know. He was very patient with us as we worked out the issue.

Second, I'm glad we ponied up a bit extra for the feedback. That alone turned out to be worth the entry fee! It's patently obvious that whoever read our script approached their assigned duty with responsibility. Everything about their coverage was thoughtful and well-presented: The positive points were enthusiastically commended, and any criticisms made were both totally valid, and incredibly constructive in their presentation. It's VERY apparent that the reader took his or her job very seriously, and seized the opportunity to return a balanced, and very fair assessment of our entry.

In any case...Top-to-bottom, it's become very apparent to me that Fresh Voices is a contest that is conducted with integrity, care, and responsibility. I'd very much recommend them...and I'd be saying so even if we WEREN'T currently sitting pretty in the semi-final round!

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Contest: MoviePoet/Short[Post New Comment re: MoviePoet/Short]

Reginald McGhee Author: Reginald McGhee Posted: 02/29/2012 07:42 PM
I have entered 3 contests at MoviePoet.com. The reviews I received give me the opportunity to walk the shoes of a screenwriter. I'm in my experimental stages of writing shorts. The more I get on MoviePoet, the more I learn from professional screenwriters on the site. The good thing about MoviePoet is the reviews are free, and you don't have to pay anything to enter a contest. This is the best site that actually has readers to take the time out to read your scripts.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Geno Scala Author: Geno Scala Posted: 02/29/2012 12:12 PM
Received feedback from a feature script submission. The fact that it "didn't pass muster" is completely irrelevant to me, honestly. The point of the complaint is the following- the READER/CRITIQUER made the following comment: "In terms of layout, you need to add scene numbers. This is vital for the reader to be able to give you detailed feedback, and to be taken seriously by agents and producers."

Obviously, this reader has no clue what he/she is talking about, rendering all of the mostly positive feedback useless as it lacks total credibility.

After attempting to contact Mr. Toffolo through the website, it was determined that the contact page is an unlisted URL. Fortunately for me, he was also a LinkedIN associate, and I contacted him with my complaint, requesting a refund. He thought five dollars was fair, and suggested I take it to "arbitration" otherwise. Nice.

For the record, everyone knows you DO NOT include scene numbers in a feature SPEC script. He should knows this, but supports the reader's comments.

In closing, while addressing my dissatisfaction with his service/contest, he felt it necessary to psychoanalyze me, stating that my showing displeasure "...shows that you're still in an emotional place and don't have perspective on what's happening."

Folks, there are much better contests and higher quality readers and CEO's out there. Contact me an I'll refer you to some. Don't waste your time on this fraud.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 02/29/2012 10:42 AM
Actually, Paul, you are incorrect about recent winners not entering other contests beside A/Exposure. My script, which won A/Exposure in January, is in a series of other contests. Since I only finished this screenplay in November, the contest cycle I was able to enter will not be dishing out the next rounds of awards until May through August. But if you'd like to check my website (not all contests post results here), I'm sure you'll see this script listed in contests next to Irin and Marjory, if they're in the horror category.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Ali Case Author: Ali Case Posted: 02/28/2012 04:06 PM
Two thumbs up! Really cool folks. Lisa helped me out a lot.

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

Edward Rathje Author: Edward Rathje Posted: 02/27/2012 04:13 PM
I had a mixed experience, but I am encouraged enough to enter a third time.

Professional, responsive, etc., etc. - all super!

I did have a curious result, though.

2010 - 2nd rewrite of 1st script made CWA semifinals! It also made finals of Golden Brads (yes, THAT Golden Brads!)

2011 - after two more UCLA classes and a personal consult, and 12 more rewrites, new version did not even make first cut, although same new version WON Golden Brads, beating out the script that won CWA. I chalk it up to luck of the draw on first readers, and will try once more this year.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Magnus Banks Author: Magnus Banks Posted: 02/21/2012 10:51 AM
Two thumbs up! Got 6 pages of notes on my script for $69. No brainer.

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Chris Stevens Author: Chris Stevens Posted: 02/16/2012 01:24 AM
Stephen,

We have no idea if anybody is being honest with their posts.  That's what so great about the Internet.   Richard makes an excellent point. Do you think an agent, producer, or director wants to work with a complainer?  Hell no.  They will remember your name, pass it around town and tag you as a troublemaker. So, please, if you feel a reader hasn't done his/her job, request another reader. Work it out privately.  That is, if you are serious about getting your foot in the door.

Peace out.

Those who are free from resentful thoughts surely find peace." - Buddha.

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Chris Stevens Author: Chris Stevens Posted: 02/16/2012 01:04 AM
Paul, people call me Chris.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Richard M. Brett Author: Richard M. Brett Posted: 02/15/2012 05:15 PM
Sorry -- didn't mean to post this twice! :)

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Richard M. Brett Author: Richard M. Brett Posted: 02/15/2012 05:13 PM
Paul --

I posted here today because my screenplay is now moving on to the next phase in the development process of this contest, and I was excited to mention it.

When I got here I began reading some of the other comments, and noticed that you had written a book's worth of them. I cannot speak to your personal experiences or frustrations, but please do not imply that I was "hired" to post here as a means of suppressing what you have to say. You have an overly high opinion of yourself to suppose that.

I repeat my earlier observation -- if all of your vitriolic comments on this page are displayed together, as I just did, they approach the word count that would go into the first act of a tight -- perhaps award-winning -- screenplay. Put your effort into something creative like that, and move on.

Keep in mind -- what you post here is read by a lot of people in LA...and nobody wants to work with the kind of writer who devotes his time to stalking contest sites and placing repeated blame. You could have made your remarks in a single post, and dealt with Alex one-on-one from there. Posting here repeatedly is not helping you in the least, and could be alienating you from future collaborators.

I make these comments with the sincerest of intents -- I hope you are able to take them that way.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Richard M. Brett Author: Richard M. Brett Posted: 02/15/2012 05:12 PM
Paul --

I posted here today because my screenplay is now moving on to the next phase in the development process of this contest, and I was excited to mention it.

