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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Mandee Horton Author: Mandee Horton Posted: 08/29/2012 01:14 PM
:-) I agree with Brian. My "feedback" was two days late, so they gave me a free upgrade to 5 pages of in depth consulting. The whole thing cost me $59 including a free contest entry!

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Brian Arnold Author: Brian Arnold Posted: 08/27/2012 11:42 PM
Didn't get anywhere with their WMC 30 contest but I also paid for the gold package of extended coverage. I ended up receiving two coverages for the price of one, let me explain. Just over a month after I paid for the coverage I received the consult in my email. The reader pointed out some obvious flaws in my script that I just didn't see on my own and her feedback was very well written and an eye opener. A week or so later I receive another email from them saying their story editor was not happy with the first coverage I got and I would be getting a second consult for free. Well I thought the first consult was great and the second was an added bonus. They seem like real nice people over there and I will gladly send them more of my scripts for their coverage service and who knows maybe I'll get somewhere in their next contest.

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

Michael Hughes Author: Michael Hughes Posted: 08/24/2012 11:43 PM
I completely forgot that I entered this one, but I don't recall ever hearing anything back. This is just another waste of money in my opinion.

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Richard Mytys Author: Richard Mytys Posted: 08/24/2012 05:10 PM
I was the June/July winner - 5th Place. I won a year's subscription to the Script Pipeline Writer's Data Base. What a great prize! I've already started using it and I believe it will be quite helpful. This contest is really worth the money. I intend to enter again. (Posted by Sandra Mytys - not Richard)

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Tom Balzer Author: Tom Balzer Posted: 08/14/2012 04:44 PM
Three thumbs up! Good experience.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Hal Harris Author: Hal Harris Posted: 08/14/2012 12:25 PM
I must have gotten the same hack as you did, William. After receiving some excellent feedback on my script from two different sources, I decided it was time to get “professional” coverage for it. Since this place has a good reputation I decided to go for it. I was floored at what I got back. Grammatical errors, missed plot points, and the usual “let the master tutor you on how to fix what is (absolutely subjectively) wrong.” All for a pretty penny. It just goes to show it is all opinion, nothing else. Submit a decent script to ten coverage readers and you’ll get back eleven different opinions, doesn’t matter where. And isn’t it odd that no one ever mentions story, the supposed main ingredient? It’s all about the film school technical aspect. Not to say all pieces of the puzzle are not vital, but there is so much more involved here than fast pacing and which specific page number requires a plot twist. I think I have weaned myself off of contests, notes, and coverage – for a while anyway.

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

Jason Kaleko Author: Jason Kaleko Posted: 08/12/2012 10:51 PM
I’ve been entering screenplay contests for years and Script Pipeline has been by far my most positive experience. I am proud to say I was named a Grand Prize Winner in this year’s screenwriting contest, but prior to that, Script Pipeline was very interactive and gave me personal attention. As soon as I found out I was a finalist, I received a personal call from the guys at Script Pipeline, discussing what they might be able to do for me and how to most effectively use Script Pipeline’s industry contacts to further my script’s chances at earning me representation and possibly a produced credit. The contest officially ended a week ago and my script has already been requested by a bunch of management and production companies. I’ve been out in LA for about four years, looking for representation all the while, and entering the Script Pipeline contest has easily been the best decision I’ve made in pushing me toward that goal.

All in all, I think Script Pipeline is a well-run, professional and user-friendly organization. Perhaps the lack of a quarterfinalist stage might be a drawback for some people, but the support Script Pipeline gives its finalists is unmatched. For this writer, early in his career, the experience has been excellent.

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

Thesy Surface Author: Thesy Surface Posted: 08/10/2012 03:32 PM
Hey Guys,

Re: The "I have a hard time believing the first script you ever wrote made it to the finals" I can say that my screenplay was also the first screenplay I ever wrote and it made it to the finals. Sure, I'd written a TV pilot and some sketch comedy before but I think anything is possible and don't doubt that just cause you're a novice there might not be something there that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Anyway, being a Script Pipeline finalist was awesome, I have great traction going and OF COURSE it's not just about competitions and nothing is ever a guarantee that you will suddenly be making zillions of dollars for your scripts. But as far as contests go, Script Pipeline was the best and most serious about getting me hooked up with industry...

I also have a friend who was a TV finalist last year and she says they still help her out all the time and try to keep her connected to people who might be interested in reading her work.

What other competition keeps helping you out and caring about your career even a year after you were a finalist? Not many...so as far as I'm concerned, Script Pipeline rocks.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

James Jackson Author: James Jackson Posted: 08/10/2012 11:46 AM
It was a thrill to win this July's contest. Very quick turn around on the notes, thank you.

