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Meet our Winter 2018 Writing Contest Third Placed Winner – CHARMER by David Kurtz

Meet our Winter 2018 Writing Contest Third Placed Winner – CHARMER by David Kurtz

We continue our celebration of our Winter 2018 Writing Contest top three winners – who all improved on previous placements.

Last time we commended Simon Bowler, who broke into the top three for the first time after winning two special TV awards. (Check out that article here.)

Today, it’s all about David Kurtz – our Summer 2017 Contest Third Placed winner who re-entered the Winter 2018 Contest to finish in Second Place!

We’re sure our previous Development Notes prizes have helped David out (we’ll let him tell you all about that, though!) but this is a great example of how every draft and version of your script will improve – so never give up!

Here’s what David said about his Second Placed finish…

“Doing well at the WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition brings great rewards – and you don’t have to win!  2nd and 3rd place receive the highest quality script Development Notes (+ INKTIP freebies!) – notes that have the ring of screenwriting experience and authenticity. Their readers really work at understanding what your script is all about – to you!  

They not only make detailed proofreading corrections – but they offer suggestions that make you feel like you have a co-writer. For me, the most important help I’ve gotten is to give me the courage to edit – to remove scenes and dialogue I loved but knew deep down didn’t serve to move the story forward. (I save all the edited cuts to possibly be used in another story – this makes letting go easier.)

I assume that most writers (like me) are on a tight budget, but I would suggest saving money on lesser competitions to use on these amazing Development Notes. If you move up toward the top they will be free!”

Here’s a little background on David:

“I retired to Northern California from Massachusetts several years ago and took up writing screenplays – not golf.  I’m a “gen Boomer” devotee of 1930s to 1950s movies that feature dialogue, romance, and humor.  I naturally tend to write contemporary takes in those genres that might appeal to younger audiences as well as all age groups.

My writing education has been limited to basic composition at college, a creative writing class with a Tufts University professor and a beginner’s screenwriting course at Santa Rosa Junior College. CHARMER is my first “completed” script.”

And here’s the logline to David’s winning script, CHARMER:

A burned-out middle-aged accountant and a young daredevil woman put their polar opposite lifestyles aside when they team up on dangerous hostage-rescue mission.

Check out our script mentoring services for yourself. You could improve your script AND gain free entry into our Spring 2018 Writing Contest. View our services here

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Our Year: 2017 – 2018 Teasers: A Year in the life of a Script Agency

Our Year: 2017 – 2018 Teasers: A Year in the life of a Script Agency

A year in the life of an innovative Script Agency… Facts and figures to mark two years since our successful relaunch in 2016.

It’s that time of year again where we look back on the previous 12 months and say “you know, we’ve had a pretty good year…” And we have!

Our Year…

Since our successful relaunch 2 years ago, we’ve been constantly growing and evolving our online presence – which you can see from these infographics!

As well as updating and reshaping our website organically over the last two years, we’ve also been highly active on social media, screenwriting forums, and providing insightful newsletters, of course! So, here’s a couple of snippets celebrating WriteMovies online in the past year.


We’ll bring you more tomorrow it’s all about “Why We Matter…” And then… the full graphic in all its glory!

Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest Launch!

Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest Launch!


This time we’ve opened the doors for many new categories including VIDEO GAMES, STAGEPLAYS (ETC), and if you beat the rush now it’s an introductory price of just $19 to enter!

Grand Prizes: Up to $1 million in option monies from the producers & studios we work with.

If an established studio/production company makes an offer on your project, we will fly you to Los Angeles and cover your flight & hotel costs for three days.

Through our exclusive arrangement with TALENTSCOUT INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT (TSIM) we can guarantee the contest winner representation.

Furthermore, the top ten projects will be considered for representation. Through its wide reaching agency contacts, TSIM can also help find you a literary agent. TSIM is a boutique management company which concentrates on representing international clients – whose work sells in the US and EU.

Over the last 18 years HUNDREDS of writers have found representation and writing assignments through us, gotten THOUSANDS of pitch meetings, had their projects optioned, sold and produced just because they excelled in the WriteMovies Contest. Let us open doors for you.

We succeed, when you succeed!

