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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Competition 
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th May 2012
Fees:   $20 for one entry. $15 for members.
Prizes:   $0 for first place. Apple iPad; $200; $100.
Details:   For short stories between 1,500 and 4,000 words.
Contact:   Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest, Charlotte Writers’ Club, P.O. Box 220954, Charlotte, NC 28222
Country:   United States
Email:   contests@charlottewritersclub.org
Website:   http://www.charlottewritersclub.org/ess_short_story

Eighth International Short Story Contest 
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st April 2012
Fees:   Ł6.50 for one entry. ($9.75). Two for $8.63 / Ł5.75 each; three for $7.50 / Ł5.00 each; or five for $6.00 / Ł4.00 each.
Prizes:   Ł200 for first place. Also magazine publication and vouchers for subscription for the winner and ten Special Commendations.
Details:   For short stories up to 3,000 words. Enter online at http://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest/
Country:   United Kingdom; United States; Ireland; Canada; Australia – submissions accepted from anywhere!
Email:   support@firstwriter.com
Website:   http://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest/

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th May 2012
Fees:   $15 for one entry. $20 if submitted after May 1, 2012.
Prizes:   $1,500 for first place. $500 x 2. Also publication.
Details:   For short stories up to 3,500 words.
Contact:   The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041
Country:   United States
Email:   shortstorykw@gmail.com
Website:   http://www.shortstorycompetition.com/Guidelines.php

Mad as a Hare
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $50 for first place. $25 second prize
Details:   Enter your fiction or non-fiction of up to 2500 words about personified animals. Free sign-up –a friendly, knowledgeable, and intensive online critique community for writers and poets–is necessary in order to post your entry. E-mail entries will not be accepted. See our website for full rules and guidelines.
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.scribophile.com/contests/mad-as-a-hare-contest/

Sunpenny Young Writers Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £3 for one entry.
Prizes:   £50 for first place. £25.
Details:   For short stories up to 3,000 words by young writers up to 14.
Contact:   10 Aspen Close, Harriseahead, Staffordshire ST7 4HD
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   writers@sunpenny.com
Website:   http://www.sunpenny.com/competitions/2011/youngwriters2011.html

Segora Short Story 
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st May 2012
Fees:   £5.50 for one entry. £10.50 for 2.
Prizes:   £150 for first place. £50 and £30.
Details:   1,500 – 3,000 words Judge: winner of the inaugural competition in 2008 now has his first novel placed with an agent. The winning entry will be read at the first bilingual LitFest to take place in our village in SW france.
Contact:   Gordon Simms Le Moulin de Larche St Clementin 79150 Deux-Sevres France
Country:   France
Website:   http://www.poetryproseandplays.co.uk

American Short(er) Fiction Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st May 2012
Fees:   $15 for one entry.
Prizes:   $500 for first place. $250. Also publication.
Details:   For short fiction up to 1,000 words.
Country:   United States
Email:   editors@americanshortfiction.org
Website:   http://www.americanshortfiction.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18-short-shorts&cat

First Page Competition 2012
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   8th June 2012
Fees:   £6 for one entry. £10 for two.
Prizes:   £500 for first place. 2nd £100 and 3rd £50.
Details:   What are we looking for: the most gripping, read-on-able first page of up to 400 words. Any genre, but as always we’re looking for The Best First Page.
Contact:   2 Malt Kiln Road, Newbiggin, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0TU
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   editor@wordswithjam.co.uk
Website:   http://www.wordswithjam.co.uk/firstpagecompetition2012

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

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

*2012 Published Maggie Award Contest
Georgia Romance Writers
Fee: $20.00
Deadline: May 1, 2012
Entry: novel-length romances with 2011 copyright.
Judges: Booksellers/Librarians.
FMI, visit http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/the-maggies/.

**2012 Tara Contest
Sponsor: Tampa Area Romance Authors
Fee: $25.00 (Pay Pal accepted)
Electronic Deadline: May 1, 2012
Eligibility requirements: The TARA Contest is open to unpublished and published authors of novel-length fiction. The entry must be the author’s original work, unpublished and uncontracted as of the time of the contest deadline. No entry can have been previously published in any format. (on author’s website visible to the public, self-published, ebook, mass market, etc.)
Entry: All electronic. The first chapter, 4,000 words max (actual word count), including prologue, if applicable. *Word count will be verified. No part of a second or any additional chapters will be judged. End your entry on a hook, leaving your judges breathless with no more pages left to turn. If an entry finals, a synopsis of no more than 1,500 words is required to move on to the final round.
Judges: trained/experienced, published
Categories/Final Judges: Series Contemporary, Brenda Chin, Harlequin; Historical, Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks; Paranormal, Elizabeth Bistrow, New American Library; Single Title, Sue Grimshaw, Random House; Women’s Fiction, Lauren Plude, Grand Central; Romantic Suspense, Emilia Pisani, Pocket Books; Inspirational, Natalie Hanemann, Thomas Nelson
Top prize: TARA sterling silver pendant & certificate
FMI, http://www.tararwa.com or email Taracontest@gmail.com.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

ALCHEMY FILMWORKS SEEKS SCREENWRITER FOR DOCUMENTARY
Would you be outraged if your physician or health care provider intentionally failed to notify you that you had a terminal illness for four years? It is public record the medical professional did exactly that at the beginning of the AIDS pandemic. In the early 1980’s, 114 neonates, and an unknown number of adults, were given HIV infected transfusions at a major LA hospital. The problem first surfaced in 1983, but records clearly show notification to any of the families of those afflicted was deliberately withheld until 1987. I would like to team up with a skilled documentary filmmaker or writer to create an amazing film. Please write me, Alex Ghaffari, at ghaffari10@yahoo.com.

DIRECTOR SEEKS SCRIPTS FOR ENGLAND-BASED TELEVISION DRAMA
I’m currently looking for television scripts for television drama, in a similar vein as “The Shadow Line” and “Luther”. I’m interested in working with a writer who is willing to work on spec (as I will be) in order to get a project commissioned on a U.K based network. Initially I am interested in producing a 6 part mini series which can either be self-contained (as per “The Shadow Line”) or something with the potential to return with its characters for further episodes. I would be aiming at a post watershed audience for the 9pm – 10pm slot. It would need to be set in modern England day to keep production costs down. Whilst I cannot fund the development, I am happy to negotiate a deal that would see that would see the writer getting a fee that would reflect their period of speculation. Please do not submit whole scripts. Please send a short synopsis or the first 10 pages of a script. I may request the whole script if I feel yours is what I’m looking for. Please email tv@clockworkamoeba.com. For those of you interested in my background, I am a filmmaker that has been largely involved in creating productions which deliver far beyond the limits of their resources. In recent times I’ve built a reputation as a music video director but have worked on a range of film and television productions, in a number of cases as producer/director and have worked on feature script development with other producers.

SHORT SCRIPTS WANTED (CANADIAN WRITERS ONLY)
I am a established Montreal cinematographer/director with over 25 years experience looking to director my next short.  All genres are welcome. Script should be between 5 – 7 pages. For funding purposes, the writer must be Canadian. There is no financial compensation, but you will get sole writing credit. Please send a copy of your script to my assistant, Patrick Greatbatch, at greatbatchmtl@gmail.com.

SEEKING SITCOM WRITER WITH SALES AND CREDITS 
Shambala Entertainment is seeking collaborator to develop sitcom pilot that will be pitched and probably shot. Funny pros (with sitcom credits on IMDB) who know the sitcom craft needed. If we sell, appropriate writing rates will prevail. You must live in Hollywood area and have two to three days/nights available. Please send your experience and appropriate writing sample(s) to Todd Regenbogen at shambalaent@gmail.com. Thank you.

SEEKING LOW BUDGET FEATURE LENGTH  SCI-FI  SCREENPLAYS
Seeking low budget feature length sci-fi screenplays. Please send log-line only at this time. Send to praterpix@gmail.com. Visit producer Matt Prater’s IMDB Profile at http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm1056990/.

PERFORMANCE GROUP SEEKS SHORT FILM SCRIPTS 
Eurisko Performance Group (EPG) is seeking film script submissions of five to seven minutes in length. EPG is committed to producing a short film this fall as part of our “Pass it On” Project. Writers will be involved in all aspects of pre-production and filming. Our topic for this year is “Wrestling with False Gods.” It is at the writer’s discretion how to interpret this theme. EPG is committed to producing challenging and thought-provoking films. We value collaboration and passionate vision. Interested screen writers should submit scripts to Managing Director Michael Davis at euriskoperformancegroup@gmail.com for review. We look forward to reading all scripts that are submitted, and thank you for your interest in working with our company.

