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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Carla Richardson Author: Carla Richardson Posted: 10/13/2011 01:06 PM
How will you know if they've reached their limit of 1000 scripts?

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

pat ewalde Author: pat ewalde Posted: 10/11/2011 03:10 PM
Did you have the right email address? I submitted my script, had some questions, got an immediate answer + their consulting service was a really good deal compared to what the others are charging. So these are good value as far as I am concerned.

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Contest: Warner Bros.[Post New Comment re: Warner Bros.]

Mia Howard Author: Mia Howard Posted: 10/10/2011 04:13 PM
After a 6 year hiatus from TV spec writing, I wrote a new spec and applied. I was 1 of 15 drama writers to get interviewed by WB execs (there were a total of 1750 entries). The execs were very professional yet cool and laid back. I felt like I was sitting down and chopping it up with some of my friends. They asked to see more of my original work (which I supplied). In the end I didn't make it into the program, but I am still impressed by them. I was encouraged to reapply next year (which I will be doing) and I was told exactly what to do (and who to e-mail when I was getting ready to send out my stuff so they can weed me out) to strengthen my chances of getting in. IMO this is one of the most relevant and worthwhile competitions/workshops around. Highly professional and well organized. It can totally jump start your screenwriting career.

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Brian Whiteman Author: Brian Whiteman Posted: 10/07/2011 03:19 PM
Just another scam.

NO FEEDBACK, NO RESPONSE TO E-MAILS, DEADLINES BEING CHANGED!!!

I don't believe there is any "new" management, I believe it is the old management trying to SCAM more money from us.

People are still waiting for feedback from SEPTEMBER 2010!!! What chance is there that any new contest entry will receive feedback??

AVOID THIS CONTEST AT ALL COSTS.

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Contest: Hollywood Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Screenplay]

Marc DeLamater Author: Marc DeLamater Posted: 10/06/2011 03:08 PM
Here are the posted results for 2011:

http://www.hollywoodscreenplaycontest.com/contest/past-winners-2010/2011-winners

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 10/03/2011 09:19 PM
I was just reminded by a friend to post about my experiences, but I see I did a few weeks ago, so here's a an update/retread:

I was last year's winner here (1st Place, Drama).

10 months have gone by since the announcement and I'm still waiting for: prizes, trophy, access/reads promised, and even being sent interview questions to be posted on the website. Basically nothing has happened.

I've sent 10 emails over the past 10 months and only been replied to 3 times. The last time I received a reply was on 3/15/11 (6 1/2 months ago). I've been contacted by a few other 2010 winners/finalists and am hearing the same story from them.

All I'm interested in is getting a few reads and I stated this to Jason Z. By the way, there is not even a cash prize for my win, so I'm not waiting for money - just the above mentioned prizes from sponsors, trophy, access. The trophy can't cost much. And the access should be Jason making some calls or sending some emails. I'm disappointed that all the good things I heard in the past are not true.

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Contest: Chicago Screenwriters[Post New Comment re: Chicago Screenwriters]

KENT Williams Author: KENT Williams Posted: 10/03/2011 08:40 PM
This is run by volunteer screenwriters who really know how to run a screenwriting competition. They announce the winners at a fun, raucous awards dinner, with plenty of pomp and circumstance. Swag bags for all the finalists and cash for the winners. Best of all, they help develop your script and then promote it to a raft of managers and agents -- which generates lots of read requests. A great contest!

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Contest: Cinestory[Post New Comment re: Cinestory]

Christi Wenger Author: Christi Wenger Posted: 10/03/2011 11:34 AM
If you want professional level feedback (not Mom or your best friend) on your writing, this retreat is an invaluable experience! I recently attended the 2011 Retreat. My husband joked that I had won a No-Expenses paid trip and the expenses were steep, but it was a terrific investment. Cinestory's retreat is better than any conference or studio weekends I have attended because you actually sit down with professionals who have read your script and are there to mentor you. Not just give a you a synopsis on your script and to do list or nod politely while you pitch but actually give you the tools you need to make a producer fall in love with your script. If you are serious about getting your writing to a professional level, this is the best investment you could make in your writing.

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Craig Bottrell Author: Craig Bottrell Posted: 10/02/2011 12:11 AM
Sorry to hear that Phillip. The lesson I have learned is simple: Nichol, Page, Austin, and maybe one or two others are the only competitions you can trust not to take your money and run. To anyone reading this, ignore that rule are your own peril. Food for thought. :-(

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 10/01/2011 06:37 PM
They still haven't paid me for my April short screenplay win.

They refuse to answer e-mails.

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Craig Bottrell Author: Craig Bottrell Posted: 10/01/2011 05:37 PM
AVOID this contest! It is a just another scam where yet more fraudulent screenplay contest scumbags hang the carrot of hope in front of a screenwriter's eyes as they STEAL their hard earned money. I submitted a script for the June contest and they then posted that they were taking a break until September. It is now October and the leader board is empty. They don't answer emails yet they are still accepting submissions. I can't understand how these people sleep at night. I don't say this lightly, but I really do hope the people running this contest rot in hell!

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Contest: Screenplay Festival[Post New Comment re: Screenplay Festival]

Frederick Mensch Author: Frederick Mensch Posted: 09/30/2011 12:59 PM
They're offering the October 7th deadline for readers of this site only. (They ran an ad to that effect in our last newsletter.)

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Contest: Acclaim Film[Post New Comment re: Acclaim Film]

James Milton Author: James Milton Posted: 09/29/2011 05:00 PM
As a runner-up, I found the prizes invaluable in the chase to get my screenplay "over the wall." It is being considered by several producers, which would never have happened if I had not done well in this contest. And it's also the first contest where I felt that the reader had actually read the entire script.

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 09/29/2011 01:05 PM
Got an e-mail saying scriptsavvy is back in business October 3rd.

