Why Should You Enter a Screenplay Contest?

Today there are more scripted TV shows and more movies and more online content being produced than ever before.

Yes, the world needs your ideas, and great scripts.  But read by the right people?

That script you’ve been working on for the past year…the one that you just know is perfect for Brad Pitt or Jennifer Lawrence or for the producers at Disney…in today’s marketplace, it’s almost impossible to get it on the right desk anywhere in Hollywood.

When you send your unsolicited screenplay to agents, producers, managers, and studios, it’s immediately rejected and returned…or it goes to the bottom of an enormous pile on the desk of an underpaid intern with no industry experience and no writing history of their own. These “readers” review 20 or more scripts each day and reject all but one in ten thousand, so you can imagine how much attention your script will get.

Don’t waste your time sending material around Hollywood without serious help.

Screenplay competitions are today’s “gateway” to getting your script noticed

Screenwriting contests quickly show you where you stand among the ranks of other writers. It’s true that contests are often subjective in their scoring process, so the same script might win one contest and not even be well reviewed in another, so you need to think about entering more than one competition.

And what’s the point of all this hard work?

  • Winning or placing well can actually get you industry exposure.
  • The right contests can break down the ‘no unsolicited submissions’ barrier. What’s “the right” contest? Be sure to check out who the judges are. The Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards is one of the few with bona fide industry professionals on their judging panel. If a contest doesn’t brag about their judges…you can be sure your script is going to be reviewed by other wannabe writers or unpaid interns.
  • Doing well in a screenplay competition gives you an instant ‘calling card.”  But the value of that “calling card” depends on the contest’s reputation within the industry; winning the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards, for example, is practically a guarantee of getting your script optioned and seen by people who can actually make something happen.
  • Entering a contest gives you a deadline for finishing your script. Needing to get your script finished by a certain date is a great motivator.
  • Money! Most screenwriting contests offer cash prizes, but those that only offer prize money aren’t really in business to discover new talent. You want a contest offering exposure to industry professionals.

Are screenwriting contests worth it? Some of them are. But…before you enter any contest, remember that your script will be judged by the best competitions at the highest professional level. That means your screenplay needs to be a cut above.

So how do you actually get your script into that kind of shape?  You need to find a credible team of professionally-qualified judges and analysts who are highly experienced working writers, producers, directors, agents, and executives. Not only do they have viable “insider” connections within Hollywood, but when they read a script, they each bring years of professional experience to the task of assessing its quality.

Unlike the majority of proliferating “script contests,” The L.A. International Screenplay Awards judges are all working professionals who not only know a good script when they read one, but have the contacts to get things to the next level.

If you’re serious about your screenwriting career and want to get your work in front of a team of working Hollywood professionals who work hard to find new writers and great scripts…it all comes down to the judges at www.lascreenplayawards.com

Until then…keep writing!

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