LOOKING FOR COMEDIC WRITER FOR COLLABORATION
Looking for a comedic writer to collaborate with on short films and webisodes. We are a small production company anxious to focus more on comedic content. Please send a copy of something recent you have written to us at redefiningfilms@gmail.com. This is not a paid gig. Thank you.

CAT AND WEASEL FILMS SEEKS SCREENPLAYS 
CAT AND WEASEL FILMS is looking for new scripts! We will option scripts to develop and produce in 2013. Scripts should be: 1.) Feature length 2.) Written for low-budget (minimal SFX, contemporary) 3.) At least in their 2nd draft 4.) Set in Europe 5.) Intelligent. We are open to ALL GENRES. Please include: 1.) A short bio of yourself. 2.) The script. 3.) A logline. And, optionally 4.) Anything you would like to add. Send to film@catandweasel.com. Thanks! Please let us know if you have any questions!

PRODUCTION CO. SEEKS ROM-COM &/OR DRAMA SCREENPLAYS
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. *PLEASE READ CAREFULLY* (1) In SUBJECT line put ‘LOGLINE/QUERY’ – [TITLE]’ (2)Cut and Paste QUERY LETTER or SYNOPSIS ONLY into body of email at: SCRIPTS @WILDHUNDREDS.COM (3) Attach FULL script. Partial scripts are accepted however, decisions can only be made from reading the ENTIRE screenplay. Thank you.

WRITING CLASSES AND CONFERENCES

The Writer’s Workshop – How to Write a Novel Course
This course is designed for new writers who want to write a novel. You need absolutely no prior experience – just bring your imagination!
Starts: 24th March, 2012
Tutor: Your course tutor will be Jessica Ruston (left). Jessica is the prize-winning and bestselling author of Luxury and To Touch the Stars. She’s also a very experienced writing tutor and editor and loves working with first time writers.

Desert Dreams Writing Conference
Desert Dreams Writers’ Conference provides authors of all skill levels – from beginner to multi-published – with the tools necessary to take their writing to the next level. Sessions will include general writing, career development, genre-specific, agent/publisher spotlights, as well as an agent/editor panel. There will also be one-on-one appointments with editors or agents, a book signing, and keynote addresses. Check out our roster of acquiring editors and agents along with our keynote speakers and workshops.
Date: April 27th-29th, 2012

 

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Short Story of the Month Competiton
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   24th March 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. Winner: critique, online publication and promotion. £10 Firstwriter voucher
Details:   The monthly competition is open to all writers on any subject. Submissions will be accepted up to 2,000 words. Best of luck.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   hayleysherman.editor@gmail.com
Website:   http://www.hayley-sherman.co.uk

The Writer Short Story Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th April 2012
Fees:   $10 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place. $300; $200.
Details:   For short stories up to 2,000 words.
Contact:   Gotham Writers’ Workshop, 555 8th Avenue #1402, New York, NY 10018-4358, Att: The Writer Short-Story Contest
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/writer.php

Queen Mother Memorial Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th March 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £50 for first place. Possible magazine publication.
Details:   For short stories by writers under 18, up to 250 words.
Contact:   19, Westbourne House, SW1W 8SJ
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://sites.google.com/site/royalpoetrycompetition/competitiondetails

Multi-Story 1500 word competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:  30th April 2012
Fees:   Ł5 for one entry. Two entries Ł8.
Prizes:   Ł300 for first place. Second Prize Ł100 Third PrizeŁ50.
Details:   Open-themed short story of no more than fifteen hundred words. The winning entries will be published on the site. The judge is an author whose ten novels, including one Booker Prize nominated, have all been internationally published.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   info@multi-story.co.uk
Website:   http://www.multi-story.co.uk

E.M. Koeppel $1,100 Short Fiction Award
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th April 2012
Fees:   $15 for one entry. $10 each additional entry.
Prizes:   $1,100 for first place.
Details:   For unpublished stories up to 3,000 words.
Contact:   Koeppel Contest, P.O. Box 140310, Gainesville, FL 32614
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.writecorner.com/award_guidelines.asp

Unleash your imagination: short story co
Category:  Fiction
Closes:   15th March 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. Published on website, tablet, and eReader
Details:   3000 word limit, theme is what life will be like in 2025, please include political, technological and social changes that will occur over the next 13 years. Please visit the website for more details and submission process.
Contact:   Hannah Iredale The Guardian Kings Place, 90 York Way London N1 9GU
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.guardian.co.uk/futurescapes/competition/unleash-your-imagination-short-story-competition

Yeovil Literary Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st May 2012
Fees:   £11 for one entry.
Prizes:   £1,000 for first place. 2nd £250, 3rd £100.
Details:   Synopsis and opening chapters of your novel, up to a maximum of 15,000 words.
Contact:   Yeovil Literary Prize, The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil BA20 1UX
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.yeovilprize.co.uk

Yellow Room Spring Short Story Comp.
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £4 for one entry. £10 for three.
Prizes:   £80 for first place. £45; £20.
Details:   For short stories up to 2,500 words.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   jo.derrick@ntlworld.com
Website:   http://www.theyellowroom-magazine.co.uk/www.theyellowroom-magazine.co.uk/Competitions.html

Ether 18-25 iPad Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   29th April 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £399 for first place. The story with the most downloads wins an iPad.
Details:   Publishes Quick Reads of 3,000 words or less on the iPhone APP. Our launch contest is for 18 – 25 year old Writers. Any genre is accepted, and the prize is an iPad. ALL ENTRIES ARE PUBLISHED on the iPhone APP.
Contact:   Maureen Scott 1 kildare court london w2 5ju
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   info@etherbooks.com
Website:   http://www.etherwin.posterous.com

SCRIPT: Via First Writer

Euroscript Screen Story Competition  
Category:   Scripts
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £35 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. £1,000 Worth of Script Development.
Details:   For short films or extracts from full-length screenplays. Send two-page outline, plus ten sample pages from script.
Contact:   +44 (0)20 8208 0992
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.inspired-by-nature.org.uk/

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

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

*7th Annual Passionate Plume Contest

Sponsor: Passionate Ink
Fee: $15–25.00
Deadline: April 15, 2012
Entry: Electronic and print books with strong erotic elements. Must have a 2011 copyright date.
Judges: readers and reviewers.
FMI, visit www.passionateink.org or e-mail passionate_plume@yahoo.com.

**7th Annual Stroke of Midnight Contest

Sponsor: Passionate Ink
Fee: $15–25.00
Deadline: April 15, 2012
Entry: Electronic only; first 35 pages, first 20 pages for novella entries. A synopsis of up to 5 single-spaced pages (which will not be judged) must also be included. Entry must contain strong erotic elements.
Judges: trained, published authors.
Final judges: editors and agents.
FMI, visit www.passionateink.org or e-mail gina@passionateink.org.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

WRITING ASST AND ASST NEEDED FOR DOC FILM
I am looking for a writing assistant and an assistant for my documentary film, Long Shot, The Kevin Laue Story – www.thekevinlauestory.com. Between the two positions I can offer between 10-20 hours a week of work. Depending on your contribution we’d workout some type of credit, but mostly you should be looking to be involved with us to proof read, brainstorm and do research as my writing partner and I will be doing most of the actual writing. If this interests you, please submit a sample of your writing to us at info@dutchmenfilms.com. The pay is small, however you will make connections and have a learning experience that will be great and it can lead to other opportunities with this series that we are starting. Please go to www.dutchmenfilms.com to learn more about us and some of the projects we’re involved in.

COMEDY WRITER TO PARTNER
I am an actress/producer who has written a show and I am looking for someone to collaborate with. I have already written the pilot (comedy), shopped it around, the idea is solid, now I want to take it to the next level. If you want to check out some of my work, watch Starvival (youtube.com/starvival) on Youtube. There are 20 episodes that I created, produced, filmed, and edited. Let me know if you’re interested in a potential partnership. Send samples of your work to me at Starvival@gmail.com. I will reciprocate. Serious inquiries only. Thank you.

AUTHOR LOOKING FOR INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL
American author looking for an industry professional to change my novel into a spec script for film production. I am looking for someone with industry connections. I already have a spec script written, but you may see changes need for the silver screen. This storyline is something like Star Wars meets Star Trek. I am currently penning the last in the trilogy for publication – the first two have already been published. Please send your resume and one sample of your work with the title “Film Adaptation” in the subject line of your e-mail to mentalllll@yahoo.com. There will be no pay for this gig unless there is a sale of the spec script.

