Script-a-Thon and Other Screenwriting Contests

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.  :)


3 Responses to Script-a-Thon and Other Screenwriting Contests

  1. Escarondito says:

    Let’s do the contest on shorts

  2. Evan says:

    Maybe you could run a contest modeled after the one Carson at Scriptshadow hosted. Everyone submitted loglines, then the best of those were allowed to enter the first 10 pages or so of the script, and then he went on to read only the best from that bunch.