SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIPS, TV MENTOR PROGRAMS & SCRIPT CONTESTS (Which is Best?)
by Dov S-S Simens on November 17, 2017
SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIPS, TV MENTORING PROGRAMS & SCRIPT CONTESTS…Which is Better?
Script Fellowships or TV Mentoring Programs, if truly a paying fellowship (see below), are better than 94% of the Screenwriting Contests.
However, of the 100-150 Screenwriting Contests about 6%, less than 10, are superb that if you win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, it is almost guaranteed that you will (A) get your script read by the industry, (B) receive purchase agreements (option offers) and (C) be solicited by numerous literary agents for representation and on-going pitch meetings.
(“The “Academy Nicholl Fellowship”, actually a contest, is followed by the most Hollywood execs and literary agents.” )
FIRST: The top 5 Screenwriting Competitions that I like are…
- (1) ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP
- (2) SUNDANCE WRITERS PROGRAM
- (3) BLUE CAT SCREENPLAY CONTEST
- (4) TRACKING BOARD
- (5) AUSTIN FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITION
(“Screenwriting Fellowships, if accepted, actually pay you to learn to write.”)
SECOND: The 9 Screenwriting Fellowships & Mentoring Programs that I like are…
- (1) NBC/UNIVERSAL “WRITERS-ON-THE-VERGE”
- (2) NICKELODEON “ANIMATION WRITING PROGRAM”
- (3) BBC SCRIPT ROOM
- (4) AMERICAN ZOETROPE FELOWSHIP
- (5) WARNER BROS TELEVISION WRITERS PROGRAM
(“Write the great script, CYA and submit to thee above 5 contests while applying for these 9 programs.”)
- (6) HBO ACCESS WRITERS PROGRAM
- (7) DISNEY/ABC TV WRITING PROGRAM
- (8) FOX DIVERSITY WRITER’S INITIATIVE
- (9) CBS WRITER’S MENTOR PROGRAM
Now, write the great script (easy to say, difficult to do) and submit to the listed Screenwriting Competitions ($45-$65 Submission Fees) while simultaneously using it as your “spec script” (spec…slang phrase for Writing-on-Speculation, aka: Free) while applying to the Hollywood Writing Mentorship & Fellowship (aka: scholarship) Programs.
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