NEED WGA ACCREDITED WRITING PARTNER
“Inez Comes to America” is a completed action/adventure feature. Log Line: Inez crosses the border in search of work and her missing mother. She finds murder, cover-up and political corruption. I need the input of a WGA accredited partner to prepare it for submission. We will share equally in film credits, compensation that may come from this film. Please contact me, Joe Patterson, at viejojoe1@cox.net.

ROM-COM OR HORROR SCRIPT WRITER REQUIRED
AB Productions (London) is looking for a scriptwriter to write a predominantly one-location ROM-COM or HORROR script. We are looking for something that keeps that audience hooked, that is witty and original, but also up to date. To apply please send us a couple of synopsis for either genre and your CV/resume to Alana at aa.ab.product@gmail.com. If you have a 10 page sample of your work that would be great. £300-£500 depending on experience.

PILOT WRITER WANTED
I have an idea for a  dramedy television series, but I  want somebody to write the pilot. Think PUSHING DAISIES meets GLEE with a hint of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA. Send your writing samples to Tim Bartow at baackflipcreator@aol.com under the subject line “pilot writer”.

SCI-FI SERIES CREATOR SEEKS STORY COLLABORATORS 
I am the creator of Way-Station Nine, a new television series I plan to start shopping to my contacts. Way-Station Nine is going to be Star Trek meets Robotech with a little Wing Commander thrown in. I need people who can help to plan at least five seasons worth of stories for the series. I can’t pay you until we have a budget in place. Once we get a budget then we will work out compensation according to WGA guidlelines. If you are interested contact me, Cordell Garrett, at cordellg3@insightbb.com. Thank you.

SCREENWRITER FLUENT IN ARABIC AND ENGLISH SEEKS COLLABORATIONS
I’m a screenwriter fluent in both Arabic and English. I have completed scripts in English, with Arabic and international characters. I’m looking to collaborate with writers in projects which deal with the middle eastern culture and beyond. Contact me at ayham_la@yahoo.com. Thank you.

LOOKING FOR FEMALE WRITER 
Iron Horse Entertainment is looking for a female writer, preferably African-American, to compose a synopsis or treatment for a true story to which rights are secured. The story centers on a African-American woman (late 20’s) that lands a job at a Hollywood agency. Genre is drama/light comedy and script will be geared for TV/Cable as a MOW. Only accepting writers with sample(s) and resume. Please send material that is registered and less than 15 pages (could be part of a full script) to us at generalinfo@ironhorse-ent.com. Thank you.

LOOKING FOR LATINA SCREENWRITER 
Looking for Latina screenwriter for a coming-of-age feature film script based on the short film “Neon Angels”. Send inquiries to me, Alex Clavijo, at asclavijo@yahoo.com. Thank you.

LOOKING FOR SCREENPLAY COLLABORATOR
Searching for a writer who is interested in working on a screenplay. The story is about two young adults who fall in love in Washington Heights. The girl is deaf and the boy speaks and communicates with her through sign language, they are confronted by obstacles in their neighborhood. We are planning to shoot the film before the summer on location. The film will be submitted to film festivals when completed. For those interested, please contact me at julianlbass@gmail.com. Thank you. 

LOOKING FOR COMPLETED SCRIPTS 
We are looking for talented writers with completed scripts who are looking to see them produced. Our focus is primarily shorts but features and web series are welcomed. We have a very busy schedule ahead of us for this year and are looking to collaborate with professional-minded writers. Top genres of interest are horror, sci-fi, action & thriller but drama and comedy are welcomed. Our budgets are (normally) micro so please keep that in mind when choosing which scripts to submit. Please submit a quick description, along with a synopsis of the script(s) to info@freitasfilms.com. For your own protection, please have your scripts registered before submitting them to anybody. Writers will be compensated based on the sale of the finished project. Serious inquiries only please. Thank you.

LOOKING FOR SCREENPLAY 
Dear August Productions has secured financing and is seeking a feature-length script for production. Genres are horror, comedy, christian themed or documentary. Low to no vfx, animals, or children preferred. There is pay and writing credit will be reserved. Submit treatment for consideration to submissios@dearaugustproductions.com. Selected projects will be asked to forward complete screenplay.

SEEKING COMEDY WRITER TO HELP WITH ANIMATION SCREENPLAY 
I am working on a few animated screenplay projects and am in need of a good comedy writer to add in comedy and to help me finish the scripts. We will split any royalties 50-50. Folks with industry connections to animation houses and agents would be most appreciated. I will give you credit as co-writer. Hope to hear back. Send email inquiries to me, Jeff Dearman, at jdearman77@hotmail.com. Thank you

WRITING PARTNER WANTED 
I’ve written several original scripts that require a native English speaker’s touch. I’m good with ideas but lack the special vocabulary to make them attractive. If anybody wants to partner with me, it would be a worthy experience. Contact me, Jim Kopatsaris, at ellinasxx@yahoo.ca. Thank you.

LOOKING FOR DRAMA SCRIPT 
Currently shopping for a powerful drama script. Am looking to purchase a full script or have someone write it out. Budget for script is $1200. Send inquiries to me, Joe Johnson, at filming35mm@yahoo.com. Thank you.

NYFA PRODUCER SEEKS MUSIC & SPORTS SCREENPLAYS FOR PACKAGING PRO 
New York Film Academy Producer is looking for screenwriter. This screenplay will be used to create 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. I wish to see scripts between 90pg to 110pgs. Please send your log-line and synopsis to me (Junghun Yang) at jnyfa90@gmail.com. I hope to meet a great partner for this project. Thank you.

WRITING CLASSES AND CONFERENCES

Robert McKee London Story Seminar – April 19-22
We have created package deals to offer great savings. Storylogue is an ongoing, online study. New material 365 days a year. Storylogue is the next step to Story Seminar.
 
We expect our Seminars will be sold out again. We kindly ask you to register early to secure your seat. Please note, your registration will not be processed until you have completed the credit card payment. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at helen@storylogue.com or call (928) 204-2323 or (888) 676-2533 or visit our website.

Conflict and Idea course taught by Bob Mayer $30.00

(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 key concepts can help you focus your writing and narrow your pitch. Course taught by Bob Mayer.

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   2nd April 2012
Fees:  $20 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place.
Details:   For fiction up to 5,000 words.
Country:   United States
Website:   https://www.pshares.org/submit/Emerging-Writers-Contest.cfm

Write Place Open Writing Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £100 for first place. £75; £50.
Details:   For short stories up to 1,500 words on the theme of A Modern Fairy Story.
Contact:   Elaine Everest, 8a Oliver Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7DY
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   elaineeverest@aol.com
Website:   http://www.thewriteplace.org.uk/page9.htm

Du Maurier Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £100 for first place. 2nd prize £75.
Details:   Short Story. No minimum count – maximum 1500 words. Any genre. The theme is based on The Rondezvous. Postal entries as printed typescripts. Online entries welcome. Fee payable by posting a cheque.
Contact:   11 Pentreath Close Fowey Cornwall PL23 1EP
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   lesleymccartney@btinternet.com
Website:   http://www.dumaurierfestival.co.uk

Writer Advice Flash Prose Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   18th April 2012
Fees:   $12 for one entry.
Prizes:   $200 for first place. $100; $50.
Details:   For flash fiction, memoirs, and creative nonfiction up to 750 words.
Country:   United States
Email:   Lgood67334@comcast.net
Website:   http://www.writeradvice.com

Fantays Short Story
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   20th March 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $20 for first place. Publication in our magazine with a bio and link to your work.
Details:   We are looking for strong fantasy/medieval fiction short stories up to 6000 words. Entertaining stories that leave the reader asking for more is a must, but strong grammar and spelling is just as important.
Country:   United States
Email:   adam@tavernsvault.com
Website:   http://www.tavernsvault.com

Cheshire Prize for Literature
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st September 2012
Fees:   Ł0 for one entry.
Prizes:   Ł2,000 for first place. Ł750 additional prize money and chance to be published in an anthology.
Details:   Awarded for an original short story not exceeding 1,000 words. The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked in Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington or Halton. Entrants must be over 18. Three typed non returnable copies should be entered. A cover letter with name, address and telephone number should be submitted with the entries.
Contact:   The Cheshire Prize for Literature, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   cheshireprize@chester.ac.uk
Website:   http://www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize

