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Summer Screenwriting Contest Book and Television Award Winners

Summer Screenwriting Contest Book and Television Award Winners

Congrats to the top Book and Television entries from our Summer Screenwriting Contest…

We are happy to announce the first winners of two new awards! These two winners were the best of our book and television entries from the Summer Contest. In fact, we were so happy with the quality of all entries in this field we decided to keep these awards for our Winter Contest!

“Book with the Best Screen Potential”

The book with the best screen potential is… SEA FEVER by Richard Guimond! We’re delighted to announce Richard as the very first winner of this special award and can’t wait for Richard to claim his prize!

Richard now receives FREE Development Notes to help them adapt it to a screenplay or documentary, or we’ll help them find a screenwriter who can. This could be an exciting breakthrough for them!

Oh, but there’s more… In second place is MY SPACE LOVE by Christophe Lourenço – congrats Christophe! We will also be providing Christophe free Development Notes to guide him in the process of adapting his book to a screenplay.

Hopefully, this is the first chapter of many for these two talented writers…

Meanwhile…

“Best Teleplay or Pilot”

That’s right, folks – we have another winner to announce! Another huge congratulations to our Best Teleplay award winner, INSURRECTION by Simon Bowler!

Simon now receives free Development Notes to help make their teleplay or pilot break through. 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 NAPOLEON by Kevin Karp! Just as with Christophe, Kevin will receive 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…

 

Great job again to Richard and Simon! You’ll be learning about them and their projects even more in the coming weeks…

Winter 2018 Screenwriting Competition

Winter 2018 Screenwriting Competition

Welcome everybody to the latest WriteMovies main contest – the Winter 2018 Screenwriting Competition!

We’re really enjoying the progress of our contests and winners, and all you writers out there, so it brings us great joy whenever a new contest starts!

After a satisfying response to the Summer Contest we decided to keep on our new special awards – the “Book with the Best Screen Potential” and “Best teleplay or Pilot” will remain a part of the Winter contest! (By the way, the Summer winners of these cool prizes will be announced this Friday. Exciting times!)

You might be familiar with our fabulous prizes: $2000 in cash for our grand prize winner, one free year of script development for our top three winners as well as guaranteed pitching to industry, and exclusive script and logline listings in InkTip’s script Directory and in their very popular magazine (sent to 1000s of producers and executives!).

Get involved with one of the few screenwriting contests that gets writers produced! And give yourself the best chance of success by checking our Writing Tips and Submissions Tips (CLICK HERE) before you submit…

UK and EU customers need to use the form on the page at THIS link (CLICK HERE) in order for us to continue to contact you after May 2018. Submitting to the form on this page may result in a subsequent loss of service for UK/EU customers.

Contest now open!

Reasons to enter, and details…

There’s $2000 available in prize money, plus over $3000 in script development for the 3 winners, and bonuses and promotion through InkTip (see below!) – we promise to develop and promote the winners to the top of the international film industry. Hundreds of writers have found representation or had their scripts produced through our competitions since 1999.

Why not enter for free by buying one of our other services:

Or, complete the form below! An alternative submission method is also available further down if the form isn’t working for you, and UK/EU customers need to CLICK HERE.




Terms and conditions:

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, judgements, 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.

 

Take your Chance to be the next Academy Award winner discovered by WriteMovies founder Alex Ross. The WriteMovies International Writing Contest for screenwriters, TV Writers, Playwrights, Novelists and Short Story writers. Like 1000’s of other successful writers, you can find out if you have the right project for the studios and if you do, we will go to bat for you! Alex Ross (founder of WriteMovies), has discovered two Academy Award nominees. Will you be the third? Let us show you how to make your script fly. When it does, we will personally submit it to several top agencies, production companies and studios for you. Only 1000 entries will be accepted. Enter early and save! Out of close to three hundred “contest sites”, WriteMovies is one of only a handful that has produced movies from winning projects. THE LIST was written by WriteMovies winner Marcus Folmar and distributed by Warner Bros. Several novels have also been published and plays produced. Production companies, studios and agencies contact us all the time about our winners. The founder of the company discovered Andrew Niccol who wrote & produced THE TRUMAN SHOW (Academy Nominated) as well as Iris Yamashita, Academy Nominated for LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA amongst others. We succeed when you succeed.

