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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION:

Writer’s Digest Thriller Competition

The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Thriller Category is now open.
Winners will be listed in the May/June 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest.

Deadline:  September 14

Learn more about the Thriller competition

Writer’s Digest Science Fiction Competition

We are now accepting entries in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Science Fiction Category. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest.

Deadline:  September 14

Learn more about the Science Fiction competition

Writer’s Digest Young Adult Fiction Competition

The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Young Adult Fiction Category is now open. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest.Deadline:  September 14

Learn more about the Young Adult Fiction competition

Writer’s Digest Romance Competition

We are now accepting entries in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Romance Category. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest.

Deadline:  September 14

Learn more about the Romance competition

Writer’s Digest Crime Competition

The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Crime Category is now open. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest.

Deadline:  September 14

Learn more about the Crime writing competition 

Writer’s Digest Horror Competition

The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Horror Competition is now accepting entries. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest.

Deadline:  September 14

Learn more about the Horror writing competition

Short Short Story Writing Competition

We are now accepting entries for the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Writing Competition. The top winner will receive over $3,000 in cash and prizes and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City.  The top 10 winners will also be featured the July/August 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine.

Entry Deadline: November 15, 2012

Click here to enter the short short story competition

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

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**Open to published and unpublished authors

**Romance is Hotter in Las Vegas Writing ContestSponsor: Las Vegas Chapter

Fee: $10 LVRWA members; $15 RWA members; $20 non members
Deadline: July 31, 2012
Eligibility: Non-published short story
Entry: All electronic, 4,500 words maximum.
Categories: Romance or Romantic Elements.
Judges; Published/Unpublished.
Final Judge: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency.
Top Prize: $100.
FMI, visit www.LasVegasRWA.org or contact us at LasVegasRomanceWriters@hotmail.com.

**The 2012 Golden Rose Contest

Sponsor: Rose City Romance Writers
Fee: RCRW members $30, RWA members $35, others $50
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Eligibility: Open to all non-contracted authors of romantic fiction (RWA and non-RWA members) unpublished in book-length (40,000 words or more) in the last three (3) years and any member of RWA who is not eligible to join RWA-PAN. Please see the RWA website regarding PAN eligibility rules.
Entry: Accepting entries up to a maximum of fifty (50) pages including prologue (if any). Your entry may include an optional non-judged two-page synopsis. The synopsis does not count toward the 50-page maximum for the manuscript, however the synopsis cannot exceed two pages even if the manuscript is shorter than 50 pages.
Judges: First round judges are romance writers (trained in judging) with at least one being a published author or RWA-PRO member.
Categories and Final Judges: Contemporary Series Romance – Roberta Brown, Roberta Brown Literary Agency; Contemporary Single Title – Alex Logan, Grand Central Publishing; Historical – Chelsey Emmelhainz, Avon/HarperCollins; Mainstream Novel with Strong Romantic Elements – Sarah E. Younger, Nancy Yost Literary Agency; Paranormal – Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency ; Romantic Suspense – Aubrey Poole, Sourcebooks; Young Adult – Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency.
Top Prize: The first place winner in each category will receive the Golden Rose Award. All other finalists will receive suitable recognition. Results will be published in the RWR.
FMI, visit http://rosecityromancewriters.com/contest-home  or email contestcoordinator@rosecityromancewriters.com.

7th Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest

Sponsor: (SOLA) Southern Louisiana RWA
Fee: $15.00
Deadline: August 1, 2012 *deadline extended*
Eligibility: Entrants do not need to be members of RWA to enter.
Entry: First 5 double-spaced pages. Also, one-page, single-spaced synopsis (not judged). No electronic submissions. See website for more information. No staples please, paper clips only.
Categories and Final Readers: Short/Long Series Contemporary, Stacy Holmes, Senior Editor, Yellow Rose Line; Single Title Contemporary, Rhonda Penders, Editor-in-Chief, The Wild Rose Press; Historical Romance, Allison Byers, Editor, Historical Line; Paranormal, CallieLynn Wolfe, Senior Editor, Black Rose Line; Inspirational, Nicola Martinez, Editor in Chief, Pelican Book Group/White Rose Publishing; Novel w/ Strong Romantic Elements, Rhonda Penders, Editor-in-Chief, The Wild Rose Press; Romantic Suspense, Lori Graham, Senior Editor, Crimson Rose; Erotic Romance, Diana Carlile, Senior Editor, Scarlet Rose Line.
Judges: experienced, trained, published/nonpublished.
Final Readers: First place winners in each category receive a guaranteed read by an editor of The Wild Rose Press who will send you a request for a full or partial manuscript, or a rejection.
Top Prize: $50 cash with tiebreaker and special certificate for the overall highest score in all categories. Also, certificates and signature button for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mention.
FMI, http://solawriters.org/ or email contest coordinator at ngenovese@gmail.com.

