Dealing with Critiques and Rewrites: Be Honest with Yourself

Except from Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script by Ann Marie Williams © 2019 A fundamental skill you need as a writer is the ability to be honest with yourself. No critique, including your own, will ever be as effective as it could … Continue reading Dealing with Critiques and Rewrites: Be Honest with Yourself

Screenplay Competitions Questionnaire: Which screenwriting competitions helped advance your writing career?

by Ann Marie Williams, author of Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script I've created this (totally unofficial) survey so that writers can share which screenwriting competitions helped move their careers forward (anything from having received a great written critique that helped you improve … Continue reading Screenplay Competitions Questionnaire: Which screenwriting competitions helped advance your writing career?

Dealing with Critiques: Unkind Critiques

Except from Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script by Ann Marie Williams © 2019 There is a difference between a constructive critique and an unkind critique. Just because someone points out problems in your script does not mean that he/she needs to be unkind. Critiques can be … Continue reading Dealing with Critiques: Unkind Critiques

Screenplay Competitions Survey: What types of scripts advance in which competitions?

by Ann Marie Williams, author of Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script To help discover which types of scripts (genre, tone, intended audience, MPAA rating, etc.) advance in which screenplay competitions, I've created a (totally unofficial) survey and I'd love your participation. If … Continue reading Screenplay Competitions Survey: What types of scripts advance in which competitions?

Ten Things To Do Prior to Entering a Screenplay Competition

by Ann Marie Williams author of Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script Entering screenwriting competitions takes time and money. And — if you enter the right script in the right competitions — the competition process can provide you with information that can help improve … Continue reading Ten Things To Do Prior to Entering a Screenplay Competition

Screenplay Competitions Survey – Initial Results

by Ann Marie Williams author of Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script Thank you to everyone who participated in the “Screenplay Competitions Survey” so far! Your answers are greatly appreciated! This is an ongoing survey (as competition results continue to pour in). So, … Continue reading Screenplay Competitions Survey – Initial Results

Analyzing Critiques: Dealing with Contradictory Critiques

When Contradictory Critiques Aren't Really Contradictory by Ann Marie Williams Critiques can be confusing. One person loved your script, while another person hated the very same script. What one person said was a totally pointless scene, another said was their favorite moment. What one reader felt was perfect pacing, another felt was all wrong.  Contradictory … Continue reading Analyzing Critiques: Dealing with Contradictory Critiques

The Cold Read: What do screenplay competition judges know about your script prior to reading it?

by Ann Marie Williams When you enter a screenplay competition, typically you'll be required to submit a logline (or short summary) of the script you're entering. However, while that logline is often used for administrative and/or promotional purposes, often your script's logline is never seen by the competition judges. Is this important for you, the … Continue reading The Cold Read: What do screenplay competition judges know about your script prior to reading it?

Why it’s important to write a stellar logline before entering script contests

by Ann Marie Williams Many screenwriting competitions require entrants to submit their script's logline when entering the competition.  However, with a few exceptions, that logline is not used as part of the judging process.  And this begs the question: if the judges never see your script’s logline, why is it important to ensure the logline … Continue reading Why it’s important to write a stellar logline before entering script contests