Here’s the full list of categories:

  • Screenplays
  • Shorts
  • Stageplays (theatre)
  • Teleplays (long and short form pilots)
  • Spec scripts
  • Books, including comic books and graphic novels
  • Video game scripts

Check out the PRIZES, RESULTS DATES, and JUDGES INFO below.


Entry fees, deadline dates for each medium:

Entry Windows Feature & stageplay  prices Book & Video Game Prices Teleplay Prices
Early Bird Entry

(March 23rd – April 5th)

$19 $29 $19
Standard Entry

(April 6th – April 26th)

$29 $39 $25
Late Entry

(April 27th – May 17th)

$39 $49 $35
Extended Late Entry

(May 18th – June 7th)

$49 $59 $45



Prizes and awards up for grabs in each category… Click on the prizes to learn more about them!

PRIZES Overall Winner Best Studio Script Best Indie Script Best Short Script Best Long Form Pilot Best Short Form Pilot Best Book Best Stageplay Best Video Game Script
$2000 Cash Prize YES
Year of script and pitching development worth $3200 YES YES YES
Elite Consulting YES
Development Notes YES YES YES YES YES YES
Studio Coverage YES YES
Judging Feedback YES YES
Confidential Studio Manual YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Inktip prizes guaranteed to winner

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Placed Winners


Guaranteed Pitching to Industry

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Placed Winners


Virtual Film School exclusive previews YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

For more info on how we pitch our winners click here and about our relationship with Talent Scout International Management here. Find out who our judges are below the submission form.

Get a taste of some of these prizes EARLY – our Script Development Notes services start from just $119!

Results Dates

Overall Winner Best Studio Script Best Indie Script Best Short Script Best Long Form Pilot Best Short Form Pilot Best Book Best Stageplay Best Video Game Script
10th August 3rd August 3rd August 3rd August 27th July 27th July 20th July 13th July 6th July



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Enter your screenplay or stageplay here…

Entry terms and prizes:

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By clicking "Submit", I agree:

1. To the accuracy of the information provided.

2. That the material submitted is my sole and original work and that I own all rights to it.

3. To my holding WriteMovies and all those involved in it, harmless from and defends them against all claims demands, losses, costs, damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any stories submitted to the competition or on any screenplay developed out of such stories.

4.That I recognize that WriteMovies and those involved in the competition to which this submitted entry pertains, may have access to, and/or, may have created, or have commissioned, through some other independent source, or may have otherwise acquired, literary materials and concepts, similar to the material submitted hereunder, in theme, idea, plot, format, or in any other respect. I agree that I will not under such circumstances, be entitled to any compensation, nor consideration of any kind, through the use by WriteMovies of any material so acquired. The ownership of any literary work submitted shall remain vested in the author, until otherwise assigned by contract.

5.That should I be one of the winners, I grant WriteMovies the exclusive right to submit my material to as many studios, production companies and agencies as seen fit, for a period of ninety days from the announcement of the competition winners. I also grant WriteMovies the right to use my name, as well as the title and synopsis of my submitted material, in all publicity and promotional activities related to the competition. I also grant WriteMovies the right to contact me to provide me with contest updates.

6. That the burden of obtaining copyright or otherwise protecting any proprietary interests in the material rests entirely with me.



  • We no longer accept checks due to issues with fraud. Please use the PayPal options when participating. Please ensure you can send AND receive payments via PayPal.
  • There are no physical items deliverable under our services – all reports will be provided by email in standard document formats.
  • Once a project has been processed, there is no refund.
  • Cancellations must be requested within 48 hours before any public announcement of winning entries and/or before receipt of any completed.
  • Entries MUST have a cover sheet/titlepage with contact info in order to be considered.
  • Grand Prize: $2,000 cash prize and guaranteed representation. 1 Full year of script mentoring for the top three winners, including development notes on all re-writes of the top 3 winning scripts. Worth $3,200
  • Up to $1 million in option monies from the A-List producers we work with. If an established studio/production company makes an offer on your script, we will fly you to Los Angeles and cover your flight & hotel costs for three days. We will pitch the top three projects to relevant production companies. You keep ALL the option/sales money (unless you commission an agent, manager or attorney to represent you). The Grand Prize winner is also pitched to several literary agencies and management companies as well as non-US companies to increase the chances of a sale. The names of the top three winners and their projects are mentioned in press releases and on the web.
  • InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.
    Winners will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine so they can promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.
    Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.
    Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.