  • Note: 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.
  • Refunds or cancellations must be requested within 14 days and/or before any public announcement of winning entries and/or before receipt of any completed Consulting report (which will typically be within 7-14 days). Disagreement with the opinion and suggestions of the Analyst is not accepted as valid grounds for a refund, however we are happy to receive other feedback and enquiries.

Here’s the breakdown for the entry periods and fees:

  • Early Bird Entry (October 23rd – November 12th): $29
  • Standard Entry (November 13th – December 3rd): $39
  • Late Entry (December 4th – December 24th): $49
  • Extended Late Entry limited availability (December 25th – January 14th): $59
  • Flat Fee for Books: $69

The results dates will be:

  • Quarter-Finalists: February 16th
  • Semi-Finalists: March 2nd
  • Book and Teleplay Winners: March 9th
  • Final Results and Winners: March 16th

Entry terms and prizes:

  • Entries must have cover sheet with contact info in order to be considered.
  • Grand Prize: $2,000 in cash and guaranteed representation. 1 Full year of script mentoring for the winners, including development notes on all re-writes of 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 with theatrical credits wishes to option the script, we will fly the winner to Los Angeles and pay (up to $4,000) for their accommodation. We will pitch the top three projects to relevant production companies (such as Neal Moritz Productions, Bruckheimer Films, Scott Rudin Prods.) and studios (Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal, etc.). You keep ALL the option/sales money up to $1m. 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. We will pitch your script to companies such as CAA, ICM, William Morris Endeavor, ACME, The Gage Group, etc. The names of the top three winners and their projects are mentioned in press releases and on the web.
  • The second-place winner will receive our free Platinum consulting package.
  • The third-place winner will receive our free Gold consulting package. Intensive pitch coaching to help you get immediate attention and stand out as a pro amongst the hordes of wannabes.
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    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.s sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.
  • Note: We no longer accept checks due to issues with fraud. Please use the Paypal options when participating.
  • There are no physical items deliverable under our services – all reports will be provided by email in standard document formats.
  • Refunds or cancellations must be requested within 14 days and/or before any public announcement of winning entries and/or before receipt of any completed Consulting report (which will typically be within 7-14 days). Disagreement with the opinion and suggestions of the Analyst is not accepted as valid grounds for a refund, however we are happy to receive other feedback and enquiries.

Alternative Submission Method…

 

If you need another way of submitting, use these options:

Make your purchase here (depending on the submission date, further payment may be needed):

To simply enter the main Contest (PayPal & cards accepted):

Then:

TO EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSION TO US:

What to select, copy and paste (all of the below, until the end of the box!):

Please find attached my submission to WRITEMOVIES. I have made payment via the PayPal options provided on the WriteMovies website on: (DATE OF PAYMENT)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

(Simply type or paste your answers (in brief) at the end of these questions…)

      • How did you hear about us?:
      • *First Name:
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      • *Email address:
      • Twitter handle (so we can give you a shout-out if you’re successful!):
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      • Please tell us a little about your writing background:
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By sending this email, 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. 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.

Thanks very much!

Summer 2017 Screenwriting Competition Semi-Finalists Announced!

Summer 2017 Screenwriting Competition Semi-Finalists Announced!

Summer 2017 Screenwriting Competition: Major international screenwriting contest…

**Final Results date: November 3rd.**

Hey, it’s been a tough one once again, but after judging the quality and viability of all our Quarter-Finalists, we’ve got it down to just 25 Semi-Finalists who go through to our final. Much respect to everyone who’s made it – and for those who haven’t, you made our decisions really tough!

