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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Playingbingo Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   28th February 2013
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £300 for first place. Second prize £100, and two runner’s up prizes of £50.
Details:   A short story competition on the theme of bingo, 1,500-3,000 words.
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://playingbingo.co.uk/competitions-prizes/short-story/index.php

Winchester Writers’ Conf. Short Story
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   25th May 2012
Fees:   £9 for one entry. £7 if attending conference.
Prizes:   £100 for first place. Also £150 fiction workshop voucher.
Details:   For short stories on any theme or subject, between 1,500 and 3,000 words. No children’s stories.
Contact:   Writing Competitions, c/o Barbara Large, Winchester Writers’ Conference, The University of Winchester, Winchester, Hants SO22 4NR
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   Sara.Gangai@winchester.ac.uk
Website:   http://www.writersconference.co.uk/competition.htm

Two Ways Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st May 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $50 for first place. $25 for second place.
Details:   To enter, write a piece of prose and poetry on any theme. The pieces can be integrated or separate, but must present the same essential story. Entries must be 2500 words or fewer. Contest deadline May 31, 2012. E-mail entries will not be accepted. For full rules, see attached URL.
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.scribophile.com/contests/two-ways-contest/

Wordstock Ten Short Fiction Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st July 2012
Fees:   $30 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place.
Details:   For short stories and comics of any genre, between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Enter online.
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.wordstockfestival.com/get-involved/short-fiction-competition/

Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th May 2012
Fees:   €0 for one entry. No fees
Prizes:   €0 for first place. All successful applicants will receive a free copy of the printed magazine.
Details:   Submit your work to be featured on the blog with a chance to be published in our monthly magazine. We are looking for creative people with a vision and voice to share their opinions, work and stories not for a pay check but for the love of creating. This months issue theme is REFLECTION – PEILIKUVA Deadline is Midnight Finnish Time, May 30th 2012.
Contact:   submission@hesainprint.com
Country:   Finland
Email:   info@hesainprint.com
Website:   http://www.hesainprint.com

Katherine Paterson Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th June 2012
Fees:   $20 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place. $100 x 3. Also publication.
Details:   For Young Adult and Children’s Literature up to 10,000 words. May be a novel excerpt, but if so should stand alone.
Contact:  KPP, Hunger Mountain, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
Country:   United States
Email:   hungermtn@vcfa.edu
Website:   http://www.hungermtn.org/katherine-paterson-prize-for-young-adult-and-childrens-writing/

Short Story of the Month Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   25th May 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. Publication in The New Short Story Annual 2013
Details:   Submissions are welcome on any subject (up to 2,000 words). The winning entry will be displayed on the website. The winning entry and strongest contenders will be published in The New Short Story Annual 2013 at the end of the year.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   hayleysherman.editor@gmail.com
Website:   http://www.hayley-sherman.co.uk

The Flaneur short story contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st May 2012
Fees:   $20 for one entry.
Prizes:   Ł0 for first place. Half of the entry fees will be given as a prize.
Details:   Short stories of up to 6000 words on the theme of Urban Shorts. Selected stories will be published in our ebook anthology and the winner will receive a cash prize.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   contest@flaneur.me.uk
Website:   http://flaneur.me.uk/04/call-for-urban-short-stories-for-flaneur-ebook/

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th June 2012
Fees:   $20 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place. $100 x 2. Also publication.
Details:   For original, unpublished stories under 10,000 words.
Contact:   HFMSFP, Hunger Mountain, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.hungermtn.org/short-fiction-prize/

Multi-Story Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th June 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry. £8 for two entries.
Prizes:   £500 for first place. 2nd prize £100 3rd prize £50.
Details:   Open-themed story of no more than 2500 words.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   info@multi-story.co.uk
Website:   http://www.multi-story.co.uk

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Screenwriting Goldmine
Category:   Scripts
Closes:   12th July 2012
Fees:   Ł24 for one entry. Deadlines: 7th June, 5th Jul, 12th Jul.
Prizes:   Ł500 for first place. Many prizes, including meetings with industry judges.
Details:   This is a major new British screenwriting contest, with a serious ambition to find good new writers. Highly influential judging panel of industry leaders. The entry fees have been kept as low as possible, and there is an excellent selection of prizes, including script meetings with some of those judges. Early bird submission date: Thurs 7th June, final submissions by Thurs 12th July.
Contact:   Screenwriting Goldmine Competition, Tradejammer Ltd, 63 Lansdowne Place, Hove, BN3 1FL
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   info@screenwritinggoldmine.com
Website:   http://awards.screenwritinggoldmine.com


 *Open to published authors
**Open to published and unpublished authors

**2012 Molly and Unsinkable Heroine Contest
Sponsor: Heart of Denver Romance Writers
Fee: HODRW member $25, RWA member $30, others $40.
Deadline: Early bird deadline May 1, 2012; final deadline May 25, 2012
Eligibility: Participation is open to all unpublished authors of novel-length romance fiction and those who have not published within three years prior to contest deadline. Non-winning entries are eligible for reentry.
Entry: Electronic entries only; see website for instructions.
Categories: Young Adult, Contemporary, Single Title, Historical, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal/Time-Travel/Futuristic
Judges: First round judges are romance writers. Second round judges are published authors.
Final Judges: See website for final judge editors and agents.
Top Prize: The first place winner in each category will receive the Molly Award. All other finalists will receive suitable recognition. Results will be published in the RWR.
FMI: email Mollycoordinator@hodrw.com with questions or see the website at http://www.hodrw.com/contests.

2012 Emerald City Opener
Sponsor: Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America
Fee: $12 for members, $20 for nonmembers
Deadline: May 31, 2012
Eligibility: Unpublished writers.
Entry: Your novel’s opening hook – The Opener – is what attracts an editor or agent. Polish the first seven pages of your manuscript and enter the Emerald City Opener Contest, sponsored by the Greater Seattle Chapter of RWA. Electronic submittal.
Categories and Final Judges: Category (Series) Romance – Kelli Martin, Amazon/Montlake; Contemporary – Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing; Historical – Amanda Bergeron, Avon Books; Paranormal – Carrie Jackson, Ellora’s Cave; Romantic Elements – Holly Root, Waxman Agency; Romantic Suspense – Alexandra Machinist, Janklow & Nesbit Associates; Young Adult – Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency.
First Round Judges: PROs, Published Authors.
Top Prize: Finalists receive a private pitch with their editor or agent of choice if attending Emerald City Writer’s Conference on October 26–28. Top prize in each category is $25.
FMI, www.gsrwa.org.

(N.B. Only contact the companies listed below between 10th May– 25th May 2012)

We are looking for good, story-oriented short film scripts that we can make into actual film(s). Please note: we are not capable yet of making any lavish fantasy or historical/period productions, our resources are privately funded and limited, therefore we are only interested in scripts that are set in more-less modern times and don’t call for much of CGI use (preferably no CGIs at all.) Please submit your actual scripts instead of pitches and loglines and use any common text-searchable format. Send to scripts@888productions.org Thank you.