If you have any outstanding issues, contact:

MarisaGomez@ScriptSavvy.net

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Contest: Cinestory[Post New Comment re: Cinestory]

Robert Watson Author: Robert Watson Posted: 09/27/2011 10:50 PM
I was a 2011 Finalist and just got back from the CineStory Retreat. It was fantastic. All Semifinalists and up are invited, and even though you do pay to attend (except for the Grand Prize Winner), it's more than worth it if you're invited. There were about 20 writers, and about 10-12 mentors who are there with you for four days giving advice in informal sessions, joining you for meals, having individual meetings, etc. Working writers, directors, agents, managers, producers, development execs, all of them actively involved in making movies or representing people who do. I had three 90 minute meetings with producers who, most importantly, had already read my work, and could be specific about suggestions for changes, where to send it, what pitches I'm working are most promising, career advice based on where I am right now and what the next step is. Personal advice from working professionals geared to my individual situation. Every writer should be entering this competition, and if you're invited, you should do whatever you can to attend the retreat.

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Stan Nabors Author: Stan Nabors Posted: 09/23/2011 09:00 PM
This is certainly one contest to stay away from...as a 2010 entrant I paid for a script analysis along with my entry fee. To date, there has been zero response to my inquiries. Stay away! Shut em down!

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

Donna Lisa Author: Donna Lisa Posted: 09/22/2011 02:17 PM
This is the second ScriptVamp contest that I have entered. Once again the team at ScriptVamp handled everything in a gracious, prompt, and professional manner. The feedback that I received on my script was very helpful. I highly recommend this contest to writers.

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

Michael Green Author: Michael Green Posted: 09/15/2011 12:22 PM
Wow. I can't believe this competition only gets 3 stars for feedback. The feedback I received was extensive and spot on. Very helpful. It was clear that the reader had extensive experience with the genre. Thank you CWA.

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

jerry jackson Author: jerry jackson Posted: 09/14/2011 10:59 AM
I have found it difficult to reach anyone at writemovies/aexposure about their monthly contest. The site has a contact page. I sent an email to them with a question about the contest and no response. I found another address to author@writemovies.com and again, no response.

It makes very little sense to me that there is no phone number or easy way of getting ahold of the contest coordinators. You would think they want your business, but I refuse to pay if they are unwilling to answer a few very simple questions.

Why do they not respond to emails regarding their monthly contest? Pretty sad.

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

Michael Green Author: Michael Green Posted: 09/09/2011 03:34 PM
The grade I give this contest is: STRONG PASS. The reader's feedback was moronic. One reader actually suggested that I insert a Hooker With A Heart Of Gold. RU F'ing kidding me? The other reader gave my characters and dialogue a grade of 4 and he/she/it was quite bellicose in their critique.

If I would have gone by the opinions of these two nitwits, I'd have quit writing forever. Fortunately, I entered several contest and the response was very positive. I'm a finalist in the CWA contest and the report card I received from their 1st round reader gave my characters a 9.5 and dialogue a 10 and gave me a ''consider.'' And they claim the story could be spun off into one or more sequels.

So is the script any good? Time will tell. But, out of all the contests I've ever entered I'd have to say that Blue Dog is the worst. Don't waste your money on this piece of sh&

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/08/2011 01:33 PM
They have an ad running for script readers on Mandy.com.

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/08/2011 11:03 AM
http://www.twitter.com/fadeinawards

First place and some 2nd place results posted on Twitter. Hoping for more.

I e-mailed, asking where a list of finalists might be found also.

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 09/08/2011 09:32 AM
Like Matt, I was a winner this past year - 1st Place in Drama. I found out 9 months ago and since then... nothing. No posting of interviews on the website (haven't even been given the questions yet), no trophy, unanswered emails for many months after being told that the prizes we within a week from being sent out. I'm not even talking about any monetary prizes - that's the odd thing. Most importantly, no script requests or reads, and that's the reason I entered (not the trophy). I'd heard great things in years past and was thrilled to win this one. See below that Jason helped John A. get an agent a few years back. And all I was hoping for a was a few script reads that Jason would be able to get me from his sponsors or anyone else. So I'm bummed and disappointed. Looks like another contest gone bad.

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

Valerie Nordstrom Author: Valerie Nordstrom Posted: 09/05/2011 10:51 PM
While I think Gordy is the most well meaning of all people in Hollywood, some of the readers he hires are iffy. They take his money and obviously only read the first thirty pages and the ending. I submitted 3 scripts for the feedback and believe me when I say I can take criticism, I'm not kidding. I expected vicious feedback. Welcomed it as two scripts were little more than rough drafts.

3 of the readers made some good suggestions that were very useful, and their criticisms were right on. 1 reader however, gave me such flowery treacle that I almost tossed my cookies. My mother wouldn't have been that easy on my writing. NOT HELPFUL at all but at least they read it.

However, two readers very obviously did not read the scripts. PROOF: One Reader commented how the protagonist never changed from being a selfish womanizer right up to the final scene and lost the girl in the end. FACT: The final scene actually consists of Protagonist marrying the girl. WTF was this person reading? Certainly not my script.

Different Screenplay. The other reader who obviously did not read the script complained that the Heroine is left alone in a cell after page 8 with an unrestrained MASS MURDERER. Again, not in my script. The prisoner is a Nobel Prize winning scientist who is imprisoned because someone wants his knowledge, not because he's a killer. Same reader also complained that heroine is scared out of an interview because of insinuation that she slept around. Again WTF? She flees because talking about a man she had KILLED was traumatic.Nothing to do with the one sentence this person read.

I know I'm ranting but I think Gordy has good intentions that are being highjacked by a FEW bad readers who figure they can READ 10 scripts an hour and make lots of dough that way. He should post a "rate the reader section" with their numbers and weed out the ones that get hundreds of negatives because some of them would.

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

paul undari Author: paul undari Posted: 09/03/2011 11:25 AM
I question many, if not all, the comments posted. Obviously, if you won the contest, your accolades would be sterling. For the others, what evidence do you have to justify your seal of approval? I, for one, question the credibility of this contest. The August winner's (2011) script, while appealing, falls far short of industry-standard. I'll bet my future wages that Bruckheimer or Rudin would ever be interested in it, if those two producers would even avail themselves to A/Exposure. This is less criticism of the writer and more of the contest judges and its organization in general. Although I did not win, my script has gained interest from producers and agents. Something tells me my script gets an option before the August winner's. Great job, A/Exposure. Personally, I think you're a fraud.

