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Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists

Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists

We are delighted to announce the Semi-Finalists for our Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest.

We are delighted to announce the 26 Semi-Finalists for the Winter 2018 Screenwriting Competition! Selecting the scripts with the strongest claim to join our winners has made for a tough but enjoyable task for us the past couple of weeks.

Check out the full list of 26 Semi-Finalists below.

Head on over to our Facebook page and our Twitter feed to congratulate the Semi-Finalists yourselves!

The final results will be announced in two weeks’ time – Friday, March, 16th.

At this time, we try to only include scripts that we’re still considering as a potential winner. Having made the Quarter-Finalists shows that a script or writer already has some clear potential, and a Semi-Final place means that with more development this script could become a contender. Keep that in mind as you think about what to do with your script next. These results should give you a good guide to the current state of your idea, writing and script.

Next, we refocus our attention to the book and television entries as we wind up to next week’s TV and book awards announcement!

Here are the Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest Semi-Finalists…

Semi-Finalists
THE DAWN OF EVE, James Bingham TO DIE IN TAJOUTE, Virginia Bola INSURRECTION, Simon Bowler
THE OUTSKIRTS OF PARADISE, Montgomery Burt WHEN THE WHITE DOVE SPEAKS, Al Case VALENTYNE, Dashiell Finley
ENDANGERED SPECIES, Mark Flood SHAKESPEARE OF AVON, James Hanson MAGIC MAN, Norma Hickox
BLACK SHEEP, John Hunter WHEN WE FALL BEHIND, Dan Hutchinson NEW REALITY, Carolyn Kras
CHARMER, David Kurtz THE LOCKSMITH, Jeffrey Morales BAD DOG, Phil Olsen
THE CRAWL UP, Gabriell DeBear Paye A SHADOW IN SPACE, Bryan Reilly SAVIOR, Bo Sanders
STAR BLUE SOLDIER, Donahue Silvia THE FOURTH COURIER, Timothy Jay Smith THE FIRSTBORN, William Smith
SLAVE SHIP, Tyler True LAST PRINCE OF WALES, Ethan Westgate COLD FOOTED, Tanya M. Wheeler
THE REALM, Tanya M. Wheeler LEGACY OF THE GODS, Tim Wong
Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists

Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Quarter Finalists

We are delighted to announce the Quarter-Finalists for our Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest.

 

Since that Bonus Extension in January, we have had a lot of interesting and high-quality scripts to get through – but it’s been another great judging period!

Congratulations to the 51 Winter 2018 Quarter-Finalists! All of them had some special spark that caught our eye and we’re looking forward to giving them new eyes as we consider our Semi-Finalists and winners…

Those who didn’t make it this time were an equally fascinating set of submissions too, and showed a lot of promising qualities. We hope that you will stay in touch with us: we’re currently confirming details for our next contest and will keep you informed.

If you want to know why your script didn’t make it, or where to take it next? Has a revised edition of your script come out short yet again? We recommend that you consider getting a mentoring service or consultancy, too. That way you can find out what we currently feel is holding your script back. And as a sweet bonus, you’ll get free entry into our next main contest!

See the full list of Quarter-Finalists below…

Congratulate the Quarter-Finalists on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.