Films4Net is an independent production company based in London. We are currently looking for writers, or even a writer, for the following: 1.) A completed short film script, to be filmed in June, willing to consider any genre. 2.) A science fiction short film competition in July, this will be a collaborative work between the writer, director and producer over a 48 hour period of pretty frantic filming. 3.) Submissions for music video ideas for various rock, hip hop and club acts. We are ideally looking for someone London-based, or someone who has the means and will to travel to London for production meetings and shoot days. Apply to: Johnny Michaels at info@films4net.co.uk

Production company looking for comedy writers to work on a series. The series, House of Blue, is in production. It is about a family that love each other, but have many issues still to resolve. Please submit spec scripts or any other writing. Include resume detailing previous work. You will be contacted for further information after your scripts are reviewed. Email: wrcproductions@gmail.com Miguel Cedillo, Weras Entertainment.

Local production company responsible for nationally televised network documentary/non-fiction programming looking for talented, passionate writers. Experience working in television industry (television, not “video production”) a plus; experience writing long format segments even better. Most important is a desire to tell a great story, understanding of how to put one together, and the willingness to learn our style. General work habits must include attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, easy to work with in a team setting, and passionate about the craft of writing film/television. Please email, including short cover letter (in the body of the email) and resume (as attached DOC/PDF). Emails not submitted correctly or with grammatical errors will not be considered. Examples of work are encouraged, just not too many please! PLEASE NOTE: You MUST be local to the greater Seattle area. Apply to: Hiring Manager, schuyler@psgfilms.com

Looking for three or four 7-10min scripts for a webisode. Must be wine savvy and/or be a wine trivia geek. Shooting will begin asap. Please email me for details if you are interested. This is an eposodic comedy mainly for entertainment with a flair of wine knowledge. Please email me at gibsonnyc@gmail.com for more details if you are interested. This is a no pay gig for now. We welcome you to join us and see where we can pitch it later.

An upcoming director looking for screenwriters who have great no budget scripts which they intend to see on screen produced. Please submit resumes, synopsis and sample scenes of the script to Sam at worleex@gmail.com

We are producing 4 short episodes (est. 11-minutes) for Spanish television; it’s a kids TV show. We already have the characters. We do great CG work, we’d just like someone who has a knack for writing children’s television, and preferably who has some experience writing for a Spanish audience. Bilingual is a huge plus. These few will be done on spec but once the show goes to series there are huge opportunities for growth with the show. Apply to: Stephen Steelman. Salary: DOE.

Seeking a script, preferably comedic, that is 3-6 minutes long and won’t require a bunch of expensive locations. This is technically for film school, but can also be used for festival submissions as well as shown online on sites like vimeo, Funny or Die, etc. Comedy or drama only. No horror, no action. I want great dialogue, and funny would be best. You will get a copy of the film (which will be shot on a Canon 5D) and credited but NO PAY. I’m opening this up to writers who want their content produced as I am still learning screenwriting and would prefer to polish my scripts vs rush shooting them. So if you have a short sketch you want produced, great! The film must stand alone and again be 3-6 minutes in length. Obviously the less actors needed the better as far as keeping my craft services budget low. To submit, please send your script to Joanna deMoyer at joannademoyer@gmail.com It MUST be properly formatted as a screenplay. I have Celtx but not final draft on my computer so please send as a PDF or Celtx file. If you don’t hear from me, you may assume I am NOT using your script. I will contact the top 3 submissions to meet for coffee and discuss your vision as a writer as well as send you a link to my previous film so you can see the production values already established with this creative team. If you wish to do more on this project besides the script (such as crew, editing, acting, etc) please say so in your submission. This will be produced as a SAG new media short film. Casting Producer: Joanna de Moyer. Directed by: Deborah Rombaut. DP: Ira Edelman

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Machigonne Fiction Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   18th June 2012
Fees:   $15 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place.
Details:   For fiction up to 7,500 words.
Contact:   THE NEW GUARD, P.O. Box 10612, Portland, ME 04104
Country:   United States
Website:   http://newguardreview.com

HGWells Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   22nd July 2012
Fees:   Donation of £5 per adult entry. Free for under 26 year olds.
Prizes:   £1,000 for first place. The shortlisted stories will be published on an anthology.
Details:   Junior Prize £1000 winner entry for authors under 26 y.o. Senior Prize £250 winner entry for authors aged 26 y.o. and over. Theme The Sea. Min 2000 Max 5000 words. Handwriting is not compulsory but the judges will award 10% of the marks for good handwriting. UK residents only.
Contact:   HGWells Short Story Competition on 01303264749, 2 Pelham Gardens Folkestone CT20 2LE
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   rose.unsworth@gmail.com
Website:   http://www.wellsfestival.com

Prolitzer Prize 2012
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st October 2012
Fees:   £4 for one entry. £3 per subsequent entry
Prizes:   £130 for first place. Publication in magazine. 2 x runner up prizes, £30
Details:   We are looking for prose writing, fiction or creative nonfiction, that epitomises the editorial aims of the magazine: to publish quality, accessible writing that challenges, engages and entertains. Word length up to 2000 words. The magazien is an international competition. Full details on our website.
Contact:   Prolebook 15 Maes-y-Dre Abergele Conwy LL22 7HW
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   prosecompetition@prolebooks.co.uk
Website:   http://www.prolebooks.co.uk/page8.html

Meridian Writing Summer Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th June 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry. £3 for a basic critique
Prizes:   £100 for first place. 2nd Place – £50, 3rd Place – £25, plus firstwriter.com voucher
Details:   Summer Short Story Competiton Story: Open Theme/Genre, 3000 words max. Eligibility: Open to new and published authors, see website for full details. Non-competition Critique service available
Contact:   19 Juniper Drive, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 5WW
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   info@meridian-writing.co.uk
Website:   http://www.meridian-writing.co.uk

Swanwick Writing for Children Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th April 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. Week at writers’ summer school plus publication; critique; magazine subscription.
Details:For short stories up to 1,000 words or the first 1,000 words of a novel aimed at children, on the theme: A sense of duty.
Contact:Elizabeth Kay, Warners Group Publications, Fifth Floor, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JD
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.swanwickwritersschool.co.uk/dynamic/documents/2012%20competition%20details.pdf

Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition 
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st July 2012
Fees:   €15 for one entry.
Prizes:   €2,000 for first place. Also, a week in Writers’ Retreat, plus publication in Journal.
Details:   This annual competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.
Contact:   Munster Literature Centre, 84 Douglas Street, Cork
Country:   Ireland
Email:   info@munsterlit.ie
Website:   http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html

100 Euro to spend on your summer hols
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th June 2012
Fees:   €5 for one entry.
Prizes:   €100 for first place.
Details:   And all you have to do is win our next short story competition. Entry is just EUR5 and the closing date is midnight on June 15th. Maximum story length is 1500 words. Theme – anything you like, so long as it makes us laugh. Visit our website for the full list of rules and regs, and to read the winning entries and runners-up from the first five competitions.
Country:   Portugal
Email:   enquiries@cheerreader.co.uk
Website:   http://www.cheerreader.co.uk

Salamander Fiction Prize 2012
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th June 2012
Fees:   $15 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,500 for first place. Also publication.
Details:   For short stories up to 35 double spaced pages.
Contact:   Salamander, Suffolk University, English Department, 41 Temple Street, Boston, MA 02114
Country:   United States
Website:   http://salamandermag.org/contests/

PrintExpress.co.uk are running a competition for kids aged 13 and under. If you’re a keen short story writer, we want to hear from you – and you could win £150 in Amazon vouchers!