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Contest: 20/20[Post New Comment re: 20/20]

Robert Galik Author: Robert Galik Posted: 09/01/2011 07:09 PM
I was a first-round winner in the 20/20 contest. I didn't win. After a week, I contacted them to say I hadn't yet received the EXTENDED FEEDBACK I'd paid for. Not long after, I received this email.

Robert:

You are a good writer 'tis a pity the story is so thin. Selling a script today is akin to a lottery win.

Byron is so ho-hum.

Mucho talking heads.

Keep slogging,

Best,

Andy

In Andy's defense, he at least knew the name of my main character. However, angry that I'd paid for virtually no feedback at all, I fired off an email. A few hours later I received a half-page email/critique from Andy. He told me he d even didn't even read half of my screenplay, because it was nasty, unfunny and disgusting. That's it! No notes about what particularly was nasty or disgusting, just that it was, and wasn't worth wasting his time on.

If that's the kind of depth you're looking for in a contest reader, then maybe this contest is for you. Personally, I hope you have a better opinion about yourself and your work.

Incidentally, as a first round winner, I was suppose to be refunded a part of my entrance fee. Although I specifically requested it, nothing has been forthcoming.

Everything about this contest is, to me, the pits.

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/31/2011 11:56 PM
So I see on their Twitter that the finalists are announced on Sept 6. Finalists, not winners?

What's with these social media sites? Most fests and contests use those before their actual websites it seems. Yuk.

Or informing entrants with a proper e-mail... guess I have to write that screenplay about social media, after all.

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Robert Blacka Author: Robert Blacka Posted: 08/28/2011 02:19 PM
Is anyone else still waiting for Judge's Script Notes? Here we are at the end of August and I'm still waiting for mine.

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Brian Whiteman Author: Brian Whiteman Posted: 08/26/2011 04:51 PM
On the 17th of August a post appeared on the Script Savvy facebook page stating

"Script Savvy will be re-opening under new management soon. The interim coordinator will begin dealing with all open issues this week.

The website advises this "new management" will takeover on the 1st of September. I e-mailed the interim coordinator a week ago asking for my January, February and March feedback. As yet I have not received any reply and have to now assume this is yet another delay tactic.

Having used the competition many times in the past, I have given as long as I can. I don;t see any resolution to the problems or the outstanding feedback and therefore feel I have no other choice than to try and claim my money back.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/25/2011 11:21 AM
I also won the Screenwriter Takes All contest in April. My category was short screenplay.

However, my experience has been a weird and disappointing journey.

At the start I was suspicious of the contest given previous MB posts and other online poking around I did. But I entered anyway, hoping that a fresh monthly contest might be just what my script (and other MB's, too) need for fast response. So, I entered my short script, The Tie.

Eagerly, I watched the leader board. It seemed to take forever for any of the short scripts to appear. Mine topped the list first and quickly dropped from top billing. By the time the contest was over, I was not even on the leader board.

The day after results were to be posted, I e-mailed the contest with my reaction. It was not my finest moment. But I could not believe that my script that tied for a number two spot in a contest of more than 900 short scripts and that had won another contest hands down, failed to make top five (of what, maybe ten scripts?). I wrote a less than enlightened e-mail, stating that my suspicions had been confirmed and that I wanted no more e-mail contact from the contest and I requested that my account be cancelled.

This was the beginning of May. In early July, I decided to take a look at STA's website to see what was going on and who had been winning. I was stunned to see my name and my script, The Tie, noted as the winner in the April contest for short screenplay. Just in case things change on their website, I have a screen capture of the winner's page taken August 23rd.

I wrote asking for clarification. What I received as explanation:

''S0 what happened is our judged accidentally entered in the wrong score for the script that was initially ahead of yours, the delay in response is I am trying to get our money back from the other guy. If I can't in the next week or so I'll just have to bite the bullet. If you wold bare with me I will get payment to you within 10 business days. My apologies. Mike''

That was July 7th. Immediately, I replied, even offering to split the prize money, and receiving but $50. No reply.

Since that time I have followed up with multiple e-mails, including two recently. No response.

I received no notification of my winning. I have received no award payment or any other entry/winning benefit as promised on the Screenwriter Takes All website. My account remains open.

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

Devi Snively Author: Devi Snively Posted: 08/19/2011 03:19 PM
Wow! I can't say enough good things about this one. In need of some objective feedback, I entered 5 scripts with incredible results. Communication has been prompt, helpful and super friendly, deadlines have been met, and the feedback is the best of any contest I've entered yet (and that says a lot - I've had both good and bad experiences with other contests). PAGE lets you know your judge's background and all of the feedback I've received from several different readers has been illuminating on multiple levels. How fascinating to get glowing coverage on one and yet hear why it would still receive a pass at the reader's company. SUPER helpful and offered great perspective. Enter this one and splurge on the feedback. It's so worth it.

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Contest: Hollywood Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Screenplay]

Lynn Goldberg Author: Lynn Goldberg Posted: 08/16/2011 10:55 PM
I need an editor. I meant "confirmed".

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Contest: Hollywood Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Screenplay]

Lynn Goldberg Author: Lynn Goldberg Posted: 08/16/2011 10:53 PM
They confirm receipt of my entry today via WAB.

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

Ken Glover Author: Ken Glover Posted: 08/15/2011 03:47 PM
yay! Qtr finals!

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Contest: Hollywood Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Screenplay]

Lynn Goldberg Author: Lynn Goldberg Posted: 08/14/2011 03:04 PM
I entered this one via WAB on 8/8/11. WAB did not receive a confirmation as of today (8/14/11). I also sent an email to the contest contact email address but still no reply.

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/12/2011 01:37 PM
Regardless, I check a couple of times a day, just in case.

In an e-mail from the WGA, I was told that if I made finalist, this might be qualifying for the Independent Film Caucus.

Fingers crossed.

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

Mary Huckstep Author: Mary Huckstep Posted: 08/12/2011 12:56 PM
I was glad to read in Philip Sedgwick's post of 07-08-2011 that he emailed the contest HQs and discovered that the finalists would be posted on 8-31-2011. I wish the good folks at FADE IN had posted that info on their website. At least I don't have to email them, too. Thanks for the update, Philip. mh

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Lonas Taylor Author: Lonas Taylor Posted: 08/05/2011 08:48 AM
The good folks at "Screenwriter Takes All" finally responded to my e-mail concerning their June 2011 contest and why no winner was announced. They moved all of the June 2011 entrants to the August 2011 contest, which just started.