**Show Me the Spark 2012 Contest

Sponsor: Heartland Romance Authors

Fee: $20 RWA Members / $25 Non-RWA Members
Entry Deadline: August 1, 2012
Eligibility requirements: The annual Show Me the Spark! 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. First chapter up to 3,500 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. Optional 5-page synopsis can be provided, but will not be judged.
Judges: trained/experienced, published.
Final Round Judges: TBA (updated on website).
Categories: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Inspirational, Young Adult, and Erotic Romance. Each category will advance finalists to final round judging.
Top prize: First prize: Engraved Show Me the Spark memento. Second and third prize: certificates.
FMI, www.heartlandromanceauthors.com or email contest@heartlandromanceauthors.com.

**Heartbeat

Sponsor: Heart of Louisiana
Fee: $10.00 for all entrants
Deadline: August 3, 2012 *deadline extended*
Eligibility: Unpublished authors or published authors not contracted for the entry.
Entry: First chapter (up to 4,000 words) and a synopsis (up to 5 pages) of your unpublished romance novel.
Categories: Contemporary (long, short, single title), Inspirational, Historical, Paranormal, Erotic
Judges: Each entry will be read by at least one published author in the preliminary round.
Final Judge: Adam Wilson, Editor, Gallery and Pocket Books.
Top Prize: Manuscript reading by Adam Wilson, Editor, Gallery and Pocket Books.
FMI, www.heartla.com/contest.htm.

**Fiction from the Heartland Contest

Sponsor: Mid-America Romance Authors (MARA)
Fee: $30.00
Deadline: August 10, 2012
Eligibility: unpublished in book-length fiction in the past five years from deadline.
Entry: Prologue/First Chapter/Synopsis (max. 35 pages).
Judges: at least one published author and experienced critiquers.
Final Judges: Final-round judges two publishing professionals.
Top Prize: $50.00 and plaque.
FMI, www.mararwa.com.

2012 Golden Palm Contest

Sponsor: Florida Romance Writers
Fee: $20 for FRW Members, $30 for all others. Contest fee payable by PayPal or check.
Deadline: Midnight, August 15, 2012
Entry: Maximum first 25 pages. Electronic Submission only.
Final judges: Editors/Agents.
FMI, www.frwriters.org.

The Golden Pen

Sponsor: The Golden Network
Fee: $35 per entry received on or before July 15; $40 per entry received on or before August 15; $5 judging discount.
Deadline: Opens June 1, 2012. Early-bird deadline July 15, 2012. All others deadline August 15, 2012.
Eligibility requirements: The Golden Pen Contest is open to writers who have not accepted a publishing offer for a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more by August 15, 2012. Entrant must retain all rights to the entry and not have granted any of them to a publisher or any other party prior to or by August 15, 2012.
Entry: All-electronic. Entry shall include a synopsis (not to exceed fifteen pages) plus the first consecutive pages of the manuscript in one document, together totaling not more than 55 pages. Categories: Series Contemporary, Single Title, Historical, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Inspirational, Young Adult, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.
Judges: In the preliminary round, each entry will be judged by three judges, including at least one Golden Heart finalist and one published author (Golden Heart finalist may also be the published author).
Final Judges: Top editors; details TBD.
Top Prize: $30, certificate, and a golden pen.
FMI, visit http://thegoldennetwork.com or email goldenpencontest@gmail.com.

