Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 3/18/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


MARCH 18 — STOWE STORY LABS – FALL NARRATIVE LABSIDEWALK NARRATIVE LAB & WRITERS’ RETREAT (deadline is March 22) — Early Bird Deadline — $35


MARCH 20 — FILMMATIC SCREENPLAY AWARDS – SHORTS — Early Deadline — $25


MARCH 21 — ROADMAP’S DIVERSITY INITIATIVE COMPETITION Final Deadline — FREE



MARCH 22 — HOLLYSHORTS SCREENWRITING COMPETITION
 — Regular Deadline — $45


MARCH 28 — THE WRITERS LAB — Extended Deadline — $75


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Coverfly Inside Look: HUMANITAS

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Pictured above: HUMANITAS President Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris), The Kieser Award Recipient Marta Kauffman (Friends), Gloria Allred, and HUMANITAS Executive Director Cathleen Young.

HUMANITAS has empowered writers for more than 40 years. They’re a non-profit organization with several prestigious screenwriting competitions. On Coverfly, we feature HUMANITAS New Voices, The Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Fellowship and The David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Fellowship. We recently had the opportunity to ask Executive Director Cathleen Young a few questions about HUMANITAS. See her answers below.

Can you tell us a little bit about HUMANITAS New Voices?

At HUMANITAS the writer is the star. While film and television are collaborative mediums, the heart and mind of the writer is always the driving creative force. That’s why we honor the vision and voices of gifted film and television writers and help launch the next generation of writers.

Why is your contest valuable to writers?

Do you want to get into “the room?” As in “the writer’s room?” It’s the most valuable piece of creative real estate in Hollywood. And getting that door open is not easy.  HUMANITAS helps opens that door by pairing talented writers with working showrunners. That’s like jumping to the head of the class. We have a very unique program that no one else offers in this town. And it comes with a $7,500 grant to buy you some time to focus on your craft.

Do you think entering contests is a good path for aspiring writers?

I believe every aspiring writer should enter as many contests and competitions as they can. It gets their name out there — and it forces you to sit down and write! Winning a contest or competition is a powerful way to attract the attention of agents, showrunners and executives. Winning can be game-changing for the careers of focused, ambitious writers.

Who are some HUMANITAS NEW VOICES alumni?

SJ Hodges – Showrunner for Awesomeness TV’s Guidance, Mentored by Jason Katims

Martin Zimmerman – Executive Producer/Showrunner on Netflix’s Spanish language series, Puerta 7,  Producer on Netflix’s Ozark, Mentored by Alan Ball

Luisa Leschin – Co-Executive Producer on Amazon’s Just Add Magic, Co-Executive Producer on CBS’ Everybody Hates Chris, Mentored by Ali LeRoi

Will Pascoe  Supervising Producer on Hulu’s Shut Eye, Mentored by Hart Hanson

Greta Heinemann – Producer on CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans, Mentored by Pam Veasey

Damir & Dario Konjicija – Executive Story Editors on CBS’ Young Sheldon – Mentored by Carter Covington

What’s one unique piece of advice you’d give to writers who enter your contest?

I always tell up-and-coming writers to NEVER, EVER forget the 4 most important words when writing. Well, technically it’s 5 words. Here they are: “I’ll fix it later.” Meaning, keep writing. Don’t get stuck endlessly rewriting the first act or the first chapter. Tell a story that is true and authentic to you and KEEP AT IT until you get it right. 

What can writers do to be best prepared for capitalizing on a winning the competition?

A giant red flag for me in judging a potential candidate is when they haven’t written very many scripts. Writers need to write. A real writer WANTS to write. Writers need to write a bunch of BAD scripts so they can learn to write GOOD scripts. If a writer doesn’t have multiple scripts in his or her portfolio, it’s hard for me to take them seriously. Another “skill” that is critical to success is being able to hear a good note. The superpower skill needed for success is the ability to make a good note your own… and to take a bad note and make it a good note that addresses some weakness in your script. 


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 3/11/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


MARCH 11 — CINESTORY FEATURE RETREAT & FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION — Late Deadline — $75



MARCH 13 — FINAL DRAFT’S BIG BREAK
 — Early Bird Deadline — $45


MARCH 14 — THE WRITERS LAB — Regular Deadline — $55


MARCH 15 — WESCREENPLAY’S DIVERSE VOICES Regular Deadline — $65



MARCH 15 — PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS
 — Late Deadline — $65


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 3/4/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


MARCH 11 — CINESTORY FEATURE RETREAT & FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION — Late Deadline — $75



MARCH 13 — FINAL DRAFT’S BIG BREAK
 — Early Bird Deadline — $45


MARCH 14 — THE WRITERS LAB — Regular Deadline — $55


MARCH 15 — WESCREENPLAY’S DIVERSE VOICES Regular Deadline — $65



MARCH 15 — PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS
 — Late Deadline — $65


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 2/25/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


FEBRUARY 28 — SCREENCRAFT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP — Final Deadline — $79


