As if writing a screenplay wasn't hard enough, there's the battle of getting it in front of someone who has the power and resources to help take your screenwriting career to the next level. However, ScreenCraft and Celtx have joined forces to launch the 1st Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, which aims at being more than just a simple contest, but a chance for screenwriters to receive consultation and the much-needed connections to advance their careers. Continue on to find out how to enter.
Taking feature film, 1/2 hour TV pilot, and 1 hour TV pilot scripts, ScreenCraft is now open for submissions to their 1st Annual Screenwriting Fellowship. For those who aren't familiar with those involved in the fellowship, ScreenCraft is a boutique screenwriting consultancy based out of LA, and Celtx is the developer of the popular pre-production (including screenwriting) software by the same name.
Up to 4 screenwriters will receive development and consultation through the fellowship. Recipients also get a year of one-on-one development with the ScreenCraft team, which includes independent film producer and creative executive John Rhodes and script consultant and professional reader Cameron Cubbison.
Here is a full list from the Fellowship's site that details what the screenwriting fellows will receive:
- $1,000 stipend and round-trip travel to Los Angeles to be mentored one-on-one by industry professionals
- Consultation with Jen Grisanti, Story Consultant, International Speaker, Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of many books.
- Coffee with screenwriter/producer Don Handfield
- Lunch meeting with Michael Colleary, UCLA screenwriting professor and writer of Face/Off and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
- Meeting with a literary agent from one of the big five agencies (WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, Paradigm)
- Meetings with hand-picked development executives and industry representatives at such companies as Warner Brothers, Fox, Lionsgate, and Focus Features
- 1-year subscription to a Celtx online workspace, Script apps for iOS and Mac OS X, and a one-on-one Celtx consultation to personalize your workflow.
All writers are eligible as long as they've earned less than $20,000 from professionally writing for TV/film. There is no limit to the number of scripts you can submit, but there is an entry fee of $55. Screenplay/TV pilot page limits are as follows:
- Features: no longer than 140 pages.
- Drama Television Pilots: no longer than 70 pages.
- Comedy Television Pilots: longer than 40 pages
Scripts will be judged based on story, voice, originality, characterization, structure, dialogue, and overall craft. Submissions will be accepted until January 15th, 2014. Also, though it's not required, it'd be a good idea to register your script(s) with the WGA.
What do you think? Are you going to enter ScreenCraft's Screenwriting Fellowship? Share your thoughts in the comments below.