What does it take to win a screenwriting contest? WriteMovies Director Ian Kennedy interviews Vanisha Renée Pierce about her successes in our contests and what helped her scripts to stand out in them.
With the WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award well underway, we know many of you will be working to get your scripts finished by the final deadline on May 9th. So, to help you on your way, here’s our advice for writing sci-fi and fantasy dialogue…
The standard deadline for both the WriteMovies Spring Contest and our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award is in just one week on Sunday April 11th! As the world tries to get back to normal, producers are looking for scripts that could tempt audiences back into movie theatres. Could one of those script be yours?
There’s been plenty of positive news for the movie industry over the last couple of weeks. GODZILLA VS. KONG has set a pandemic record, taking $48.5 million at the box office – a clear sign that people are eager to get back to the cinema and that sci-fi and fantasy will continue to be strong performers.
Other genres are seeing investment too. There’s been recent news that Netflix are making a $400 million deal for two sequels to Rian Johnson’s KNIVES OUT, with the first due to start shooting as soon as June. This shows that original IPs are still sought after by producers, and that successful franchises don’t have to be built around aliens and magic!
All the news coming out of industry indicates that it’s getting back on its feet. Audiences are eager for content and producers are investing in new projects and scripts for future productions.
We’ll be pitching all of our winners – of both the Spring Contest and the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award – to industry. This is the right time to be getting your script out there, and submitting to our competitions is the perfect way to do it! We also provide Development Notes to all our winners, making sure that it’s pitch perfect and giving it the best chance of success.
Enter by the standard deadline on Sunday and you’ll save $10 on your submission. What are you waiting for? Submit your script to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes, including our $3500 Grand Prize – click HERE to see the full list of prizes and enter the Spring Contest, or click HERE for the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award!
The last eighteen months have seen people become confined in their homes across the globe. Unable to travel, many of them are looking for new worlds to discover.
That’s why the WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2021 is now open! We’re looking for writers to submit scripts that take audiences to strange new locations and introduce them to otherworldly characters.
Your submissions took us to all sorts of new worlds and magical lands, but in the end our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020 winner ended up being set on Earth: HIGHER by Samantha Brennan!
We’ve had a fantastic time reading lots of scripts for our latest genre award, but in the immortal words of HIGHLANDER, “there can be only one”… It’s time to announce the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020 winner!
A 1 week extension for our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020! We always want to give you the help and support you need – and sometimes that’s just 7 more days to fine-tune your script. Submit by Sunday June 7th for your chance to win big!
The winner of this award will receive:
- Guaranteed pitching to industry
- Two sets of Development Notes to help take their script to the next level
- Further advice to fine tune their script from our experts
And all submissions get free entry to the Summer 2020 Writing Contest as well, with the chance to win the Grand Prize of $2000!
Our Development Notes are designed to give you clear, constructive, studio-quality guidance on the current state of your script and what to do next in order for it to fulfil its potential. They’ll give a clear analysis of its strengths and weaknesses, and provide creative suggestions on how to improve it.
We then pitch all our winners to top execs – click HERE to find out more about how we put our scripts to industry, including an extensive industry mailing list and pitch meetings with top producers and studios.
The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020 extension lasts until Sunday June 7th. Submit today for your chance to win – click HERE!