Some have asked what my involvement is in The Script-a-thon Screenwriting Contest is this year.
The short answer is: I am not involved.
Last year (2010) I was a sponsor for the contest. I offered entries at a discounted price. I sent a bunch of you over to their Facebook page. Some of you entered, and two of you won. (Nice work Jerod and Billy!)
But this year I was informed that they do not need my help promoting the event. And so, I wish them the best of luck.
Should you enter your script in the contest? It’s really up to you. I always encourage screenwriters to enter smaller contests – your odds are greater.
At the same time, I like to know WHO is reading my script when I enter it into a contest. With competitions like BlueCat at least you get feedback, so you know someone has taken a look at your script.
But how do you know if that person is a decent judge?
The whole idea of not knowing who reads your script in a contest led me to start my own screenplay contest last year. In Script Doctor Eric’s 2010 Screenplay Competition, I read each script and provided written feedback to those who payed a little extra. I limited the entries to 100, but let me tell you, that’s still a LOT of scripts.
So, pick your screenwriting contests wisely, especially if you’re on a limited budget. Should you save up and stay tuned for Script Doctor Eric’s 2011 Screenplay Competition? We’ll see. 🙂