- Jim

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Francis Taylor Author: Francis Taylor Posted: 08/10/2012 11:07 AM
Good value, but not the biggest contest...

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

Tom Stein Author: Tom Stein Posted: 08/08/2012 09:18 PM
Thanks, Paul. Need all the fans I can get.

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

Tom Stein Author: Tom Stein Posted: 08/08/2012 09:15 PM
Thanks, Paul. Need all the fans I can get.

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

Tom Stein Author: Tom Stein Posted: 08/08/2012 08:51 PM
Paul, I don't recall saying anywhere that this was my first script. I think you are confusing me with other comments below. Also, if you look at the times, I was typing mine before yours got posted -- I never saw yours and was not directly responding to you, rather just the general conversation I saw here.

(if it matters to you, it was my second script, but I also have a prose background and other industry experience and contacts)

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

Tom Stein Author: Tom Stein Posted: 08/08/2012 08:33 PM
I was a finalist this year. I did not sign-up for any script consultation or any other paid service beyond the entry $$ for the contest. I was not able to attend their pitchfest due to prior commitments.

The most substantive thing I can say about this contest is that, within hours of their sending loglines out to their industry contacts I received read requests from a prominent management company and a ProdCo that had a major 2011 hit.

As for everything else, I have received good and clear communication from them, everything seemed professionally done, and I've have had one-on-one contact with the organizers and conversations about how they can continue to help and connect me with industry contacts based on the script that won and other and future scripts.

To the comments/complaints about how they treat, or don't treat, non-finalists, I don't know what to say. This was the first time I entered and I was a finalist. Others have said they received notification. But, honestly, who really cares? The measure of any contest is what they can do for those who do well. This contest has chosen to focus on a top 20, which seems reasonable to me as one of many ways to turn a contest and they do seem to do work for those based on what I have seen so far. But also guys, remember, if you expect a contest to make or break your career, I've got a great bridge in Iowa to sell you. They are a tool and they are subjective. There are plenty of contest winners across all contests who have never been heard from again and never will be. A legit and well run contest can help to get your script out there and be a way to get introductions and/or a way to separate yourself in future queries (the rest is up to you). This contest seems legit in that respect and worth it if you can make the finals.

Good luck to everyone.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

William Gammon Author: William Gammon Posted: 08/08/2012 05:34 PM
For those who advance in this contest, it's all good. For those who don't, there may be a good reason why and it may have nothing to do with your script. It maybe the ineptitude of the judge who read your script. I always pay the extra for judge's feedback because that tells me as much about the judge (and maybe the contest) as it tells me about my script. If the judge who read and gave notes on my script this year did more than skim the script, I'd be surprised. There were egregious errors (I'm not talking about the subjective stuff, I can't fault that because it's opinion). I'm talking about a judge who didn't even get the main character's name right and it went downhill from there. There were actually errors about what happened in the script. I suspect my placement in the contest was based on that judge's input and according to that judge, my script would be more effective as toilet paper. Since my script has quartered, semi'd and twice made it down to the last finalists in other prestigious contests, I know it's strengths and this judge bunked all of them. To Scriptapalooza's credit, when I pointed the shortcoming in the feedback to Mark Andrusko, he gave me replacement coverage. BIG KUDOS FOR THAT! The difference in the coverage and the scores was day and night and only served to point out what a hack the first judge was. I doubt the replacement coverage was used to determine my placement in the contest, however. C'est la vie.

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

Ralph Stein Author: Ralph Stein Posted: 08/08/2012 03:55 PM
Geno:

The simple reality is, if you don't make the top twenty, (from what has been said on these threads again and again) is you don't receive notification letting you know you didn't make the cut. Haven't entered another contest in 16 years that didn't at least tell you you hadn't won, either via email or letter. Doesn't seem fair considering the cost to enter for contestants, versus the costs to hire a college kid to send out an email relating this information to all its entrants. This seems to be the common theme of those reporting here that weren't in the top 20. The focus seems more geared towards promotion of those who did make the top 20 - whose obvious stumping for this contest you'll find here (in my personal opinion anyway - that's all this post is), that and the founders selling/promoting their script consultations whenever possible. Take this as one man's opinion, but business is business... esp. with this contest. I've entered and won, placed and shown in many contests over the 17 years I've been writing and never in all those years have I ever gotten the vibe from any of the contests, that they were out for themselves, as opposed to the writers who enter them than with this contest. This is my personal opinion after numerous phone calls and email exchanges with this contest's personnel. Trust me, I don't make any money posting anything negative about a contest I would never enter again after a bad experience with them; I just choose my First Amendment right to let others know about it before they spend their hard-earned money on it when I think you can do much better with contests like PAGE and Creative World, two of the best and most professionally run contests out there. Guaranteed their deadlines will be met and email notifications will go out regardless of whether you win or lose and you won't feel fleeced like I did. The real telltale sign for me, was when I was informed that one of their top 20 finalists (the year I entered), was a "writer who;d entered their very first screenplay written." Really dudes? Never happen in a million years. Oh, by the way, she bought screenplay consultation services from them. I guess that's what put her over the top over all the other seasoned writers, who've written dozens of screenplays and won contests who entered. Yeah, must of been that... Again, this is all pure speculation on my part and sheer opinion, so please draw your own conclusions.