When I got here I began reading some of the other comments, and noticed that you had written a book's worth of them. I cannot speak to your personal experiences or frustrations, but please do not imply that I was "hired" to post here as a means of suppressing what you have to say. You have an overly high opinion of yourself to suppose that.

I repeat my earlier observation -- if all of your vitriolic comments on this page are displayed together, as I just did, they approach the word count that would go into the first act of a tight -- perhaps award-winning -- screenplay. Put your effort into something creative like that, and move on.

Keep in mind -- what you post here is read by a lot of people in LA...and nobody wants to work with the kind of writer who devotes his time to stalking contest sites and placing repeated blame. You could have made your remarks in a single post, and dealt with Alex one-on-one from there. Posting here repeatedly is not helping you in the least, and could be alienating you from future collaborators.

I make these comments with the sincerest of intents -- I hope you are able to take them that way.

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Lana Rory Author: Lana Rory Posted: 02/15/2012 04:14 PM
I won the Sci-Fi category for 2011 and it has been a great experience. Julie Gray, the director, is a dynamic and well-connected champion of her contest winners. She has sent my script on to a bunch of producers and I feel like I've found a new friend/mentor. Not too shabby. Can't recommend enough.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Stephen Readey Author: Stephen Readey Posted: 02/15/2012 03:48 PM
Chris, posting an honest review is not unprofessional or resentful. I rely on these reviews when researching contests and I appreciate people's honest comments.

In my dealings with the a/exposure contest, the only unprofessional behavior came from them.

And it wasn't because their feedback was negative. It was definitely more positive than negative.

It was because their feedback was riddled with errors and incomplete sentences as well as glaring mistakes regarding the story, which shows that they didn't take the time to really read the script or produce the feedback. This is very unprofessional work.

Perhaps they treat their winners differently than they treat the rest of their customers.

Its odd that a contestant would get so defensive about a contest they entered. If you had a positive experience, then post a positive review.

But why would you attack those who had negative experiences or dispute their claims of a negative experience? That's very odd behavior for someone who was just a contestant.

Also, it is odd that this is the only post you have made on moviebytes (just like all the other positive posts on here).

In closing, my review was not a resentful attack. It was an honest review of my experience with the contest. If you had a positive experience, then post it. This way, future contestants can make their own decision on whether or no to enter the contest.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Chris Stevens Author: Chris Stevens Posted: 02/15/2012 03:28 PM


David O' Selznick said, "There are only two kinds of class: First class and no class." My experience with Mr. Ross and his team has been nothing but first class. I am a past a/e winner.  I had a little hiccup with writemovies.  Instead of copping an attitude, or "airing my dirty laundry" on the Internet, I spoke sincerely with Mr. Ross and the hiccup disappeared.  Also, after winning last year, writemovies provided me with a reader who knocked my socks off.  By that I mean, I think most people would have taken the feedback and suggestions and crumbled.  I said to myself, "Whoa, this person really cares."  I am forever grateful to my professional reader and to Mr. Ross.  Mr. Ross has the patience of a saint.  It is obvious he enjoys his work and wants his winners to succeed. Just remember this, Mr. Ross and his team run a business, not a raffle. I am sure they receive many annoying e-mails on a day-to-day basis amongst the more professional-sounding correspondence.  So, if a staffer makes a mistake, point it out, go back to your writing, and allow time for the hiccup to subside.  If you want your foot in the door of a business that lets very few inside, I would suggest when working with anyone - directors, agents  actors, lawyers, stylists -that professionalism, patience, and teamwork be your guide.  And jot this down on a StickyNote: "Those who are free from resentful thoughts surely find peace." - Buddha.  And good luck to everyone who enters writemovies.com!

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Stephen Readey Author: Stephen Readey Posted: 02/15/2012 01:54 PM
Me and my writing partner were announced as the Dec/Jan grand prize winners! I couldn't be more excited. The best part about winning is that we get to have a development meeting with Tracey Becker of Beachfront Productions (Finding Neverland, Hysteria, etc.).

I have not received my prizes as of yet, but this whole contest has been very professionally run to this point, so I expect to hear from companies sometime this week just as Jared Dunne has promised.

I will be sure to come back and post another review after receiving all of the prizes. Hopefully I have some great news about script requests!

As of now, this has been a great experience and well worth the $10 entry fee.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Stephen Readey Author: Stephen Readey Posted: 02/15/2012 01:44 PM
OK, so I have completed my experience with the A/Exposure contest, and as promised, I'm here to give my honest review.

I was never notified of the contest results. The only way I found out about the results was when the winner was posted on their site. These results were posted several days after the 12am, February 5th date that they had set.

I also ordered the judge's feedback. After an email request, they did send me the feedback, claiming it had already been sent and must have gone into my spam.

Well, the feedback was absolute junk. I have received feedback from several contests, and none has even come close to being this poor. THEY EVEN MISSPELLED THE TITLE OF MY SCRIPT! And it's not like it was a crazy title, they misspelled the word "progress". And this was not the only grammatical error. This thing was riddled with errors and incomplete sentences. The feedback was given to me in a Word document. How could they not take the time to correct all their errors which were clearly denoted by all the green and red underlines. Very unprofessional.

The worst part, was that they missed several clear aspects of the story. It was clear that it was just skimmed through, as things which were clearly spelled out were still misconstrued.

There are several other things that throw up red flags about this contests. For one, it is now February 15th and their website is still promoting the January contest!

Also, as Paul has already mentioned, every time there is a negative post about this contest, and is bumped down by a string of positive posts. Go back to the beginning of these posts and find the positive ones. Click on the option to read all posts from these people and you will find that they have only made posts regarding the WriteMovies yearly contest and the A/Exposure monthly contest. Interesting.

This is the first negative post I have made on MovieBytes, but I felt it was my responsibility to let other writers know of my experience. At the very least, this is a poorly run and sloppy contest. At the worst, it could be an outright scam.

