Why Aren't All Screenplay Contests Created Equal?

There are different kinds of script contests. Some are worth the cost of getting in more than others. So how do you know which script contests are worth your time and money? Today, we talk about what you should look for and think about when entering script contests, and it's not always about the money.

What do you get for entering or winning a screenwriting contest?

Different script contests have other prizes for the winner, so weighing the pros and cons of your return on investment when deciding which ones to enter is essential.

To enter a contest, you must spend a lot of time and money. Therefore, any contest where the winner gets money is excellent. Since everyone is trying hard to get in, any extra money is always welcome. Also, contests that give exposure, help with networking, or mentor is great ways for new writers to start their careers.

Does the contest offer you script coverage?

Let's talk about what you can take away from this: Some contests offer script coverage, which you can pay extra for or get for free just by entering the contest. Usually, you have to pay $75–$150 for coverage of a feature film script, so it's great to find a contest that gives you the chance to do it for free. Now, if the coverage costs extra, I'd suggest researching what people think of the coverage offered by the competition. Before you pay extra money for a service you might not be happy with, find out what other writers have said about the coverage they got.

Will there be anyone who recognizes the script contest?

What kind of reputation does the contest have? Small film festivals with contests can be a great way to meet people in your area. But if you want to make connections in the field, it helps if your accomplishments came from contests they've heard of or contests where other talented writers have won. Depending on your chosen contest, you might even be against a professional writer. This should also affect your choice. Also, it's essential to find out as much as possible about the judges' reputations.

Have you done your research homework?

Investigate! I never get sick of saying this! Do research before entering a contest, primarily if you have never heard of it. Even if it's new or unknown, that doesn't mean it's not worth it, but you should still ask. Please find out how to enter the script contest and whether it's best for short scripts, scripts for TV, scripts for feature films, or other types of scripts. Ask your screenwriting friends on social media or other people you know in the entertainment industry if they know anything about this or have participated in this particular contest. If you have a bad feeling about a contest, don't waste your time or money on it. Usually, if something sounds too good to be true, it is. Find out first!

Script competitions are a lot of fun. I have no idea how far along my career in screenwriting I would be if it weren't for them. When you first begin taking part, you might want to consider entering your spec scripts in every script contest you find online or in other venues. However, evaluating each competition's value and determining whether you wish to devote your time and resources to participating is essential. Be careful not to get carried away and spend excessive money trying to enter every competition you find. Start compiling a list of admission requirements and deadlines as soon as you have a solid selection to ensure that you are well-prepared. Paying even more for late delivery fees would be a waste of money.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

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