This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:
FICTION: Via First Writer
Fable’s Fortune Short Story Competition
Closes: 2nd February 2012
Fees: £5 for one entry.
Prizes: £100 for first place. £50; £25.
Details: For short stories up to 1,000 words on the theme: Forbidden Fruit.
Contact: 10 Woodward Close, Pershore, Worcs WR10 1LP
Country: United Kingdom
Waasmode Short Fiction Prize
Closes: 15th March 2012
Fees: $15 for one entry.
Prizes: $1,000 for first place.
Details: For short stories up to 7,500 words.
Country: United States
100-Word Story Competition
Closes: 31st January 2012
Fees: £0 for one entry.
Prizes: £1,000 for first place. £100 in book tokens x 2.
Details: For stories exactly 100 words long. Enter by email.
Country: United Kingdom
WritersReign 2012 Short Story Competition
Closes: 30th June 2012
Fees: £3.50 for one entry. Two stories £6.
Prizes: £100 for first place. 2nd £50, 3rd £25.
Details: This year’s theme is: One Moment in Time. Weave your story around a moment, an incident, a revelation, in your character’s life that dramatically changes things. Whether for good or ill, it doesn’t matter, but remember, as with all our competitions, your story should leave the reader with that feel-good factor in the end. Story length 1,000 to 1,500 words.
Contact: WritersReign, 1 Delta Road, Brentwood, Essex CM13 1NG
Country: United Kingdom
Nelligan Prize – Colorado Review
Closes: 10th March 2012
Fees: $15 for one entry.
Prizes: $2,000 for first place. Also magazine publication.
Details: For unpublished short stories up to 50 pages long.
Contact: Nelligan Prize – Colorado Review, 9105 Campus Delivery, Department of English, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105
Country: United States
THE 4’33” 60 SECOND STORY CONTEST 2012
Closes: 31st March 2012
Fees: £1 for one entry.
Prizes: £60 for first place. 2nd: £30; 3rd: £15.
Details: Brand-new contest for the best audio story of one minute or less. Enter by email, Skype or phone. Full details on how to enter can be found on our website.
Country: United Kingdom
Sky Blue One Act Playwriting Competition
Closes: 30th March 2012
Fees: £15 for one entry. Ł5 Youth entries (under 18)
Prizes: £0 for first place. Short listed plays given a public performance and assessment with a view to publication of your play.
Details: An opportunity to have your play performed, have valuable development time with the actors and director. A special merit award also for the winner of the youth section. Plays must be original, written in English for two or more actors. Entries must be unpublished and not previously performed. Playing time must be between 20 and 30 minutes.
Contact: Sky Blue Theatre, Administration, 3 Wetenhall Road, Cambridge CB1 3AG
Country: United Kingdom
ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA
Touch of Magic 2012
Sponsor: Central Florida Romance Writers
Fee: $25 CFRWA members; $30 non-members
Deadline: March 20, 2011
Eligibility: Writers who are unpublished in book-length fiction (40,000+ words) in the past five years.
Entry: All electronic. First 25 pages (including Prologue, if applicable), plus up to three page synopsis (unjudged), in .rtf format.
Categories: Historical; Short/Series Contemporary; Long/Single-Title Contemporary; Paranormal; Romantic Suspense; Novel with Strong Romantic Elements; Young Adult.
Judges: Published, trained/unpublished.
Final Judges: Katherine Pelz, Penguin, Romantic Suspense; Kate Dresser, Simon and Schuster, Single Title; Meredith Giordan, Penguin, Paranormal; Helen Rosbugy, Medallion, Historical; Esi Sogah, Harper Collings, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements; Gail Chasan, Harlequin, Short Contemporary.
Top Prize: certificate, Frog Prince charm, announcement in RWR.
FMI, www.cfrwa.org or email contest coordinator Lorena Streeter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:
SEEKING EXPERIENCED WRITER FOR REWRITE OF TEEN ROMCOM
“My Friend Noah” is a romantic comedy written by Ryan MacKenzie about a guy who pretends to be gay to score the hottest girl in school. First act included at our website at http://www.MyFriendNoah.com. Plans are to produce the film in 2012. Financing is around the corner and coverage has been collected. Script is in good shape but needs a strong rewrite and collaborator to guarantee a sale when the film is completed. Looking for an experienced screenwriter who is passionate about Ultra- Low Budget independent films, years of commercial screenwriting experience, a strong handle on romantic teen comedies, and understands niche markets, film festivals, etc. Will consider union and non-union. Payment will be deferred — $5,000 (more for union). Upon commencement of principal photography. Please provide job resume, bio, writing samples, and references for us at email@example.com. References will be called.