To enter, email us at shortstory@printexpress.co.uk with your short story (maximum of 500 words) on any topic that you’d like. The more creative, interesting, exciting & fun your story – the better!
– No entry fee
– Open to those aged 13 or under
– Maximum of 500 words
– Deadline to enter is 30th June, 2012
– Only one entry per person
– When applying, include your age
– We’d like to publish the winner’s story on our blog, but you keep the rights to it.
The full details are here: http://www.printexpress.co.uk/blog/2012/04/16/print-express-childrens-story-competition


The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest

Think you can turn this logline from Randall Wallace, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter for Braveheart, and Writer/Director of The Man in the Iron Mask and We Were Soldiers into a killer script?

A soldier returns from an 18-month deployment and finds that the family home is missing – even the address no longer exists.

Working from this A-list logline, you’re challenged to create up to the first 15 pages of an original script based on the given concept. Make it your own – drama, action, sci-fi… anywhere your imagination takes you.

But it doesn’t stop there. The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest goes much further than your average competition, by providing the top 10 finalists with mentors to guide them through the entire script creation process, with the goal of completing a spec screenplay to be judged by a panel of Hollywood power players.

Here’s how it works:

  • Entrants write up to the first 15 pages of a script based on the logline above, provided by Randall Wallace
  • The top 10 finalists are chosen from the submissions, and receive a personalized letter of congratulations from Randall Wallace
  • Each of the 10 finalists receives a copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter to professionally format their work as they enter into a 12-week Story Specialists mentoring program, consisting of feedback for every 10 pages submitted, with the goal of completing a spec screenplay based on the given logline
  • After the mentoring, the finalists submit their rough drafts to our professional script readers for comprehensive Development Notes, and then have two weeks to work with their mentor and notes to complete the final draft of their screenplay for judging.
  • Randall Wallace and production company Benderspink judge the completed screenplays and choose a winner

The lucky winner of this scriptwriting contest receives a classic Industry experience, including transportation to Los Angeles and:

Lush Accommodations at the Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont

The chic Chateau, conveniently nestled right off the Sunset Strip, will serve as the home base for the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest winner. Thinking of the many opportunities to network and hobnob with the Hollywood elite that frequent this hotspot is mind-boggling!

The IvyOne-on-One with Randall Wallace at The Ivy
First on the agenda? Lunch with screenwriter Randall Wallace at Robertson Blvd.’s uber-popular bistro, known for its steady stream of celebs and location near power-agency ICM. The winner will take in some serious knowledge and know-how from Wallace, while filling up on the Ivy’s famous nouvelle American cuisine.


Meeting with Benderspink
The Hollywood treatment continues through a conference with Benderspink, a diversified management/production company with credits including The Hangover, American Pie, and The Ring. Aspiring screenwriters dream of this kind of opportunity to meet with such an influential group, a fantasy that will come true for the lucky winner!

Movie Magic Screenwriter – Professional Formatting Software
Format your script and outline it, too, with the newly redesigned Movie Magic Screenwriter 6! This award-winning screenwriting software formats movies, television, novels, stage plays and even comic book scripts, making it the only program for all types of creative writing.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest can give you the tools and the resources you need to complete a saleable screenplay. But besides the experience and the mentoring you could receive, placing in this competition shows that you can take another’s idea and turn it into a winning script – a trait that’s truly valued in Hollywood, and serves as a priceless addition to your screenwriting resume.

Fees, Dates and Deadlines:

  • Contest Begins: February 2012
  • Early Submission Fee and Deadline: $40 to enter before March 31, 2012
  • Standard Submission Fee and Deadline: $50 to enter between April 1 – May 15, 2012
  • Contest Deadline: May 15, 2012
  • Finalists Announced: Early June 2012
  • Mentor Program Begins: June 2012
  • Mentor Program Completes: Early September 2012
  • Winner Announced: Late September 2012
  • Lunch with Randall Wallace & Meetings: October 2012

Looking for the regulations and answers to specific questions? Check out the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest’s Rules and FAQs


 *Open to published authors
**Open to published and unpublished authors

Charter Oak in Excellence in Writing Award
Sponsor: Charter Oak Romance Writers, Connecticut
Fee: $20 CORW/CTRWA/CoLoNY; Others $25
Deadline: May 20, 2012
Eligibility: for unpublished and non-PAN eligible authors.
Entry: First 20 pages; may also include 3 pages synopsis not to be judged.
Categories: Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, Mainstream, YA.
Judges: Three qualified judges per entry (trained and/or published authors).
Final Judges: Deborah Smith/Bell Bridge Books, Contemporay; Mandy Hubbard/D4EO Literary Agency, YA. Others TBA.
FMI, http://www.charteroakromancewriters.org/.

(N.B. Only contact the companies listed below between 17th April – 2nd May2012)

Looking for a co-writer to help polish off six scripts for my new comedy web series. Currently the first episode is being funded through Kickstarter, however there is recent interest from JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and his manager Rick Dorfman to get behind this project. They’d like me to send them the scripts in the next couple of days and to be honest I’ve been caught off guard with this interest. The scripts are finished, but I feel they could use one more rewrite before I’d feel comfortable sending them off. Payment and terms to be negotiated. Please only respond if this is something you can tackle immediately. You can check out the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/retrofilmsent/manuel-labour-trash-collecting-junk. Apply to: Ryan Noel at info@retrofilmsentertainment.com

Looking for a fun, amiable writer to translate a movie script (approx 100 pages) that’s in Argentinian Spanish to American English. Please have screenwriting know-how (but I will be training you with my own methods and requirements).  This is a very important opportunity for the right person since I am a Gatekeeper, Mentor, Manager & Muse in Hollywood.  Please give details on what you bring to the table and what you expect to be paid.  Anyone can submit, but being in Los Angeles is ideal. Send inquiries to info@TheBitchWithTheRedPen.com

Please only apply if you have read this posting. Generic cover letters will not be read. I’m developing a comedic web series about an up and coming feminist group in New York. The web series is a narrative about the formation of this group, and the struggles to make it racially, sexually, and economically diverse. The film has three main characters, two of whom are women of color. The project is highly ambitious. It’s got the raciness of shows like Sex in the City, but it really aims to show the side of women that we don’t often talk about: the fact that they are powerful beings that can change the world. In doing this, I want to explore what it means to be a woman, and to do this I feel that it is necessary to have a diverse group of women on the writing crew. More about the creator: I have just released my web series, and have written and directed 5 films before that. I am a feminist who is really interested in gender, race, and class. I’m also an aspiring history buff (well, someday), comedy writer, and social media guru. This show is very important to me as not only do I want to change the way that women are represented in media, I also wish to really hone in on what a better world would look like for all women. I’m looking for writers who want to do the same. A plus if you are also an actress. More Info: Http://lessonsfrommyearlytwenties.com Send inquiries to alexmac84@gmail.com

I am in need of a sketch comedy writer. I would like to use someone for my talk variety show which will be a great way for improv and sketch comedy writer to get loads of practice and have their work acted out. Unfortunately, I am unable to pay at this time but you will get writer credit. If you are interested, send inquires to colorofloveproduction@gmail.com P.S. Blue Material and Dark Humor is welcomed.