Seems reasonable, I reckon.

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Bryan mora Author: Bryan mora Posted: 08/04/2011 01:21 PM
I've remained the optimist for far too long and have realized that my feedback will just never come. NINE MONTHS later and no results or insight into what is happening.

It's a shame, as this used to be a well run contest.

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

alex georgis Author: alex georgis Posted: 08/03/2011 04:34 PM
Agree with James. Small contest but packs a punch. You will get a lot more air time with agents and producers out of this than being yet another Nichols semi-finalist. I did!

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

James Paradise Author: James Paradise Posted: 08/03/2011 03:49 PM
My screenplay, cheater, won the WriteMovies A/Exposure June feature screenplay competition. Still in the early stages of exposure I can attest to the consideration, expertise, and professionalism of Alex Ross, the CEO of WriteMovies, and Annette Haller, the contest co-ordinator. WriteMovies works hand in hand with their winners and their reach is Industry wide. Winning any script competition should be career changing if the exposure is considerable and sustaining. WriteMovies keeps their winners on their site for a full year, if not longer. I am extremely fortunate to have won this "abridged, yet industry potent" competition. I am optimistic that winning A/Exposure's June Screenplay Competition will carry my script, cheater, to land in the right "lap." It's a terrific opportunity for all writers.

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Lonas Taylor Author: Lonas Taylor Posted: 08/03/2011 09:24 AM
I entered "Screenwriter Takes All" because of the high marks this contest received on Moviebytes. It might have been legit in the past, but now it's a big old rip off. I entered the June 2011 contest. They're supposed to name the winner on July 31st, and here it is August 3rd and nothing. They do not respond to e-mails; they flew the coop. Gone. Took the money and ran. How do these folks sleep at night?

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Contest: Philadelphia Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Philadelphia Screenplay]

victor dobbins Author: victor dobbins Posted: 08/02/2011 04:19 PM
I also had problems with Philadelphia Screeplay contest. They never posted my Script and never responsed to my Emails. I finally got a refund from PayPal, they never even answered PayPal Emails.

Avoid this Turkey!

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

Marc DeLamater Author: Marc DeLamater Posted: 07/31/2011 07:02 PM
In 2002, my screenplay was a Semifinalist. Since then, after extensive re-writes and great feedback, my screenplay has been extremely successful in subsequent contest. Yet, for this year's Scriptapalooza, my screenplay did not even nmake the Quarterfinals. I don't recommend this contest. There's too much WTF to consider it a reliable contest.

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

Lana Rory Author: Lana Rory Posted: 07/31/2011 03:41 PM
I agree with Devi. My notes were fantastic--from sniggly typos to incredible insight into theme and story. I loved this judge! Really smart, encouraging, and useful comments. I made the Semis this year and the judge's comments have helped me to bring the script up another notch. Big recommend on this contest.

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

Devi Snively Author: Devi Snively Posted: 07/31/2011 01:04 PM
I often enter contests that provide feedback with varying results. Regardless, it's a good way to get a wide array of objective feedback from a potluck pool of readers. Sometimes one clearly comes across an overworked, underpaid, bitter failed writer who can barely string a sentence together, much less offer helpful feedback. Other times one receives super insightful constructive criticism that really helps improve her script immeasurably. I entered 2 screenplays in Storypros and was both impressed and grateful for their amazingly thorough, thoughtful and super helpful feedback. The attention to detail was top-notch, offering 2 pages of notes regarding structure and typos (I am usually commended in these areas and was stunned to find how many had slipped through the cracks.) I also learned some new things about obscure format issues. The next few pages of notes were about story and these, too, were immensely helpful. The reader wasn't trying to rewrite my script the way s/he wanted it, but rather pointed out weak spots and offered some ideas as to how I might strengthen them, while maintaining my own vision. This is the most helpful kind of feedback. An nice touch is they included page numbers when citing different issues. Communication was fast, friendly and accommodating. Storypros is a very professional group and seems to take pride in their services - well worth the investment.

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Dean Rocissono@aol.com Author: Dean Rocissono@aol.com Posted: 07/29/2011 05:38 PM
Finally got my judge's notes back from AAA contest today.

Just wanted to say that judge #22's notes were insightful and useful. A good job on the judge's part.

As for my notes being months late (probably not the judge's fault in any way) I am nearly speechless!

There's my final comment on the issue. Hope this helps.

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

Ryan Christopher Churchill Author: Ryan Christopher Churchill Posted: 07/26/2011 01:29 PM
Advanced to the second round. Great feedback. Worth the money for sure.

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Contest: Cynosure [Post New Comment re: Cynosure ]

Michael Edwards Author: Michael Edwards Posted: 07/24/2011 10:18 PM
Cynosure is on the level.The reader who commented on my screenplay pointed out every weak spot,which made me mad but when 3 days later,I sat down to do rewrite her remarks smoothed the way . If you don't win it's still a great contest.After rewrite I've entered Austin Film festival's screenplay with "Blue Room." See you there "Mike the Roughneck."

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Sparky Slamdance Author: Sparky Slamdance Posted: 07/21/2011 01:47 PM
CALLING ALL SCREENWRITERS:

The deadline for the 2011 Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition quickly approaches.

DEADLINES: Final Deadline: June 11 - July 29, 2011

By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers

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

Bryan mora Author: Bryan mora Posted: 07/20/2011 09:42 PM
While my script is ''undecided'' by the reader to move forward in the competition, the insight and ideas offered through feedback has been valuable nonetheless. Even if circumstances let to my script being passed up in preliminary rounds, I couldn't imagine myself regretting entering.

Another thing that should be noted is the guidance offered by Heather. She is quick and caring to any and all questions.

Anybody who is unsure of entering Creative World Awards shouldn't worry. Majority of the comments here seem to favor CWA and I am no exception!