SEEKING COWRITER TO DEVELOP 2 HOUR TELEPLAY SCRIPT
Seeking a cowriter to develop an outline/partial script into a teleplay for a 2-hour TV Pilot/feature film. Production team is professional and has some great credits under their belt already. The genre is psychological thriller (think of a little Twin Peaks, a little Alias, a little Millennium – very character driven with an ensemble cast.) Please understand the following: this may or may not be paid, so please DO NOT respond if you are only willing to do paid work. And it will be a collaborative effort with the series creator. Male or female, young or old, student or professional – all may apply. Also this will need to be done remotely. My production Company has produced two successful projects already: a very well received TV Pilot which won about 25 awards in 2010 from TV Festivals, and a short film, which received two nominations in 2011. Both were of high quality in every respect. So you won’t be getting into something that will turn out to look and sound of poor quality. Please email your resume, sample scene(s) or trailers/clips of your finished script work, imdb page (if you have one), photo (optional), and anything else you think might be helpful. Thank you.
YOUNG DIRECTOR SEEKING SCREENWRITER FOR JUNE 2012 PRODUCTION
My name is Isaiah Smith, and I’m 25 years of age. I work as an independent contractor shooting, directing, and editing. Editing is my passion; my goal is to be a feature film editor! I have a bachelor’s degree in film studies from the University of North Texas. I know that doesn’t mean much in a field driven by artistic skill and creativity, but I’m hoping to build more credibility by mentioning my degree. Anyhow, I’m reaching out to the writing community because screenwriting is not one of my strong points. I can shoot shots all day; I can edit all day, but developing a script is an entire beast in itself. That’s why there are professionals, like you all, who make careers of it. I have a small team that is helping develop the script for our short film, but we’re not script writers. I’m doing most of the writing, and it is very challenging. We have about 24-pages written at the moment, but it’s not very strong. I understand the amount of skill and talent it takes to develop a solid story. It’s not something I take lightly because without a good story there is nothing worth sharing. I’m looking for somebody who is passionate and gifted in writing. This person should be able to take an idea and run with it. Preferably, this person will have some experience in screenwriting, but it’s fine to apply with no experience. We all have to start somewhere. Lastly, this film is planned to be shot in June 2012. As of right now, we have yet to obtain funding. However, we will be launching a two month campaign on Indie Go-Go in March. We’re believing that God will bless us with $20,000 to make this film a reality. The team is made up of young people who have come together to do a great thing in order to build momentum that will help propel us into our future endeavors. So, there is no money to pay whoever joins the team, sorry. Remember, God takes us through different seasons in our lives. Today, I’m developing a short film, believing for $20k because this is the season God has placed me in. However, in the future, I plan to develop feature films with budgets well in the millions of dollars. If I’m faithful with what I have been given then more will be given. In other words, please don’t let money be the reason you turn down the opportunity to collaborate with talented and creative people. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For samples of my work check out IsaiahSmithFilms.com. Also, to find out more about the lead actor for this film check out Harmini.org.
SEEKING COMEDIC SCREENWRITER TO HELP WITH DIALOGUE
I need a comedic screen writer to help me get my story out of the outline stage into the actual first draft of the script. I have the exact story but the dialogue really screws me everytime. I’d love to sit down and discuss the story and see if you can helpe out. I’d love if you are seasoned at screen writing and more specifically at comedies. Pay will be small unless you would rather make a deal for when I either direct the film or sale it and we can work that out when it comes. You can text me at 972-533-5480 at anytime.
SEEKING CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS PASSIONATE ABOUT WRITING
Hotspot Studios (HSS) established in 2005, is seeking creative individuals who are passionate about writing who don’t mind doing the hard work it takes to get a finished product. If you are a fun, team oriented person who inspires, motivates, accepts constructive criticism and is bursting with ideas for film and tv, then consider growing with us. HSS is a production company that writes, directs and produces their own content. Currently, this includes Film, Television, Plays and Webisodes. We seek aspiring artists and provide them with an opportunity to pursue their dreams through writing, singing, acting and dancing. If you feel HSS is a company that you would like to be a part of, please don’t hesitate to contact us. African American writers are encouraged to apply. Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not required. Must have at least one year of TV Writing and/or Production experience. Must be able to meet twice a week. Must have reliable transportation. Must have personal laptop. Must be familiar with social networking. TO APPLY, PLEASE SEND COVER LETTER, RESUME WITH REFERENCES AND TWO ORIGINAL WRITING SAMPLES TO email@example.com. (Any combination of Screenplay, Play, Spec Script or Pilot.) Serious Applicants Only. Start February 6, 2012. There is pay.
