Screenwriting contests...

On my other blog (, I provide my opinions about screenplay competitions. I always wonder why newbie screenwriters put so much time, effort, and money into these things. Here’s an interesting bit of info I just picked up from the March/April 2006 issue of Creative Screenwriting Magazine:

While winning the Nicholl is tough (since its inception, only 91 scripts have won out of 73,118 entries) it isn’t a guarantee the script will turn into a film. Only about thirty of those 91 winning scripts have been optioned or sold, and only thirteen have actually been produced.

And don't forget, Nicholl is arguably the biggest of all the screenwriting competitions.

Contests...not exactly the key to the Hollywood kingdom.

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