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

Writing Tips: The Differences Between Concept, Plot, Structure, Formatting, and Theme (and how they all interrelate)

In the writing world, you often hear terms like theme, concept, plot, structure, and formatting.  Each is important, and each affects the other. But there is little consistency in how they are defined.  Even David Trottier (author of The Screenwriter’s Bible) states that plot, structure, and story are often used interchangeably. In screenwriting contests, these … Continue reading Writing Tips: The Differences Between Concept, Plot, Structure, Formatting, and Theme (and how they all interrelate)

Ways to Analyze Critiques of Your Writing: Identify the True Source of the Problem

Reprinted (with slight modifications to fit the blog format) from Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script. Have you experienced this situation when reading a critique of your writing: The critic points to a moment in your story that he/she found unnecessary and suggests … Continue reading Ways to Analyze Critiques of Your Writing: Identify the True Source of the Problem

Reasons to Enter Screenwriting Contests Other Than Winning

Entering a screenwriting competition with the hope of winning is a great goal. After all, if a screenwriting career is what you’re after, then winning (or placing highly in) the right competition has the potential to move you further along that career path. Moreover, the competitions that have a track record of actually helping to … Continue reading Reasons to Enter Screenwriting Contests Other Than Winning

Screenplay Competition Research and Entry Templates

 In Section VII of Screenplay Competitions, I include three templates: The Competition TemplateThe Competition Round TemplateThe Submission Template These templates were designed to help screenwriters research screenplay competitions, to help screenwriters narrow down which screenplay competitions are a good fit for them and their scripts, and to help screenwriters keep records of their entries—and better … Continue reading Screenplay Competition Research and Entry Templates

Competitions Referenced

Throughout Screenplay Competitions I reference ten different screenwriting contests (or contest organizations). As mentioned in the book, I chose these competitions to use for reference because: They provide an overview of the similarities and differences among competitions. Most of the competitions selected appear on several “top screenwriting competition” lists and are often perceived as some … Continue reading Competitions Referenced

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