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Contest: Screenplay Festival[Post New Comment re: Screenplay Festival]

clayton robinson Author: clayton robinson Posted: 07/18/2011 01:48 PM
I echo the previous comments completely. I like the categories they offer so that scripts compete among scripts of the same genre, and I also appreciate that screenplay festival offers two deadlines, and stands by them. They don't give writers that additional week after the rest of us stay up all night shooting caffeine and cramming for the listed deadline. Or maybe that's just me. Enter this one and you will receive a fair chance and a true read.

c.m. robinson

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Eli Kornstein Author: Eli Kornstein Posted: 07/16/2011 07:29 PM
Three Lines Or Less is bang for your buck and tests the strength of the sole piece of writing that most production companies will often barely blink at, let alone consider in today's world of thousands of aspiring screenwriters. Having placed recently in the Top 5 loglines of June's competition, I can confirm that Jared Dunne (who cordially notifies you personally) runs an efficient, convenient, and very professional contest that garners results. I received a script request within days after the results were posted. Save yourself the Subway sandwich and cookies and allocate the ten dollars to entering this contest.

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Contest: LA Comedy Fest[Post New Comment re: LA Comedy Fest]

Jay Williams Author: Jay Williams Posted: 07/15/2011 09:24 PM
I don't even know if they had a contest.

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

Ryan Christopher Churchill Author: Ryan Christopher Churchill Posted: 07/15/2011 03:44 PM
Echo the previous couple of comments. Very good feedback from scorecard and reader comments. Insightful, helpful and worth the coin.

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Contest: Blazing Quill[Post New Comment re: Blazing Quill]

June Escalante Author: June Escalante Posted: 07/11/2011 05:46 PM
Just recently won first place in the 2011 contest and I have already got my check and several of the prizes from their sponsors. I am very happy with this contest.

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

Basil Sunshine Author: Basil Sunshine Posted: 07/11/2011 02:03 PM
After further reflection and reading some of the comments below, I do not recommend this contest. This pains me, because I loved "The Living Wake."

I have no proof that anyone read my script. None whatsoever. They jump straight to the Top 20 scripts with no semi's, which implies that they do not read all the scripts in enough depth to measure them against the whole. (Same script is currently in Round Two, top 25%, at PAGE Awards... they emailed to tell me that).

Apparently they are not using an anonymous process. Screenwriters that any of the judges have mentored should not be allowed to enter the particular script that was worked on in this contest. Knowing your boss or colleague or whatever mentored a particular screenwriter on the script you are judging would of course have an influence on your opinion as a judge. That should be obvious, yeah?

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

Basil Sunshine Author: Basil Sunshine Posted: 07/11/2011 01:53 PM
They sent an email to let me know my script advanced to Round Two (Top 25%) which was epic! Very nice of them to let you know that!!

I agree, Jennifer and Zoe are awesome. Lightning fast responses.

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Michael Pallotta Author: Michael Pallotta Posted: 07/10/2011 11:24 AM
I received word I was a runner up for the June entry, complete with a very useful prize. Professionalism is evident from top to bottom with great prizes and all for a modest entry fee. Just a note to say I've already submitted my July entry.

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

David Vincent Author: David Vincent Posted: 07/08/2011 09:51 PM
I'm impressed. Wrote my first screenplay and needed someone outside of family and friends to read it, I mean really read it and get back to me with informed opinion and suggestion. Recieved my scorecard today and was blown away with how detailed, comprehensive and insightful the assessment was. As a result, my revised draft will be cleaner, stronger and more viable. Regardless of how I fare in the contest itself, I consider my entry into this contest as a big win.

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/08/2011 12:52 PM
Just got an e-mail from Fade In in reply to asking about the finalists.

They said next round would announce 8/31.

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Contest: Screenplay Festival[Post New Comment re: Screenplay Festival]

Zoe Mavroudi Author: Zoe Mavroudi Posted: 07/06/2011 04:41 AM
I won an honorable mention at the recent Screenplay Festival contest in the action/adventure category. I've been getting a steady stream of logline requests and some script requests as a result. Screenplay Festival is professionally run and different from most contests in that it gives out awards and honors separately in a total of five categories, which I think increases your chances of being judged based on the quality of your writing rather than your choice of genre. I highly recommend this contest.

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Matthew  Gilleece Author: Matthew Gilleece Posted: 07/05/2011 02:57 PM
They finally announced winners!!

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

Basil Sunshine Author: Basil Sunshine Posted: 07/05/2011 12:13 PM
I wish I'd read the fine print...

They jump straight to the top 20 with no semis and do not utter a single word about your screenplay if it didn't place.

Not knowing if you came in #21 or #3000-something is kind of a huge bummer.

Also they didn't email that the results were in for something like 5 days after they'd been posted on the website, which was just kind of odd.

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Lyn Watters Author: Lyn Watters Posted: 07/03/2011 01:34 PM
I entered this contest last year and became a finalist. There was several problems I encountered along the way. First of all I paid to have a script analysis but never received one. And several times they delayed announcing who had gone on to the next step. They were also fairly slow in answering emails.

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

Dave Vaughan Author: Dave Vaughan Posted: 07/02/2011 10:57 PM
It seems amazing that you close the entries on May 15th and, out of over 3000 screenplays to judge, you can come up with 20 finalists 45 days later. How can you read that many scripts in such a short span? How many scripts do you reject by the tenth page? The purpose, other than promoting four scripts (are you inferring that there are that few worth a look - is for aspiring writers to test the waters on how well their script compares to the other 3000. You do a disservice to all the rest who paid their money. The rest, through random selection, receive door prizes. How many entrants are wondering if they were 21st or 100th or, heaven forbid, last in class? It is also interesting that you get such excellent results from the 'students' you direct for up to a year before entering.

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Contest: Screenplay Festival[Post New Comment re: Screenplay Festival]

charlie robinson Author: charlie robinson Posted: 07/02/2011 02:37 PM
I have only good things to say about the people at Screenplay Festival. They keep all writers up to date, and when they do run behind, they let you know about it instead of leaving the writer to guess. I advanced with one script and failed to advance with another script, and I learned about my status on both of them as contest results filtered in. I am getting requests for the loglines, so I hope this will lead to people who wish to read the script. I rarely advise people to enter contests, but in the case of Screenplay Festival, I say go for it.