CONTEST num.1 by Caligae Travel Files
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th April 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $500 for first place. $300 and $200 for the second and third winner respectively and publishing.
Details:   Topic: Friendly and humorous typology of modern society in your country. Describe and illustrate the most representative, emerging or curious social groups and strata. Material: 1 article (up to 500 chars.) plus at least 1 illustration (of any style) per social type. Number of articles and illustrations is unlimited. Submit only original texts and author’s artworks of your own creation.
Country:   Spain
Email:   editor@caligae.info
Website:   http://www.caligae.info

Toulmin Prize 2012
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £500 for first place.
Details:   For short stories up to 4,000 words, concerned with some aspect of life in North-East Scotland, and written in Scots (including Doric) or English or a mixture of the two.
Contact:   Professor Ian Russell, Director, The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, MacRobert Building, King’s College, Aberdeen AB24 5UA
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   elphinstone@abdn.ac.uk
Website:   http://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/events/toulmin/toulmin-prize2012.shtml

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

29th Annual Orange Rose Contest
Sponsor: Orange County Chapter
Fee: $25–35.00
Deadline: April 14, 2012
Eligibility: RWA members in good standing, not contracted/published in book-length fiction in last 5 years.
Entry: 50 pages including synopsis – electronic entry only to save printing and postage costs!
Categories: Contemporary Category Romance, Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Inspirational Romance, Mainstream w/Romantic Elements, Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy Romance, Romantic Suspense, Single Title Romance, Young Adult Romance.
First Round Judges: Published authors.
Final Judges: Acquiring editors and agents.
Top Prize: $100.00
FMI, www.occrwa.org/contest.

21st Annual Duel on the Delta
Sponsor: River City Romance Writers
Fee: $25.00
Deadline: April 15, 2012 *extended*
Entry: electronic entries only; first twenty pages.
Judges: trained, published and unpublished.
Final Judges: Historical – Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press; Inspirational – Sarah Long, Bethenay House; Erotic – Angela James, Carina Press; Young Adult – Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing; Contemporary – Aubrey Pope, Sourcebooks; Romantic Suspense – Liz Bass, Carina Press; and Paranormal – Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
FMI, www.rivercityromancewriters.org; duelonthedelta@yahoo.com.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

WANTED TWO COPYWRITERS IN ENGLISH AND HINDI 
Wanted 2 copywriters in English and Hindi with excellent command in their respective languages for writing scripts for various corporate films, TV shows, documentaries, and TVCs. Send in your detailed resume with a sample writeup and a passport size still photograph to Amber at contact@qedcommunications.com. Only for residents of New Delhi & NCR. FREELANCER CANDIDATES NEED NOT APPLY. THIS POST IS FOR PERMANENT JOB.

WRITING PARTNER WANTED 
I’m a writer with contacts in Los Angeles looking to break into TV. I’m currently developing TV pilots to pitch to friends from my AFI days, who have lately become executives in the industry. I have several pilot ideas that need development, and need a partner to speed the process. If you have pilot ideas of your own, all the better (but not essential). We could pool our efforts and attack it as a team. My sensibilties are comedic but not broadly so, and satirical. Influences include Alexander Payne, Mike Judge, and shows like Enlightened, All In The Family, Downton Abbey. Please send me (Charlie MacNamara) a writing sample and resume at charliemcnamara@mac.com if you’re interested, and I’ll send you some of my work.

SCREENWRITER SEEKS PARTNER TO HELP FINISH SCRIPT
I have a screenpay based on a true life story that has caught the interest of an established actor, he’s been in mulitple movies and had his own tv show. He likes my concept, writing and main characters but still feels the script needs more work. This is the first script I’ve ever written and could use a 50/50 partner to help me bring it to completion. Email me (Jarrod Miller) at jarrod.miller03@gmail.com for more information.

SEEKING SCREENPLAYS BY CANADIANS FOR LOW BUDGET FEATURE 
New production company seeking screenplays by Canadians that can be made for under $1M. Writer-director submissions ok. All genres welcome. Please email a full outline to us at adamdwyer1@gmail.com. If we like it, then the script will be requested. Pay will be 2% of total budget.Thank you.

SEEKING EXPERIENCED SCREENWRITER IN NYC AREA FOR COLLABORATION 
I have written a wonderful story for a full-length movie that features many different sub-plots. I’ve been able to blend all these plots into an easily understood story by using a unique and different concept. I need a proven and experienced screenwriter that can work with me in re-writing my story into a screenplay. I am especially looking for someone with experience in the terrorist/espionage genres. I will share appropriately whatever is to be made from our work. If interested, please email your bio and contact info to me (Anthony Diffley) at mondiff@aol.com. Thank you.

SEEKING WRITER FOR SCI-FI FILM PROJECT 
I really need to find my partner in crime. You don’t need experience as much as enthusiasm and willingness to work on an awesome film project. Specifically, I need a writer (ideally a sci-fi/independent film lover) for development of a truly unique and new sci-fi film project that I am currently developing. I have the story outlined and have the first half of the film (approx 25 scenes) visualised and storyboarded. I have experience editing and have been learning to composite various SFX that might be needed including the development of various rigs and electronic props. If this sounds like its for you and you think you can help feel free to contact me via my email at zombiesatepurplenick@yahoo.com.

LOOKING FOR FEATURE LENGTH ROMANTIC DRAMA OR COMEDY 
I am searching for a feature-length romantic drama (in the vein of “Cairo Time” or “The Eclipse”-Irish film 2011) or romantic comedy (ala “A Touch of Class”) for two amazing actors in their 50s. The piece must be set (or be adaptable to) in a remote and isolated area (preferably a hotel). Adaptations of plays are welcome. Please send logline (in the body of the email, please) to sarah@jofilms.com. Many thanks.

LOOKING FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER SHORT FILM SCRIPT 
We are looking for short film script in the pyschological thriller genre. The story should be set in just one flat or room. The film will be made by us and it will be self-funded. Due credit will be given to writer along with some pay. However, as the project will is self-funded, the money will not be great. Contact us at bharichinmay@hotmail.com.

WRITING CLASSES AND CONFERENCES Via ScreenwritingU

Advanced Dialogue Screenwriting Class
ADVANCED DIALOGUE is about taking the best dialogue you’ve ever written and making it irrestible to actors, agents and readers.  
In the course, we’ll cover:
Day 1:  What Makes Great Dialogue Great?
Day 2:  Expressing Character Fully
Day 3:  More Character in My Dialogue, Please
Day 4:  Colorful Language that Entertains
Day 5:  Dialogue Contrast and Twists
Day 6:  Dialogue Structures that Match Real Conversation
Day 7:  Suspenseful Dialogue
Day 8:  Subtext in Dialogue, Part 1
Day 9:  Subtext in Dialogue, Part 2
Day 10:  Applying “Advanced Dialogue” to Your Scripts.
PRICE:  $90
DATES: March 13 – April 13, 2012
WHERE:  Online.
MORE INFO
To register, go to http://www.screenwritingu.com/enroll2.htm.

Teleconference: “How To Get An Agent ”
Sign Up for the Conference! t’s FREE! If you want an agent or manager,
you need to know the rules of that business relationship. You need to know the rules, the reality, and the roadmap that will get you in the door and to the point of being a represented writer. “This call changed my whole vision, plan, and focus.” –  Audrey Jacobs
In this 90 minute teleconference, you’ll learn…
REALITY:
*Strategies that came from over 100 interviews with agents and managers.
*The fundamentals of landing an Agent or Manager.
*The four mistakes everyone advises writers to make with agents!
RULES:
*The Rules of Engagement with Agents
*How to be a Great Client
ROADMAP:
*8 Strategies for Landing a Manager or Agent.
Sign Up! 

DFW Writers’ Conference 2012
Registration is now open for agent/editor consultations.

You can find out which agents are coming here, and which genres the agents are interested in here. Each agent will have a finite number of slots available so register now!
May 19, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Hurst Conference Centre, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX 76054  –  Register Now!

