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?
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
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