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Contest: Screenplay Festival[Post New Comment re: Screenplay Festival]

Guillermo Gomez Author: Guillermo Gomez Posted: 07/01/2011 09:15 PM
This is a very professionally run contest that seems to really grasp what you're trying to get across on your screenplay. I've entered it in the past and will continue to do so in the future. This is the first year I've won (Honorable Mention for Action/Adventure) and have been pleasantly surprised at all the requests for loglines I have been receiving from different companies. The contest staff responds to questions quickly and make great effort in seeing that the entrant is taken care of. Highly recommended!

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

Brooke BUffington Author: Brooke BUffington Posted: 07/01/2011 09:56 AM
I entered this contest for the first time this year (2011), and have been impressed by the professionalism from entry to award. As a top 20 finalist I received a personal phone call from the contest manager to inform me that our script had been choosen. He then went on to explain that he had personally read the script and was excited about its potential. To not only speak with a real live person, but then to hear that he had read my script was much more than I expected. Not only are there prizes involved, but more importantly Scriptpipeline works to get the writers in contact with industry professionals that are going to impact their career. I am looking forward to the one-on-one script consultation, pitchfest opportunity, and the awards ceremony. I would recommend this contest to all aspiring screenwriters and will definitely be submitting in the future.

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Dean Rocissono@aol.com Author: Dean Rocissono@aol.com Posted: 06/30/2011 09:02 PM
AAA is the absolute worst contest I have ever entered. Their customer service is non-existent and I seriously question their integrity. What follows are a couple e-mail correspondences between myself and AAA Contest:

Dated 3/11/2011 Dear AAA contest, I entered your feature screenplay contest online a couple weeks ago, but never received an entry confirmation e-mail, or number. Can you please verify that my script has been successfully submitted? Thanks, My name here

AAA'a response on 3/14/11:

I can confirm your entry.

That is the complete e-mail response.

I responded to that e-mail the same day as follows:

Hi AAA, I received your e-mail stating that you can confirm my entry and was wondering if you would do so? Please send me a receipt or entry number containing my name and screenplay title. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, My name here

They completely ignored the e-mail above and never sent me a reply.

After repeated missed results deadlines, they finally announced the round one results and were supposed to e-mail out two pages of judges notes to the entrants. They did not do so, so I e-mailed them the following message on 5/26/11:

Dear AAA Screenwriting Contest: I haven't received my judge's written feedback, as of yet. Can you please let me know when I can expect to get that? Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you. Best, My name here The following is their response e-mailed to me on 6/1/11:

You should receive it after the winners are announced.

CS

The winners have been announced and I still have not received my judges notes and am going to e-mail AAA on this matter in just a few moments. Did anyone really read my screenplay, or did I give my money away to greedy con artists? I don't know, but hope to find out. I'll let you know how this saga ends.

Hope this helps with your decision as to, or not to, enter the AAA Contest or its sister contest, The Screenwriting Expo Contest.



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Dean Rocissono@aol.com Author: Dean Rocissono@aol.com Posted: 06/30/2011 08:32 PM
I have entered this contest in the past and wasn't impressed. Now that I know it is administered by the same folks that hold the AAA Screenwriting Contest, I understand why. AAA is the absolute worst contest I have ever entered. Their customer service is non-existent and I seriously question their integrity. What follows are a couple e-mail correspondences between myself and AAA Contest:

Dated 3/11/2011 Dear AAA contest, I entered your feature screenplay contest online a couple weeks ago, but never received an entry confirmation e-mail, or number. Can you please verify that my script has been successfully submitted? Thanks, My name here

AAA'a response on 3/14/11:

I can confirm your entry.

That is the complete e-mail response.

I responded to that e-mail the same day as follows:

Hi AAA, I received your e-mail stating that you can confirm my entry and was wondering if you would do so? Please send me a receipt or entry number containing my name and screenplay title. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, My name here

They completely ignored the e-mail above and never sent me a reply.

After repeated missed results deadlines, they finally announced the round one results and were supposed to e-mail out two pages of judges notes to the entrants. They did not do so, so I e-mailed them the following message on 5/26/11:

Dear AAA Screenwriting Contest: I haven't received my judge's written feedback, as of yet. Can you please let me know when I can expect to get that? Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you. Best, My name here The following is their response e-mailed to me on 6/1/11:

You should receive it after the winners are announced.

CS

The winners have been announced and I still have not received my judges notes and am going to e-mail AAA on this matter in just a few moments. Did anyone really read my screenplay, or did I give my money away to greedy con artists? I don't know, but hope to find out. I'll let you know how this saga ends.

Hope this helps with your decision as to enter the Screenwriting Expo or the AAA Contest in the future, or not.







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Contest: Screenplay Festival[Post New Comment re: Screenplay Festival]

Robert Watson Author: Robert Watson Posted: 06/30/2011 11:10 AM
I recently won the Comedy Grand Prize. All of the prizes, including the check, arrived within 2 weeks. Most importantly, I've gotten a lot of requests to read the script. Some came from the direct efforts of Screenplay Festival (lots of logline requests, which have led to several read requests); and some came from two of the prizes - the Inktip listing and the Script Delivery service, both mentioning the win (a dozen read requests so far). Not much more you could ask for from any competition. And recently, I received a logline request because of my Honorable Mention last year. Screenplay Festival really works to get the Winners and Honorable Mentions out there.

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Contest: Screenplay Festival[Post New Comment re: Screenplay Festival]

Janet Hogate Author: Janet Hogate Posted: 06/29/2011 07:13 PM
I am just BLOWN AWAY by this contest. I received an honorable mention in the Family category which means Im one of about 25 others and I have been getting more opportunities than any of the other 10 contests that I ended up in the top 10 (in which I didnt receive any). So far I have received almost a dozen request to see my log line from producers and agents and from them a couple of requests to read my script. I am so EXCITED. Its my very first request to read my script and I have been at this for almost 5 years. I cant believe how dedicated they are to getting us opportunities. THEY ARE THE BEST. EASILY.

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Contest: Screenplay Festival[Post New Comment re: Screenplay Festival]

Rhonda Ewing Author: Rhonda Ewing Posted: 06/28/2011 11:50 PM
My partner Ronald L Marchand and I entered the Screenplay Festival competiton winning honorable mention in 2011 and to our delight have been getting a steady stream of requests for our logline and most recently one for our script as well.