 

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Annual Short Grain Fiction Contest 
Category:   Fiction
Closes:  1st April 2012
Fees:   $35 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place. $750; $500.
Details:   For short stories up to 2,500 words.
Contact:   Short Grain Contest, P.O. Box 67, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3K1
Country:   Canada
Website:   http://www.grainmagazine.ca/contest.html

The Muse in Alms
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   21st July 2012
Fees:   Ł0 for one entry.
Prizes:   Ł100 for first place.
Details:   The EU want to a new anthem which represents the ideals of freedom and democracy in the modern world. You are charged with writing the words which will comprise this new anthem. Max. 40 lines. Online submissions only.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   email@bardandmuse.co.uk
Website:   http://bardandmuse.co.uk

Rider Haggard Society Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th March 2012
Fees:   £10 for one entry.
Prizes:   £200 for first place. Also free society membership.
Details:   For stories in the oral tradition starting with the sentence provided on the website.
Contact:   Roger Allen, 27 Deneholm. Whitley Bay NE25 9AU
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   rb27allen@blueyonder.co.uk
Website:   http://www.riderhaggardsociety.org.uk/competition.htm

John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th April 2012
Fees:   $15 for one entry.
Prizes:   $500 for first place. Also magazine publication.
Details:   For unpublished short stories up to 8,000 words.
Contact:   John Gardner Fiction Contest, Harpur Palate, English Dept., Binghamton University, Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Country:   United States
Website:   http://harpurpalate.blogspot.com/p/contests.html

Mslexia 2012 Women’s Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   19th March 2012
Fees:   £10 for one entry.
Prizes:   £2,000 for first place. £500; £250.
Details:   For short stories up to 2,200 words, by women.
Contact:   Mslexia Publications Ltd, PO Box 656, Freepost NEA5566, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1BR
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   shortstory@mslexia.co.uk
Website:   http://www.mslexia.co.uk/shop/scomp_enter.php

IF you can write…
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   9th April 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $500 for first place. Cash prizes for second and third place in both fiction and nonfiction categories.
Details:   We invite you to enter our inaugural competition. The contest is open to all, no fee required, with cash prizes in fiction and non-fiction categories. Entries will focus on one of the ideals expressed in Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem: If. Submit online at our web site. Winning submissions will be published in the magazine.
Country:   United States
Email:   susan.hawkins@AllThingsIf.org
Website:   http://www.allthingsif.org/if-you-can-write

Second Annual bosque Fiction Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   $20 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place. Also magazine publication.
Details:   For short stories up to 5,000 words.
Contact:   ABQ Writers Co-op, 163 Sol del Oro, Corrales NM 87048
Country:   United States
Email:   contest@abqwriterscoop.com
Website:   http://abqwriterscoop.com/writingcontest.html

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

2012 THE SHEILA Contest
Sponsor: Valley Forge Romance Writers
Fee: $25.00 for all VFRW members; $30.00 for all non-VFRW members
Deadline: April 7, 2012, 11:59 p.m. EST
Eligibility: Participation is open to all RWA members, published and unpublished, who have not published a full-length novel (40K words or more) in the category entered at the time of the contest deadline (April 7, 2012) and within the past five years.
Entry: Electronic entries only. Total of 35 pages, including synopsis (not to exceed 5 pages)
Categories and Final Round Judges: Single Title Romance – Emilia Pisani, Gallery Books; Historical (short or long and Regencies) – Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press; Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal – Leah Hultenschmidt, SourceBooks; Women’s Fiction with Romantic Elements – Alex Logan, Grand Central; Romantic Suspense – Katherine Pelz, Berkeley; Young Adult – Wendy Loggia, Delcorte Press/RHCB.
Judging: Entrants will receive a detailed score sheet from four qualified judges including, whenever possible, at least one RWA PAN author. The lowest score will be dropped before determining the final score. The top five entries in each category will advance to the finals.
FMI, Jeannine Standen, Contest Chair, at contest@vfrw.com.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

LOOKING FOR LOW-BUDGET, FEATURE-LENGTH HORROR SCRIPT 
Rey Media is looking for a low-budget, feature-length horror script. Pay is negotiable. Send script in PDF format to David Rey at reymediallc@gmail.com for consideration. Thank you.

LOOKING FOR EXCELLENT SHORT SCRIPT
Looking for a short film script of any genre. Scripts already produced are welcome – we are looking to direct it our own way. This gig is not paid; credit only. Kindly send inquiries to Ravi Shankar at 21ravishankar@gmail.com. Thank you.

AUTHOR SEEKS SCREENWRITER FOR COLLABORATION
I am an published author looking to get my first feature length movie made. I am looking for a collaborator for a script in any genre. Please contact me and send writing samples to mentalllll@yahoo.com. Please put “writing sample” in the subject line of your e-mail. There will be no pay unless the movie is sold. We split everything 50/50. Now, let’s make a movie. Mr. Shannon L. Clements

DIRECTOR SEEKS SMALL BUDGET SHORT FOR MAY SHOOT
I am a film director hoping to make a small budget short film and am looking for a drama/thriller script that can be shot in the May. You will receive a credit, a copy of the film, and screening invitations. Please contact me thru my web site contact page at http://www.deanwayneevans.com/contact-dean-evans/.

NYFA STUDENT PRODUCER SEEKS SCREENPLAY FOR THESIS PROJECT
I’m producer who is looking for a drama, family drama, or thriller screenplay for my NYFA thesis. It will consist of a complete production package for a feature film. Please attached logline and synopsis at stefania.nyfa@gmail.com. This is not a paid gig.

PRODUCER SEEKS SCRIPTS TO SHOOT FOR PILOT PITCH
BKP Films is planning to film a TV series in Austin, TX.  We would like to read a synopsis of your script, any genre. If your script is accepted, we will shoot a pilot and will pitch the show to the networks. It will be a paying gig once we are in production. Please feel free to contact me at info@bkpfilms.com for more information. Looking forward to hear from you.

STUDENT FILMMAKER NEEDS SHORT SCRIPT ASAP
Hello, my name is Chris Stone and I am currently producing a final piece for my degree at the Northern Film School and due to complications we have had to drop our project that we had been working on and are now in a position where we need to have a new project ASAP to shoot in the next month. We have an amazing crew and a nice budget and we are requesting any scripts between 5-10 pages to be submitted for consideration. We need a finished script not a first draft. Obviously you will be consulted and have input on the film but it is a wonderful opportunity to get your script made. Please send inquiries to me at chrisstone.film@gmail.com. Payment is on a lo/no/deferred basis.

NEW REALITY WEB SERIES SEEKS WRITERS
Production company producing a new reality web series seeks aspiring writers, directors and/or producers to pitch their big ideas on camera to be judged by a panel of industry professionals. The best and most viable pitches will be selected and featured in their own episode. To submit yourself for consideration make a brief video introducing yourself and telling us a little bit about who you are, and what kind of stories you want to tell. Include one or more titles and loglines of ideas you would like to pitch. Feel free to include multiple ideas. We will accept video of any quality, webcam/iphone/smartphone is fine. Please do not make tapes, DVDs, etc. Send videos to thepitch.submissions@gmail.com or upload to Youtube/Viddler as a private video and send us the link. Please make the subject of the email “ATTN: PITCH SUBMISSIONS.” IMPORTANT: Include your name and contact information so we know how to reach you. Allow 4-6 weeks for us to review submissions and contact people for callbacks. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at dragondroppers@gmail.com.

LOOKING FOR KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE BASED SCREENWRITER
Looking for scriptwriters to develop a couple of scripts for feature films, tele-movies and documentaries. Requirements include: Prior experience in writing scripts for feature films is an advantage; Strong passion, creative, imaginative, enthusiasm are some of the characters that we need; Scripts you have done before; it is COMPULSORY that you are based in Kuala Lumpur & Singapore. Send your letter of enquiry to enquiry@anonymousproduction.com. This is a paid job, depending on experience and quality of your scripts.  Again, those who are not residing in Kuala Lumpur/Singapore, need not apply. More Info at http://anonymousproduction.com.

ACADEMY AWARD WINNING PRODUCER SEEKS EXPERIENCED WRITER
Academy-Award winning producer seeks experienced writer for inspirational new media company, SpiritClips.com. Must possess a mature perspective and be able to work in house. Primary responsibility will be writing short, inspirational scripts. Please take a look at our content and write a cover letter that describes why you are a good fit and supply one short (under 5 pages) writing sample. Please have at least one professional writer gig under your belt (does not have to be feature film). Pay is negotiable. Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to nare@spiritclips.com.

GETTING DAVID LYNCH WEIRD
Seeking talented and especially creative writers who would be interested in working with me on writing an upcoming feature-length film. I cannot stress enough the high level of creativity necessary for the job. I am a student filmmaker who is writing a screenplay to be shot by DSLR equipment and film crew. I am especially interested in working with other college students. This gig is not paid. Please send your expressions of interest and any questions to me (Joe Murphy) at jjmurphy239@aol.com. Thank you.