Are you on of the top 25 writers from our Summer? Find out below…

A lot of the scripts that have missed out on our Semi-Finals and Quarter-Finals showed great potential, but got out-competed at this stage in their development. If you’ve not made it this time, use that as a cue to come back stronger and with any problems or doubts in your script solved. Use the upcoming Winter 2018 Screenwriting contest (opening Monday) to come back stronger. Don’t forget our studio-quality script mentoring services. Find out why your script placed where it did in the Summer contest, use the feedback and analysis to improve your project for the Winter Contest – which, by the way, you’ll enter free with any mentoring service!

How about some new inspiration? Well just take a look around our site for all the latest news, buzz, and insight from the industry. What genre is strong at the box-office right now? What makes a top screenwriter? Use our new content to make your work relevant and stronger than ever!

 

SEMI-FINALISTS
IF YOU WALK AWAY, Scott A. AimanTWO BUCKS FOR BUFFALO BILL, Nick ArvayFOR LOVE OF COUNTRY, Tony Basso and Ron BassoTHE DAWN OF EVE, James BinghamLAKE, Ian Bonser
INSURRECTION, Simon BowlerA BOY NAMED JUNE, Steven BrysonTHE 405, Patrick ByrneSEEMINGLY HARMONIOUS, Dengxian Cao
BLACK JACK, Stephen Charles Curran
CIRCUS BOY, Stephen Charles CurranTHE MUSIC BOX, Stephen Charles CurranINDUSTRY OF LOVE, Koen de JonghCOLONIALS, Ian FletcherSEA FEVER, Richard Guimond
WHISPERING WINDS (Novel), Richard GuimondBLACK DIAMOND, Karen Marie HowlandNAPOLEON, Kevin KarpCHARMER, David KurtzSPOONFED, Scott LaFortune
MY SPACE LOVE, Christophe LourençoSTRANGE CREATURES, Michael NeylandMOCK ORANGE, Joseph RamsayFINAL STATUS, Timothy Jay SmithQUEEN OF HEARTS, Ethan Westgate
Free Writing Contest – Congratulations to the latest Winner of our Featured Script of the Month for September!

Free Writing Contest – Congratulations to the latest Winner of our Featured Script of the Month for September!

Latest Free Writing Contest Winner – Our September Featured Script of the Month is SEEMINGLY HARMONIOUS by Dengxian Cao.

We chose Cao’s script from a host of September submissions for its unique and interesting concept – which is what this free contest is all about!

 For winning the Featured Script of the Month, Cao now receives free Judging Feedback and publicity on our website, Twitter feed, and Facebook page. Cao will also get the chance for a free resubmission of his script to our current main screenwriting contest! A great set of prizes for a free writing contest!

Here’s the logline to this very interesting script…

When terrorists use a Mind Transfer Device to control the bodies of US officials, including the president, a Secret Service agent must battle against his seemingly own people to prevent a nuclear war.

Check out a short biography on Cao, too!

Cao Dengxian: Born in Shandong Province of China, Dengxian Cao has works including several film screenplays and a collection of stories.

Seemingly Harmonious Awards: 2014 Hollywood International Screenplay Contest science fiction finalist; Third in 2015 India International Film Festival; 2016 The 14th Annual FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards PLATINUM PRIZE WINNER. Another American Writers Festival, the creative world, and any other semifinals.

Props to our Honorable Mentions, too!

  • DIAMOND BAR by Andrew Crane and Jay Pickett
  • THE HEALER by Ken Floyd
  • And PATHS by Anthony Vieira!

Enter our Featured Script of the Month Contest with any contest entry (such as our upcoming Winter Contest, which opens next Monday) or by purchasing any one of our top, studio-quality mentoring services.

Free Writing Contest – Featured Script of the Month for August is DEAD POSSUM by Jared Wayne Raun

Free Writing Contest – Featured Script of the Month for August is DEAD POSSUM by Jared Wayne Raun

A new winner is revealed for our free writing contest, the Featured Script of the Month Contest…

Our August winner of the Featured Script of the Month is DEAD POSSUM by Jared Wayne Raun.