This pretty much concludes my experience with WriteMovies.com and their contests. Please be very careful before entering these contests and please read all the reviews before making your own decision.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 02/15/2012 01:39 PM
Paul...

Ever hear of anyone dropping through the cracks? It happens. There is a contest I entered last year that I entered three scripts in. I have only heard back on two, though the contest is long over, and the fact that they have refused to answer my e-mails. The winners of that contest seem quite happy in correspondence I've had with them. I can enter again or not.

As for A/Exposure, I waited until I received my first feedback before reporting. I thought about commenting sooner, but waited, just because I was pretty sure whatever I wrote would be challenged.

I would venture every writer on here has horror stories to tell about contests. I've got my list of complaints about fests and competitions that had malefic intention, those who took money and ran, and those whose readers were simply terrible.

Has it occurred to you that the vitriol here might be encouraging people to reply?

You have proof you entered. Great. Sort it out with them.

I have no complaints. The fact that you have unresolved matters of entry does not undo the good relationships others have built with the contest.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 02/15/2012 12:58 PM
Paul...

Ever hear of anyone dropping through the cracks? It happens. There is a contest I entered last year that I entered three scripts in. I have only heard back on two, though the contest is long over, and the fact that they have refused to answer my e-mails. The winners of that contest seem quite happy in correspondence I've had with them. I can enter again or not.

As for A/Exposure, I waited until I received my first feedback before reporting. I thought about commenting sooner, but waited, just because I was pretty sure whatever I wrote would be challenged.

I would venture every writer on here has horror stories to tell about contests. I've got my list of complaints about fests and competitions that had malefic intention, those who took money and ran, and those whose readers were simply terrible.

Has it occurred to you that the vitriol here might be encouraging people to reply?

You have proof you entered. Great. Sort it out with them.

I have no complaints. The fact that you have unresolved matters of entry does not undo the good relationships others have built with the contest.

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Richard M. Brett Author: Richard M. Brett Posted: 02/15/2012 11:31 AM
I was the October winner of the A/Exposure contest, and have since then enjoyed a close working relationship with Alex Ross and various readers who have critiqued my script. The experience has been fantastic. The professional advice I've received has been invaluable, and I have strengthened my screenplay significantly as a result. In many ways, even though I live on the East Coast, I feel as if I've been in Los Angeles for the past several months, working with professionals.

With regard to a string of negative comments I've recently read regarding this contest, mostly posted by a single person, my advice would be that the author put the time and attention into his screenwriting that he has put into blasting this competition. Effort into creating rather than destroying. The results might be impressive.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 02/15/2012 11:26 AM
Sorry, must have hiccuped. Meant to post only once.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 02/15/2012 11:15 AM
Okay, I'll weigh in now.

I won the A/EXposure contest for January of this year with my script Frost on the Pumpkin - a ghost story/horror screenplay. I was promptly notified of my win and since that time communication has been strong. I have found them to be responsive and very helpful with supportive resources for my rewrites.

This morning I received my first round of notes on my script. The notes encouraged me to put on my thinking cap and create sharper edges to some of my plot points and gave me a checklist, if you will, for subplots to become more potent.

Will I sell my script as a result? I don't know. But if I do, I'll most definitely be yelling from the Movie Bytes mountain top. I do know the script will be tighter when it does go out.

Movie Bytes, from my point of view, is certainly doing what they promised, and more, on my behalf.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 02/15/2012 11:09 AM
Okay, I'll weigh in now.

I won the A/EXposure contest for January of this year with my script Frost on the Pumpkin - a ghost story/horror screenplay. I was promptly notified of my win and since that time communication has been strong. I have found them to be responsive and very helpful with supportive resources for my rewrites.

This morning I received my first round of notes on my script. The notes encouraged me to put on my thinking cap and create sharper edges to some of my plot points and gave me a checklist, if you will, for subplots to become more potent.

Will I sell my script as a result? I don't know. But if I do, I'll most definitely be yelling from the Movie Bytes mountain top. I do know the script will be tighter when it does go out.

Movie Bytes, from my point of view, is certainly doing what they promised, and more, on my behalf.

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Pepe Gonzalez Author: Pepe Gonzalez Posted: 02/14/2012 06:00 PM
Guys, you are probably part of that pride of writers who cannot make it and trash everything in sight because of it. I have had a great experience working with the guys at AEX. I got lots of feedback over several months,my script went out through them and I made a lot of contacts. Sure my script has not sold yet, but it opened a lot of doors.

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Pepe Gonzalez Author: Pepe Gonzalez Posted: 02/14/2012 05:58 PM
Guys, you are probably part of that pride of writers who cannot make it and trash everything in sight because of it. I have had a great experience working with the guys at AEX. I got lots of feedback over several months,my script went out through them and I made a lot of contacts. Sure my script has not sold yet, but it opened a lot of doors.

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Joe Jacobs Author: Joe Jacobs Posted: 02/14/2012 03:09 AM
Entered this contest last year and really liked it. The people who run it were really responsive and friendly, and they had four mini-contests leading to the final deadline that were a lot of fun.

I didn't win anything, but I definitely recommend and will enter again this year!

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Russell Meyer Author: Russell Meyer Posted: 02/13/2012 08:33 AM
Just found out my logline was a runner up in the Dec./Jan. contest and wanted to echo the other comments. Jared and company run an excellent contest. They announced the winners on time, and I received my prize within a day after that. If there is a better $10 contest, I haven’t heard of it.

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Justin Sloan Author: Justin Sloan Posted: 02/10/2012 09:31 PM
I will not see where I placed for some time still, but I received my feedback within two weeks and it was VERY helpful, probably among the most helpful I've seen out there.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced contest with great feedback, this is the way to go!