Our Judges

We have a high calibre team of agents, managers, producers and studio executives who act as our judges. Due to the work commitments of these people it is hard to release a list of names at an early stage because they have a tendency of vanishing on location etc. at short notice. We will however release a list of judges as we get closer to the contest ending.

Alex Ross

Our founder, CEO, BAFTA member and film producer. He is presently producing BAFTA winner and twice Academy nominated, director Habib Zagarpour’s first feature: SQUADRON and will produce Carolyn Krass’ award-winning screenplay: MAGNETIC, with Diane Nabatoff and Jon Amiel directing.

He has had the privilege of working with and discovering several Academy Award nominees, to include: Andrew Niccol (TRUMAN SHOW), Iris Yamashita (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA), Pat Duncan (MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), Habib Zargarpour (THE PERFECT STORM) etc. Learn more about Alex here.

Ian Kennedy

Our Director of World Wide Development, and a former BBC writer with nearly 150 broadcast credits. Ian has been a Hollywood Script Analyst for WriteMovies since 2013 and has helped hundreds of writers to improve their scripts and pitches in that time.

Jamie White

Our youngest analyst adds the perspective of the most profitable audience group out there. Jamie has also spent two years working as an analyst and assistant for WriteMovies, and before that earned a degree in Film Studies.

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Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest Winners Revealed!

Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest Winners Revealed!

The results are in… Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest winners are revealed below!

Another contest complete, another group of winners revealed. We’ve seen the growth and improvement in many writers who have submitted – something that is reflected by the results! Thank you to all of you who entered for making our jobs of judging the scripts enjoyable.

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of our script consultancies to find out why your script placed where it did. Our top 3 now get those for free for the next year!

Here’s what our Top 3 win…

  • Cash prize of $2000 for our Grand Prize Winner
  • The 3 winners will receive one year free of script development and mentoring.
  • We’ll also pitch and promote the scripts to the top of the film industry. Remind yourself what makes for winning writing HERE.
  • Plus, exclusive prizes from InkTip – an InkTip Script Listing and the winning scripts’ loglines will be featured in InkTip’s Magazine, read by thousands of writers and producers.

CONGRATULATIONS to SLAVE SHIP by Tyler True for winning the Winter 2018 Screenwriting Competition!

A great win for Tyler for this excellent script about harrowing history and inspirational change. Tyler now takes home those wonderful prizes listed above. But we must also congratulate…

Second Placed Winner, CHARMER by David Kurtz – David has improved on his Third Placed finish in our Summer contest and was so close to taking home the main prize! Good job, David!

Third Placed Winner, INSURRECTION by Simon Bowler. Another win for Simon following on from his “Best Teleplay” win – another script that has continued to improve over multiple submissions!

And, of course, a special congrats to our Honorable Mentions: NEW REALITY by Carolyn Kras, MAGIC MAN by Norma Hickox, THE CRAWL-UP by Gabriell DeBear Paye, VALENTYNE by Dashiell Finley, THE DAWN OF EVE by James Bingham, A Shadow in Space by Bryan Reilly, and THE FOURTH COURIER by TIMOTHY JAY SMITH.

A very well done to everyone named here and the many other impressive scripts we read this time round. It’s been a tough field to choose from!

We’ll be telling you all about our winners in the coming weeks, and getting their script development phase underway.

Head to our Facebook page and our Twitter feed to congratulate our top three winners and Honorable Mentions yourself!

Winter 2018 Contest “Best Teleplay or Pilot” Winner

Winter 2018 Contest “Best Teleplay or Pilot” Winner

Huge congratulations to our Best Teleplay award winner, INSURRECTION by Simon Bowler! That’s two TV awards in two contests for Simon!

Simon now receives free Development Notes to help make his pilot breakthrough. With on-demand bringing the best shows into our homes whenever we want them, the appetite for scripted TV shows is massive and so are the range of new ways to get them made.

Our second placed television entry is SHAKESPEARE OF AVON by James Hanson! For finishing in second place, James will also gain free Development Notes on his pilot. We think there’s some great potential in these two teleplays and we’re looking forward to setting them on the path to success…