Robert retired early from a lucrative job in '98 to follow a life's dream to write full time. Since then his 10 screenplays, 3 stage plays, 2 novels and 2 non-fiction books finished as finalist or better in over 120 festival, stage, book and screenplay competitions around the world since retiring. These placements include novel successes in Faulkner/Wisdom Creative Writing contest, Norumbego Fiction Award, Chesterfield, Writer's Network, Dana Awards, Frontiers in Writing, SFWP (Santa Fe), etc. The screenplays alone have won 16 competitions such as Spirit Quest, Garden State, Woodshole and Queens FF s, Fade In Magazine, Telluride, etc., and finished 2nd place in 13 others. His stage plays have won reading series promotions at Abingdon Theatre in NYC and Ohio State University and won the stage play categories in the London Film Awards and American Movie Awards. He taught screenwriting 101 at the local community college and was one of the Temple University judges for the Freese Award screenwriting competition. Website: www.rgately.com.