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Victor Cummings Author: Victor Cummings Posted: 08/07/2012 07:58 PM
I am so happy to have won grand prize. Prize money was not large, but paid in a timely manner. It is really not the responsibility of a contest to promote you as a writer, but I was given some nifty prizes that did indeed give me several toes in the door. I've gotten quite a few reads, and though I haven't found management or an agent yet, there has been interest that I simply need to follow through with. The query service from Venice Arts is a service that I found very useful. I've gotten quite a few reads from that. The logline service and Inktip service given free are also very helpful. I received two of those nice certificates, because of the win in two categories.

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

jessica st. james Author: jessica st. james Posted: 08/07/2012 06:21 PM
I've had a great experience with Script Pipeline. Everyone has been very professional and extremely helpful. I never post comments on websites, but they have really gone above and beyond to help me further my writing career.

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

alasdair mcmullan Author: alasdair mcmullan Posted: 08/07/2012 04:03 PM
Very professionally run. They keep in close contact and really care. Entering this contest is definitely a good experience.

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

Jason Vaughn Author: Jason Vaughn Posted: 08/07/2012 01:48 AM
I can't compare Script Pipeline's contest to any others because I've never entered any other screenwriting contests. What I can say is that this one has already connected me to people I surely wouldn't have met on my own, and that the help I've gotten has been extremely valuable.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

David Susskind Author: David Susskind Posted: 08/03/2012 07:03 AM
Very helpful contest staff. Thanks Tess!

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Contest: Eddie Bauer Jr. [Post New Comment re: Eddie Bauer Jr. ]

Edward Lee Cornett Author: Edward Lee Cornett Posted: 08/03/2012 02:32 AM
Did get several calls and emails. But no listing of winning scripts. Asked if I was attending Gala event. Contest is a bit disorganized. Still waiting for something other being told was in top 10 scripts.

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Contest: Eddie Bauer Jr. [Post New Comment re: Eddie Bauer Jr. ]

Joe Wilson Author: Joe Wilson Posted: 08/01/2012 04:43 PM
No feedback. No posted list of winners. No nothing.

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Contest: Table Read[Post New Comment re: Table Read]

Jenna Higgins Author: Jenna Higgins Posted: 07/30/2012 02:52 PM
We're proud to promote Table Read My Screenplay! This contest is one of the top. :) International Screenwriter's Association www.NetworkISA.org

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Jon Christopher Author: Jon Christopher Posted: 07/28/2012 11:03 PM
Caveat Emptor (buyer beware).I would advise any and all would-be entrants to reconsider and submit your work elsewhere.

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Contest: Cynosure [Post New Comment re: Cynosure ]

Michael Edwards Author: Michael Edwards Posted: 07/28/2012 08:16 PM
I did not win the Cynosure contest, but the comments made by the reader were right on. I rewrote my screenplay THE BLUE ROOM and wrote another one ROUGHNECKS! Where did I enter both scripts? Where I could get a fair shake, CYNOSURE. Besides I want to know which is the best. I have a bet with a writer friend.

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

Michael Edwards Author: Michael Edwards Posted: 07/28/2012 08:06 PM
after entering the contest I received an email that that confirmed my entry. Thank you I wish all contests did this. It;s my hard earned money that I've sent and I like to know that my script survived the US mail.

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

Hal Harris Author: Hal Harris Posted: 07/28/2012 02:55 PM
I agree with most of what is being said here about the comments made by the readers. I’ve had the same maddening situation where the two opinions of one script were diametrically opposed to each other. Still, I did manage to get some good information out of the fluff. But what I really notice is that the commentary quickly spirals into a soapbox for these (I assume mainly fresh out of school) readers to “tell you what they know.” I feel that hurts the objectivity because they are then on the lookout for any excuse to expound on something they consider to be their strong points. It’s all opinion, some a little more educated than others, but all subjective.