CREDITED PRODUCER SEEKS HYSTERICAL COMEDY SCREENPLAY
Currently seeking completed comedy screenplays (buddy, rom com, outrageous) featuring a leading role or strong supporting male role (25-33 years old). See IMDB Profile for Producer/Actor Matt Prater at http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm1056990/. Must have completed budget to be considered. WGA rates apply. Please send log-lines only at this time to PraterPix@gmail.com. Thank you, Melinda Jeffries, Assistant – PraterPix.

NOVICE WRITER SEEKS HELP POLISHING SCRIPT
I am a novice writer wanting someone to look over my comedy-fantasy script to resolve any differences between my UK English and American English, to correctly format the script, and, if possible, find a producer. This is a non-paying gig, but I am willing to take on an interested partner, such details to be be determined. Send inquiries to Harry Higgs at harryhiggs123@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   $20 for one entry.
Prizes:   $2,500 for first place. 1,000; $500; $100 x 10.
Details:   For unpublished fiction and nonfiction up to 15,000 words.
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/163488

Hungry Hill Short Short Story
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   6th April 2012
Fees:   €5 for one entry. €3 for young writers
Prizes:   €150 for first place. Additional prizes for young writers.
Details:   A competition for short short stories (500 words maximum) on any theme. There is also an unthemed competition for under-18s, and a themed competition, The River, for under-14s.
Country:   Ireland
Website:   http://www.hungryhillwriting.com

Kelpies Prize 2012
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   29th February 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £2,000 for first place. Also book publication.
Details:   For children’s novels, set in Scotland, between 40,000 and 70,000 words.
Contact:  Kelpies Prize 2012, Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh EH11 1SH
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   floris@florisbooks.co.uk
Website:   http://www.florisbooks.co.uk/kelpiesprize/enter.html

Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   $4 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place. $100.
Details:   For stories of any genre, style, or length.
Contact:   Gemini Magazine, Short Story Contest, P.O. Box 1485, Onset, MA 02558
Country:   United States
Email:   contest@gemini-magazine.com
Website:   http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

Writers & Artists Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   14th February 2012
Fees:  £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. Residential writing course.
Details:   For short stories up to 2,000 words on the theme: Identity.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   shortstorycompetition@bloomsbury.com
Website:   http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/stage2/competitions

Children’s Story for 5-8 year olds
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st August 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £100 for first place. Plus small paperback publication.
Details:   Write a story for 5- 8 year olds up to 5000 words – any theme First prize £100 plus small paperback publication, 2nd prize £50 plus website publications, 3rd prize £25 plus website publication.
Contact:   Competition secretary 18 Hillside Road Blidworth Notts., NG21 0TR
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   thynkspublications@yahoo.co.uk
Website:   http://www.thynkspublications.co.uk/competitions

Willow Springs Fiction Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th March 2012
Fees:   $15 for one entry. $20 for international entries.
Prizes:   $2,000 for first place. Also publication.
Details:   For short fiction of any length.
Contact:   The Willow Springs Fiction Prize, Willow Springs, 501 N Riverpoint Blvd, Ste 425, Spokane, WA 99202
Country:   United States
Website:   http://willowsprings.ewu.edu/contests.php

SCRIPTS

Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award
Category:   Scripts
Closes:   5th March 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £500 for first place.
Details:   For plays up to 30 minutes long, with a cast of no more than six.
Contact:   The Windsor Fringe Drama Writing Award, Suite 640, 24-28 St Leonard’s Road, Windsor, Berks. SL4 3BB
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   ann.trewartha@btinternet.com
Website:   http://www.windsorfringe.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=5&Itemid=14

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

 

*012 Touched By Love Award
Sponsor: Faith, Hope, and Love RWA Chapter
Fee: $20–25.00
Deadline: April 1, 2012, Midnight EST
Eligibility: Unpublished authors or authors not published in the last 3 years.
Entry: Electronic entry only. First 30 pages of an inspirational manuscript, 2-page synopsis.
Final Round Judges: Published Authors.
Top Prize: Overall winner gets an editor critique.
FMI, http://www.faithhopelove-rwa.org or email RileyK1@aol.com.

2012 Royal Ascot
Sponsor: The Beau Monde
Fee: $25 for Beau Monde Members for the first entry; $30 for Non Beau Monde Members for the first entry; $20 for subsequent entries. Multiple submissions welcome provided separate entry form and fee accompanies each.
Deadline: Friday April 6, 2012, midnight PDT: Deadline for all parts of entry.
Eligibility: Open to unpublished authors and authors who have not been contracted in book-length fiction by RWA PAN definition in the last 5 years. All entries must have at least partial Regency (Late Georgian) setting, broadly defined: within the United Kingdom between 1780 and 1840.
Entry: Entry length limited to 7,000 words (determined by computer word count).
Categories: Categories will only be used for first round judging. Six finalists will be determined based on highest score. Categories are: Regency Historical (longer Regency or Mainstream Regency-set); Hot Regency (Very sensual to Erotic Regency, at author’s discretion); Wild Regency (Paranormal, Time Travel, other similar Regency); Sweet & Mild Regency (Traditional, Inspirational, Young Adult or other without explicit sex)
Judges: Three trained first round judges, including at least one published author. Lowest score dropped.
Final Judges: A panel of agents and editors TBA.
Top Prize: $100 Grand Prize and a certificate.
FMI, email royalascotcontest@gmail.com or visit http://main.thebeaumonde.com.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

ESTABLISHED DIRECTOR SEEKS LOW-BUGET FEATURE SCRIPT
I’m an experienced feature director in Los Angeles looking for an excellent  limited location script with limited cast that can be produced for under 500k.  I appreciate dark, strange and original material although smart comedies are fine too; please no sci-fi or romantic comedy.  Please send loglines, synopsis and query to Chris Iovenko at trickpictures@gmail.com. Pay to be determined.

SEEKING SPEC SCRIPTS FOR THE KEYSTROKE KILLER
OTLP is currently developing the television series THE KEYSTROKE KILLER based from the original short film by the same name.  After the short film became an instant cult classic receiving 1 million hits on YouTube, a television network wants it developed.  We currently have written 12 episodes, but need 23 for the first year, then if the series is a success up to 63 scripts.  These are one hour episodes.  If your spec script is used, you will be paid according to industry standards.  To write a spec script for KSK it must be based on our characters and storyline.  Please visit www.onthelotproductions.com for the character breakdown. Send inquiries to Carol Michaels at drcarolmichaels@gmail.com. Thank you.

SEEKING SCRIPTS FOR SHORT FEATURING LAWYER CHARACTER
We have a unique opportunity to produce a short film for upcoming high profile festivals. There is NO budget and VERY limited time to film, the script needs to take that into account. Limited characters and locations covering a legal subject or with a lawyer as a main character only. Any genre except horror. Please stay away from murder mysteries or “Law and Order” type scripts – they are overdone and populate this specific festival – think outside the box.  This film is for credit only as it’s a pet project strictly for a short festival run – so if you have 8-12 pages that fit the bill, want to see your work produced, and have you name in the credits as writer submit asap. Please put “law short script submission” in the subject line and send a logline and example. If it is something we think we can work with we will request a script. Also tell us a bit about yourself. PLEASE don’t submit until your script is a final draft. We’ll be accepting screenplays till Sunday, February 26th. Writers may be considered for future gigs. We have a full slate coming up the next year and work with award winning writers. Entries and query letters will not be accepted after the 26th unless specifically posted per project. Send to Ron Smith at info@2hfc.com.

COMEDY ACTRESS SEEKS WRITERS FOR SKETCH SHOW PILOT
I am a comedy actress and I am producing a sketch show pilot. My intention is to get it picked up by one of the big TV comedy production companies. I have some great contacts in the industry, but a fully polished pilot is expected of me if I want to be taken seriously. My inspiration is ‘Smack The Pony’, ‘Little Britain and the traditional sketch show formats from back in the day, such as Tracey Ullman, French & Saunders etc. I am looking for very varied character material and therefore would most likely end up working with multiple writers. I have some extremely talented and experienced actors to bring this pilot to life so at the very least you would walk away with some great showreel pieces of the comedy sketches you have written. This pilot is unfortunately unpaid at this stage but should negotiations arise with a big production company or broadcaster then a fair contract based on equity standards would be worked out. If this is something that you would like to be a part of then please can you email me some examples of your work. I would like to receive 2 contrasting sketches using any character types you like, preferably with a female character in both of the sketches. My email is melissahartzel@live.com. For your reference my acting work can be seen on my website www.melissahartzel.co.uk. It would be great to hear from you, I can’t wait to read your material! More Info: http://www.melissahartzel.co.uk.