We chose Jared’s script from a host of August submissions for its unique and interesting concept – which is what this free contest is all about!

Hell, we’ll show you what we’re talking about. Here’s a quick summary on the script by Jared:

“A boy discovers he is dead, but resists leaving his body so he can save his living girlfriend from a gang of zombie bikers, despite protestations from his spirit guide.”

And here’s a short bio on Jared:

Jared is a longtime lover of movies, comics, music, and episodic storytelling. He graduated from USC film school in the late nineties and spent the first decade of his career working in production. Around ten years ago he switched his focus to writing and though he has written over ten feature scripts and a web series, this summer marks the first attempt he has made to get his work out to the public through screenwriting contests. He is honored to receive this award and hopes to see Dead Possum on screen sometime in the near future.

In addition to many more feature scripts queued up to write, Jared has several animated and live action projects he hopes to direct, the first being a horror/fantasy web series pilot set to shoot in early 2018.

For winning the August Featured Script of the Month Jared now receives free Judging Feedback and publicity on our website, Twitter feed, and Facebook page. Jared will also get the chance for a free resubmission of his script to our current main screenwriting contest! A great set of prizes for a free writing contest!

Let’s also give a hand to our Honorable Mentions:

EMILY’S STARS by Bill Baber.
WEST DAKOTA by Mark J. Rose,
And TOUGH THE FIRE by Kevin Karp.

You could be our next Script of the Month winner – you enter for free whenever you enter one of our Contests or order a script mentoring service.

 

Best Teleplay or Pilot: special television Summer Contest Award

Best Teleplay or Pilot: special television Summer Contest Award

WriteMovies Summer 2017 Contest Best Teleplay or Pilot

As we’ve done with our book entries, creating the award for “Book with the Best Screen Potential”, we are doing the same for our television script entries to the Summer 2017 Contest.

The “Best Teleplay or Pilot” award will be given out to the best television script submission we receive. The winner of this award will receive free Development Notes to help make their teleplay or pilot break through. 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 – we want to give you the best chance possible. We will even pitch your script ourselves to the top of the industry if you finish in our top 3 for the main contest.

We support all writers, of all scripted formats, and we want them all to flourish. We’ve opened up these specific prizes for books and television script to reward these writers and their scripts, just as much as we would for a feature length screenplay.

You can win these new special “Best Teleplay or Pilot” or “Book with the Best Screen Potential” awards by entering the Summer 2017 Contest now.

Books & Novels: Special award in our Summer Writing Contest!

Books & Novels: Special award in our Summer Writing Contest!

Book your place in the industry with our Summer writing contest, for a special prize!

Our Summer 2017 Writing Contest isn’t just the place for your feature scripts, shorts, and pilots.

We also accept entries from all of you novelists – and we’re creating a special category in our Summer writing contest, for the “Book with the Best Screen Potential”. The winner will get FREE Development Notes to help them adapt it to a screenplay or documentary, or to help them find a screenwriter who can. This could be a great breakthrough for you.

We love comparing our book entries to the screenplays to find new angles and stories that the world’s gonna be looking for. So we thought we’d dedicate our social media this week to books!

  • Enter a book of your own for a flat fee of $69!
  • We’ll assess your book based on its own merits and its screen potential.
  • We’ve had successful book writer in the past. Cornelia Kempf, a previous WriteMovies winner, has had many novels published thanks to us!
  • Don’t forget, that up to August 21st, we are offering a free copy of the Confidential Studio Manual, to be given away at random, for free! And we’ve got special discounts on ALL consultancy reports in August… CLICK HERE.

So, book your place in our Summer Writing Contest with your book, or novel, or novella. We love receiving book entries just as much as scripts and assess their screen potential exactly like we do the screenplays and teleplays we receive.