**2012 Heart to Heart

Sponsor: San Francisco Area RWA
Fee: $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers
Deadline: August 31, 2012
Eligibility: Open to all writers unpublished by an RWA-approved publisher as of the entry deadline. Prospective entrants may be published with a non RWA-recognized publisher. However, they may not enter books/manuscripts that have been professionally edited or have ISBN numbers.
Entry: Enter the scene(s) in which the hero and heroine meet for the first time or for the first time in the book, if previously acquainted, up to a maximum of 15 pages. Each entry may only be entered in one category. However, you may submit as many different entries as you wish. Each new entry must have a contest entry form and payment.
Categories: Contemporary, Erotic, Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical.
Judges: TBA.
Final Judges: TBA.
FMI, http://www.sfarwa.net/contests/heart-to-heart-contest.

*Laurel Wreath Contest for Published Authors

Sponsor: Volusia County Romance Writers
Fee: $20.00
Deadline: August 31, 2012
Eligibility: Books with 2011 copyright
Entry: 3 print copies of book
Categories: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult, Erotic Romance, Inspirational.
Judges: Booksellers & librarians.
Top Prize: Laurel Wreath engraved pendant.
FMI, contact lauralitak66@gmail.com for more information, or visithttp://www.vcrw.net/index.php/contests.

**Unpublished Beacon Contest

Sponsor: First Coast Romance Writers
Fee: $25 FCRW Member, $30 RWA Member (non-FCRW), $35 Non-RWA Member
Contest opens: August 1, 2012
Deadline: August 31, 2012
Eligibility: Open to all authors of romantic fiction, not contracted/published in book length fiction (40,000+) in the last 3 years.
Entry: All electronic. First 25 pages (including prologue, if applicable), plus up to five-page synopsis (unjudged), in .rtf format. (Combined total not to exceed 30 pages.)
First Round Judges: Trained and published authors
Categories & Final Round Judges:
Historical – Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, & Holly Blanck, St. Martin’s Press.
Single Title – Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates, & Esi Sogah, Harper Collins.
Contemporary Series – Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency, & Susan Litman, Harlequin.
Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal – Beth Miller, Writers House, & Jhanteigh Kupihea, NAL.
Romantic Suspense – Weronika Janczuk, Franklin Siegal Associates, & Shana Smith, Harlequin.
Young Adult – Laura Bradford, The Bradford Literary Agency, & Audrey Poole, Sourcebooks.
Erotic Romance – Leis Pederson, Berkley, & Meghan Conrad, Ellora’s Cave.
Inspirational – Mary Sue Seymour, The Seymour Agency, & Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing.
Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction/Mainstream – Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency, & Rachel Burkot, Harlequin.
Prizes: First place winners receive lapel pin, all finalists receive certificate.
FMI, http://firstcoastromancewriters.com or contact contest chair atbeaconunpub@firstcoastromancewriters.com.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

(N.B. Only contact the companies listed below between 24th July – 5th August 2012)

SEEKING SCRIPT WRITER FOR FEATURE FILM IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH
Seeking a script writer for a feature film in Spanish and English. You must be fluently bilingual in both and have samples of work in each. This project has a completed treatment and is under a SAG ultra low budget contract. The writer will convert the treatment into a feature film script. There is pay for the project and pay will be made in draws. Serious inquiries only to playworldpictures@gmail.com

LOOKING FOR EMOTIONALLY CHALLENGING SHORT FILM SCRIPT
I’m looking for a SHORT FILM screenplay which features a YOUNG CAST. We’re looking to produce the film in the next few months as a showreel piece to illustrate my work directing teenage actors. We’ll also be submitting the film to festivals. The screenplay should be a short film of under 10 minutes w/ dialogue, feature actors between 13-15 years old, and be emotionally challenging for the cast. I’m an award-winning director of features and commercials. The short film will be produced to the highest possible standards. Casting will be performed by a top casting director. You can see my work at http://www.philm.co.uk/ Be brave. I’d like a script that is challenging and powerful of any genre. Please submit your screenplay or an initial synopsis to the link below or e-mail to phil*at*philmcompany.com. You will obviously be fully credited on the finished film and be involved in the development and production of the film. I look forward to reading them.

LOOKING FOR COMMERCIAL COMEDY WRITERS FOR SPEC SPOT
Hello. I am looking for a comedy writer who is familiar with the 30 sec spot format. I am looking to freshen up my directorial reel and would love some new energy and ideas. I have no budget to pay you from, but this is a great way to see your idea put into a film format. It will make a great portfolio piece for you. Interested parties contact me at lbarcojo1@me.com Thanks!

