By Ann Marie Williams © 2019 Many of the major screenwriting competitions begin releasing their written critiques to entrants around this time of year. So, I thought it might be helpful to post (or re-post) some tips for dealing with those critiques. However, these tips can be just as helpful for whatever format you're writing: … Continue reading Tips for Dealing with Feedback of your Story: Identify the True Source of the Problem
by Ann Marie Williams © 2021 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 … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Win a Screenwriting Competition to Learn from the Process (if it’s the right competition for you)
by Ann Marie Williams © 2020 Whether you are a new screenwriter hoping to discover how your script ranks or a seasoned screenwriter hoping to find representation, when trying to determine which screenwriting competitions are worthy of your script, your entry fee, and your time, it's important to identify what you want to gain from … Continue reading How to Select Which Screenwriting Competitions to Enter: Identify Your Goals
by Ann Marie Williams In an earlier post, I discussed the importance of being honest with yourself about your writing. But even if you're able to be objective about your own writing, the one thing you can never do is experience your story for the first time. Sure, there's the first time you read through your … Continue reading Dealing with Critiques and Rewrites: The First Read
by Ann Marie Williams The critique you purchase in conjunction with your screenwriting competition entry will not necessarily be written by your script's judge/s in the competition. Instead, you may be purchasing one of the critique services offered by the organization that runs the competition (usually there's a discount on the critique as incentive to … Continue reading Quick Tip: Are Screenwriting Competition Critiques Written By Your Script’s Competition Judge?
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?
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