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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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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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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

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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)
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

Greg DePaul: Bride Wars screenwriter's unconventional dual career path

Greg DePaul is celebrity judge for Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum contest

By Lora Hyler

Greg DePaul recently learned he was accepted into the New Jersey Bar after completing his J.D. degree at Rutgers Law School in Newark, NJ. Perhaps it's a bit surprising that he's also an accomplished screenwriter whose work has made it to the big screen. His "Bride Wars" debuted in 2009 starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. He also co-penned "Saving Silverman" starring Steve Zahn and Jack Black. DePaul launched his screenwriting career after getting his master's in Fine Arts from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. One day, he woke up and realized he "wasn't going to make any money as a playwright" and decided to move to Los Angeles. After two years, he began to meet writers and producers and get his work read. About 10 years ago, he sold his first pitch - Clueless meets Alive - as he describes it, to New Line Studios.

While in L.A., DePaul met his writing partner, Hank Nelken. Their routine was to stay up all night drinking coffee, and spouting off crazy ideas. Several of those ideas were sold, attracting an agent. DePaul said he eventually broke up with his writing partner to get married: "Spending all our time together, writing, and double dating was just too weird," he laughed. DePaul had an opportunity to pitch a film idea directly to actress Kate Hudson, who loved it, leading to a sale to Miramax. The studio had previously passed, but came on board when Hudson was attached. That film pitch became "Bride Wars."

Miramax began having well-publicized troubles, and the property languished in "turn around." DePaul and his wife decided to start a family and moved to the east coast where DePaul decided to pursue his dream of law school.

His advice to writers?

DePaul seconds best selling author Nora Roberts' advice to anyone who wants to write: "Ass in chair." It's all about investing the time to write and write regularly. "You can't be a successful writer thinking the first script is the thing. You need to write a lot of them. It's like jogging. You're only a runner if you do it three or more times a week," said DePaul. "Same for writers."\

The screenwriter-lawyer champions the importance of writers dropping their introverted nature and learning the art of the pitch, and learning to do it well. A well liked script may lead to a meeting with producers and decision-makers. Always leave the room laughing; that was DePaul's meeting strategy. He said when decision makers like a writer and their ideas, they are more likely to consider them for future re-writes and assignment gigs.

"High concept is always helpful," said DePaul. "You have to totally examine your concept: how unique is it, desirability in the marketplace, what kind of audience, can you see it on a poster?"

DePaul assists budding screenwriters

DePaul is celebrity judge for the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum Screenwriting Experience designed to open doors for writers interested in a Hollywood career. President Ken Miyamoto asked DePaul to read the final three screenplays and pick the winner.

"I hope I can be helpful, provide feedback and respond to where they are artistically as a writer, and give salability and marketing feedback," said DePaul. One advantage of WSF membership is access to fellow writers, an asset DePaul calls "hugely important." The mutual support and feedback about what's working and what's not is invaluable. "Develop a reputation as a writer. Get in the habit of writing great scripts. Not just one time," he advised.

Current opportunities for writers

DePaul notes that writers can break into the film industry in various ways with the Internet as one option. "The best thing going on is A-listers are much more open to doing shorts, webisodes. Get Will Ferrell if you can."

DePaul is currently working with a Manhattan theater group and working on a screenplay. He also had the satisfaction of repping a screenwriter in negotiations with a studio for a movie due out next year titled "Win Win" starring Paul Giamatti. That screenwriter will share the "Story By" credit. DePaul said he is happy with his dual career path of screenwriting and law.

What drives him? "An incredible voracious desire for money," said DePaul, only half kidding.

Lora Hyler is the owner of Hyler Communications, a public relations and marketing company in Glendale, WI. (www.hylercommunications.com) She handles publicity campaigns for arts organizations, corporations and consumer product manufacturers. Hyler is also a budding screenwriter and handles publicity for the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum based in Madison, WI. Members from all over the world are welcome.

Updated: 11/18/2010
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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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