DOC DIRECTOR/PRODUCER SEEKING SCREENWRITER
Documentary Director/Producer is seeking a writer to help with outline and script for a feature length documentary about the lives of folks with spinal cord injuries. You will be working very closely with the director so being a collaborator and team player is important. Requirements: Must have experience with writing scripts and an interest in the subject and documentary genre; Must be available to get together at least once a week to meet. Please submit to email a cover letter and resume to scidocumentary@gmail.com Those I am interested in will also have to submit samples of their work. Screen credit, IMDb credit, copy, festival exposure, backend points, along with the possibility of getting paid if we get funding. Thanks!

SCREENWRITER WANTED TO COLLABORATE ON NOVEL ADAPTATION
Novelist looking for a screenwriting partner to collaborate on a novel adaptation. The novel, DELIVERED, is available as an eBook on Amazon and iBookstore. In terms of genre, DELIVERED is supernatural fiction, with elements of crime, romance, and self-discovery. Applicants should be interested in one, or more, of these genres. The interested and serious writer should send current résumé and a writing sample in PDF format. The only writing sample accepted will be a screenplay draft adapted from “Warning,” the first chapter of DELIVERED. The text of the chapter can be found through a link on novel’s homepage http://www.delivered-novel.com, or the following link: http://www.delivered-novel.com/DELIVERED/The_Warning_Chapter.html. This an opportunity for a serious, talented, and committed screenwriter looking both to build a body of work and to lend his/her vision to a story with considerable independent/commercial market appeal. Candidates should send résumé and specific writing sample, in PDF format only, to CliffordEvan@delivered-novel.com. Please write NOVEL ADAPTATION in the subject line of the email. For the right collaborator, author will sign a contract giving co-writer second credit, as well as 30-40% of the screenplay rights, upon option or sale. Terms are flexible and subject to negotiation, depending on the work performed.

RICHARD LAMPONE
NY based production company is seeking a short film to produce.
Looking for a family drama under 20 pages with simple locations. and 3-5 characters.
Some Locations available ( Home with numerous bedrooms, bathroom) Yards/outdoor pool/park, ..etc
Send scripts or log lines to OneLastdayproductions@gmail.com
Thank you

LOOKING FOR SITCOM WRITERS
Renaissance Entertainment is a brand new production company that specializes in and promotes the progression of the human spirit through media, specifically through TV and Film production. Formed by a, currently enrolled, student at Columbia College Hollywood we don’t think or act like students. We are looking for sitcom/web series writers for a new show we are currently developing. You must be able and willing to write for an urban sitcom with authentic voices without being stereotypical (think THE GAME and NOAH’S ARC) on a team, as well as, individually and able to understand and translate both creative ideas and notes while also able to give notes and creative ideas. You must also be professional, on-time to meetings and deadline, reliable, able to operate in excellence, and you must live in L.A or surrounding areas and have a reliable car or familiar with public transportation. Please send the following to RenaissancEntertainment@gmail.com: one completed spec script for an already existing sitcom; one original completed (copyrighted &/or WGA registered) script; headshot (pic) and resume. This is NOT a paid gig however when show is picked up compensation will follow. Great opportunity for those wanting to get in on the ground floor of a new sitcom. Apply to Ly Smith

CONFERENCES AND CLASSES:

San Francisco Writers Conference

10th Anniversary in 2013
Join us February 14th – 17th, 2013 and help us celebrate at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, Mason & California, San Francisco!
We are proud to announce bestselling author
R.L. Stine will be our keynote speaker for 2013

 

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCRIPTS Via First Writer

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

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

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

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

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

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:
(N.B. Only contact the companies listed below between 10th May– 25th May 2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCRIPTS

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest

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

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

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

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

Here’s how it works:

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

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

Lush Accommodations at the Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont

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

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

Benderspink

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

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

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

Fees, Dates and Deadlines:

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

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

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

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

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

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:
(N.B. Only contact the companies listed below between 17th April – 2nd May2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