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Nelson Bagsby Author: Nelson Bagsby Posted: 07/28/2012 09:54 AM
This is a topnotch contest with quick feedback. The critiques they offer are extremely helpful and presented in a complimentary way, encouraging writers to get back to the "rewriting" board. I would not be surprised if it soon finds its place among the biggies.

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

Joe Wilson Author: Joe Wilson Posted: 07/26/2012 12:56 PM
Let me pose a possible reason for BlueCat refusing to evaluate scripts that won other contests: They don't want to look bad when you know you have a great script and their readers trash you. I don't know that to be a fact, but it does seem very plausible, especially if you read the other comments.

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

Geno Scala Author: Geno Scala Posted: 07/26/2012 07:55 AM
Not sure how a script that won two previous mid-level contests, couldn't place in the top 664. Very confusing...

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

Geno Scala Author: Geno Scala Posted: 07/26/2012 07:51 AM
I was also very pleased with the operation of this contest. I was notified along the way, at every stage of the judging, and they promoted the winners significantly, afterward. I'll be entering again next year, for sure!

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

Geno Scala Author: Geno Scala Posted: 07/26/2012 07:47 AM
I'm surprised by some earlier comments. I was notified very consistantly, all along the way. I received emails with links to the announcements, and a phone call when I made top 20. I've already had my consultation with one of their writers (part of the prize for all placements). Winners to be named in August, and while I don't expect to win, I was pleased with the attention and the professionalism of the contest (does anybody ever really "slam" a contest that they do well in? I doubt it!). I believe strongly that if you contact the folks who run the comp, they'll explain what may or may not have happened and try to make it right for you. They're very cool people.

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

Geno Scala Author: Geno Scala Posted: 07/26/2012 07:39 AM
I'm somewhat disappointed @ Blue Cat. Wouldn't take my last submission because it had "previously won certain other contest(s)". I double-checked and wrote back to them, and the confirmed that this is their rule (found it among the rules of the competition). I can understand if it had previously won Blue Cat, but another contest? Strange...

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

George Covic Author: George Covic Posted: 07/25/2012 07:10 PM
I entered the BlueCat Short contest and like the other comments, questioned the feedback. My short placed and won in other contests so I was hoping at least to make the first round since it had somewhat of track record but like all contests you're at the mercy of the reader no matter how well written, how creative the concept or if anyone else thinks it's good. Like Paul, if you have a non commercial, quirky, arty, indy story it might do well. If you have anything remotely marketable forget it.

A good judge of any contest is to see what has happened to the past winners. Did they ever sell their script, get representation, or have their movie made? If it's a no to any of these questions, then what's the point? Unless you're just doing it for the prize money. I'm learning to stick to the contests that have some influence in Hollywood and forget about the rest.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Ben Gibson Author: Ben Gibson Posted: 07/19/2012 07:16 AM
Good times! :-)

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Contest: Script Pipeline Movie Idea[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline Movie Idea]

Shane Free Author: Shane Free Posted: 07/18/2012 02:04 AM
I am loving every minute working with script pipeline on my winning concept from the Great Idea Movie Competition. Their passion for the business and drive to advance my idea to the next level is encouraging and exciting. I highly recommend getting involved with Script Pipeline.

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

Glenn McGee Author: Glenn McGee Posted: 07/17/2012 04:21 PM
Similar to other posted comments I too was taken back a bit between the two reviews I received being that elements one person praised the other review pointed out as needing work in several instances. With the abundance of items to critique it was probably coincidental that they commented on the sames things. It does reinforces to me that everything is subjective and that while some people want back story and layered characters other peeps doing coverage are overly concerned with formulaic structure. FYI the previous coverage for my script had 80 per cent worth of comments I used to complete a second draft. I might use 10 per cent of comments for revisions from the two Bluecat reviews. I agree these folks lean towards the quirky non-commercial and if I were them I wouldn't highlight "Balls Out" which is a terrible movie by a past winner whereas Gordy's "Love Liza" I thought was superb.

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

DJ Cook Author: DJ Cook Posted: 07/17/2012 03:27 AM
Most impressed by the dedication of the PAGE International team in keeping entrants informed regarding contest developments.

I placed in the second round and received an e-mail informing of this. This was a pleasant courtesy as I did not expect to hear anything until the quarter-final results were posted.

Unfortunately, I did not progress to the quarter-finals as I hoped for. However, in announcing the results the organisers gave words of encouragement to those who didn't make the grade, stating that screenwriting is an 'extremely competitive and subjective business' and to keep on writing!