We have a start-up cinema production company and are looking to add to our arsenal with some short films (under 10 minutes) that can be filmed in one day, preferably one location (or minimal number of locations) for about $1,500 (mostly toward gear rental, craft services, crew, cast…in that order, which we will provide). Any genre works. Looking to lock principal photography the last week of April. The kicker: it has to have as its lead a mid- to late- 20s Caucasian male (good looks, medium/athletic build/height, versatile dark hair, mesmerizing blue eyes…can email you headshots, etc.) He’s a crucial member of our Team, and hopefully you will be, too!  Everyone ought to have their dreams “reelized”; let’s collaborate to Make It Happen, yo. To talk shop, please email: theactorproject@gmail.com

Looking for a writer to make partners with and co-write. Initially I have two scripts waiting to be polished and fixed). Please send me your resume, a little about yourself and the style of writing, genres or favorite films/influences, you have. Initially this is non paid but obviously there is the writing credit. I am a foreign (yes that´s another reason why I need a writing partner) producer-director that wants to focus more on execution, getting the thing done and….weird…get distribution 🙂 Thanks for reading and talk to you soon. More Info: http://www.mandy.com/home.cfm?c=mga004 Apply to: Alicia at ali.blue.angel@gmail.com

We are looking for an experienced screenwriter to edit and format our script. Must be located in Southern California. This is a paid project. Contact us at luisx310@yahoo.com

Please remember to check out legitimacy of all contests, classes, and conferences before you enter, and to copyright all your work before you submit.

Good luck and let me know how you get on.

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Hazel Hilles Memorial Short Fiction
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   18th September 2012
Fees:   $6 for one entry. CAD
Prizes:   $500 for first place. 2nd: $100 CAD; 3rd: $100 CAD.
Details:   Short fiction, any genre, any theme. Length: no minimum; 5000 words maximum. Full details and rules on website.
Country:   Canada
Website:   http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/creative-writing-contest.html

The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   28th May 2012
Fees:   $40 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place. All entries will be considered for paid publication ($250).
Details:   This annual contest is for short fiction by writers who have not yet published a novel or story collection. Open to Canadian citizens or residents only. No word limit. All entries will be judged blind. $40 entry fee includes a 1-year Canadian subscription. Details at website.
Country:   Canada
Website:   http://tnq.ca/peter-hinchcliffe-fiction-award

Swanwick Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th April 2012
Fees:  £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. Week at writers’ summer school plus publication; critique; magazine subscription.
Details:   For short stories up to 1,000 words on the theme: A sense of duty.
Contact:   Elizabeth Kay, Warners Group Publications, Fifth Floor, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JD
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.swanwickwritersschool.co.uk/dynamic/documents/2012%20competition%20details.pdf

Hillerman Prize Mystery Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st June 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $10,000 for first place.
Details:   For crime novels of at least 60,000 words, with a primary setting in the Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.
Contact:   St. Martin’s Minotaur/THWC Competition St. Martin’s Minotaur 175 Fifth Avenue New York, New York 10010
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.wordharvest.com/contest.php

Henrietta Branford Writing Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   27th April 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. Opportunity to meet authors, editors, publishers, agents, and other professionals in this field, plus up to £150 travel expenses.
Details:   For short stories up to 1,500 words by writers under 19 living in the UK, using the opening paragraph on the website.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   anne.marley@tiscali.co.uk
Website:   http://www.branfordboaseaward.org.uk/HBWC/hbwcstart.html

Children’s story competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th April 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:  £100 for first place.
Details:   Stories can be up to 5000 words in length, suitable for readers aged 7-11 and the theme is open. 1st Publications of a small paperback plus £100 plus website publication, 2nd £50 plus website publication 3rd £25 plus website publication.
Contact:   18 Hillside Road Blidworth Nottinghamshire NG21 0TR
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   thynkspublications@yahoo.co.uk
Website:   http://www.thynkspublications.co.uk/competitions

Fineline Competition 2012
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st June 2012
Fees:   $10 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place.
Details:   For prose poems or short short fiction up to 500 words. No verse.
Contact:   Mid-American Review, Department of English,
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.bgsu.edu/studentlife/organizations/midamericanreview/fineline.html

Nottingham Short Story Competition 2012
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th April 2012
Fees:   £10 for one entry.
Prizes:   £1,000 for first place. £250; £125.
Details:   For short stories on any subject up to 2,500 words.
Contact:   Prime Writing Academy, Nottingham Short Story Comp 2012, PO Box 10235, Nottingham NG2 9NY
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.primewritingacademy.com/competitions.php

Rannu Fund for Speculative Literature
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st May 2012
Fees:   $10 for one entry. $15 if entry is submitted in both categories.
Prizes:   $500 for first place. Two $500 prizes (poetry, fiction) and $50 honourable mentions in both categories.
Details:   NO ATTACHMENTS. Open to all countries. All entries in both fiction and poetry MUST be speculative literature in content. Poetry: up to 5 poems (unpublished) not to exceed 10 single-spaced pages. Fiction: submit one short story or a novel excerpt (unpublished) of no more than 7,000 words double-spaced. If submitting a novel excerpt, include a brief synopsis. Both categories: Plain text format. Include name, address, telephone number and e-mail address and a one-paragraph biography.
Country:   Canada
Email:   rannufund@gmail.com
Website:   http://rannu.webs.com

Fantasy/Medieval Short Story
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th May 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry. 0
Prizes:   $0 for first place. 0.01/word. Publication in our Magazine.
Details:   Up to 6000 words of your best fantasy or mediaval fiction. We are looking for strong fantasy fiction that entertains and leaves the reader begging for more. Strong grammar and punctuation is a must. Submission by e-mail only please.
Country:   United States
Email:   adam@tavernsvault.com
Website:   http://www.tavernsvault.com

Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st June 2012
Fees:   $10 for one entry.
Prizes:   $2,000 for first place.
Details:   For previously unpublished short fiction, up to 8,000 words.
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.philadelphiastories.org/marguerite-mcglinn-prize-fiction-0

Writing Competitions–Cash Prizes!
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th April 2012
Fees:   Ł3 for one entry. Multiple competitions at different prices.
Prizes:   Ł200 for first place. Various prizes in different competitions.
Details:   Various competitions for people of all ages. Prizes for winners, and commendations in anthology. Fiction and non-fiction. Competitions include: New Novels, Open Short Story, Young Writers and Christian Short Story.
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.sunpenny.com

Short Story of the Month Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:  25th April 2012
Fees:  £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. £10 firstwriter.com Voucher, publication on the website and promo.
Details:   The short story of the month competition is open to all writers creating original and dynamic fiction (up to 2,000 words). In addition to the voucher and publication on the website, every entry will be considered for publication.
Contact:   Hayley Sherman
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   hayleysherman.editor@gmail.com
Website:   http://www.hayley-sherman.co.uk

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   27th April 2012
Fees:   £10 for one entry.
Prizes:   £1,000 for first place. Also editorial report and advice on publication.
Details:   For the first 30 pages of a novel by a woman over 21 who has not previously published a full-length novel.
Contact:   Fiction Prize, c/o President’s Secretary, Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/whats-on/events-calendar/post/47-lucy-cavendish-college-fiction-prize-2012—enter-now


 *Open to published authors
**Open to published and unpublished authors

The 2012 Golden Claddagh
Sponsor: Celtic Hearts Romance Writers
Fee: $20–25.00
Deadline: May 5, 2012
Entry: 30 pages maximum with a 6 page synopsis maximum, total not to exceed 35 pages.
Judges: Trained, published & unpublished.
Final Judges: Editors and Agents.
FMI, http://www.celtichearts.org/contest.html.