Justin M. Sloan www.JustinMSloan.com

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 02/09/2012 08:54 AM
I entered all 3 of my screenplays in 9-28-11 by Withoutabox -- and A/E never told me anything -- that they had received mine, did not tell me when the readings were done, never told me who's screenplays could continue to stay for the winner part -- nothing, nothing nothing. I will never go to this terrible place for anything. Do they even read them, I wonder.

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Contest: BlueCat Contest[Post New Comment re: BlueCat Contest]

victor dobbins Author: victor dobbins Posted: 02/06/2012 08:28 PM
The Readers working for this contest are shaky at best. Two free Analysis with each entry? Don't waste your time, the feedback was simply useless and basically insulting. Nothing useful and improve your work!

PASS on this TURKEY!

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Stephen Readey Author: Stephen Readey Posted: 02/06/2012 12:45 PM
Just wanted to post an update on my experience with this contest. I wrote them a couple of emails and they did respond, although it took several days. The fact that I got a response was still encouraging though.

Well, the contest results were suppose to be posted Sunday morning at 12am, and it is now 36 hours past that, and still no results posted and no email of results. What's even more troubling is that the contest page is still promoting the January contest and has yet to switch to February.

I have emailed them once again to ask about the results, and I will let you know as soon as I hear back. I'm still holding out hope that this is a legit contest and that they are just a bit late.

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Varshawn Harris Author: Varshawn Harris Posted: 02/05/2012 08:15 PM
Great contest and Great exposure. I have no clue of what Brent is referring to as far as the Paypal. Matter of fact I saw your name on the contest list. So it seems like you paid before. They also sent out a newsletter stating Marcia Steele won. So I have no clue of Brent's complaints but I think they are great. They also gave me direct feedback before the contest even started. So what's to complain? You didn't win always seems to be the big bugger in these kinds of situations.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Caitlin Garvey Author: Caitlin Garvey Posted: 02/05/2012 01:24 PM
Just a final caveat: before you enter the contest, read all of the comments on this site. Lisa is correct in saying that, after she noticed my negative feedback on this site, she emailed me my final feedback and consult material. However, the feedback was littered with grammatical errors and poorly constructed sentences, and it was fairly clear that someone had written it extremely quickly to salvage the contest's reputation. If you read through the comments, you'll notice that after Paul and I posted, there were 3 positive comments written within 15 minutes of each other. Suspicious? Your call...

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Trevor Jones Author: Trevor Jones Posted: 02/04/2012 02:03 PM
The AEX guys made me a better writer and taught me about the business, right down to learning how to write those infernal loglines. Am actually enjoying writing again.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Mandie MacDonald Author: Mandie MacDonald Posted: 02/04/2012 01:34 PM
Hey Guys, Surprised by your comments. I won a while back and the guys at AEXposure have been very supportive. I got 4 full length script consults, which really helped me up my game. They then submitted the script to several production companies which got me 6 meetings. Now, admittedly, the script has not sold. But I now have this cool network of LA based companies which will read my stuff and want to work with me. Question of time...

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Brent Hartinger Author: Brent Hartinger Posted: 02/01/2012 01:23 AM
There's something off about this contest. I requested the name of the last winner (fall 2011), but a Google search shows nothing about the woman or her script. Meanwhile, the Paypal page they link to is not like any other Paypal page I've ever seen. And their website seems very amateurish, with lots of Google Adwords and splog-like search terms. Proceed with caution, IMHO.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Stephen Readey Author: Stephen Readey Posted: 01/29/2012 10:41 AM
Oh great. I already entered the contest this month and purchased the feedback. You guys have me pretty worried now. I will be sure to let you know how I make out.

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Contest: Fresh Voices Feature[Post New Comment re: Fresh Voices Feature]

Thomas Cook Author: Thomas Cook Posted: 01/28/2012 03:42 PM
I am new to screenwriting and decided to enter my first screenplay to this contest. Knowing that I was still in the re-write process, I was anxious for feedback from industry professionals and MAN, did I get it!

I submitted the screenplay on 11/3/11, paid the expedite fee (which I highly recommend) and received a very thurough 1 page written evaluation and ranking sheet on 11/9/11. The feedback was positive - highlighting successful scenes/aspects of the screenplay - but also provide invaluable feedback on how to improve it.

I would highly recommend this contest for individuals that want quick and helpful feedback. I can't speak to the promotional aspect for the contest winners (bacause I didn't make the finals), but based on my experience I would certainly put it on my short list of contests to enter!

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Contest: Fresh Voices Feature[Post New Comment re: Fresh Voices Feature]

Thomas Cook Author: Thomas Cook Posted: 01/28/2012 09:35 AM
I am new to screenwriting and decided to enter my first screenplay to this contest. Knowing that I was still in the re-write process, I was anxious for feedback from industry professionals and MAN, did I get it!

I submitted the screenplay on 11/3/11, paid the expedite fee (which I highly recommend) and received a very thurough 1 page written evaluation and ranking sheet on 11/9/11. The feedback was positive - highlighting successful scenes/aspects of the screenplay - but also provide invaluable feedback on how to improve it.

I would highly recommend this contest for individuals that want quick and helpful feedback. I can't speak to the promotional aspect for the contest winners (bacause I didn't make the finals), but based on my experience I would certainly put it on my short list of contests to enter!

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

Robert Blacka Author: Robert Blacka Posted: 01/25/2012 06:16 PM
Does anyone have any experiences or comments they can share about this contest? I'm thinking about entering it but $80 is a lot for a contest. I'd like to know something about it before making the plunge.

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Contest: Top Dog[Post New Comment re: Top Dog]

Kevin Sedelmeier Author: Kevin Sedelmeier Posted: 01/16/2012 10:04 PM
Hello. Just wonderfing if anyone has heard anything about this contest. The contest's website is not updated, and results were supposed to be released in December. Just curious. Thanks.

