2017 Screenplay Contest

Lights, Camera, Action!

Are you fascinated by movies? Have an idea for a screenplay? This is your chance to submit an original screenplay to the Screenwriting Contest sponsored by the Redwood Writers branch of the CWC.

Write a screenplay for a full length film or TV pilot. This is approximately 100 pages; each page of script equals one minute of film time. However, we ask that you submit only the first ten pages of your script plus a one page synopsis.


PRIZES:

First prize: $100

Second prize: $50

Third prize: $25

*In addition to the cash awards, every winner receives a certificate.

Winners announced:

Sunday, August 13, 2017,

at the Redwood Writers
general membership meeting
2-4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel
Santa Rosa

Winning stories will be published online.
The first-place story is published in winners’ flier.


ENTRIES:

In addition to all Redwood Writers members, the contest is open to:
• All CWC members, regardless of residence.
• Non-member residents of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Solano counties.

DATES:

Submission dates:

Open: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Close: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 9 p.m.

ENTRY FEE:

California Writers Club
Members:

$8

Nonmembers:

$12

(Not a member yet?
Click here to find out why you should join the Redwood Writers.)

READY TO SUBMIT?
CLICK HERE

 CLICK HERE TO OPEN A SCREENPLAY CONTEST FLIER


SCREENWRITING ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP

Sunday,
May 7, 2017

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Flamingo Hotel
Garden Room

Workshop Topics Include:
• Breaking Story
• Developing Character
• Maintaining Conflict
If we have time, we’ll also talk about:
• Constructing Scenes and Sequences
• Writing Visually

CLICK HERE TO READ AN INTERVIEW WITH TERREL SELTZER: “Notes for Aspiring Screenwriters”

CLICK HERE FOR MORE WORKSHOP INFORMATION


STEPHEN
ASHTON

Stephen Ashton, founder and director of the Wine Country Film Festival, is a writer, photographer, cinematographer, and film editor. His film credits include contributing to the films directed by Oscar-winner Hilary Harris—films such as “Nine Variations on a Dance Theme” and “Organism”—and his time-lapse film footage in the landmark film “Koyanisqaatsi.”

He worked on many national television programs for KQED, The Smothers Brothers show, and Wide World of Sports, as well as short films and television commercials.

Stephen travels extensively and has served on several juries of international film festivals.

FRANK
BALDWIN

Frank Baldwin is a screenwriter living in Southern California. He’s written screenplays for Paramount, Dreamworks, Tri-Star, Fox, and Studio Canal, as well as for independent producers.

He’s also a novelist. His first novel, Balling the Jack, was published in America by Simon and Schuster, in Great Britain by HarperCollins UK, and in Germany by Rowohlt Verlag. Balling the Jack was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His second novel, Jake & Mimi, was published in America by Little, Brown, in Germany by Rowohlt Verlag, and in Brazil by Geracao.

TERREL
SELTZER

Terrel Seltzer is a self-taught screenwriter. She learned the craft by watching and outlining literally hundreds of movies. Her career started in the Bay Area, working with San Francisco director Wayne Wang, for whom she wrote the screenplays for the independent films “Chan Is Missing” and “Dim Sum.” In addition, she wrote the screenplays for “How I Got Into College” (Lara Flynn Boyle and Anthony Edwards), “One Fine Day” (Michele Pfeiffer and George Clooney) and “The Rendezvous” (Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey). “Little Beauties” (Aya Cash) is scheduled for production in the fall of 2017. Terrel’s current writing assignment is a feature inspired by the book “The Fall” by Todd James Myers for Dragonfly Films. She is also in pre-production with Wayne Wang for her script, “Same River Twice.”


Contest Chairwoman: Osha Belle Hayden, M.A., C.L.C.

Osha Belle Hayden is a writer, trainer, coach, and speaker who is passionate about empowering people to create positive change. She has an M.A. in psychology and a background in health education, conflict resolution, and mind-body healing. Her writing has been published in

Her writing has been published in the 2011, 2012, and 2015 volumes of the Vintage Voices Anthology, and in Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & ’70s, and in Poems of Joy, a multimedia apple iBook. She appeared on stage in 2011 in “The Ticking Clock” at the Sixth Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa.


***SUBMIT THE FIRST TEN PAGES OF YOUR SCRIPT
PLUS A ONE-PAGE SYNOPSIS
.***

Please observe the following contest rules; otherwise, your entry may be disqualified.

  • DO NOT place your name or contact information anywhere on your screenplay submission. This is a blind judging. Put “Screenwriting Contest” in the subject line.
  • Use Standard Screenplay Format. Submit as a PDF.
    • Screenwriting software, such as Final Note, will format it for you. (For information on standard screenplay format, helpful websites include: screenwriting.info; writersstore.com/how-to-write-a-screenplay-a-guide-to-scriptwriting)
  • Work must be previously unpublished by a traditional publisher. (Self-published works are acceptable.)
  • Format: Manuscripts must be single-spaced and use 12-point, Courier font.
  • Number the pages, upper right.
  • Only ONE submission per entrant.
  • Please use the online form (use link, below) to submit your entry and payment. Only submissions uploaded via the online form will be accepted for judging.
  • Immediate family members of judges and chairs of this contest are not eligible to submit.
  • Upon submission, if you choose to pay with a check, please make check out to “CWC Redwood,” and write “Screenplay Contest” on the memo line.
    Please mail check to:
    Redwood Writers
    P.O. Box 4687
    Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Questions should be addressed to: [email protected].


Submissions open May 21, 2017

Want to enter more writing contests? Visit the Contests page for future contests.

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