2012 Ignite the Flame Contest
Sponsor: Central Ohio Fiction Writers
Fee: $25 for COFW members; $30 for non-members
Deadline: May 20, 2012
Eligibility: Unpublished authors
Entry: 15 pages of the hero/heroine* first meet scene (no synopsis), paper and electronic entries accepted (*hero/hero, heroine/heroine is also welcome).
Categories: Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance, Category-Length Contemporary, Young Adult, Single Title, Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance.
Final Judges: Laura Bradford (Agent at Bradford Literary Agency), Deb Werksman (Editor at Sourcebooks), Rhonda Penders (Editor at Wild Rose Press), Andrea Somberg (Agent at Harvey Klinger, Inc.), Katherine Pelz (Editor at Berkley Publishing Group), Alicia Rasley (Editor at Red Sage), Lindsey Faber (Editor at Samhain Publishing).
FMI, www.COFW.org or email itfcontest@gmail.com.

(N.B. Only contact the companies listed below between 17th April – 2nd May2012)

A new production company is seeking screenplay submission on any good genre. The screenplay must be a finished one, with lots of intrigues and creativity. If you have any screenplay that you want to see produced submit a query to this mail: howard.tims@ymail.com. Please don’t submit any screenplay yet unless on request. The genre (e.g.: action, thriller, horror, comedy, drama, suspense, Sci-Fi etc.) is open for now because we are looking for something captivating. The budget is open too; glad to say that the company has lots of fund to invest, looking at producing couple of scripts this year and next. Submission ends on 10.04.2012

We are an independent film production company. We are looking for a writer with episodic scripts for a 1 hour TV Drama to be aired on a major Canadian Broadcast channel as follows: One-hour programs that can air between 8 to 9 p.m. and/or 9 to 10 p.m.; Action oriented programs (such as “Republic of Doyle.”); Female oriented, character driven shows (such as “Being Erica.”); Programs that speak directly to Canadians, about Canadians. Please note: We will accept submissions from Canadian writers only. The funding we seek can be only acquired on condition that the writer and producer are Canadians. If you have what it takes please provide a log line, synopsis and target audience. You can email us the information to filmscripts@flowpictures.com Only selected writers will be contacted. Apply to Gilbert Khoury.

We are ready to team up with another writer with a unique screenplay and create a movie that’s based around Scottish Highlands. Be advised that this is a low budget out of pocket project. Please send synopsis only for a 8-10 minute short. We will not accept a script without a synopsis first. Please Do not send a catchphrase, send a synopsis only. If we like the synopsis, we will get back and ask for screenplay. A synopsis must include a brief description of the screenplay/story. Thanks. Email us at casting@squareelephant.co.uk

My name is Zack Lyon, I am a comedy/drama writer. I am seeking a writing partner to develop a sitcom pilot in which I have already have a first draft. I believe the scenario to be both extremely commercial and also original. I have contacts within the industry which I will discuss in person. I understand any writer may find the concept of working on another writers project potentially frustrating, but I believe with the help of another talented writer we can make this work. Due to my other drama projects I am struggling to commit the time it deserves. I’m looking to form a lengthy writing relationship. With a talented writer I see a future in dealing with. Contact me: lyon.zack@gmail.com

Writers are invited to pitch their take on two Amazon Studios projects to be considered for Open Writing Assignments that will pay up to $33,000 each. To be considered for these Open Writing Assignments, you must submit a Writer’s Proposal by May 14, detailing your approach to a rewrite of the script or scripts — you can submit for both.

 Seeking a motivated writing PA for primetime cable award show in its second year to assist the lead writer on the show who can help break story (docu-style shorts and comedy shorts), research, brainstorm, punch up scripts, and help line up interviews. As the award show gets closer, responsibilities will also include managing changes in show script, updating run of show, and dealing with last minute script changes from producers and presenters’ agents. Award show is in October and work days will be sporadic (think once a week) and will grow as the award show draws near. Writing PA will also help work on other projects in development internally at the production company. Must know how to use Final Draft proficiently (in a production capacity, not just writing) and Photoshop and/or Illustrator is a plus. Please send resume and writing sample (original pilot or spec, with logline) to Tone at tone@mrbproductions.com Rate is $125/day.

iFeatures2, the enhanced production initiative from Creative England and BBC Films, will green light 3 feature projects in Dec 2012 with budgets of £350,000 each. Level 5 Films will be submitting 2 projects to this very exciting development scheme and are currently looking to collaborate with a produced screenwriter on one of our submissions. If you are a screenwriter with a demonstrable track record (whether you live in the English regions or London), meet all of the requirements as outlined in the iFeatures guidelines (http://www.ifeatures2.co.uk/guidelines1.html) and feel that you have an exciting, fresh voice to add to the British Indie film landscape, then we would love to hear from you. PLEASE NOTE: If you are a Writer/Director and wish to apply to Level 5 Films you must have an excellent track record working at this budget level (i.e. you’ve won major awards as a director or have been critically acknowledged for your body of work) PLUS you must be prepared to go through an extensive development process on your proposed script with Level 5 Films acting as the lead creative producer in this instance. Take a look at the iFeatures page at http://www.level5films.com/ifeatures.html then click through to our submissions page to register your interest with us. On application to us we will require: 1.) A brief bio – pay particular attention to what inspires you as a writer and your experience with project development on previous work. 2.) A 25 word logline 3.) A brief synopsis or project outline. As a final note, if such films as ‘Last Resort’, ‘London to Brighton’, ‘Frozen River’, ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’, ‘Blue Valentine’, & ‘Wendy and Lucy’ really do it for you as a writer, then we definitely want to hear from you. Submission deadline for iFeatures 2 is Tue 8th May. However, if you are interested in working with us we must receive your application in the first instance by THU 19th APRIL.

I’m looking to collaborate with another screenwriter for a local feature film project. If you’d like to learn a little bit more about the film, then please visit traficantethemovie.com, although, I must say, the synopsis has changed a little and thus this is why I am now seeking another writer to collaborate with in recreating or tweaking the original story around. If interested, please reply to this posting or send me an email at deavilaj@yahoo.com We can go into details later.

Do you have a gift with a pen? Do you like to have the skill to write great dialog? Can you paint a picture in just a few words? If you said yes, then Ath Wonder Entertainment is looking for you! We are looking for a few talented writers for scripts and treatments to start immediately. We have everything else we need to make our new Internet Television Channel, except you. Please send us your resume and an example of some of your work. Send inquiries to us at athwonderbiz@gmail.com We would look forward to hearing from you! Ath Wonder Entertainment.