Of all the contests we've entered over the years this competition has given us the most attention.

We would highly recommend entering Screenplay Festival. They have been very professional and give immediate feedback when requested. We will enter future projects in this contest.

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 06/27/2011 11:02 PM
I received the following correspondence from the Better Business Bureau:

"Complaint ID#: XXXXXXXX "Business Name: ScriptSavvy

"The Better Business Bureau has made several attempts to contact the business regarding the above referenced complaint. We regret to inform you that we have not received a response from the company despite our best efforts.

"The BBB develops and maintains Reliability Reports on companies in our service area. In the case of your complaint, the company's failure to promptly give attention to the matter will be reflected in the report we give to consumers about them for three years. This information is available to the public and is frequently used by potential customers.

"The BBB regrets that it was unable to assist you in reaching a resolution to your dispute. If the company has contacted you in the interim, please notify the BBB immediately."

I think that pretty well sums it up.

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

Ken Glover Author: Ken Glover Posted: 06/27/2011 04:34 PM
I love this comp! Excellent feedback, pros and cons of your SP, and spot on. If I had more money and knew what I would get for the money in THE FIRST ROUND I would have entered three other screenplays, just so I could re-write them per their reviews. Heck, next year, when I finish my 'dream masterpiece' I'll enter it and pay for the extra feedback just to tighten the script! Love it.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/25/2011 03:02 PM
To be clearer (don't deal with Skype IM's while doing posts even if the director is needing one more pass before shooting), I was attempting to forward documentation of my entries to New Island.

Regardless, I never received the promised notes on my scripts, nor any notification of the contest's conclusion, nor was it posted on the website as promised in previous e-mails.

To me, the comment about not posting the winner for confidentiality reasons fails my sniff test. Why would a person enter a contest where promotion and exposure was part of the deal if they wanted to keep their script a secret.

Anyway, just wanted to report on this contest. I'm done with it.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/25/2011 02:59 PM
Moments ago, the e-mail forwards of the PayPal receipts that I used paying for this festival bounced.

So their previous reply was without the benefit of the receipts evidently, however...

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/23/2011 03:52 AM
And their answer is:

Dear Philip C Sedgwick Thank you for your email. We received a very small number of entrants to ROMCOM however unfortunately in reviewing your scripts you were not selected or short listed. A winner was not announced publicly at a request of confidentiality and protection of the work. Due to a variety of reasons the ROMCOM will not be running again in the future. Its a possibility that you may have overlooked or not received these emails. We wish you all the best for your future endeavors in writing.

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Robert Blacka Author: Robert Blacka Posted: 06/22/2011 07:51 PM
For the benefit of writers that submitted to Script Savvy and received nothing like me, I would like to share my experience with Jim Cirile's Coverage-Ink. I sent in my script for the standard coverage and he got right back to me with a date when the coverage would be completed, about 2 weeks. I was skeptical, but sure enough, 2 weeks later, there it was, in my inbox. It was excellent! I can't say enough for the reader. The reader really understood what I was trying to convey in the story and pointed out where the story worked and what I needed to do to improve it. There is no doubt in my mind this reader really spent a lot of time with my script and really wanted it to work. The insight and personal attention was unbelievable. I know this is a shameless plug, but I can assure you I have no absolutely NO connection with Jim Cirile or Coverage-Ink. This is only in the interest of helping others that are in a similar situation to what I was in. I only wish I would have known about Coverage-Ink way back in October and sent it there instead.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/22/2011 12:21 PM
Today I sent a firm, frustrated e-mail to New Island Productions and I got a response! After 3 and a half months. Of course I had to promise that I would file a complaint with PayPal.

They said the feedback and results was returned weeks ago. They asked that I forward my PayPal receipts to them so they can find out what happened to my entries... evidently they were lost after I had received the e-mail confirming that results would soon be sent to me??

The e-mail did indicate that there had been changes and did not address why the winners were not posted on the new New Island Productions website which is only a blog site with contact information virtually invisible.

I'll post again when I hear more.

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Contest: Eerie Horror[Post New Comment re: Eerie Horror]

Michael Gibrall Author: Michael Gibrall Posted: 06/20/2011 07:07 PM
Emails listing semifinalists and finalilsts were done in a timely fashion. After winning for the Best Feature Screenplay, two of the judges talked to me about my script. Very kind and courteous people.

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Contest: trackingb.com Original TV Pilot Contest[Post New Comment re: trackingb.com Original TV Pilot Contest]

Jay Williams Author: Jay Williams Posted: 06/20/2011 03:50 PM
I think this contest is excellent in all respects--except that it only identified the winner and the five finalists. Unlike almost all other contests there was no quarter or semi-finalists listed to help an applicant better know how he or she faired. It would also be helpful to know how many scripts were entered.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Paul Stefan Wolff Author: Paul Stefan Wolff Posted: 06/20/2011 03:47 PM
Living in Nuremberg, Germany I'm really out of any reach for Hollywood. And even in Germany I haven't sold anything.

But, lucky me, WriteMovies accepts also SP's in German and I've made the 3rd place in the 26th contest and we are now working to sell it in Germany.

I've been writing for 11 years now and ranking 3rd is in first place a great "payback", knowing now that I was not wrong in doing it.

I appreciate Alex for handing my screenplay over (and pitching it first!!!) to production companys I've never dared of contacting like the biggest fish in Germany with several Oscar Nominations and German Blockbusters.

So, if you're a writer, get dressed! Cuz we (the past winners) are still writing and WriteMovies is the place where the first battle takes place. Sure, you've got a chance, but you better be good!

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Contest: hollywoodscript.com [Post New Comment re: hollywoodscript.com ]

Penelope Swan Author: Penelope Swan Posted: 06/19/2011 01:24 PM
Every time Craig talks to me about one of my scripts I feel like my head has been cracked open and another mother lode, installed. Yes, winning this contest is over the moon, but it is having this man as a script consultant that counts. He works your butt off and pounds your heart into a wad but you can feel yourself changing from a Wannabee to a Screenwriter.

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kathy reaume Author: kathy reaume Posted: 06/18/2011 03:00 PM
If they are not responding to the BBB, that means no refunds, doesn't it? Sigh.