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Contest: ScriptVamp/Attention Grabber[Post New Comment re: ScriptVamp/Attention Grabber]

Peter Breeze Author: Peter Breeze Posted: 01/16/2012 07:17 PM
The contest was well run. They provided everything that was promised. From a personal standpoint, the feedback I received was enormously helpful.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Caitlin Garvey Author: Caitlin Garvey Posted: 01/13/2012 01:36 PM
Honestly, steer clear of this contest. I entered my script in the monthly contest and paid for feedback. When I contacted Annette and the WriteMovies staff, they were entirely unresponsive and never provided me with feedback, nor did they offer to refund some of my money. Before this happened, I mistakenly paid for a consult with Alex Ross on my screenplay and was scammed out of money.

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Contest: Writers Place[Post New Comment re: Writers Place]

Ben Krapf Author: Ben Krapf Posted: 01/12/2012 10:45 PM
Took 2nd in May-October 2008 Feature contest. Never received anything other than a certificate. Maybe they've gotten their act together since, but I'm not holding my breath. For the money, there are far stronger competitions out there. I'd rather get an honorable mention in the Nicholl, to be honest.

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Contest: American Screenwriting[Post New Comment re: American Screenwriting]

perry esslinger Author: perry esslinger Posted: 01/05/2012 06:38 PM
I was confused at how to find the posted results. It seems that the finalists should appear on the American Screenwriting Competition web site itself. I received a phone call this morning informing me that the quarter finalists had been posted on flatshoe.com. I was bummed naturally that I wasn't one of the names but this is the first time I've run across a different website announcing the winners of the quarter finalists. Did anyone else have this problem? They also kept extending the deadline. I kept writing as one individual made a point of but I felt I was kept in the dark and began to wonder if I had been scammed

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Naomi Lamont Author: Naomi Lamont Posted: 01/04/2012 10:04 PM
I highly recommend this fantastic contest. Julie is a wonderful lady and an absolute pleasure to deal with. The prizes offered by the contest are not only great, but helpful! Julie keeps you informed every step of the way throughout the contest period and is more than happy to answer any questions.

One of my favorite contests. Big thumbs up!

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Contest: Happy Writers Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Happy Writers Screenplay]

Christine Koehler Author: Christine Koehler Posted: 01/03/2012 08:53 PM
It was such an honor to have my screenplay placed as one of the 20 honorable mentions in The Happy Writers screenplay contest! This was my first entry and it gave me the motivation to keep writing. The two paragraphs on improvements were not only useful, but very encouraging. I've had the privilege of working with Joey Tuccio, Founder of The Happy Writers, and would be happy to recommend his company to all of my fellow screenwriters, novice and seasoned. I look forward to the next contest! Thank you!

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Contest: Smashcut[Post New Comment re: Smashcut]

Blaine Tyler Author: Blaine Tyler Posted: 01/02/2012 01:02 PM
Smashcut Screenwriting Contest is straight up criminal enterprise. They'll take your money and run. There are a lot of scams out there, but I've adopted this one to expose. I almost hope they try to do it again next year -- Advertisers, beware who you associate with. Affiliation with a scam is negative advertisement

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Contest: Gimme Credit[Post New Comment re: Gimme Credit]

Ann Morse Author: Ann Morse Posted: 12/24/2011 07:38 PM
It was difficult to wait for the comments but I'm grateful for the time between the results and the feedback. I was dissappointed that I didn't pass the first round of judges. The time to process the dissappointment allowed me to apply the constructive feedback and made me a better writer. I appreciate what the folks at Gimme Credit are doing. They are always professional and the experience has been nothing but positive for me.

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Stuart Crafton Author: Stuart Crafton Posted: 12/22/2011 01:57 PM
Wonderful to see so many people as angry about this as I am--wonderful in that others are actively seeking to be reimbursed and DO NOT plan to roll-over-and-play-dead for Script Savvy--but distressing that writers, who pour so much of their time and energy into writing, should have to spend time pursuing this. And, as any writer knows, your scripts are personal, we aren't talking about buying hammers from Home Depot here, we're talking about having our efforts treated with a modicum of respect, and to be so thoroughly dismissed, stone-walled, written off, in the manner that Scipt Savvy has chosen to operate is not only a financial loss(if they get away with it) but a slap in the face to all of us. I hate taking the time to pursue this, but I hate even more the thought that Script Savvy would get away with this (and continue to operate a business) and I hate the idea that other writers are still sending their scripts, and their hopes, in to such a disreputable company. I have contacted the Attorney General in Texas -- www.oag.state.tx.us/ --and been informed that they don't respond to complaints individually, but do respond if they get a number of complaints about a business--so do fill out their online complaint form! And maybe this will eventually do some good. I've also filed a complaint with the Attorney General's office in Colorado (where I live) and they are actively pursuing it. When I contacted the Better Business Bureau in Texas they were not able to get Script Savvy to respond to their emails or phone calls. Anybody who has any success getting reimbursed, spread the word. Until then, let's keep hammering away and spreading the word that no writer, and no writer that respects the efforts of other writers, should even think about sending Script Savvy a script.

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Naomi Lamont Author: Naomi Lamont Posted: 12/21/2011 03:28 AM
Wonderful contest. Gordon is always a pleasure to correspond with and quick to respond. I've entered both the Annual and Monthly contests and have nothing but praise for the way they are run and the professionalism involved. Highly recommended!

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

Roy Cho Author: Roy Cho Posted: 12/19/2011 10:09 AM
I've entered this contest two times and was a runner-up this past year. I'd highly recommend this contest. Mark Andrushko is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and professional. Scriptapalooza pushes your script for a year after the contest and sends out semifinalist scripts and up to production companies, managers, lit agents etc (who all work as readers for the competition itself). This is a wonderful contest that's run very effectively and professionally. Highly recommend!

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Contest: ScriptVamp/Attention Grabber[Post New Comment re: ScriptVamp/Attention Grabber]

Donna Adams Author: Donna Adams Posted: 12/17/2011 12:29 PM
One of the best hidden jem competitions out there!