We are a media production company in Atlanta looking for completed feature length, high-concept scripts to produce. We are placing emphasis on ROMANTIC COMEDY AND/OR DRAMA. The ideal concept will have minimal locations and cast, a unique non-traditional storyline with a short but strong hook in the logline. Pay to be determined. Please NO ACTION, THRILLER, SCI-FI, ETC. Thank you for your submission. INSTRUCTIONS to SUBMIT: We pay attention to professional, carefully proof-read queries and scripts. Thank you. *PLEASE READ CAREFULLY* (1) In SUBJECT line put – [TITLE]’ (2) Cut and Paste QUERY LETTER or SYNOPSIS ONLY into body of email at: SCRIPTS@WILDHUNDREDS.COM (3) Attach a FULL script. Partial scripts are accepted however, please note we can only make a decision from scripts we have read entirely. Thank you for your submission. You will be contacted if interested.

Producer seeks short scripts for Web Series. Must be crime, mystery, horror, supernatural with a twist. Scripts should be less than ten pages. Send inquiries to us at info@sunsetpicturesllc.com

My name is Jay Sansone, I am a professional video director and photographer. I am currently looking for a short story writer to submit/or write a piece for a short film. The film should be from 2-6 minutes in length. We are looking for post-modern subjects, with quirky, witty, and interesting writing. Myself and crew each have over 6 years experience making shorts, and we are looking for a talented writer with interesting stories. Please contact me ASAP at jaysansone@gmail.com if you are interested. My work can be seen at http://www.jaysansone.com Here is my professional reel: http://vimeo.com/11243412

Script Writer needed to work on short film with Director. More Info: http://www.steveglashier.com.

Searching for screenwriter that wants to write and develop content with producer. Features, TV Pilots or Web series. We are currently looking for screenwriters for productions. We are looking for writers to help us put into writing some great ideas that we have already started to develop. This is a great opportunity to to be apart of a team and possibly have a story produced. We are a team of creative and driven individuals working together to get great projects done locally. Our team consists of local television, film and radio professionals with experience working for clients such as CNN, DISCOVERY, ABC, and more. Currently these are non paying positions, however, we offer the opportunity for growth, access to production equipment, press credentials, and production experience for your resume and portfolio. Most importantly we will make your stories come to life. You will have a product in your hands which we will market and distribute with your name. This should lead not only towards great networking, but also towards funding (grants, sponsors etc) for future projects. Send inquiries to us at auramediapro@gmail.com (To see some of our projects, please visit Youtube.com/TheAmpNetwork)

Hi I’m making this post because I’m looking for a dedicated co-partner that will be willing to help me create an entire season of screenplays and shop around it for funding. The premise and the pilot is pretty much locked and completed. It’s also copyrighted and ready for funding! I’ve spoke to a few investors about the idea but I want to get a partner before I continue pitching this sitcom to anywhere else. I realized I can’t do this all on my own, literally impossible! So if you think you can do this hit me up in an email to quanmillion@hotmail.com and I’ll go over all the details as far as pay, agreement forms, the script, and the connections I have. Thank you. Quan.

My current projects aren’t eligible so I’m looking for directors and especially writers to make an iFeatures team application. As I’m based in the regions, working with me would make you eligible to apply, no matter where you’re from in the UK. You also need a full team to be eligible, so lets hook up! iFeatures 2 are looking for projects in their early stages. 16 short listed teams will receive development money and support (min £1500 per script draft). Eventually 3 projects will be produced. Please read their guidelines carefully before sending me anything. http://www.ifeatures2.co.uk/guidelines1.html If you’ve already written a screenplay for your idea, this must be a very rough first draft only. Please don’t submit anything more developed than this, it will only lead to trouble for the whole team later on. For writers, the iFeatures application requires a logline up to 25 words, a synopsis up to 100 words, an outline up to 2,000 words (roughly 4 pages) and a bio up to 500 words. Please therefore send me something similar, however, I appreciate that it takes time to draft materials to these exact lengths – if you’ve already drafted docs for other schemes, you may send those instead. If I’m interested, we can work together on re-drafting for iFeatures specifications. If you are applying as a writer-director, please also include a showreel link. Or if you are applying as a director without a project, please just supply the bio and showreel. NOTES FOR DIRECTORS: This scheme favours teams where the writer and director are separate people. If you are truly a writer-director, and your work is equally strong in both areas, then no problem. However, my preference is to select the strongest ideas, before pairing them with directors. ALL DIRECTORS MUST HAVE MADE AT LEAST 2 SHORTS WHICH HAVE SCREENED AT FESTIVALS. ADDITIONALLY THEY MUST HAVE WON AT LEAST ONE AWARD, OR SCREENED AT ONE MAJOR FESTIVAL (E.G. Edinburgh, London, Cannes (not the short film corner), Berlin, Venice, Locarno, SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca, other Oscar qualifying festivals etc). Very competetive scheme – please don’t be offended if I can’t work with you on this occasion. And please be aware, I will read loglines and 100 word synopses first. If these haven’t grabbed me, I probably won’t have time to read your 4 page outline. iFeatures deadline is 8th of May. However, I NEED TO RECEIVE ALL EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST BY 5pm MONDAY 23rd OF APRIL. This will allow me time to read everything, pair projects with directors where necessary, and develop materials further before the iFeatures 2 deadline. Good luck, I will bounce back to confirm receipt of very application. Please just apply via my email – jack@shudderfilms.co.uk – no need to submit via the Talent Circle entry form. Thanks.



Conflict and idea course taught by Bob Mayer $30.00


Will be offered October 2012


(Registration Open) Can you say what your book is about in 25 words of less? This is essential to both writing a tight book and then selling it. We’ll discuss ways to find and state your original idea so that you stay on course while writing the book. The original idea will you excite those you tell it to when trying to sell it. Conflict drives your story. Not only must conflict escalate throughout the entire novel, every single scene must have conflict in it. The Conflict Box is an effective technique for focusing your story on the protagonist, antagonist, their goals and finding out if you have the necessary conflict lock. These two

The 32nd Writers Conference  22-24 June, 2012
This year, we have 74 authors, poets, screenwriters, commissioning editors, literary agents and industry specialists attending the conference!

Alan Titchmarsh, OBE, gardener, novelist, broadcaster, raconteur and everyone’s friend, will lead our glittering line-up of novelists, poets, playwrights, commissioning editors, literary agents and industry specialists as our Plenary Speaker

Jackie Kay, poet and storyteller will charm us with her best readings, Jack Sheffield will be showing aspiring writers how to create successful novels from his diaries as a Yorkshire school teacher, Margaret Graham, a great Winchester favourite, returns with cleaver ideas to construct novels, Sally Spedding, Lesley Horton, and Lindsey Ashford will conspire on crime fiction techniques. This is just a taster!

With the very able help of Sara Gangai, our administrator, we are piecing together the myriad collection of 50 lectures, 14 Masters’ Courses, 18 workshops and 500 one-to-one appointments that become this international event for all writers.

In addition, eighteen writing competitions with 68 prizes are being clicked into place with sponsors and specifications, waiting for your creative ideas.


Please remember to check out legitimacy of all contests, classes, and conferences before you enter, and to copyright all your work before you submit.