My overall impression was of a well-organised contest with nothing but utmost respect and enthusiasm for the material they receive and the writers who submit it. Recommended.

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Contest: Shore Scripts[Post New Comment re: Shore Scripts]

Max Sidely Author: Max Sidely Posted: 07/12/2012 03:57 AM
I didn't get shortlisted but they answered all of my questions within the same day which was great. Seem very organized. Good new competition.

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

Joe Wilson Author: Joe Wilson Posted: 07/11/2012 04:35 PM
Later the same day that I posted that I had not received my feedback, my script reviews came back. Script # 1: Both readers appeared to have read the entire scripts. Comments about the script were good overall. However, one reader thought I should change the ending, and the other loved it! Script # 2: Neither reader appeared to have read the entire script. They appeared to have read only the first half. Suggestions given were not useful, but the areas that were indicated helped me to make improvements (even though the reviewer's ideas were not beneficial). None of the four readers gave any indication of what kind of score I would have received.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Tess Niccol Author: Tess Niccol Posted: 07/11/2012 11:21 AM
Great experience. Thanks for your help Tess.

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Contest: Shore Scripts[Post New Comment re: Shore Scripts]

Bev Chelmsford Author: Bev Chelmsford Posted: 07/09/2012 09:31 AM
Found these people helpful and courteous and their results were on time. Good to see a decent contest starting up in the UK.

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Michael Coady Author: Michael Coady Posted: 07/08/2012 04:40 PM
As the Grand Prize winner of the 2012 April/May Three Lines Or Less contest, I have to say I'm very pleased with the exposure they offer the finalists. Script Express (a prize award from Sell A Script) sent out query letters of my script Devil's Pass to over a hundred industry pros. I've received several requests to read the script as well as the chance to pitch other scripts to Morgan Creek Productions. For the cost of entering ($10), the pay-off was well worth the price of admission.

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Contest: Roswell[Post New Comment re: Roswell]

Don Emigholz Author: Don Emigholz Posted: 07/08/2012 12:07 AM
I paid my $40 dollars and the contest put up some post pictures but I cannot get any info out of the web site. They posted who would be invited to make the short "Shoot out" films but no word if any of them finished on time or if there was an overall winner, nothing. I posted on Face book; just short and simple pleas for info but no reply.

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

Joe Wilson Author: Joe Wilson Posted: 07/07/2012 11:52 AM
I entered two screenplays on June 15, 2012, the first deadline given. The contest material claims that the analyses submitted by that date will be provided by June 25, 2012, and the analyses still haven't arrived (as of July 7, 2012). I have emailed and called, yet there has been no response. Draw your own conclusions about this "contest".

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Ed Sennet Author: Ed Sennet Posted: 07/04/2012 01:36 PM
Two thumbs up. I had no complaints.

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Contest: L.A. Film & Script[Post New Comment re: L.A. Film & Script]

Michael Hughes Author: Michael Hughes Posted: 07/04/2012 04:14 AM
Don't send any money to this one, either, because they don't even respond with an acknowledgement. It's another rip off, like a lot of these contests are.

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Contest: L.A. Cinema Film Fest[Post New Comment re: L.A. Cinema Film Fest]

Michael Hughes Author: Michael Hughes Posted: 07/04/2012 04:12 AM
A total rip off. Send them money and never hear anything back at all.

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

Michael Hughes Author: Michael Hughes Posted: 07/04/2012 03:40 AM
Not recommended. I paid them $50 and never heard back anything at all, not even an acknowledgement of having paid.

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/03/2012 01:01 PM
And back at you!

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

Danielle Barros Author: Danielle Barros Posted: 07/03/2012 11:22 AM
Hey Philip,

Thanks for the link -- and congrats!!

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Contest: Big Bear[Post New Comment re: Big Bear]

Amy Bailey Author: Amy Bailey Posted: 07/02/2012 01:15 PM
I think the fact that Big Bear gives you three (count them three) readers is more than fair. We all have days when everything we eat tastes bad - and everything we read is like a fly we want to swat. Readers are only human. I got an email saying I made it to the next round with the three different readers' comments and scorecards attached. Two of the readers loved my comedy script and thought it was the funniest thing they ever read - but the other didn't like it at all. But because there were three readers I was able to move forward. But I'm sure it does happen that all three readers are having a bad day - so if there isn't a consensus of what to change - then shrug it off. If you do see a specific critism popping up over and over again - then take it as a Blessing from God - and tweak your script. Even the best most polished screenplay can be made better through careful, slight, and surgical improvements.

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/02/2012 08:40 AM
Apologies for the multiple posts. Don't know what happened there.