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Donna Adams Author: Donna Adams Posted: 12/17/2011 12:05 PM
WEBSITE HAS BEEN DEACTIVATED/FAILED. The contest was inactive for a few months, then reopened in September. I entered my screenplay in the Shorts category, assuming September winners to be announced in October. I tried to contact them via their website, to which no reply back. I found their email addy via my Pay Pal account (contest@screenwritingawards.com), and tried to contact them this way - the reply I got was a "delivery failure". Looks like they took our money and ran - a shame they screwed Winners from earlier this year as well.

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Bobbi Jaimet Author: Bobbi Jaimet Posted: 12/17/2011 07:13 AM
While I was not a winner, I did qualify as a finalist. I am impressed with the professional and timely communications I received regarding my entry and results. While I have not yet received a request to read my script, it is close to Christmas, so I am hopeful that I will in the new year. This contest is definitely worth the investment and on the up and up. Thanks Jared!

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Contest: All Access[Post New Comment re: All Access]

Ron Ecker Author: Ron Ecker Posted: 12/16/2011 02:04 PM
Unbelievable! The deadline on this contest was December 15, 2011. When I got ready to submit my entry, though not completely satisfied with the script, I saw that the deadline had been changed to December 16. I was glad to see this one-day extension, as it gave me time to clean up a couple of things in the script. So on the 16th I get ready to submit, and incredibly the date had been changed back to December 15. This deadline change was made, mind you, when it was too late to enter. I have entered quite a few contests, and this is absolutely the worst thing I've seen.

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Contest: Writers On The Storm[Post New Comment re: Writers On The Storm]

Andrew Noble Author: Andrew Noble Posted: 12/16/2011 12:46 AM
Full apologies. Right comment but to wrong festival. Is there a delete??

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Contest: Writers On The Storm[Post New Comment re: Writers On The Storm]

Andrew Noble Author: Andrew Noble Posted: 12/16/2011 12:39 AM
Expensive and dismissive; never again!

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Contest: Script Exposure[Post New Comment re: Script Exposure]

Andrew Noble Author: Andrew Noble Posted: 12/16/2011 12:32 AM
It appears they're off-line, bust, or can't be bothered.

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification. THIS IS A WARNING MESSAGE ONLY. YOU DO NOT NEED TO RESEND YOUR MESSAGE. Delivery to the following recipients has been delayed. info@querypros.com

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Contest: Script Pipeline Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline Screenplay]

Fred Kim Author: Fred Kim Posted: 12/15/2011 10:54 PM
I was a top twenty finalist this year, and I really appreciate everything Script Pipeline did for me as a result. Advice on how to jumpstart my career, opportunities to meet with agents, managers, and producers, and even a get together with all my fellow finalists!

But the benefits of doing well in the competition don't end with the awards ceremony. Script Pipeline works hard to get the finalists placed with representation throughout the year.

I recently met a manager thanks to an introduction through Script Pipeline, and now we're working together on a new project. It's exactly the kind of opportunity I've been hoping for, and I owe it all to entering this contest!

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Contest: Gimme Credit[Post New Comment re: Gimme Credit]

Jennifer Andis Author: Jennifer Andis Posted: 12/13/2011 08:31 PM
This was my first time to enter and I should've read the user comments on here first. Having to request the feedback with no instructions in the FAQ section should've been a red flag. Theeennnn... it's up to a ten business day wait. If the site is correct, there weren't even that many entries so I am confused as to why the wait and why so long especially if (my understanding is) notes are something compiled while the reader goes through the script. Plus, the feedback isn't more than just a couple of paragraphs???? Never-ever-ever-ever-ever-ever again. But CONGRATULATIONS to the Cycle X Winner for being able to write a feature that takes place in the shower! Reading that was pretty much the only positive thing to come of this experience.

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Contest: Gimme Credit[Post New Comment re: Gimme Credit]

Cameron Cubbison Author: Cameron Cubbison Posted: 12/11/2011 04:33 AM
I was really disappointed with this outfit. They took forever to deliver notes, and what they gave me was incredibly generic and vague. Frankly, the incredibly terse comments felt like A-B-C screenwriting tidbits just cursorily slapped together. They could have been talking about anyone's script. No insights, no interesting thoughts, nothing remotely thought-provoking. They also have a very standard, under-developed rubric with minimal categories. In all honesty, I feel like I got shortchanged, especially in comparison to other contests I entered that were cheaper and more thorough. As someone who has worked in development for multiple studios and production companies and served as a judge for several other screenwriting competitions, I feel like I have the credibility to say that the effort and analysis offered by Gimme Credit is subpar. Would certainly not recommend them.

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Contest: Writers On The Storm[Post New Comment re: Writers On The Storm]

jennifer jones Author: jennifer jones Posted: 12/10/2011 03:36 PM
I entered this contest this year mainly for the standard feedback form they give all entries. I am not a screenwriter but had turned a short story I wrote into a screenplay with basically my only guide being a book on formatting that I purchased at Barnes and Noble. The script was pretty much the first draft, my first screenplay, and I wanted some kind of professional feedback as to whether there was hope for it or not. I have to say that I am very pleased with the overall experience of this contest and the helpful critique I received in my feedback. The grading system helped me to understand where the strengths and weaknesses in my script are and the comments, though brief (as they are supposed to be), were good, solid bits of advice that gave me a clear understanding of where my script stands and what needs to be changed. I highly recommend this contest for its professionalism and its eagerness to encourage and help its writers. Thanks WOTS!

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Jon Duff Author: Jon Duff Posted: 12/07/2011 09:32 PM
I was fortunate to find out today I won the Three Lines or Less contest. I am impressed with the professionalism of the staff and their follow up. This contest has opened some new doors and is well for the money. I encourage others especially not in Hollywood to look at this opportunity. I hope to do more in the future and spread the word.

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Contest: Script Pipeline Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline Screenplay]

Craig Weeden Author: Craig Weeden Posted: 12/07/2011 03:30 PM
As a 2011 finalist, my script, LOST STONES, is being read by, among others, Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, IM Global and Atlas Entertainment. So as far as exposure is concerned, Script Pipeline gets the job done.