I'm umemployed and was taking a chance to see if my script would place in the top four. I just wanted access to the sponsors (if my script was good enough).

Lesson learned!

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 06/17/2011 06:56 PM
Abbie, don't be surprised that they don't answer your emails (or phone calls either). The Better Business Bureau in Austin informed me that Donna & Co. have stopped responding to them, too!

What was that corny old saying our parents used to tell us? Oh yeah: Actions speak louder than words.

Or in Script Savvy's case: IN-action.

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tom streich Author: tom streich Posted: 06/16/2011 02:40 AM
Tried to enter - very flakey website and no contact information... their phone number is a generic voicemail - no one ever answers - I suspect this organization is not legit - not at all. Stay away from this outfit.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Matthew  Gilleece Author: Matthew Gilleece Posted: 06/14/2011 10:42 AM
Alex Ross has been great. Like he did with Martin who posted below, Alex has been working with me on my logline, trying to get it just right.

We finally got one that he thinks could work, and he'll be submitting it around, so here's hoping someone bites. (If not, no one can say Alex didn't try.)

And by the way, Alex didn't have to do any of this - I didn't place first, second third (I did get "Distinction" though, in #26). He just believed in the script enough to get behind it.

Great contest, I highly recommend it.

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Contest: GIAA Festival[Post New Comment re: GIAA Festival]

Michael Pallotta Author: Michael Pallotta Posted: 06/11/2011 09:57 PM
First I must apologize for not commenting about thid contest sooner. I have entered this contest for the past three years with fair to good results. In 2o1o my script won the Best Fantasy Award. That is not the point. What is the point is the total dedication and professionalism of Mara and her team. Best of all, all prizes are delived as promised with wondieraful comments by Mara. One of the best contests out there today.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Marjory Kaptanoglu Author: Marjory Kaptanoglu Posted: 06/11/2011 03:57 PM
My short screenplay, Dead in the Room, won the Slamdance Short Screenplay Competition in 2010. I couldn't be happier with my entire experience. First I got the phone call from Peter Baxter in September informing me of my win. Next came an invitation to the awards ceremony in LA in October, which I attended. Very nice event at the WGA building, where I met other winners and industry folk in attendance. My prize was that Slamdance would produce my film in time to show it at their festival in January. Not much time, to say the least. But Peter immediately secured Adam Pertofsky, an Oscar-nominated director. The film was shot in December, I was invited to observe on set, and I ended up in the film as an extra. Then I saw the film for the first time at the premiere in Park City, opening night of the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival. The film is exactly as I hoped it would be, first rate all the way. Now it's continuing to play at festivals; so far it's shown at Nashville, Breckenridge, and Ventura (upcoming). Thanks to Slamdance, I have an outstanding calling card for my writing. I attended the Slamdance and Nashville festivals, and hope to follow the film to a few more. I really can't imagine a better opportunity for your short script than to win the Slamdance competition.

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

June Escalante Author: June Escalante Posted: 06/08/2011 07:23 PM
I entered this contest last month and got to the top 25. The loglines were sent out this morning to industry and I already got a script request. I think this is worth $10.00 of anybody's money.

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Contest: Cinestory[Post New Comment re: Cinestory]

Greg Daubenspeck Author: Greg Daubenspeck Posted: 06/07/2011 05:36 PM
Those who are skeptical of the contest and retreat, please know the facts before posting negative comments. I was a finalist in 2004 and again in 2008 and attended the retreat both years. If I had been disappointed, do you honestly believe I would have attended the retreat a second time? It is an amazing experience. The cost of the retreat pays for your room and board. This organization is endorsed by the Academy Foundation. It is above board and far exceeds expectations. The industry professionals who participate in the retreat donate their time. These are top level professionals, who read your script(s) and provide detailed, one-on-one meetings with you. I challenge you to find anything even close to comparable at any other contest.

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Joseph Casner Author: Joseph Casner Posted: 06/07/2011 01:52 PM
Entered in March of 2011 hoping to get some feedback before revisions. Their deadlines came and went as they continue to change their excuses for the delay. Script Savvy is a scam and contact the BBB in Austin, TX to file a complaint.

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Robert Blacka Author: Robert Blacka Posted: 06/05/2011 10:16 PM
Stuart, good idea about the Report Card. I wouldn't want anyone else to experience the incredible disapointment I had to deal with. I was really looking forward to getting the feedback for future revisions and possible contest submissions. Been waiting since October 2010. The money was taken from my CC right away. Never received the feedback. And I'm not the only one.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Robert Watson Author: Robert Watson Posted: 06/03/2011 03:41 PM
I took Second Place in the Feature category in the 2010 competition. The award ceremony was in L.A., where I live, and they treated us all in a way that made us feel "honored." They really respect writers, and I highly recommend Slamdance.

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

michelle bornstein Author: michelle bornstein Posted: 06/02/2011 10:32 PM
John, thanks for the info! I did receive above 7.5 so I guess that's a good thing! Wonder what they would say to you if it was lower? Would they tell you your script is not proceeding before they announce quarterfinalists?

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

john karopa Author: john karopa Posted: 06/02/2011 10:31 PM
yeah the website says it announces the Preliminary Qualifiers on Aug 15th, a week before the Quarterfinalists are announced (not sure if it will list it on the site itself or if you get an email)

If you get below a 7.5, the scorecard doesn't necessarily tell you that you aren't moving on, although the judge may make a comment like "a strong revision of this draft could potentially earn a "consider"(similar to an "undecided") in the future."

So I believe you need at least one more judge to give you a 7.5+ to make it to the prelimary qualifiers. good luck

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

michelle bornstein Author: michelle bornstein Posted: 06/02/2011 09:56 PM
John, thanks for the info! I did receive above 7.5 so I guess that's a good thing! Wonder what they would say to you if it was lower? Would they tell you your script is not proceeding before they announce quarterfinalists?

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

john karopa Author: john karopa Posted: 06/02/2011 03:19 PM
hi michelle

I entered this contest too and spoke to Heather about the judging. If your average combined score is 7.5 or above, "undecided" means it is good enough to be read by another judge to determine whether it makes the preliminary finals. Im guessing if the second judge doesnt like it, they probably get a third judge to break the tie

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