FEBRUARY 28 — THE LAUNCH MILLION DOLLAR STUDENT SCREENPLAY CONTEST — Early Deadline — $20


FEBRUARY 28 — THE FILM EMPIRE’S DIVERSITY MENTORSHIP FOR SCREENWRITERS — Late Deadline — $45


FEBRUARY 28 — ROADMAP’S DARE TO SCARE COMPETITION Early Bird Deadline — $45



FEBRUARY 28 — STORYPROS AWARDS
 — Early Deadline — $40


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 2/18/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


FEBRUARY 21 — ROADMAP’S DIVERSITY INITIATIVE COMPETITION Final Deadline — FREE



FEBRUARY 22 — SAVE THE CAT!
 — Late Deadline — $140


FEBRUARY 28 — THE LAUNCH MILLION DOLLAR STUDENT SCREENPLAY CONTEST — Early Deadline — $20


FEBRUARY 28 — THE FILM EMPIRE’S DIVERSITY MENTORSHIP FOR SCREENWRITERS — Late Deadline — $45


FEBRUARY 28 — SCREENCRAFT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP — Final Deadline — $79


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 2/11/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


FEBRUARY 14 — STORYTELLERS INITIATIVE Extended Deadline — $70



FEBRUARY 15 — WESCREENPLAY DIVERSE VOICES (Free Feedback with Every Entry)
 — Early Bird Deadline — $55


FEBRUARY 15 — PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS COMPETITION — Regular Deadline — $55



FEBRUARY 15 — NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
 — Late Deadline — $60


FEBRUARY 15 — SCRIPT PIPELINE GREAT IDEA CONTEST — Special Entry Deadline — $20


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 2/4/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.



FEBRUARY 4 — CINESTORY FEATURE RETREAT Regular Deadline — $65


FEBRUARY 4 — SCRIPTAPALOOZA SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — First Deadline — $50



FEBRUARY 15 — WESCREENPLAY DIVERSE VOICES (Free Feedback with Every Entry)
 — Early Bird Deadline — $55



FEBRUARY 15 — PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS COMPETITION
 — Regular Deadline — $55



FEBRUARY 15 — NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
 — Late Deadline — $60


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 1/28/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon — Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


JANUARY 31 — SCREENCRAFT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP Regular Deadline — $69


JANUARY 31 — SAVE THE CAT! — Regular Deadline — $135

 


JANUARY 31 — INROADS FELLOWSHIP — Regular Deadline — $20



JANUARY 31 — ROAD TO NEW REPUBLIC FEATURE COMPETITION
 — Late Deadline — $75


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Coverfly Inside Look: Sun Valley Film Festival’s Screenwriters Lab

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The mission of Sun Valley Film Festival’s Screenwriters Lab is to connect screenwriters with mentors who can help share their story. Steve Gaghan secured an agent for their first finalist and alter a writing gig. David Seidler helped a finalist get representation and co-wrote a project with him. Will McCormack has mentored a few finalists, and the latest success is the screenplay was made into a film and is at Sundance this year. Recently, Chris Moore helped sell the winning script from the year he was a judge. We recently had the opportunity to ask Emily Granville, the Lab and Fellowship Manager at Sun Valley Film Festival, a few questions. See her answers below.

What’s one unique piece of advice you’d give to writers who enter your contest?

Less can be more. Let the reader fill in some details. Then they become more invested in your story.

What’s the best thing writers can do if they place in, but don’t win the contest?

All finalists are included in parties and mentored. Take advantage of an intimate and accessible festival that supports the creation of film and celebrates the power of storytelling to challenge our way of seeing the world.

When a writer wins, what can they expect from you and your contest? And what can writers do to be best prepared for capitalizing on a win?

Beyond the mentor connection and inclusion at the festival, I personally am involved with the writers and continue to try and get their script in the hands of someone who will appreciate it. Just last week I sent the pilot that won last year to a studio looking for edgy thrillers. Fingers crossed!

Are there any special elements of the script your readers are looking for that you can share?

I try and pair readers with scripts they might like. Certain readers love Sci-Fi, others don’t. The scripts that tend to rise up do not take too long to get going. Today, attention spans are shorter, so as a writer, keep that in mind. You can develop characters, etc., once you have a reader hooked.

What does your reading process look like and who are your readers?

As I mentioned, I try and match scripts with readers who are interested in the genre. We have a tiered system of readers, writers, journalists, agents and producers. And the script is covered by multiple people. At the end, we meet and fight for the scripts we want in the top three.

Why is your contest valuable to writers?

The experience of the Sun Valley Film Festival – whose goal is to support up and coming filmmakers – is invaluable. I am really proud of the Lab’s success rate for the finalists and winners. In the past 6 years, 7 former finalists and winners have landed a writing job, gained management, or sold a script.

Do you think entering contests is a good path for all aspiring writers?

Yes, but getting out and meeting the community behind film making is so important. Mark Duplass, when he hosted the Lab, urged networking at film festivals. Get together with a filmmaker and make a short.

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