The semifinals are up: http://www.fadeinonline.com/Contests/2012_SWA_Semi.html

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/30/2012 04:20 PM
Sorry, they didn't indicate Twitter. Just that they're trying to find a way to deliver the results. Might I be so radical as to suggest: e-mail?

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/30/2012 04:15 PM
Sorry, they didn't indicate Twitter. Just that they're trying to find a way to deliver the results. Might I be so radical as to suggest: e-mail?

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/30/2012 04:00 PM
Sorry, they didn't indicate Twitter. Just that they're trying to find a way to deliver the results. Might I be so radical as to suggest: e-mail?

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/30/2012 03:41 PM
Here's the contest Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/#!/fadeinawards

They just posted the website cannot be updated until Monday because the webmaster's wife went into labor.

If they can figure it out, they'll post on Twitter.

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

Todd Gordon Author: Todd Gordon Posted: 06/29/2012 09:21 AM
Just to echo others, I received very thorough and insightful comments, both positive and negative, on my score card.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Emma Thaxted Author: Emma Thaxted Posted: 06/26/2012 11:55 AM
They were a bit late with the feedback (apparently it went into the spam folder), so they gave me a free upgrade to a 5 page script consult. That's cool.

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

Todd Gordon Author: Todd Gordon Posted: 06/26/2012 09:22 AM
For what it's worth, I received two very detailed, insightful and thorough sets of comments pointing out many issues I struggled with and many that hadn't occurred to me. It's clear that both readers read my script very carefully.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Hal Harris Author: Hal Harris Posted: 06/21/2012 03:22 PM
Just for balance here, if you are considering this contest, do read all the comments.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Nkki Koenig Author: Nkki Koenig Posted: 06/20/2012 04:17 PM
OMG! Real people, not robots. :-) Thanks Ellie and Lisa.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Sarah Walker Author: Sarah Walker Posted: 06/18/2012 06:36 PM
I wasn't sure about entering this contest so, like anyone entering a sscreenwriting competition, I checked on here and found it to be a fifty fifty risk. I took a risk and entered the competition for the first ten pages of the script. I got feedback as promised, I got other other people to read the feedback and to read what I entered; I wanted to give an unbiased opinion of the competition. The overall feedback was "don't enter this competition". The feedback was amateur at best and they clearly did NOT read the script. If I was to guess, they probably skimmed the script to pick up character names and used the logline to write BS feedback. Their fatal mistake was to tell me the main character is a scientist when it states clearly, with no room for interpretation, that the character is a student in two places in the script. However, that wasn't the only mistake they made, but I won't go into details. If there is one thing I've learned from the feedback, it is where to set the bar for idiot. If they're not reading the script properly, then they're not giving you a genuine opinion. If you're thinking of entering then think twice. But ultimately it's your decision, and if you choose to enter I hope you get a better experience than I did.

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Contest: Los Angeles Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Los Angeles Screenplay]

Michael Hughes Author: Michael Hughes Posted: 06/18/2012 03:06 PM
They sent a friendly acknowledgment, which is more than some of them do.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Michael Hughes Author: Michael Hughes Posted: 06/18/2012 02:33 PM
I have no complaints about this one. They acknowledged my submission promptly and even had some useful comments and ideas about a log line.

I'm nothing if not a realist and I understand that it would be a Biblical miracle to actually have a movie made, that it would be the same odds as getting struck by a meteorite, but it's always nice to get some encouraging comments.

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Contest: Shore Scripts[Post New Comment re: Shore Scripts]

Michael Hughes Author: Michael Hughes Posted: 06/18/2012 02:17 PM
A real waste of money. Not even a line of feedback and just a spam mail notification.

Avoid this one.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Tim Holloway Author: Tim Holloway Posted: 06/14/2012 02:54 PM
Thanks for the memories Ellie! :-) Great contest.

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Amy Bailey Author: Amy Bailey Posted: 06/13/2012 11:38 AM
This was the greatest thing. I was able to start-to-finish complete the first draft of one screen play last year in July. It really motivated me to push through, then I was able to edit this same script into a multiple contest winner later.

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

Amy Bailey Author: Amy Bailey Posted: 06/13/2012 10:55 AM
I read the wonderful article on the Moondance Film Festival website called "Two Brads or Three" and emailed the contest director with a question about payment through Withoutabox. And she answered me promptly and with warmth and thorough information. This is a very prestigious contest and I really feel like my money is well spent.

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Frank Lozanski Author: Frank Lozanski Posted: 06/12/2012 11:03 AM
I am a finalist in the April / May competition (4th place) and must say that I am very impressed.

