by Ann Marie Williams While not all screenplay competitions operate in the same way, typically the screenplay competition process covers five basic steps: accept, read, rank, advance, award. And while these steps may seem obvious at first, there are details relative to each step that I believe are worth noting to help writers improve their … Continue reading The Five Steps of Screenplay 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?
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
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
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?
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