Screenwriting : Dilemma by Aray Brown

Aray Brown

Dilemma

I have been waiting for another Happy Writer's contest ever since Search For New Blood(my script wasn't show room ready at that time). Now Finally Happy Writer's has a contest that's up my ally and just recently sent my script out for feedback. Decisions, decisions.

Jody Ellis

No dilemma, just do it! I think contests are fun to enter. As long as you don't go crazy, they can get expensive.

Aray Brown

@Jody Yes they can. The Nicholl Fellowship cost me 60. I'm on a fixed income and can't afford to enter into as many contests as i'd like. I told myself if I submit to another one it would have to be this

Jody Ellis

Try to get in on the early deadlines as often as possible to avoid inflated costs. Film freeway is a great resource.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

The Nicholl is the cream of the crop and as we know, their standards are extremely high. They're looking for Oscar worthy scripts. That's the North Star... If you place, even as a quarter-finalist, you're on your way. Aim high. Hollywood doesn't care if you placed in a contest in Iowa. Last year, after RB told me it was time for me to step out into the light... so, still insecure... I did it. He's my champion and gave me the push I needed. So, I entered a bunch of contests and paid for the feedback as well... that's what I really wanted... the feedback... just to see how I'd fare in the world out there. Was I nervous, of course. Was I even scared... absolutely. But in the end, probably more excited then anything else. We all know how subjective it is... key is to submit it in the category closest to your story... i.e. drama or thriller or submit to both if you're not sure. Anyway, I placed as a quarter-finalist in Page, top 10% of 6,200 entries... and placed in a couple of others as well. It wasn't the top prize... but I was thrilled and felt validated... that I could keep going and not be embarrassed. By the end of 2015, I was invited to the Bahamas Screenwriting Residency Program. Only 12 writers were invited. All the mentors were from L.A.... it was the best experience of my writing life. I recommend going for it. Absolutely something I could have never predicted had I not stepped out into that light. Life does work in mysterious ways. Update: I am still rewriting/tweaking that script... because it was never really the best it could be... for me.... as well as working on others and now I have 15 Chapters of a novel which I will adapt... no one can predict what's going to sell... so just write passionately for yourself. If you can afford it, go for it. For me, I don't mind paying the extra $10.00 for a late submission, if I feel it needs another pass to make it better. After all, it is a competition... put your best foot forward. This year's contests are in full swing again. IMO... get the feedback... it's really worth the extra money. Even if you don't place, at least you'll have knowledge as to why that is... in the grand scheme of that world. Then it's back to the drawing board. All writing is rewriting a thousand times... Happy Writing everyone and if you enter, you're one step further up the ladder no matter what the outcome. It will only make you a better writer. Go for it! Best regards to all, -Sylvia

Aray Brown

Thanks guys! @Sylvia I appreciate you sharing your experience with me, it means alot x and I can only go up from here #Inspired

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

You're very welcome Aray.... anytime. :-))

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