I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
~Henry David Thoreau
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL EMERGING SCREENWRITERS
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Michael D. Pollock
Contests, Fellowships, and Pitchfests are year round. They cost money and time and more often than not nothing will come of your entry. So why continue to submit? You know why. You are a writer. This is what you do. The script is done. You’ve had it covered and analyzed and re-written more than once. It is tweaked to perfection and ready for some love. But none comes. You didn’t pay for feedback so you don’t know why. Oh well. Chalk it as a strike and take another swing. If you are doubting this entry, try another screenplay – you have more, don’t you? If you got notes from your entry take a look, maybe another pass is called for. Maybe not. You know what to do. What you don’t do is give up.
— 1. Nicholl Fellowship Competition – Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
The biggest, most well-respected and highest paying contest out there is the Nicholl Competition, which is put on every year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Per their website, “Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters. To enter, submit a feature length screenplay and entry fee via the online application when the competition is open for submissions. Fellowship winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year.
Follow your passion. The rest will attend to itself. If I can do it, anybody can do it. It’s possible. And it’s your turn. So go for it. It’s never too late to become what you always wanted to be in the first place.– J. Michael Straczynski
If you don’t know the Changeling screenwriter and Babylon 5 creator check out this discussion from The New York Film Academy…