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

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

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

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:
(N.B. Only contact the companies listed below between 17th April – 2nd May2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEEKING EXP. SCREENWRITER FOR IFEATURES2 COLLABORATION 
iFeatures2, the enhanced production initiative from Creative England and BBC Films, will green light 3 feature projects in Dec 2012 with budgets of £350,000 each. Level 5 Films will be submitting 2 projects to this very exciting development scheme and are currently looking to collaborate with a produced screenwriter on one of our submissions. If you are a screenwriter with a demonstrable track record (whether you live in the English regions or London), meet all of the requirements as outlined in the iFeatures guidelines (http://www.ifeatures2.co.uk/guidelines1.html) and feel that you have an exciting, fresh voice to add to the British Indie film landscape, then we would love to hear from you. PLEASE NOTE: If you are a Writer/Director and wish to apply to Level 5 Films you must have an excellent track record working at this budget level (i.e. you’ve won major awards as a director or have been critically acknowledged for your body of work) PLUS you must be prepared to go through an extensive development process on your proposed script with Level 5 Films acting as the lead creative producer in this instance. Take a look at the iFeatures page at http://www.level5films.com/ifeatures.html then click through to our submissions page to register your interest with us. On application to us we will require: 1.) A brief bio – pay particular attention to what inspires you as a writer and your experience with project development on previous work. 2.) A 25 word logline 3.) A brief synopsis or project outline. As a final note, if such films as ‘Last Resort’, ‘London to Brighton’, ‘Frozen River’, ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’, ‘Blue Valentine’, & ‘Wendy and Lucy’ really do it for you as a writer, then we definitely want to hear from you. Submission deadline for iFeatures 2 is Tue 8th May. However, if you are interested in working with us we must receive your application in the first instance by THU 19th APRIL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONFERENCES AND CLASSES:

 

Conflict and idea course taught by Bob Mayer $30.00

 

Will be offered October 2012

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCRIPTS

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

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

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

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

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

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:
(N.B. Only contact the companies listed below between 26 March – 17th April 2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONFERENCES AND CLASSES:

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

Will be offered April 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Writers’ Journal Short Story Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th May 2012
Fees:   $10 for one entry.
Prizes:   $350 for first place. $125; $75.
Details:   For short stories up to 2,000 words.
Contact:   Short Story Contest, Val-Tech Media, P.O. Box 394, Perham, MN 56573 Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.writersjournal.com/ShortStoryContest.htm

DreamQuestOne Writing Comp – Summer 2012
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st July 2012
Fees:   $10 for one entry. add $2 transaction fee for electronic entries
Prizes:   $500 for first place. All contest winners will be published online.
Details:   This writing contest is international; open to anyone having a story that’s worth telling everyone! Now accepting short stories, 5 pages maximum, fiction, on any subject or theme, neatly hand printed or typed, single or double line spacing for a chance to win cash prizes! First Prize: $500, 2nd: $250, 3rd: $100. Postmark deadline: July 31, 2012. Visit the website below for details and enter!
Contact:   Dream Quest One, Writing Contest, P.O. Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.dreamquestone.com

Calderdale Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   6th July 2012
Fees:   £4 for one entry.
Prizes:   £300 for first place. Second Prize £100, Runners Up £50.
Details:   No theme. Short stories up to 3,0000 words.
Contact:   Anna Turner, Central Library,Northgate, Halifax, HX1 1UN
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   anna.turner@calderdale.gov.uk
Website:   http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/readers/writing-competition/index.html

Colonsay book festival writing comp
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   20th April 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £0 for first place. A book from one of the book festival authors.
Details:   As part of our book festival we are holding a 100 word flash fiction competition. Submissions may be on any topic but must include the word Colonsay. Submissions must be exactly 100 words long. Winning entries may be published in a short phamphlet. Please submit via e-mail.
Contact:   Colonsay Book Festival, Drumclach Cottage, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll, PA61 7YR
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   colonsaybookfestival@hotmail.co.uk
Website:   http://www.spanglefish.com/colonsaybookfestival/index.asp

Flash a Famous Phrase
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st May 2012
Fees:   £1.00 for one entry.
Prizes:   £30.00 for first place. 2nd £20, 3rd £15. Winners also get Featured Writer page on our website.
Details:   Celebrating National Flash Fiction Day! Stories up to 500 words based on a famous phrase or saying. Winners announced on May 16, National Flash Fiction Day.
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.flash-fiction-world.com/flash-fiction-famous-phrase-competition.html