I've found Matt Misetich, General Manager & Director of Development, to be extremely helpful, totally professional and quick to respond. And he provides guidance after the contest to ensure the script is ready for public consumption. He even referred me to a producer who was looking for a similar project.

Recommend? Absolutely! I plan to enter a new script next year.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

Brandon Bart Author: Brandon Bart Posted: 12/07/2011 10:57 AM
I wasn't sure about entering contests, simply because you could wind up spending a small fortune in entry fees if you enter enough of them! Before I entered Scriptapalooza, I e-mailed them inquiring if my script would be disqualified because of it's length. (At 167 pages, it's a really hard sell!) Well, Mark Andrushko himself replied rather quickly to say that they would accept it. So I entered and my script, "The Copper Queen", made it all the way to the finals in the 2011 contest! Sure, winning would have been better, but the point is that it was read by industry people and liked enough to make it through several rounds of judging. Scriptapalooza definitely tops my list of worthwhile contests.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

Angel Nunez Author: Angel Nunez Posted: 12/07/2011 10:16 AM
My script, Ameriqueno, was a semi-finalist in the 2011 competition. Scriptapalooza was really good about keeping us informed about our status and any inquiries from production companies and agents/managers. It's been a great experience and I would highly recommend entering this contest.

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Contest: Script Pipeline Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline Screenplay]

James Watts Author: James Watts Posted: 12/06/2011 11:54 PM
As a top twenty finalist in the contest, I was impressed that they gave the finalists the opportunity to pitch producers and managers in LA, and even helped out with transportation costs for out-of-owners. It's a contest that actually creates opportunities for the finalists.

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Brian Whiteman Author: Brian Whiteman Posted: 12/06/2011 04:36 PM
CXarolyn there are a lot of us. I'm waiting for feedback from Jan, Feb and Mar 2011 - not as long as you.

Unfortunately I'm not based in the US, however I would lend any information and give my backing to any action that may get my money back.

The competition claims to have "new management" but considering the problems are still the same (no answering e-mails, failing to provide feedback, failing to announce the new competition winners on time...), I truly beleive that it is still the same crooks running it and stealing money from writers unaware of this competitions history.

As I have previously said, any genuine new owners would do everything to restore the faith in what used to be an excellent competition. They would certainly answer queries and get the outstanding issues resolved as a matter of urgency to prove this.

I, personally, have e-mailed them at least once a month since last May and have yet to receive a reply.

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Contest: Script Pipeline Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline Screenplay]

Tyler Burton Smith Author: Tyler Burton Smith Posted: 12/06/2011 10:53 AM
As a grand prize winner of this year I can say that this is an incredibly worth-while contest. I have been a finalist and/or winner of Page International, Austin Film Festival, Champion Screenwriting, and Slamdance, none of which have given me the exposure that this contest did.

The support from the staff at Script Pipeline doesn't stop when the contest ends. I have received various emails or calls from producers and managers in the months since, all of which have been due to Script Pipeline's ongoing mission to help their finalists and winning scripts get into the proper hands. Definitely worth the cost of entry for the potential benefits.

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Contest: StoryPros International[Post New Comment re: StoryPros International]

Jeff Swanson Author: Jeff Swanson Posted: 12/05/2011 11:20 AM
Larry -- the script may be named the same, but it's not the same script. This kind of thing happens all the time -- in the last contest, we even had two scripts with the same name! If scripts have been previously produced, they are not eligible for competition...it's that simple. If we discover one has been produced while the competition is on, that contestant will be disqualified.

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Contest: StoryPros International[Post New Comment re: StoryPros International]

Larry Crider Author: Larry Crider Posted: 12/05/2011 09:37 AM
I have a question about the finalist for Story pros. One of the scripts is titled Firestorm. Firestorm was a 1997 movie script that sold and was made into a movie.

How can I see Firestorm as a title of a movie script? I thought that was copyrighted or is this the script from 1997?

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

Lorraine Mauvais Author: Lorraine Mauvais Posted: 12/02/2011 06:34 PM
This is a fabulous contest. Mark Andrushko works extremely hard to promote all the semi-finalists and above - not for a month, but for an entire year. I am a runner-up this year and I honestly believe that if you do well in this competition it can really open doors for you. It doesn't automatically open a magic door, obviously, no one can do that. But your script gets pitched to a large number of reputable companies you can't pitch to unless you're represented. In the past there was no feedback option, which may have put some people off, but now you can order feedback.

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Mark Oakley Author: Mark Oakley Posted: 12/01/2011 02:02 PM
I'm commenting again - with support for Irin

I'm the 2010 winner of the Golden Brad Short Screenplay and despite all of my effort to get replies from them, I got nothin as well - no $1,000, no certificate, no trophy, no reader contact, not a single thing. I'm so angry that they are fleecing thousands of people from around the world for money, and want to do something about it. I'm from the UK and I contacted various law enforcement againcies here, who signposted me to the FBI, and a scheme they run to investigate web/online scams & fraud. I have registered a complaint with them, and have a registration code to update the FBI with any additional info, so if anyone wants me to add their details to my complaint to aid the FBI with their investivation, then let me know, as combined action might speed up some kind of redress. In the meantime, like Irin, I'm strongly suggesting that people do not pay to enter. You are just giving your money away!

A very disappointed "winner"

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 12/01/2011 12:35 PM
Today is exactly 1 year since I won 1st Place, Drama in Movie Script Contest (aka Golden Brads).

I entered the contest on many recommendations, including a friend who'd won it a few years ago, and lots of good work of mouth that Jason Zimmatore really got the winners out there.

My script has not been sent out. I have not received a single prize. No "famous" trophy. I've sent a dozen emails in the past year and received 2 or 3 replies, the last one was around March. I'm being ignored.

Basically - I got NUTHIN'.

I even told Jason that I don't want the prizes and would be happy if he just got me a few reads. No reply to that email as well.

