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Screenwriting competitions: Nicholl, Scriptapalooza, Script P.I.M.P

04.9.10 @ 12:00PM Tags : , ,

The April 1 deadline for the last two screenplay competitions I posted has passed, but if you’ve got a feature or TV script sitting on your hard drive doing nothing, it’s worth checking out Scriptapalooza and Script P.I.M.P (seriously, that’s your name?) for a chance at prize money and exposure. After all, those in the know say “films get made by getting them out there, opening up, and making relationships — the more you open up and get feedback, that’s how your film gets made.”

When it comes to screenplay competitions, however, the BMOC is the Nicholl Fellowship, which is part of AMPAS (better known as the group that puts together the Oscars). From the horse’s mouth:

The Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is the world’s most esteemed screenwriting competition. Each year up to five $30,000 fellowships are awarded to authors who have previously earned less than $5,000 writing for film or television.

The Nicholl deadline is May 1.


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  • Keir Serrie on 04.12.10 @ 2:11AM

    Cost/benefit analysis would probably not work out well for these contests, which are quite expensive to enter. I don’t doubt that the winners benefit; especially with the Nicholl you can do quite well even if you just make the semifinals. But with thousands of submissions, it takes some luck just to get through the first round.

    Also, never send $50 to somebody who uses Zaph Chancery in a logo.

    • Ha! Agreed with the Zapf Chancery. I’m not endorsing any of these contests, I’m just putting them out there as opportunities, for which everyone should make their own call. Nicholl is definitely legitimate; the other two are… well, use your own judgement!