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   5th April 2012
Fees:   £4.00 for one entry. £8 (2 stories), £10 (3), £12 (4)
Prizes:   £150 for first place. Second Prize: £75, Third Prize: £50, High Commendation £10 x 3 plus publication.
Details:   For previously unpublished short stories in English language on any subject, in any style, up to 1,500 words long. 1 Entrant will win 1 year’s subscription to our writing competitions magazine.
Contact:   Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   competitions@sentinelpoetry.org.uk
Website:   http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/short-stories-0412/

2012 Unbound Press Short Story Award
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th April 2012
Fees:   £5.00 for one entry. £5 or €8 or $10
Prizes:   £500 for first place. £500, £250, £125 Anthology publication, winners and shortlist receive 1 free copy
Details:   Length: 1500 words, no min.
Contact:   Unbound Press, PO Box 16864, Glasgow, G11 9DJ or unboundpress@gmail.com
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.unboundpress.com/competitions

2012 Spilling Ink Flash Fiction Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £5.00 for one entry. 1 £5 / 3 £10, 1 €8 / 3 €16, 1 $10 / 3 $20
Prizes:   £500 for first place. £500, £250, £125, Anthology publication, winners and shortlist receive 1 free copy
Details:   Length: 500 words, no min.
Contact:   Spilling Ink Review, PO Box 16864, Glasgow, G11 9DJ or spillingink.email@gmail.com
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   spillingink.email@gmail.com
Website:   http://www.spillinginkreview.com/competitions

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

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

The 5th Annual Alaska Break-Up Contest
Sponsor: Alaska Chapter of RWA
Fee: $30.00
Deadline: May 1, 2012
Eligibility: Submitted manuscripts must be unpublished.
Entry: All entries electronic; submit up to 10 pages of your manuscript’s most tense argument, breakup, or black moment. A 1–3 page scene set-up may be included but will not be judged.
Categories: Open to all categories and heat levels.
Judges: AKRWA trained judges, PRO and published authors.
Final Judges: Publishing Editor TBA
Top Prize: Personal critique of the entry by New York Times Bestselling Author, Cherry Adair.
FMI, for full rules, please visit http://akrwa.org.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

FREELANCE SCRIPT/COPY WRITERS SOUGHT BY UK CREATIVE AGENCY
Superhero, a central London moving image creative agency is seeking talented freelance script writers to work on a range of projects. Superhero works primarily with entertainment brands: films, video games, music, theatre, live events, lifestyle producing TV ads, film trailers, EPKs and video content for on-line use. Sought are writers to work on a range of projects: TV ad copy, Film trailer copy, EPK / Vodcast interview questions and structure, Advertiser funded programming ideas and Brand content film ideas. If you have expertise in all or some of these areas please apply with details of experience and rates.

SEEKING HORROR FEATURE FILM SCRIPTS
Perdell Productions LLC is looking for completed horror feature film scripts for micro-budget production. Check out the director’s latest feature film http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2069957/. Please submit to us at prtfhasco@gmail.com a quick description, along with a synopsis of the script(s). Writers will be compensated based on the sale of the finished project. Serious inquiries only please. Thank you.

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. Financial compensation to be provided based on the quality of the work. Please send a copy of your script to my assistant, Patrick Greatbatch, at greatbatchmtl@gmail.com.

EXPERIENCED WRITER NEEDED FOR DOC FEATURE SCRIPT
Screenwriter needed for feature documentary project in final stages of post. Experience in writing a feature documentary script is required. I would like to see your previous work(s). Pay to be negotiated. Please contact Cass Paley at cass@casspaley.com. Thank you.

LOOKING FOR SHORT FILM SCRIPT
I’m looking for a short film script that can be produced on a budget of next to nothing, but still look great and catch the eye. If you can use storytelling to really grab the imagination, I can do the rest. I’m particularly interested in magical realism, conceptual science fiction, or spooky but intelligent horror. Something transportive, that takes the viewers outside themselves. A good example (as far as features go) would be David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, or Jacques Rivette’s Celine & Julie Go Boating. Please get in touch for more details, to pitch at me, or if you’d like to send a script, please feel free. Looking at around 5-10 minutes in length. Send to me, Adam, at adam.leslie@btinternet.com. Many thanks.

