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 people at The Script Lab recently asked me to write a guest post for them about some of the top screenwriting competitions and why they are worth a writer's consideration for entry. The post went live last week, and I'm delighted to share that post with you now! To read, … Continue reading 7 Top Screenwriting Competitions (and why they are worth your consideration)
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 It’s common for screenwriting competitions to use the term judge and/or the term reader to refer to an individual who reads, evaluates, and ranks scripts in their competitions. Why the two terms? It’s … Continue reading Screenwriting Competition Terminology: The Difference Between Readers and Judges
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 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
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
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?