What caught my interest was two things; the premise of a Logline Competition and that it was bi-monthly so that you did not have to wait for months (as screenplay competitions typically run) to get any feedback. Although I believe you need to have an actual screenplay to back up your logline (need a WGA number to register), nevertheless I think that it is an innovative venue to discover if the premise of your script has any merit. In addition, I found Jared to be very professional, thorough and quick to answer any questions that I had.

For 4th place finish I received a free one year membership to the Script Pipeline's Writer's Database ($100.00 value), a one hour free consultation to ask any questions about the industry and scripts etc., and free entry into one of their contests. So, not bad for a $10.00 investment!

Finally, Jared has sent out the finalist's loglines to industry professionals, so you never know where that could lead.

I highly recommend this contest.

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Hal Harris Author: Hal Harris Posted: 06/12/2012 09:49 AM
I won May’s runner-up for my script "Equilateral Angles." The notes were very well done. Great experience.

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Susan Turner Author: Susan Turner Posted: 06/10/2012 04:52 PM
I cannot locate the link for HBO's contest for the latino shortfilm screenwriters contest for this year. I believe the deadline was June 20, 2012. PLEASE post it here if anyone knows it! Thanks!

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Chris Marshall Author: Chris Marshall Posted: 06/08/2012 08:59 AM
Great back up contest to the majors. The feedback option for $69 actually gave me a lot of re-write ideas. Good value.

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Contest: Stage 32/Happy Writers Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Stage 32/Happy Writers Screenplay]

Benji Smith Author: Benji Smith Posted: 06/05/2012 10:15 AM
I was tickled five different shades of pink when I placed first in this contest last year, and I will definitely being submitting again. Joey and the team of Happy Writers give tough but encouraging notes because they want the same thing the writer wants, the strongest script possible. I have been using their services for over a year, and will continue to do so. I have recommended them to others and they come away feeling just as pleased as I do when they get their notes.

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Thomas Cook Author: Thomas Cook Posted: 06/04/2012 11:27 PM
I was hoping for some great coverage from ScriptVamp - and they did not disappoint! When I landed 9th place (out of roughly 100 submissions) in the Horror/Thriller genre with HIS FOR THE TAKING, I was very excited!

Thanks for great coverage, timely feedback and a nice overall finish. I'm already a repeat customer - have since entered a short in their Dream Quest Short contest.

Thanks SV Team!

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

Ralph Stein Author: Ralph Stein Posted: 06/03/2012 11:26 AM
Basil:

You're not the only one who noticed the fact that you pay a good deal of money and receive no notification of anything unless you're the top 20. If I hired a couple of college kids, I could have them bang out a bunch of polite rejection emails for a few hundred dollars cost to the contest and keep contestants happy instead of the majority figuring this out the hard way. All you have to do is count the number of entries, multiply by the number of contestants and know that this contest is a very productive experience - for its founders.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Seb Hauser Author: Seb Hauser Posted: 05/29/2012 10:30 PM
These guys really look to find winning scripts. Gave me tons of feedback. Hope mine makes it!

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

Craig Bottrell Author: Craig Bottrell Posted: 05/28/2012 02:34 AM
Thanks Danielle. And back atcha!

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

Danielle Barros Author: Danielle Barros Posted: 05/28/2012 02:00 AM
Hey Craig,

Looks like the SF will be announced on June 30th. Good luck!!

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Baz Henricks Author: Baz Henricks Posted: 05/22/2012 11:18 AM
Thanks for the feedback Ellie! If I make all the changes next time do I win? Great contest. I'll be back!

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

Craig Bottrell Author: Craig Bottrell Posted: 05/21/2012 06:29 PM
Anyone have an idea when the semi-finalists are being announced???

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Marc Calderwood Author: Marc Calderwood Posted: 05/17/2012 04:06 PM
I rate ScriptVamp in the Top 3 of all the contests I've entered ... and I've entered many. I'm giving SV high marks for the manner in which they run their competition; professional but friendly to the writer. They meet their deadlines (In an industry that constantly rags on writers to be professional, it's inexcusable to miss deadlines and keep writers hanging). The folks at SV are very friendly and never give you the feeling that you're not important to them or their business. Though they are not the biggest money contest on the block, they have other fine prizes and contacts within the industry to help writers succeed. Good job SV and thanks so much.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Cory Goerke Author: Cory Goerke Posted: 05/17/2012 08:55 AM
I am the winner of WMC28 and cannot praise this contest enough. For me, the thing that stands out about this contest above others is the way they help you develop your script after you win. Winning a contest is great, but that doesn't mean it's studio ready. Alex and the folks at writemovies.com really go above and beyond the expectations to make sure you're ready for the next step. Unlike other contest that just simply submit your script with no further advice. Can't wait to get out to L.A. for the luncheon. Hands down, This contest gives you the most for your money. Period.