LOOKING FOR IPHONE CONTENT CREATORS
Do you have a passion for TV? We’re a start-up at the intersection of entertainment and technology and we’re looking for writers with personality who would like to be one of the first content creators on our platform for the iPhone. We hope that you will find that being one of the first SideShow creators is akin to being one of the first YouTube creators or podcasters. Our team is also dedicated to ensuring that the community is aware and engaging with your shows, and it will be a unique addition to your portfolio. You can find out more about us at www.gomiso.com/SideShows. If interested, please fill out the following form: https://docs.google.com/a/bazaarlabs.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dE1TMnEyQkFSZEFVQzY5MHp5dm8xcHc6MQ#gid=0
LOOKING FOR EDGY COMEDY SCREENWRITER FOR PILOT PITCH
We’re looking for Comedy Screenwriter / Film Maker and Producers to collaborate on a Series of Comedy Sketches for Pilot Episode to be pitched to various TV network. We’re after edgy comedy screenwriters to not afraid to tackle taboo and controversial subject. Must have previous experience in writing and creating Pilots or Webisodes. Please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org with online video web-links to your work. Thanks.
LOOKING FOR SCREENWRITER FOR COLLABORATION WITH FILMMAKER
Looking for deep-down with human feelings screenwriter to collaborate with a filmmaker on a contemporary drama/action script. Desired script will be packaged and arranged financing by Lucine Distribution. Pay after production is financed. Submit resume: email@LucineDistribution.com. For more info about the company, please visit www.LucineDistribution.com
WEB SERIES PRODUCER SEEKS CO WRITER
I’m a one man video production, and I’m trying to get a web series off the ground, though I do writing my self, I find that trying to get work, direct, produce, and everything else, I’m wearing my self thin and its causing my creative self to suffer. So I’m looking for a script writer to join up with me and help bring my visions to light. I’m trying to get an action series off the ground but first get a nice buzz, following and interest by putting out a series of 10min or less short action stories that would be for youtube and online.This is not a paid gig, so only the most dedicated should apply but all is welcome. Please apply to email@example.com with: full contact info, brief outline about how long you been script writing, what movies you like and your availability.
INDIE PRODUCTION CO SEEKS FEATURE SCRIPT
Small independent production company seeks feature script submissions. Scripts should be tailored to low budget production. Open to submissions in any genre. This will be a standard option with purchase agreement if your script is selected. Please send your log lines and one sheets to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW YORK PRODUCER SEEKS BRILLIANT SCREENPLAY
New York Film Academy Producer seeks ORIGINAL DRAMA or FANTASY screenplays for potential production. Chosen screenwriter(s) will partner with a NY Film Academy producer who will create an entire producer’s package for the script. Package will include a business plan, a look book, a budget, a schedule, and a marketing and distribution plan. Please submit a log-line and synopsis in the body of an email message to Jeanne Ode at email@example.com. Also attach any link to your previous work, or even a sample of your script. If the project is funded; compensation will be at customary low budget independent film rates.
MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR LOOKING TO EXPAND
I am an experienced Music Video director looking to expand my work experience, I have written and directed 8 music videos. Recently my video for Wait Up (Boots of Danger) by Tokyo Police Club was nominated at the Much Music Video Awards for the Independent Video of The Year. I have experience directing Adults, Children and Animals, I am interested in finding a writer who either has a finished script or has an almost finished script that would like to see their story come to life. Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DIRECTOR LOOKING FOR CLEVER SHORT SCRIPT
Director/ad creative Nic Penrake is looking for a clever, uplifting script with a clever twist /payoff with a running time of up to 3 minutes. The plan is to shoot on HD over a weekend in Feb-March, depending on how quickly a top script can be made ready, then entering the film to Virgin Shorts and/or any other relevant festivals and competitions. Your idea can be on anything – provided the budget is sensible and the idea is more than a gimmick. Please send loglines and synopses in first instance to email@example.com. You can submit more than one idea.
