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Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum Screenwriting Contest

WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

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P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

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Email: Click here

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Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
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Objective

To open doors to provide access to Hollywood. The Forum plans to leverage the experience of President Ken Miyamoto, formerly of Sony Pictures, and current paid screenwriter with Lionsgate, to benefit its members.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

Open to feature length submissions only, which generally speaking, means between 80-130 pages.

All submissions must be written in industry format, preferably using screenwriting software like Final Draft and Movie Magic.

All submission must be saved and sent in PDF format! We will not be accepting hard copies of scripts (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis). PDF format is the industry standard, so you just have to get used to it. All of the screenwriting software programs allow you to save as a PDF/Adobe file.

All submissions are to be kept anonymous, meaning that there should be no identifying information on any part of your script. The title page should have the title of your script only. No name and no contact information of any kind. The person who processes your email submission will keep the necessary records and will not be a part of the judging.

Send your submissions to the following email address with a PDF file of your screenplay attached. In the base of the email, please offer your contact information and a short synopsis of your screenplay. Again, make sure that your PDF copy of your script DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY NAME OR CONTACT INFO.

Email submissions to: secretary@wiscreenwritersforum.org

Awards

The Grand Prize will consist of an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Annual Screenwriting Expo in October, 2011, including airfare, Full Access Golden Pass Conference Registration, meals, lodging, and a one year subscription to CREATIVE SCREENWRITING magazine.* YOUR chance to attend one of the most important annual events for aspiring screenwriters.

The Four Runner-up Prizes will consist of a Screenwriting Expo Basic Pass (still working on a possible second option if writers can't make it to the Expo), a year's subscription to CREATIVE SCREENWRITING magazine, and invaluable feedback from the mock industry meetings and the celebrity judge.

*Cash outlay not to exceed $1500. Should the Grand Prize winner choose not to attend the Expo the First runner up will receive the trip. The author of the winning script will, in this case, be provided registration fee support for screenwriting contests.

WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum Brings Hollywood to its members

The Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum is kicking off a new season with a new president and a new focus. The leader of the screenwriting group, based in Madison, WI., is Ken Miyamoto, a former Sony Pictures script reader/story analyst and paid screenwriter. Miyamoto knows that Hollywood needs new talent but doesn't always know where to look. He's hyped and well-equipped to provide the necessary assist.

"I've read hundreds of scripts during my days in development at Sony, and currently as a reader/judge for the Creative Screenwriting Magazine's international screenwriting contests. And from that experience, I've learned that there are talented writers from all over the world&not just in Hollywood," said Miyamoto. "I'd like to remove the geographical boundaries. The Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum plans to hone writer's art and craft of screenwriting through education, training, networking, mentorship and overall unity with one goal in mind: to see our dreams come true in a theater near you."

Miyamoto signed a deal with Lionsgate Films and shares his film industry knowledge via the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum, an online mentorship program at www.screenplayas.com, and in previous classes he teaches through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum consists of 110 members located throughout the U.S and beyond. The WSF is a non-profit organization formed in 1982 and is known as one of the first organizations of its kind, and pioneer of one of the first national screenwriting competitions. Founder Christine DeSmet and dedicated volunteers fuel the organization.

October marks the beginning of a new membership year. The $50 membership fee includes an online forum set up to exchange ideas, monthly membership meetings on the UW-Madison campus and shared access to industry tools such as IMDBPro.com and Variety.

Miyamoto encourages interested TV and film writers at all levels to join. Novice writers attend meetings along with published authors, film students, high school students, and professionals employed in the film industry. "We want to enrich our members through our contests, workshops, meetings, and contact lists. A new and much improved website will debut this fall. We also plan to provide screenwriters with up-to-date guidelines and expectations of the film industry," said Miyamoto. "Let us gather together all who linger outside the walls of studios and production offices, hone our skills and break through those walls."

Membership in the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum also provides access to The Wisconsin Screenwriting Experience, an industry-level writing competition. Feature-length submissions are now being accepted. A firm deadline of October 15th has been set. Submissions will undergo the scrutiny a screenwriter may expect from Hollywood studios, producers, agents, managers, and readers.

The top 5 semifinalists will be selected by November 15th and will be invited to a decision makers meeting. The process mirrors the film industry experience and will aid in the selection of the best writers to represent the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum. The top 5 semifinalists' scripts will be sponsored by the Forum for one year, receiving assistance with rewrites, feedback, and help marketing their scripts. The top 3 scripts will be sent to a celebrity judge, soon to be named.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $1,000
  • listing in Inktip, a publication mailed to nearly 4,500 entertainment professionals and Emailed to thousands more.
  • one year subscription to the Creative Screenwriting Magazine.
Learn more about the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum at www.wiscreenwritersforum.org. The next two monthly meetings in Madison are set for Wednesday, October 7th and Wednesday, November 4th. Milwaukee area members are invited to contact Lynnanne Huber at Lynnanne@alum.mit.edu.

Updated: 10/01/2009
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WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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