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Tina Howe Author: Tina Howe Posted: 05/15/2012 08:50 PM
This is the best contest I've entered so far. The feedback was very constructive and I found little to disagree with. It was very helpful in making my resubmission stronger, and it was a winner, so that says a lot. Keep it up, ScriptVamp - I'll be back!

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Andrew A Golden Author: Andrew A Golden Posted: 05/15/2012 09:25 AM
Received 11 pages of detailed notes on my script! Loads of good ideas, some not where I want to go. This is like going to film school. They say I have another four consults on tap then they will send the script out to a bunch of agents and producers... Fingers crossed.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Jon Henlie Author: Jon Henlie Posted: 05/15/2012 08:40 AM
You are right, they should probably list the top three at least. I got a confirmation letter though. Check your spam folder? That's where I found it. Otherwise I had no complaints.

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quentin batten Author: quentin batten Posted: 05/11/2012 09:27 PM
My first script "Lilly Of The Wood" placed 10th as a finalist in ScriptVamps feature Horror/Thriller genre for 2011. I was beyond impressed with the coverage -- very timely, fair, intuitive and professional. You can tell the script was read in depth. So happy to have been recognized. And, I hope to return.

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

Clint Williams Author: Clint Williams Posted: 05/10/2012 11:02 AM
We found the score card and feedback very useful. The comments were thoughtful and detailed. Someone clearly spent time giving the screenplay a careful read. And that is all you can hope for, isn't it?

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Hal Harris Author: Hal Harris Posted: 05/10/2012 09:45 AM
It’s hard to say whether my experience with this contest was good or bad, it was an utter black hole. I received no confirmation my script had actually reached them (I know the payment did), and saw no further information other than the winner announced on their website. I would think the very least they would do is list their top five finalists.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Geno Scala Author: Geno Scala Posted: 05/09/2012 10:17 AM
I entered 2/14/12, never heard a thing. Not on the winner's list, so I assume I didn't, but never heard anything from them either way. Not real professional in my book. Congratulations to those who did well, though. Btw, those who posted positive comments? No profiles available for any of them. Makes one wonder about the validity even more so...

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Andrew Golden Author: Andrew Golden Posted: 05/08/2012 11:39 AM
Woohoo! I won AEX. Will give you guys feedback on the contest as I go through the process.

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Contest: L.A. Shorts[Post New Comment re: L.A. Shorts]

Don Emigholz Author: Don Emigholz Posted: 05/08/2012 02:41 AM
About the screen writers contest for "Short comedy screenplay", the winner for plays less than 10 min. put out a trailer just before the contest that had everyone in costume of almost 6 min. The funny thing was it was about silent movie actors so I think it had very little dialogue? Why didn’t they just make the movie!?!? Now I know it is a publicity contest not a screenplay contest.

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

Brent Spencer Author: Brent Spencer Posted: 05/03/2012 11:12 AM
A talented, vibrant group. Well-run contest. They give excellent coverage notes to the winners.

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CarrieAnn Lee Author: CarrieAnn Lee Posted: 05/02/2012 10:06 PM
I received an email from them last Thursday in regards to who the semi-finalists are. Good Luck to you Anna!

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

neil rabandt Author: neil rabandt Posted: 05/01/2012 12:18 PM
Cool! 6 pitch meetings in one week. Love you guys!

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Contest: Act One[Post New Comment re: Act One]

Chris Dalton Author: Chris Dalton Posted: 04/27/2012 01:34 PM
Submit your scripts today! This is a great competition with a $5000 prize and industry contacts for the winner!

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Anna Steele Author: Anna Steele Posted: 04/24/2012 11:47 PM
The writer's conference is coming up in a week. Has anyone heard anything back from them yet? I keep checking their website and they still haven't listed any finalists or anything . . .

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Contest: Stage 32/Happy Writers Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Stage 32/Happy Writers Screenplay]

Mike Panding Author: Mike Panding Posted: 04/24/2012 09:05 PM
I have submitted to a number of contests before and this was a great experience. Joey was very thorough with his notes and I can already tell they will make a huge difference in my next polish on my script. It was clear that my WHOLE script was read. Joey was extremely professional and was always eager to answer any questions. He was beyond helpful. This is one contest that I will be surely submitting to again!

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Aaron Robinson Author: Aaron Robinson Posted: 04/24/2012 04:32 PM
Great contest! Thanks to the lovely Ellie for steering me through the process.

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