LOOKING FOR TREATMENT OF FOUND FOOTAGE HORROR FILM This is a paid position for an up-and-coming screenwriter with some writing experience. If you have optioned screenplays before please let us know. We are looking to get a draft of a fully-developed treatment for a “found footage” horror film. Think “Repulsion” meets “Paranormal Activity”. Salary: $2,000 We would like to see two writing samples of features and/or short films. Please email: info@magnetfilmworks.com. More Info: http://magnetfilmworks.com. Thank you.

SEEKING LOVE STORY SCRIPT FOR FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION
Dominic Perez is looking for love. Or should I say, I’m looking for a love story to produce into a feature film. If you’ve written a screenplay about love and relationships email me your synopsis to: domster2@gmail.com. This is a paying gig, but this project will be low-budget. Think Mumblecore or Dogma 95. My main focus will be on acting, character and relationships. More info at http://www.evilthingsmovie.com. Thank you.

LOOKING FOR SHORT FILM SCRIPTS
I’m looking for a writer (or a couple of writers) to work with me to produce short films of 2 -15 minutes in duration. These films are mainly to build my portfolio (and yours) from script to screen. I have all kit for all these productions and have production contacts. I’m looking for a script of 1-2 characters set in a couple of locations, or one location. This needs to be filmed in London. More Info: http://www.jgrayonline.com. Apply to: James Ian Gray, info@jgrayonline.com. Thank you.

SEEKING WRITERS FOR VARIOUS FILM GENRES
MAKS Entertainment (New Dehli, India) is seeking script writers/content writers with good command of English. 0-1 year experience for documentaries, corporate films, short films, TVC & AD films. Send inquiries to: info@maksentertainment.in. Thank you.

PRODUCER SEEKS COMEDY OR HORROR SCRIPT
I am a Spanish producer working temporarily in NY and I am looking for a script. Genre: comedy or horror. Pay to be determined. Send your logline and full synopsis to producing2012@gmail.com. Thank you.

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Fantasy Writing Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th June 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $500 for first place.
Details:   Completely free to enter and is looking for stories, of up to 8000 words, within any fantasy sub-genre. This could be traditional fantasy, epic fantasy, urban fantasy, steam-punk, and so on. More importantly though, winners will feature within an anthology alongside some of the Fantasy genres finest authors.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   Marc@Fantasy-Faction.com
Website:   http://www.fantasywritingcontest.com

Remosa Publishing
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   29th February 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. Remosa monthly writing competition.
Details:   Monthly writing competition, winners will be published on our website for a period of 30 days. There will be a small trophy for the first prize winner. Send us your synopsis and 3 chapters advising which genre your writing is in one of the following genres : romance, paranormal romance, sci-fi/fantasy, mysteries, thrillers, romantics and general fiction. Entries to be made by email or post and additionally all entrants will be considered for publication.
Contact:   Remosa Publishing, 5 Joseph Street, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 1JX
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   competitions.Remosa@gmx.com
Website:   http://Remosa.co.uk

DIAGRAM Innovative Fiction Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th March 2012
Fees:   $15 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place. Also publication.
Details:   For unpublished stories up to 10,000 words.
Contact:   DIAGRAM Innovative Fiction Contest, c/o Ander Monson, Dept. of English, P.O. Box 210067, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0067
Country:   United States
Email:  nmp@thediagram.com
Website:   http://thediagram.com/contest.html

Rose and Crown Christian Romance
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £18 for one entry.
Prizes:   £200 for first place. Publication.
Details:   For your chance to see your story in print we are now accepting Christian Romance submissions for their Writing Competition for 2012. 1st prize is £200, 2nd is £100. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Winners will be guaranteed a publishing contract, as will all the best, publishable novels! For further information visit website and remember – submissions must be in by 31st March. Good luck!
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://sunpenny.com

Sunpenny Ltd. Christian Short Story
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £4 for one entry.
Prizes:   £150 for first place. Published Anthology
Details:   For your chance to see your story in print we are now accepting submissions for their Open Short Storry competition. We are seeking the new and the talented. Winning manuscripts will bepublished and the author will receive cash and book prizes. For further information visit website and remember – submissions must be in by 31st March. Good luck!
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://sunpenny.com

Frome Festival Short Story Competition 2
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st May 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry. £40 for in depth critique.
Prizes:   £300 for first place. Second prize, £150, 3rd prize £75 plus extra prizes for local entrants.
Details:   For stories on any theme: 1,000 to 2,200 words. Judges: crime writer and novelist. Winning stories read by top London literary agent. Entry fee: £5 per story.
Contact:   Cheques payable to: Frome Festival Short Story Competition. No entry form required. Post entries to: FROME FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION, c/o Frome Library, Justice Lane, FROME, Somerset BA11 1BE
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   clinkelmstreet@aol.com
Website:   http://www.fromefestival.co.uk

Limnisa / Bluethumbnail Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th March 2012
Fees:   £6 for one entry. Discount for members.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. One week Writing Holiday in Greece.
Details:   Short Stories of max. 3000 words on any subject. Open to writers world wide. First prize a one week, full board holiday by the sea in Greece. Runners up get 50% discount. We are looking for stories that surprise and move us!
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   entries@limnisa.com
Website:   http://www.bluethumbnail.com/Author/competitionpage.html

The Word Hut Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   18th March 2012
Fees:   £4.00 for one entry.
Prizes:   £50.00 for first place.
Details:   Maximum length is 1000 words and the story can be on any theme or in any genre. Please submit in a clear font as an email attachment. Payment is via PayPal. Full details on our website.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   info@thewordhut.com
Website:   http://www.thewordhut.com

Writers’ Village Best Story Award
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £10 for one entry.
Prizes:   £400 for first place. Every entry, win or lose, gains a free expert critique.
Details:   All entrants, winners or not, gain a helpful critique of their story – a feature thought to be unique among low-fee writing contests. Winners will be awarded the title: Winner, the Writers’ Village Best Writing spring 2012 Award, and see their work showcased online. Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide.
Contact:   The Old School House, Leighton Buzzard, Beds LU7 9DP, UK
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.writers-village.org

Happily Cognating Reader’s Choice Award
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st May 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $30 for first place. Two paid runners-up.
Details:   The first contest run by a literary journal that is a brand new, one-man-show, but aspires to become noteworthy. We’re seeking submissions to our Summer (and inaugural) issue. Our goal is to find undiscovered writers (to give first bylines) and fiction that creates conversation and brings people closer together.
Country:   Germany
Email:   STCrowley1@gmail.com
Website:   http://sites.google.com/site/happilycognating/submissions

MORE FICTION

2012 Yeovil Literary Prize
Visit www.yeovilprize.co.uk for full details of the prizes on offer and how to post your entry. The competition closes on 31st May – don’t leave it till the last moment!
Our short list judges this year are Sophie Hannah (novel), Sue Freestone (short stories) and Louis de Bernieres (poetry), and all of us at the Yeovil Prize are looking forward to reading your work.

SCRIPTS Via InkTip

Nexus Entertainment – Seeking Scripts About Hannibal of Carthage
We are looking for completed feature-length scripts dealing with the life and times of Hannibal, the military tactician from Carthage. Please note we submitted this lead one year ago, and at this point in time are only looking for scripts which have been written since then, or which have not yet been pitched to us. 
Budget has yet to be determined. WGA and non-WGA writers may submit. Our credits include “American Dream” and the upcoming “Dysfunctional Friends,” among others.
To submit to this lead, please go to: http://www.inktippro.com/leads/  Enter your email address.  Copy/Paste this code: t92fnkax84
NOTE: Please only submit your work if it fits what the lead is looking for exactly. If you aren’t sure if your script fits, please ask InkTip first.

Cosmotoons Inc. – Seeking Scripts with Science Education
We are looking for completed scripts or extended treatments with a science-based educational core, i.e. something in the vein of “What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?” or “Cosmic Quantum Ray”(Animated TV series on HUB). We are not looking for submissions in the vein of Star Trek or some other sci-fi story. Please only submit if you are familiar with the above two titles. We are open to features, series, documentaries or animated projects, as long as they have a clear scientific theme and preferably based on existing book, comics, game or a toy.
Budget has yet to be determined. WGA and non-WGA writers may submit. Our credits include “Rift.”
To submit to this lead, please go to:  http://www.inktippro.com/leads/  Enter your email address.  Copy/Paste this code: rhjq0u9br4
NOTE: Please only submit your work if it fits what the lead is looking for exactly. If you aren’t sure if your script fits, please ask InkTip first.