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Graffiti Magazine Writing Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   10th April 2012
Fees:   £2 for one entry.
Prizes:   £25 for first place. Also magazine publication.
Details:   For short stories on any theme, up to 1,000 words.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   graffiti.magazine@yahoo.co.uk
Website:   http://www.wilkiemartin.com/competition.php

Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st May 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place. Also magazine publication.
Details:   For crime mystery novellas between 15,000 and 20,000 words.
Contact:   Jane K. Cleland, Chair, Jane K. Cleland, P.O. 3233, New York, NY 10163-3233
Country:   United States
Email:   jane@janecleland.net
Website:   http://www.nerowolfe.org/htm/neroaward/black_orchid_award/BO_award_intro.htm

Novelicious Undiscovered 2012
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   3rd April 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. Prizes include Kindle; vouchers; critique; books.
Details:   For the first 3,000 words of a chick-lit novel.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   undiscovered@novelicious.com
Website:   http://www.novelicious.com/noveliciousundiscovered2012.html

Best and Brightest Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   13th May 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £200 for first place. There are plenty of other prizes on offer as well- visit our website for further details!
Details:   A creative writing competition for student and graduate authors; a competition that isn’t just limited to the members of a single University’s Students’ Union, but one which is open to entrants from across the United Kingdom, and beyond! After judging all the entries on a regional basis, anthologies of the 10 regional shortlists will be published; and 2 months later, the readers’ votes will be counted to see who makes it into the FINAL anthology!
Contact:   292 Rochfords Gardens, Slough, Berkshire SL2 5XW
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   bestandbrightestcompetition@gmail.com
Website:   http://best-and-brightest.co.uk

Pearl Short Story Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st May 2012
Fees:   $10 for one entry.
Prizes:   $250 for first place. Also magazine publication.
Details:For short stories up to 4,000 words.
Contact:   Pearl Short Story Prize, 3030 E. Second Street, Long Beach, CA 90803
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.pearlmag.com/contests.html

Steyning Festival Short Story Competition 2012
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £4 for one entry. Three for £10.
Prizes:   £250 for first place. £50; £25.
Details:   For unpublished fiction up to 1,500 words. Any theme.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   steyningbookshop@yahoo.co.uk
Website:   http://www.steyningfestival.co.uk/short-story-competition-2012


Shoreline Screenwriting Competition 2012
Entry Fee: £25 ($38approx) Early Deadline.The Competition Is Open!
Shoreline Scripts Screenwriting Competition 2012 is made up of a small team of experienced producers and script consultants.
Our strong relationships within the industry, both in the UK and US, enables us to pair the right projects with the most suited producer.
Prizes are great, but a writers biggest challenge is getting his or her work out there. That’s where we come in. Throughout the competition, and after, we will activelyget the best scripts into the hands of the people that can get them made.
Shoreline Scripts is open to anyone, anywhere in the world!

Website:   http://www.shorelinescripts.com/index.html


 *Open to published authors
**Open to published and unpublished authors

International Digital Awards (IDA)
Sponsor: Oklahoma Romance Writers of America
Fee: $15.00
Deadline: May 1, 2012
Eligibility: Any ebook with a copyright date of 2010 or 2011 that was eligible for sale in 2010 or 2011 and is NOT available in print.
Entry: Non DRM PDF as email attachment.
Categories: (All of the following offer BOTH a short/novella and a Novel category in each genre) Contemporary, Erotica, Historical, Inspirational, Paranormal, Suspense, Young Adult.
Judges: Readers, including other unpublished and published authors.
Top Prize: Winner of each category (short and Novel) will receive an engraved paperweight and reviews, tweets, and Facebook posts from at least five OKRWA members. Bonus prize: All entrants will be placed in a drawing for a free book trailer.
FMI, http://IdaContest.Wordpress.com.

(N.B. Only contact the companies listed below between 26 March – 17th April 2012)

Miso Studios seeks writers to produce witty and informative content for Social TV second screen platform. This content (we call them sideshows) will be synchronized in real time with the content from the your TV set-top box.  We are looking for writers that have a good understanding of social media space and technology-savvy.  The position will require 10 hours a week at flat rate to produce 5 sideshows and extend through an entire season (8-10 weeks). Go to http://goo.gl/DOmw6 to indicate your interest in the Miso Studio Writer position. Feel free to check out our website for more information: gomiso.com/sideshows

Cinemonger Motion Picture Company is seeking SCREENWRITERS to work with on developing feature films. Responsibilities: Work closely with producers to form characters, story and dialog; Brainstorm with the development team; Perform in-depth research; Write character bios, outlines, treatments, scenes, synopses and screenplays; Follow grammar, style and legal guidelines; Stay on schedule. Requirements: Must have completed a minimum of two feature-length screenplays; Must be extremely comfortable with screenplay format, structure and the English language; Must understand how a film is made and knowledgeable about film language; Must be a team player and open to criticism and direction; Must be a self-motivated individual; Must have the ability and talent to write in multiple genres. Please send cover letter, bio, filmography or resume and a 5-10 page sample in TWO of the following categories: Quirky Character Piece; Sexy Suspense/Thriller; Action Sequence; Teen Drama or Comedy (R-rated is OK); Family Drama or Comedy. DO NOT SEND more than 20 total pages. Send all materials to: ASSISTANT@CINEMONGER.COM Compensation is negotiable, depending on experience of writer and budget of project. On average of $400 – $1,000 initial payment. Plus back end profit sharing.

Looking for a STORY WRITER for a short film. The genre is psyhco-thriller. Premise, characterization and basic story arc is already chalked out. The writer needs to fill in the gaps with interesting events in the life of the character(s), add exciting and fresh story elements, build a dramatic conflict with suitable twists & turns. The film is intended for the festival circuit and movie channels on TV & online. Freshers are most welcome, provided they have keen sense of storytelling and a basic understanding of what is possible on screen and what not, within the limited budget of an experimental short film. People who are passionate about doing something different & exciting in this industry, please apply with your CV here and also send a short sample of your creative fiction writing to soumya.tvconceptsdev@gmail.com

We are looking for experienced screenwriters for the pre-production of a major film. Serious inquires only. All interested candidates must be familiar with the current standard screenplay format (i.e. Final Draft software). For more information, please contact Noel at sbv7four@gmail.com

Looking for a Latina screenwriter that wants to join me in writing a feature script based on my short film Neon Angels. (Neon Angels has played in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Atlanta Film Festival.) Pay will be $200 – after script is done. Contact me, Alex Clavijo, at asclavijo@yahoo.com

Online serial writer (GUIOPERA) seeks stealth screenwriter (someone who goes about their business undetected) for long term partnership to develop concepts and ideas for TV, film and online/video games. The partnership will yield new intellectual property for new company created by collaboration. so there is no pay in the first instance. Please email john@etfiction.com for more information.

Comedic screenwriter is on quest for epic collaboration with equally talented writer for dramedy project. Specifically looking for writer(s) with some experience. Must have a thorough knowledge of the 90’s. Send messages of interest to Mutt Johnson at poquito.johnsonfilms@gmail.com. Gig is non-paid.