Quarter-Finalists
STRANDED, Christopher Andre STEVE DEUCE, Justin Andreas BUSHIDO BASEBALL, Charles R. Astone
MEGABALL$, Marc Baron THE DAWN OF EVE, James Bingham TO DIE IN TAJOUTE, Virginia Bola
INSURRECTION, Simon Bowler THE OUTSKIRTS OF PARADISE, Montgomery Burt WHEN THE WHITE DOVE SPEAKS, Al Case
ADIONA, Ian Causer DEAD MAN’S HEAD, Ronald Ecker ICE CREAM DON’T MELT IN ENGLEWOOD, Richard Ehrenreich
VALENTYNE, Dashiell Finley ENDANGERED SPECIES, Mark Flood THE OATH, Axel Gerand
SHAKESPEARE OF AVON, James Hanson MAGIC MAN, Norma Hickox BLACK SHEEP, John Hunter
WHEN WE FALL BEHIND, Dan Hutchinson BOMMY!, Boim Hwang A SECOND CHANCE, Manny Jimenez Sr.
MATANZAS, Piotr Kaszuba NEW REALITY, Carolyn Kras CHARMER, David Kurtz
TALK THERAPY, Thomas Moore THE LOCKSMITH, Jeffrey Morales PROJECT ΩMEGA, P. James Norris
BAD DOG, Phil Olsen TREE HOUSE, Chris Ossman FINDING ATLANTIS, Katherine Panzella
AMERICAN REBEL, Sydney Parran THE CRAWL UP, Gabriell DeBear Paye GATEKEEPERS TO THE STARS, Thelma Pickett
A SHADOW IN SPACE, Bryan Reilly 2020AD, Mike Rogers SAVIOR, Jerome Sanders
STAR BLUE SOLDIER, Donahue Silvia THE FOURTH COURIER, Timothy Jay Smith THE FIRSTBORN, William Smith
TIMBER, Patricia Stevens, Marian Mathews Clark CUL DE SAC, Charles Stock SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, Charles Stock
SLAVE SHIP, Tyler True THE VENUS SYNDROME, Lynee Vincentnathan LAST PRINCE OF WALES, Ethan Westgate
COLD FOOTED, Tanya M. Wheeler THE REALM, Tanya M. Wheeler ISOLATION, Brian Whiteman
LEGACY OF THE GODS, Tim Wong DISRUPTED, Meredith Wood AMERICAN MYTHS OF BLACK & WHITE, Aaron Yarber
Meet Our Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner: SPOON FED by Scott LaFortune

Meet Our Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner: SPOON FED by Scott LaFortune

Meet Our Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner: SPOON FED by Scott LaFortune

Scott did anything but spoon feed our judges and readers with his winning script, and as our Grand Prize Winner, he wins a year of free script development, guaranteed pitching to industry and exclusive script and logline listings via InkTip’s script directory and increasingly popular magazine – oh, and the Grand Prize of $2000!

It’s always heart-warming to see a winner so happy after a win, and boy was Scott happy. Check out his initial reactions here…

“I’m too nervous and excited to even type right now!
I’ll respond more after I run around in circles, yelling hooray hooray…”
Later that day…
“Many thanks again for this opportunity!  First Place is still sinking in…
I first entered a WriteMovies competition in August, 2008.  Seriously, a humbling journey-
And what a wonderful life experience, that screenwriting has been!
Thanks John, you guys are the best.”

Here’s a short bio on Scott LaFortune, our Summer 2017 Contest Grand Prize Winner:

“Originally from Minneapolis, Scott currently lives and writes on historic Main Street in Park City, Utah.

He also changes lots of diapers, searches incessantly for stray sippy-cups, and can’t believe how many Lego’s can fit into a standard garbage disposal.

In his spare time Scott’s a research chemist and microbiologist, with a devoted passion for story, cynicism, science, and social commentary.”

Here’s Scott’s logline for SPOON FED:

“A feisty feminist with a sweet-tooth is hired to curb the obesity crisis, then battles USDA corruption as she brings down a chauvinistic sugar lobby. 

Based on true 1980’s events that led to the global diabesity epidemic.”

Read up on our Second (HERE) and Third Placed (HERE) Winners too, or take your chance to become our next winner with our current screenwriting contest… Will you be our next Screenwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner?

 

Meet our Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Special TV Script Award Winner

Meet our Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Special TV Script Award Winner

Meet our Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Special TV Script Award Winner – INSURRECTION by Simon Bowler.

Learn all about our very first winner of the brand new “Best Teleplay or Pilot Award” Simon Bowler, and his script INSURRECTION. Simon is the first winner of the award we introduced to the Summer 2017 Contest and here’s your chance to learn more about him and why his script won him this accolade.

The fact we created these awards tells you something about the quality of the submissions we’ve been receiving in those categories lately – and now you can learn more about our TV winner Simon and his script… For winning Simon recevies free Development Notes, as well as a free re-entry to our Winter 2018 Contest.