SEEKING UPBEAT HINDI LANGUAGE SCRIPT ANY GENRE
We are In need of a Hindi langiage script which has a ‘out of the box’ thinking and the story has to be upbeat. It can be of any genre, but realism will be our preference. We are in touch with potential investors who are willing to invest in potential scripts that will be eventually filmed. The writer will get a salary according to the budget the movie has been allocated and will also be a part of the pre-production stage. Please send in you’re scripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
SEEKING SHORT SCRIPT FOR LONDON PRODUCTION
We are a small production company looking to put a short script into production to be shot within the next few months. We are open to ideas but looking for a completed contemporary script that can be made within London and is between 5 to 15 minutes in duration with 2 -5 characters only. The script should have a creative flaire and be presented at a very professional level. This is a low budget project, therefore a chance to collaborate and have your story developed from paper to screen. The completed film will be entered into festivals in the UK and abroad. This is also a great opportunity to collaborate in the hope of working on more projects in the future. Parallel Vision is proud to work with professional students and industry practitioners to create films of high quality and imagination. Please apply to us at email@example.com with a short bio, years of experience and any link to your previous work, along with a short synopsis and a sample of the script. Please ensure your reply and script lies within the requirements stated and any further questions can be discussed at a later stage. We thank you in advance for taking the time to apply and due to usual high number of replies we shall only be able to reply to suitable applicants.
PRODUCTION COMPANY SEEKING ANIMATION AND FANTASY SCRIPTS
Production company is working with investment group and interested in producing feature length animation and/or fantasy and is seeking scripts for review. Any scripts based on books or TV stories must have full rights obtained prior to submission. Please submit logline with synopsis for review to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If our company is interested we will contact you for further information. All scripts must be WGA or have copyright. Pay is “Paid option agreement.” Thank you.
SEARCHING FOR COWRITER TO COLLABORATE ON SCIFI FEATURE SCRIPT
Director developing feature version of a science-fiction action story based on short film is searching for a co-writer to collaborate on the feature script. The script will be independently produced later this year in Michigan, and some equity financing has already been secured. The film will have a budget of less than $500,000, but our goal is to utilize digital filmmaking and groundbreaking special effects now available to everyone, to produce a film that looks and feels like a $50M movie. This is a great opportunity to get some of your work professionally produced and hopefully distributed to an audience. The ideal candidate should be a great writer, love collaboration, be passionate about movies and science fiction, and be fun to work with. Also, you would be able to stay on the project for help re-writing and polishing the script until we shot in August. Agency representation is a plus. Please send writing samples to email@example.com and tell us a little about yourself in the email. Compensation will be available on a deferred basis, but cash payment may be available upon financing completion in March.
PRODUCTION COMPANY LOOKING FOR FILM NOIR SCRIPTS
Production Company looking for FILM NOIR scripts to make into feature film. Must have some commercial appeal, but would love a FILM NOIR script that stays true to classic FILM NOIR. Please submit script with IMDB link or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOOKING FOR TALENTED SCREENWRITER TO COLLABORATE WITH DIRECTOR
We are looking for a talented screenwriter who will work in collaboration with the director to develop a full length screenplay based on his idea. It’s “work for hire” which means the writer will not own the rights to the screenplay. The writer will be paid once the film goes in production and will receive a screenwriting credit on film. It’s a mixed genre concept with philosophical tones to it. Please apply only if you have written feature film scripts previously. Attach a pdf with samples of your work. If you don’t provide any samples, we will not consider you. Please contact us at email@example.com. The imdb link to the director’s filmography is: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0162157/. Thank you.
SEEKING WRITER FOR TV PILOT
We are looking for the writer of our up and coming TV Pilot ‘Cast a Star’ we want it to be a scripted documentary style reality TV piece; that will cast our next film ‘Dissection’. The short-listed actors will then be put into a house to do daily tasks, that relate to the filming process. The actors we like the best will be cast into roles. The show will incorporates a range of shows that you would have already seen, for example: X-factor, Big Brother, The Hills, Made in Chelsea, The only way is Essex etc. By putting them together we will produce something that is new and exciting for audiences, interested in the arts. The writer will be paid £300-500 plus 1% of net producers profit depending on experience.
Please remember to check out legitimacy of all contests before you enter, and to copyright all your work.
Good luck and let me know how you get on.