V-FilmS is looking for film scripts, regardless of runtime or genre – however we give exciting and crazy scripts preference. Main condition for entries is that the scripts are innovative and can be produced on low budgets. Please send your script (include a short synopsis) to contribute@meridianum.eu. If you have no script as of now, send us a message anyway if you are interested in writing for us on a freelance basis. We are looking forward to your exciting work and stories.

Hi, I’m taking a producing program in NYFA. I’m looking for a script which is any genre but related with tourism, or travel, or theme park, or any kinds of movie theaters. Yor script would be developed as a feature film project for a student thesis, which include all business plans, bugeting, scheduling, and potentail director, potentail castings. If possible, I am going to find the resource to produce it. Contact me, James Chuang, at jameschuang0422gmail.com I’m willing to have an option agreement if the script has a potential to develop as a feature film.

Small video company needs a feature film screenplay for ultra low budget production. Shooting only in NYC area with 2-3 main actors. We can pay a little money. Contact Alen at alex.video@yahoo.com

Hi, I am looking for Writing Partners who are serious and creative. Looking for people who are willing to travel to meet just as i am willing to travel to meet. I have started multiple projects in the action and comedy categories and have acquired some good contacts to send material out when it is finished. You will receive a percentage of what comes out of the finished product. I have a great movie started that just needs some touching up on the script so it won’t take long to finish. I am looking to get 1-2 other writing partners to possibly develop into a real money making writing team. If you are interested please email me at darakkhamone@yahoo.com and we can exchange contact info. Thanks, Darak Khamone.

Central Station Media is a well-established production company that has filmed and edited over 500 TV commercials which have aired on national and International TV channels, and has produced 1 feature film to date. As we open our new Hollywood production facility our company will be selecting the 5 most-promising screenwriters (based on previous work), as well as the five most promising directors in a contest to showcase local talent and draw attention to our company’s new feature film production capabilities. During production, Central Station Media will provide all equipment, casting, and production facilities at absolutely no cost to screenwriters or directors. There is no pay associated with this project, but screenwriters and directors that are chosen will have access to a full studio of equipment to make their creative visions a reality. For Screenwriters: Please submit a SHORT screenplay that is 3-5 pages long, and preferably takes place in 1-2 locations. For Directors, please submit your resumes to the email associated with this posting. We look forward to reading your screenplays and resumes. Send to us at censtation@gmail.com

I am an award-winning director looking for a scriptwriter to collaborate on another short film in the near future. I have just finished another short but am hungry to collaborate on another exciting project. I have a great track record of successfully making the most of script ideas, delivering great pitches and overall achieving funding through national film funding schemes. I will use part of that funding to pay for the production rights to your script, so that your creativity and hard work are fully rewarded. I would like to receive any treatments/scripts for a short films that you have written and feel would make a good short film. Ideally looking for fictional dramas of any sort. Please email your submissions to Rohan Green: rrrproductions@hotmail.com Then we can speak soon and take it from there. In the meantime, here are a few links of interest: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/london/hi/people_and_places/2012/newsid_8950000/8950008.stm and http://filmlondon.org.uk/news/2010/july/award_winners_announced_for_best_of_boroughs Thank you.

I am a young score writer that has made many scores, but none of them have ever been used. I would love to work on a score for a movie. If you are interested in my full list of works and my complete bio, please contact me at mtmichael13@gmail.com

We’re a film team looking for some good drama/dramedy scripts. You should really only send scripts (to: storybirdfilms@gmail.com) that are WGA protected–it’s just a smart thing to do. For further info about us visit our web site at http://storybirdfilms.com/. You’ll notice a lot of comedy, but we’re looking to branch out. There is no pay, nor is there any plan to make money. This is art for art’s sake. If it turns out well, we’ll submit it around to festivals. Thank you.

I am a producer and starting a new company and need fresh, talented writers who can give words to the imaginations and can create a magic onscreen and can attract audience. Interested candidates can apply and can send sample of their work or loglines in any genre to me, Ekta, at ekta_lovesdancing@yahoo.com

Looking for screen/script writer for a short community music television show. One day shoot. Payment is on a lo/no/deferred basis. Apply to Gabriel at amfestevents@gmail.com


Self-Publishing Options–6 Week Course taught by Bob Mayer & Jen Talty for $40.00

Will be offered April 2012

(Registration Open) Published author considering publishing your backlist? Unpublished author considering self-publishing? This workshop will look closely at self-publishing distribution channels from what kind of file you will need to upload your eBook to various options you have in creating the files. We will also discuss all the various platforms such as Kindle, Nook, iBooks and Smashwords and what are the best strategies to getting your book up for sale. We will discuss doing it yourself, outsourcing and team-building options. Authors have more options today than ever before, but the process can be overwhelming. While this is not a step-by-step technical class, the workshop is designed to give you enough information to make informed decisions on how to get your eBook on all formats possible. Course taught by Bob Mayer and Jen Talty

San Francisco Writer’s Conference – February 14-17, 2013

We are proud to announce bestselling author R.L. Stine will be our keynote speaker for 2013.

Continued for the 2013 SFWC  More conference! The SFWC will start on Thursday evening and run through the entire President’s Day weekend. Both new and returning attendees will appreciate the welcome session on Thursday evening (Feb. 14th) at no additional cost. As always, the main event is Friday through Sunday…but now there will be optional PreEvent and PostEvent Master Class writing intensive sessions which will be announced later this year. Watch your Newsletter for announcments. 
Click here for registration information.

Please remember to check out legitimacy of all contests, classes, and conferences before you enter, and to copyright all your work before you submit.

Good luck and let me know how you get on.

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Many people often wonder whether to copyright their work, and the best way in which to do it. So I’m going to help you.

Okay, first of all, what is copyright?

Nice and simple. Like a patent, trademark, and any design that can be copied, copyright is an intellectual property; also known as ‘IP’, and gives you all ‘rights’ to your work and protects it from copyright infringement.

Now I could go on and on explaining all the different avenues, but as this is based at writers, I will stick with novels and screenplays.

You’ve written a novel (fiction or non-fiction), short story, or poem, and you want to send it off to an agent, manager, or publisher. What should you do first? That’s right, copyright it.

Who with?

Whoa there fiesty one. First check you live in a Berne Convention Country. 162 of the 190 countries are signed to it, so chances are, you are.

Now you can register your work with an organisation. Now there are various ones both in the UK and US that I use.

US pilots and screenplays I use WGA (Writers Guild of America) West. I also register my synopsis here. I have never had a problem and the service is very prompt and efficient. There is also some cool information on their website.

For my UK pilots, screenplays and novels, I use the Intellectual Property Rights Office.

N.B. If you are a subscriber to firstwriter.com you can benefit from a 10% discount when you start the registration process through their site. If you are already a Firstwriter subscriber, click here. If not and want to, click here first.

There is usually a charge, approximately £20/$40, to register work and you should be issued with a certificate, although these can take up to six months to be delivered.

Although I’ve never registered a novel with a US copyright organsisation, more information may be obtained at the US Copyright Office.

I’ve tried to keep this post as simple as I can, but if there is something you don’t understand, put your query in the comment box. Likewise, if you’ve had any dealings with any of the organisations listed here, good or bad, let me know. Maybe you use other companies. If so, let me know them too.

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