CONFERENCES AND CLASSES:

Writing Mom’s: How to do it all course taught by Natalie C. Markey $20.00

Plot, character arc, transitions, climax, revise, rewrite, make that deadline, blog, check social media sites, continued education, volunteer for local writing group, read critique partners manuscript, research agents/publishers, read books within your genre, read a craft book and network.  These are ALL things that go through writers’ minds on any give day. But what if you had to add: Make bottles, keep up with diaper/Gerber/ formula supplies, feed baby three times a day plus bottle feedings, playtime, bathe baby, wipe up thrown sweet potatoes, shower to get sweet potatoes out of your hair, more playtime, hope for a naptime (for baby, you must write,) schedule playdates, read to baby, and hope baby actually goes to bed at the designated time.
For many writers, this is reality. In fact, many full-time writers are made because of a child being born. Some amazing mothers write late at night, around their day job. However you do it, being a writing mom is a challenge but very doable and rewarding. Learn easy self study tactics, time management tips and suggestions from a ten-year freelance journalist, published author and speaker who also has a one-year-old daughter and a high maintenance dog. You can have it all without losing your mind.

Thriller Fest Writer’s Conference – July 11-14, 2012

This year, spotlight guests will include 2012 ThrillerMaster Jack Higgins, 2011 ThrillerMaster R.L. Stine, Lee Child, John Sandford, and Catherine Coulter, along with 2012 True Thriller Award Recipient Ann Rule,  2012 Silver Bullet Award recipient Richard North Patterson, and 2011 Silver Bullet Award recipient, Karin Slaughter.

REGISTER NOW! You won’t want to miss the most spectacular conference for thriller writers and thriller fans on the planet!

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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

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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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

James White Award Short Story Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st January 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £200 for first place. Also magazine publication.
Details:   For science fiction stories up to 6,000 words by non-professional writers.
Contact:   James White Award Administrator, 48 Spooners Drive, Park Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 2HL
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.jameswhiteaward.com

James Jones Fellowship Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st March 2012
Fees:   $25 for one entry. $28 for online submissions.
Prizes:   $10,000 for first place. $750 x 2.
Details:   For novels in progress by US citizens who have not had a novel published.
Contact:   James Jones First Novel Fellowship, c/o M.A./M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Country:   United States
Email:   jamesjonesfirstnovel@wilkes.edu
Website:   http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1159.asp

Science Fiction Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:  31st May 2012
Fees:   £3.50 for one entry. £30 critique fee.
Prizes:   £50 for first place. Runner-up £30.
Details:   Open to new and published writers in the genre. The winner, runner-up and up to 12 other winners will be published in a Science Fiction anthology in August 2012. Winners will be announced in July 2012. Entries can be made by email in Word, Open Office or PDF format. Please write Science Fiction Entry in the subject line. Maximum length: 3,500 words.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   wjwpublishing@gmail.com
Website:   http://wjwpublishing.wordpress.com/

€100 can be yours!
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th March 2012
Fees:   €5 for one entry.
Prizes:   €100 for first place.
Details:   Maximum length is 1500 words. Theme – anything you like, so long as it makes us laugh. For the full list of rules and regs, visit our website, where you can also read the winning entries and runners-up from the first four competitions. So, join in, get writing and have fun.
Country:   Portugal
Email:   competition@cheerreader.co.uk
Website:   http://cheerreader.co.uk

Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st March 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place.
Details:   For short stories up to 7,500 words by full-time students in US or Canadian universities.
Contact:   John Westermann, Director, Stony Brook $1,000 Short Fiction Prize, Stony Brook Southampton, MFA in Writing and Literature, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, New York 11968
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/southampton/fiction/index.shtml

Valentine’s short story competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   6th February 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £10 for first place. Web publication and possible print publication. (Alteternative to cash – £10 vouchers).
Details:   We’re looking for romance this spring. Send us a short story of no more than 1,500 words including 1) a spilled drink and 2) a case of mistaken identity. Your story can be any genre, so long as it contains a romantic element. Any sexual content should avoid explicit or graphic detail and be relevant to the story.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   competition@thegreatesc.com
Website:   http://thegreatesc.com/writing-competitions

