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Say Hello to Screenwriting Competition Season!

Get ready to mark your calendars, folks. Many indies have gotten their big break from the following competitions, labs and fellowships (Benh Zeitlin & Lucy Alibar, Destin Cretton, Dawn Porter, Lucy Malloy and Edward Ricourt). What’s the worst that could happen? You spend $50 and turn that idea you’ve been working on FOREVER into an actual script you can shop around or even produce yourself? Sounds like a win-win to me.

If you have any others to add, leave a comment below and I’ll gladly update the list.

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APPLY: Sundance/A3 Foundation Feature Film Fellowship


Deadline: September 6

Website: http://www.sundance.org/programs/a3-fellowship/

“The A3 (Asian American Artists) Foundation Fellowship is part of the Feature Film Program Screenwriters and Directors Labs. This Fellowship aims to support Asian American writers (or writer-directors) through the development of their feature screenplay, as well as screenplay content that is Asian American themed.
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Screenwriting Competition Season Is Officially Open. Are You Ready?

The worst feeling as an indie just starting out is hearing there’s a great opportunity to jumpstart your career, only to find out the deadline already passed. Well get ready to mark your calendars, folks. Let’s make 2013 the year of starting, finishing AND submitting our dream scripts. 

  • Outfest Screenwriting Lab

2013 Deadline: February 11th

“What began as a screenwriting competition has expanded into a dynamic three-day, mentor-led workshop in Los Angeles for selected screenwriters. The authors of five screenplays will be invited to participate in an intensive laboratory during which they will work closely with Lab Mentors — established writers who will critique and encourage their work.To be held in June 2013, with a follow up event during Outfest Los Angeles 2013, the lab will include sessions with other industry professionals, structured career development opportunities and participation in ongoing festival events.”


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My Screenwriting Hiatus

May 1st was supposed to be a day of accomplishment. Since December of last year, I’d been writing nonstop on a script that I would enter in several screenwriting contests. Today I would have taken a shot at two of the most prestigious opportunities for new writers: The Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting and Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. Alas, May 1st will just have to be another Tuesday. Where does that leave me? As “Aleke” from PARIAH said, “I’m not running, I’m choosing.” It was a difficult choice, but I have decided to take a writing hiatus from screenwriting.

Hindsight is 20/20, of course. When I finally admitted to myself that I didn’t really WANT to tell this specific story, everything suddenly clicked. The countless outlines. Pulling out my hair like “Mavis” from YOUNG ADULT. 80 page first draft. Developing a hermit lifestyle. Feedback that screamed “you’re close, but something’s missing”. Constantly extending unrealistic personal deadlines. All of the chaos of “Operation: PILLS & POWDER” (PILLS & POWDER being the name of my script) concluded with one beautiful moment of clarity.


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Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines for Screenwriters

Ah, it’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, flowers are beginning to bloom, Spring is finally showing its beautiful face. However, this time of year, particularly this month is when aspiring writers throughout the world will spend the most time indoors. Why? Say it with me: Deadlines, deadlines, and yes, more deadlines. The countless hours spent in the writer’s cave can absolutely payoff as placing as a finalist in any of the competitions below could be the big break of your career. I’ve shared the lineup that I’ve selected for myself and my first feature screenplay. Perhaps you’d like to join in on the fun?
  • Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

deadline: May 1st

“The Academy’s Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new” screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 Fellowships are awarded annually”


  • Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab 

deadline: May 1st

“A five-day workshop for developing scripts held twice a year in January and June. Those chosen to participate develop their films under the concentrated guidance of veteran filmmakers and actors”  


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