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I know about the major contests with deadlines in the spring (Nicholls, Austin, Disney etc.), but can anyone tell me if any of the 19(!) contests currently listed under this page's "Deadline Alert" section should not be missed? And if there's 19 contests with deadlines over the next 7 weeks, how many must there be over the course of a full year?! I would think with so many contests, the significance of winning anything but the most prestigious of them will be watered down to nothing. Maybe I'll save my entry fee(s), buy a bottle of nice champagne, and toast myself for refusing to be taken advantage of.
Having entered numerous competitions, including many of those you referenced, I can say that my experiences have been mostly positive ones, mainly because I wholeheartedly love the challenge.
If I were in your position, I would first submit my entry, then toast myself for having the courage to compete.
But if you're not into competing, then go the "Who's Buying What" route. Either way...
"The race is not to the swift, but to those who keep on running."
Well, uh, thanks Suzanne, but really I was asking if anyone had thoughts on which of the upcoming non-major contests are worthwhile, not whether to compete at all. You'll be happy to know I'm courageously competing in all the big ones. It's the smaller ones I need to budget my entry fees on.
Try the next Fantasy competition, for which the deadline is December 1. I received my script analysis today for the earlier competition,which was well worth the investment.
thanks, i will.
I also can recommend the TFI contest. Having entered the previous one I found it to be the best run of all I have entered in the past. Along with the great notes I received and the one on one help they gave (for free) when I didn't understand a concept as it pertained to my screenplay rewrite I would and am enter each of their contests.
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