Meridian Writing Spring Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry. Additional £3 for a basic critique
Prizes:   £100 for first place. Second place – £50, and Third Place – £25 plus a firstwriter.com voucher for each winner
Details:   Short stories accepted of up to 3,000 words – with no lower limit – in any genre or theme. Open to new and published writers. Critique service available – please see website for full entry details and services available.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   info@meridian-writing.co.uk
Website:   http://www.meridian-writing.co.uk

Chudleigh Phoenix 2012 Short Story Competition 
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st January 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £100 for first place. £50; £25.
Details:   For short stories up to 1,500 words. Open theme.
Contact:   Chudleigh Phoenix, The Granary, 3 Palace Mill, Rock Road, Chudleigh, TQ13 0JJ
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   chudleighphoenix@heathside.com
Website:   http://www.chudleighphoenix.co.uk/2012comp.html

Blue Cross – War Horse story competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   29th February 2012
Fees:   Ł0 for one entry.
Prizes:   Ł0 for first place. Ł50 book voucher.
Details:   To accompany the War Horse film, we are asking young writers to write 500 word story on: A day in the life of a war horse during the First World War, from the horse’s point of view or a story about a soldier and his horse during the First World War, showing the relationship between the horse and his rider. Two age groups: under 11s and 12-15s.
Contact:   War Horse Competition, The Blue Cross, Shilton Road, Oxon OX18 4PF
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   warhorsecomp@bluecross.org.uk
Website:   http://www.bluecross.org.uk/95895/short-story-competition-for-young-people.html

FICTION

Langport Festival,
Closing date: 31st of March
Prize:   1st £125, 2nd £75, 3rd £25.
Details on our website www.langportleveller.co.uk (don’t forget to download the attachment on the site).

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

2012 Prism Contest
Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter
Fee: $30–35.00
Deadline: March 20, 2012
Eligibility: Books with publication date of 2011.
Entry: Novels and novellas with both romance and paranormal elements.
Categories: Dark Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Light Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Futuristic, Time Travel/Steampunk, Erotica/Romantica, YA, Novella, Best First Book, Best of the Best.
Judges: published/unpublished.
Top Prize: gorgeous Prism Award, certificate, pin.
FMI, www.romance-ffp.com or PrismContest@romance-ffp.com.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

ACTOR PRODUCER LOOKING FOR SHORT SCRIPT
Actor/Producer is looking for a festival ready short film to produce. Drama, Action, Romance are welcolme. NO SCI FI please! This is a ultra low budget. We’re looking for a project that’s 6 pages max. Would like to work with writers possibly on a long term basis to develope feature. Please include your synopsis along with resume. Send inquiries to info@RonBRobinson.com. Thank you.

SEEKING SCREENWRITERS WITH KNOWLEDGE OF BLACK CULTURE
I am looking for a writer to collaborate with on a feature film screenplay. Genre is Black comedy, action and or stories dealing with black culture of the past few decades. Films such as “Coming to America” “Five Heartbeats” “Spook That Sat By The Door” “New Jack City” “Love Jones” “Cooley High” “Jungle Fever” “Love And Basketball” “Love And Basketball” “Mo’ Better Blues” “Malcom X” etc. Etc. I have a few ideas in mind, but I am willing to start fresh. Contact me at rodneydwira@alphabetproductions.com. Thank you.

SCREENWRITER NEEDED TO POLISH VO DIALOGUE FOR DOC FILM
Screen Writer needed for feature length documentary to complete and polish existing voice over dialog for two hour film. Some plot points may need polishing as well. Duration of work shall run for two weeks and require writer to take on style of host/talent in documentary. Previous documentary experience a plus. Salary is negotiable. Job is to be filled right away. Non WGA only please. For more information please contact us at info@hollywoodrequest.com.

ECLIPSE TALENT SEEKING SITCOM PILOT SCRIPTS
Eclipse Talent are currently seeking scripts for a pilot Sitcom.We are looking for ideas for a sitcoms set to the style of shows such as; Benidorm, Phoenix Nights,The Royle Family, Early Doors. If you would like to work with us please write a spec script or short scene with your ideas and treatment. Send material to eclipsetalent@aol.com. 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.

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.

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