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Message Date Posted: 09/20/2017 2:45 PM (3 of 3)

steven tenney View This Topic How many screenwriting contests are there?

I wonder if anyone has calculated how many screenplay contests are out there? And how much money have they raked in with just entry fees alone, not including feedback fees? Just looking at this site there are tons of contests here. They seem to be multiplying like rabbits. And, of course, how many of them are honorable and not bordering on outright scams?

All I can say is, buyer beware!


Message Date Posted: 06/10/2017 8:33 AM (2 of 3)

steven tenney View This Topic Script Advice! Wonder Woman, Script , Movie, lesson learned

We saw Wonder Woman last night. We both liked it very much. It was a great mixture of ancient mythology and early twentieth
century world war one history. The dialogue was very well written, especially the character interchange between Gal Gadot (as Wonder Woman) and Chris Pine as the WW1 pilot/spy. Well worth seeing.


Message Date Posted: 06/05/2017 10:35 AM (1 of 3)

steven tenney View This Topic MY SCRIPT ADVICE TO YOU

I wonder if anyone has actually calculated the chances for any amatuer having their screenplay actually bought and produced when entering any screenplay contest. Even if you are lucky enough to become a finalist in Nichols, Page and the countless other contests, if seems your chances of making it to the big time are very, very slim. But the Contest Industry are more then happy to take our money and dangle an imaginary carrot in our faces, luring us in with our dreams of seeing our story up on the movie screen.

Basically we need to stop deluded ourselves and admit that we really are all just "hobby" screenwriters and that we're willing to shell out our hard earned cash to support our hobbies. When we do make the quarter finals, semi finals or even finals of a contest, we need to realize that, as we used to say in the Navy, "with that accolade and four dollars you might be able to buy a good beer."

Sure it sounds good to brag "Hey, I was a quarter finalist with Page." at cocktail parties. But Whoppety doo-doo! But please realize it probably won't get you a paying gig in Tinsel Town.

Even Oscar winning screenwriters like Charlie Kaufman can't get a script produced these days. So what chance do we have?