Softcelluoid Films – Seeking High Concept Thriller Scripts
We are looking for completed feature-length high concept thriller scripts, i.e. stories in the vein of “Looper,” “Memento,” or “The Divide.” Please note that, if you can’t pitch your script in a single sentence, it isn’t high concept.
Budget will not exceed $2 million. WGA and non-WGA writers may submit.  Our credits include the multiple award winning film “Intelligence,” and we are repped by a major studio management company.To submit to this lead, please go to: http://www.inktippro.com/leads/  Enter your email address.  Copy/Paste this code: 9gyn7zsu26
 NOTE: Please only submit your work if it fits what the lead is looking for exactly. If you aren’t sure if your script fits, please ask InkTip first.

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

2012 Magic Moment Contest
Sponsor: Heart and Scroll RWA
Fee: $25 for RWA members or $30 for non-members
Deadline: April 1, 2012
Top prize: $100 and certificate
Entry: Send us any ten pages of your manuscript where the hero and heroine first meet, and we’ll give you the benefit of three detailed critiques. Note: Magic Moment has gone paperless! All entrants have the option of submitting paper or electronic entries!
Judges: 1st round: experienced published and unpublished authors.
Final judge: Pamela Harty of the Knight Agency
FMI, visit www.heartandscroll.com or e-mail laurie@authorlaurielarsen.com.

2012 Query Quandary Contest
Sponsor: New Hampshire RWA
Deadline: April 1, 2012
Eligibility: Open to published and unpublished authors.
Entry: query + optional 1-pg. synopsis
FMI, http://www.nhrwa.com.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

LOOKING FOR SHORT FILM IDEAS 
I need an idea for a short film (>30min), a finished script is preferable. Needs to be minimal cast, little dialogue. . . and I’m a sucker for tragedies.  To give you a flavour of my style, this is my latest short: http://youtu.be/J9MCdpRUSI4. I can be contacted at info@ydpictures.com. Thank you for your consideration!

SEEKING WRITER FOR AD FILM 
We require creative assistance for generating ideas and concepts for an ad film. We are looking for someone who can deliver the best idea and theme for the film. Experience in ad film industry, specifically in creative writing part, is required. Pay is contingent. Send emails to shiveshmishra@lycos.com with questions and/or your expression of interest.

SEEKING SCREENWRITER FOR DOC/REALITY TV FORMAT 
We are looking for a screen writer for a documentary/reality TV format, which is centered around a transformational skiing experience. It needs to be someone who has experience in writing for reality TV shows with a pinch of documentary added. Please send examples of previous work with your resume to jan@skiguru.tv. For the successful candidate we offer a financial upside once we get the production financed.

NYFA PRODUCER SEEKS SCREENPLAY
New York Film Academy Producer is looking for screenwriter for script which is 90pg to 110pgs. All genres accepted. Please send your log-line and synopsis to me at jnyfa1@gmail.com. I hope to meet a great partner for the project. Thank you.

COMEDY WRITER NEEDED FOR COLLABORATION ON HIGH-CONCEPT SPEC.
I’m looking to collaborate with a skilled and experienced comedy writer on a high-concept feature spec. that a number of legit. Hollywood prodco.’s, including Benderspink, are eagerly waiting to read. I have the rough outline and the characters but trying to hit all the right beats in the step outline in terms of theme, pacing, motivation, plausibility and goals, is making my head spin. I need help with this one! This is a truly saleable idea and we need to hit it out of the park. I’m offering co-writer’s credit and 50/50 on whatever money this script might make either through an option and/or a sale (obviously I can’t promise anything). WGA-registered, produced comedy feature writers or writers who have won or placed extremely well in the comedy category of a LARGE contest only, please. Respond to countdrake@hotmail.com. Thank you.

STUDENT SEEKS SCRIPTS FOR THESIS SHOOT
I am a student and I am looking for some scripts to do my thesis. If you are interested my e-mail adress is antonella.rig@gmail.com. Thank you.

LOOKING FOR WRITERS TO CREATE NEW FANTASY SAGA
Looking for writers to join a team to create and produce a new fantasy saga. Please send examples of synopsis and treatments of works in the fantasy genre only as well as CV to us at aa@ab-product.com. Please note the following: We are looking for a writer in the London area only; We are looking for a writer with 3 years previoous experience writing; We are looking for a writer with previous feature film experience. Our budget for the writer will be £300-£500 depending on experience.  This is not a full time position. The writer will be required to come in 1 a week to show and discuss progress. Thanks and good luck.

SITCOM SEEKING STORY WRITERS
We are looking for story writers for the second series of Nigerian sitcom ‘Meet The Adebanjos’ (www.meettheadebanjos.com.) This is not a full-time role, but will require you to be flexible with your time; you will become part of a writing team, working together to create and develop episode ideas. Therefore you must be open to discussing ideas within a group environment and offering opinions during the development process. Due to time constraints, you will need to be hard-working and dedicated – we need somebody who can deliver quickly. We are asking all applicants to submit a 1 page treatment for a future episode of Meet The Adebanjos, as well as the opening scene in script format. The deadline for all applicants is Sunday 5th February and successful writers will be called for interview the following week. We are especially looking for writers who can mimic the comedic style of the first series (so it may be beneficial to watch a couple of episodes first) and can bring the characters to life. Most importantly, you will need to have a strong grasp of the sitcom format and be able to write COMEDY. This is what we will be looking for in all applications. Please reply to Jessica@meettheadebanjos.com.

EVERETT FILMMAKERS GROUP SEEKING SHORT SCRIPTS
The Everett Filmmakers Group is looking for a few good 5-10 minute scripts to produce in the coming months. Our experienced filmmakers will work with your script to produce a short feature. These not-for-profit films may be submitted to festivals. Subject matter is flexible, but writer must have full rights to the script; copyrigths of others must be respected. To submit your script for review and consideration — or for additional information– send email to larrygmcconnell@yahoo.com.

SCRIPTS SOUGHT AT FILMMAKERFORUM.ORG 
Please check our hosted forum for producers seeking scripts at http://www.filmmakerforum.org/scripts/. Thank you.

LA BASED PRODUCER SEEKS COMPLETED SCREENPLAYS W/ UP TO $4M BUDGET
PraterPix is currently seeking script packages that contain completed budgets (up to $4m USD). Scripts must be high concept and have international appeal. All genres welcome. Please send log-lines only at this time. Address your messages to PraterPix@gmail.com. WGA rates apply.  Thank you.

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Fable’s Fortune Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
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
Website:   http://www.writers-toolkit.co.uk/blog/?p=355

Waasmode Short Fiction Prize
Category:   Fiction
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
Email:   passages@nmu.edu
Website:   http://passagesnorth.com/contests

100-Word Story Competition 
Category:   Fiction
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
Email:   theeditor@readersdigest.co.uk
Website:   http://www.readersdigest.co.uk/magazine/212-Your-RD/1391-Your-Books.html

WritersReign 2012 Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
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
Email:   Editor@writersreign.co.uk
Website:   http://www.writersreign.co.uk/WritersReign-Competition-2012.html

Nelligan Prize – Colorado Review
Category:   Fiction
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
Website:   http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/nelligan-prize/submission-guidelines

THE 4’33” 60 SECOND STORY CONTEST 2012
Category:   Fiction
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
Email:   433mag@gmail.com
Website:   http://www.fourthirtythree.com/contest.html

SCRIPTS

Sky Blue One Act Playwriting Competition
Category:   Scripts
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
Email:   anne@skybluetheatre.com
Website:   http://www.skybluetheatre.com/Upcoming.php

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 lorneastreeter@gmail.com.
 

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 myfriendnoah@gmail.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 infor@saiahsmithfilms.com. 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 writers@hotspotstudios.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 shaz@silverfoxpictures.com 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 out.da.box.ent@gmail.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 electricdragonfly@me.com.

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 scripts.nyfa.2011@gmail.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: mike@heisthefuture.com 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 nic_penrake@hotmail.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 parmar.samrat@gmail.com. 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 info@parallelvision.co.uk 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 info@jninemedia.com. 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 scifiwritersearch@gmail.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 deppich22@gmail.com.

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 mail@millionsofpixels.net. 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.

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