Yet the contest is still going and writers are submitting to the next one. All I can say is - don't. And that's from the previous winner.

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Contest: Gimme Credit[Post New Comment re: Gimme Credit]

Phil Clarke Author: Phil Clarke Posted: 11/30/2011 01:38 PM
I was a finalist this year.

I'm always happy with how the GC people run their competition. I learned when my script was a semi-finalist and when it was a finalist (it got no further).

I strongly recommend this competition for everyone.

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Contest: Disney/ABC[Post New Comment re: Disney/ABC]

Phil Clarke Author: Phil Clarke Posted: 11/30/2011 01:36 PM
I'm very upset over how this competition was run. Those who enter but do not win are not notified of this. While this is the standard for most competitions, it should not be so in this.

I recently e-mailed the competition organizers if there was any decision on the fellowship and was told that the finalists were already picked. Those who didn't make it were not notified of any decisions (atleast I didn't receive any notification).

The winners, here, are expected to go to California and work for Disney for a year. They must alter their lives for this competition. In my youthful optimism, I thought I was still in the running as I received no word to the contrary. I was holding off on all plans for 2012 thinking I might be going to California.

I can accept losing this competition; it's not the first one I lost. This won't happen again as I won't be entering this particular competition again.

Disney should give some thought to ALL to enter their fellowship program, not just the winners.

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

Eric Carlson Author: Eric Carlson Posted: 11/22/2011 05:24 PM
Wow! What a great experience from Fade In to Fade Out! Put Creative World Awards at the top of your contest list. Marlene and Heather delivered everything promised and more. The detailed and in-depth feedback provided was absolutely the best I have received from any contest. The prizes were great and delivered exactly on time. And best of all, I have received numerous queries about my script.

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Contest: Fade In[Post New Comment re: Fade In]

Stan Nabors Author: Stan Nabors Posted: 11/20/2011 01:18 PM
I am a previous Fade In Award winner (13th Annnual FA for my screenplay MAYOR'S DANCE). In response to the comment made by Ms. Foster and her dissatisfaction with this contest. I want writers to know that I have received ALL PRIZES and actions that came with winning in my category. Please read my interview regarding the FADE IN AWARDS.

I ask that all writers who enter this contest be patient... If you know their process and the way they administrate you will clearly understand that their winning announcements are made well into the next year of competition. The reason being is that they work with the winning writers for a FULL YEAR, providing a WGA-credited analysis of the winners screenplay...by the time they are finished addressing EACH winning writers work it is already well into the next year. So if you were selected a winner say in 2009...you would be receiving YOUR ENTIRE PRIZE PACKAGE sometime in 2010.

Again, I stress that newer writers remain patient and allow their process to facilitate. They haven't forgotten about you and they certainly are not scamming you. That's just their process...and they let you know that upfront if you PAY ATTENTION to their website and contest administration. There are many other contests out there...some good, some not. There are the major ones (Nicholl, Final Draft) and the minor ones. It is our choice what we enter into. We should just do it smartly and responsibly.

I have NOTHING to gain by defending any contest that takes advantage of writers. That is unaceptable across the board. I have received everything that was promised to me from Fade In. A WINNERS CHECK made payable to me for my category win. A complete and extremely helpful written analysis of my screenplay from a WGA-credited screenwriter. A congratulatory letter. And my name and script title was placed on their website AND in their e-zine. On top of this, I've had the pleasure of meeting Audrey Kelly(editor-in-chief) at one of their very first pitch events in Hollywood, as well as by phone and email over a fourteen year period...she has ALWAYS been courteous and helpful.

Be smart with your actions and your careers folks.

Please new writers, don't shoot off negatively and prematurely against the few people running legitimate contests that help us legitimate screenwriters move forward in our craft.

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Young Victoria Author: Young Victoria Posted: 11/19/2011 01:15 AM
Wow! Though I was not a winner with my first screenplay, I'm still a winner knowing I've chosen a competition that's professionally grounded, feedback, exceptional without saying, and trustworthiness, great. They even helped me fix my script to the point of winning another competition, though, that was a draft, too. I will re-enter next year. If not entering contest, getting your script critique is another option. It works. A MUST MUST MUST COMPETITION. YOU GO HEATHER!

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David Kurtz Author: David Kurtz Posted: 11/18/2011 07:02 PM
Is there on;y one contest each year?

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 11/16/2011 05:06 PM
I just checked ... it was the January contest.

I also checked BBB for central, coastal and southwest TX. Of the 5 businesses of this type, they placed FIFTH (worst). What a surprise. (Is there an emoticon for dripping sarcasm?)

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 11/16/2011 04:58 PM
I still haven't gotten my feedback -- for which I've PAID -- from January or February (it's been so long, I can't recall exactly how long ago it was).

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Michael Pallotta Author: Michael Pallotta Posted: 11/15/2011 07:56 PM
As a feature writer and now a Honorable Mention (11/14/11) I again enphasize the total professionalisn offered by the dedicated team behind this contest. Totally worth your time.

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Ted Gurich Author: Ted Gurich Posted: 11/14/2011 05:34 PM
My experience with CWA has been "phenomenal". And it's on-going. My screenplay won First Place in the comedy genre so I'm now putting both Heather and Marlene in my will. I was thrilled at winning, and am using the win to open doors in the Industry. So we shall see. The feedback was thorough and spot-on. I would definitely rate this contest as a "RECOMMEND".

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Helene Wagner Author: Helene Wagner Posted: 11/14/2011 03:19 PM
This was my first experience with CWA and it was a wonderful one! The page notes I received were great. The comments from the critque were right on and helped me bring my script to a higher level. Heather followed up immediately with marketing the winners of this year's competition. I'm thrilled to say, my script, Lady Justice, was the 1st Runner Up in the action/adventure catergoy. The prizes are very worthwhile to help the writer to also market their script. This is a first class contest and one I would highly recommend to any aspiring screenwriter. Thank you, CWA!

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