Here’s some background on Simon:

“Originally from London, where he produced documentary films for the BBC and Channel 4, Simon has spent over twenty years in Los Angeles producing, writing and directing television docs and reality shows. Simon recently switched to drama and besides the multiple award-winning “Insurrection” mini-series (of which he’s written three episodes), he has written two award-winning plays (both at this year’s Austin Film Fest), a feature film, and is developing a classic horror anthology TV series.”

And here is a short introduction to the script:

INSURRECTION tells the interwoven stories of three men[ – a farmer, a slave and a senator – ]whose dangerous battles against slavery led to the American Civil War. [: farmer John Brown, slave Frederick Douglass, and Senator Stephen A. Douglas].

Follow in Simon’s footsteps and enter in our current main international contest. We’ll have even more winner bios from our Summer Contest coming shortly…

Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Final Results

Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Final Results

The Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Final Results… And the Winner is…!

Put your hands together and cheer for our Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner… SPOON FED by Scott LaFortune! Huge congratulations to our new Grand Prize winner Scott – in what was one of the most fiercely fought recent contests, Scott has come out on top to prove he has the hottest script of Summer 2017.

Scott provided us with a well-written, commercially strong project with clear potential to become even stronger. So, Scott wins the $2000 cash prize, a year of free script development, guaranteed pitching to industry and exclusive script and logline listings from InkTip.

Of course, we’ve got two more overall winners to announce… in second place is FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY by Tony and Ron Basso – another strong and compelling entry that came close. And coming in Third is CHARMER by David Kurtz! Tony, Ron and David will also receive the year of free script development, guaranteed pitching to industry and exclusive InkTip prizes. We look forward to revealing more about the scripts and writers in the coming weeks!

Meanwhile, several other writers have won an Honorable Mention – check below to see if you’re one of them – another top accolade to boast about to your friends and colleagues!

To reward a greater diversity of writing than we’ve been able to before, don’t forget that we’ve also given awards to Simon Bowler and Richard Guimond for the Best Teleplay, and Book with the Best Screen Potential awards, respectively – two more ways that we’ve been reaching out to help reward and develop more writers and different kinds of submission. The fact we’ve created these awards tells you something about the quality of the submissions we’ve been receiving in those categories lately – well done to all the writers who entered and made our judging so difficult! So many of the submissions we read had significant potential – we hope that you’ll keep us in mind as you develop them further. Look closely and you’ll see that among our winners this time are submissions that have improved since entering one of our previous contests – hopefully a strong message to you all to keep going and keep us a part of your writing journey! Enter our Winter contest here

 

GRAND PRIZE WINNER
SPOON FED, Scott LaFortune
SECOND PLACE THIRD PLACE
FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY, Tony Basso and Ron Basso CHARMER, David Kurtz
HONORABLE MENTIONS
 A BOY NAMED JUNE, Steven Bryson INSURRECTION, Simon Bowler BLACK JACK, Stephen Charles Curran
SEA FEVER, Richard Guimond NAPOLEON, Kevin Karp MY SPACE LOVE, Christophe Lourenço
FINAL STATUS, Timothy Jay Smith
Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Final Results

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…

Summer 2017 Screenwriting Contest Final Results

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. Aiman TWO BUCKS FOR BUFFALO BILL, Nick Arvay FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY, Tony Basso and Ron Basso THE DAWN OF EVE, James Bingham LAKE, Ian Bonser
INSURRECTION, Simon Bowler A BOY NAMED JUNE, Steven Bryson THE 405, Patrick Byrne SEEMINGLY HARMONIOUS, Dengxian Cao
BLACK JACK, Stephen Charles Curran
CIRCUS BOY, Stephen Charles Curran THE MUSIC BOX, Stephen Charles Curran INDUSTRY OF LOVE, Koen de Jongh COLONIALS, Ian Fletcher SEA FEVER, Richard Guimond
WHISPERING WINDS (Novel), Richard Guimond BLACK DIAMOND, Karen Marie Howland NAPOLEON, Kevin Karp CHARMER, David Kurtz SPOONFED, Scott LaFortune
MY SPACE LOVE, Christophe Lourenço STRANGE CREATURES, Michael Neyland MOCK ORANGE, Joseph Ramsay FINAL STATUS, Timothy Jay Smith QUEEN OF HEARTS, Ethan Westgate