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October 10, 2013

How to Win a Screenplay Contest

Gordy Hoffman, founder of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, recently shared his thoughts on how to win that contest, and his words can be applied to virtually any screenwriting competition.

The regular deadline for BlueCat is a few days away, and this is one of the few contests I recommend entering, mainly because their feedback is quick and spot-on. Even if your script isn’t contest ready, BlueCat is a cheap way to get excellent coverage.

Here’s what Hoffman has to say:

If you think you’ve gone over it a hundred times, and you’re ready to submit, here’s a list of a few things to consider:

Grocery List

Go through all your description and get rid of all the style and texture and loveliness that calls attention to your wonderful incredible abilities as a Writer. We don’t care what kind of writer you are. All I remember from the scripts that won is what the story was and how much they made me laugh or cry. You know what a grocery list looks like? Make everything simple, straightforward and clean. Grocery list your description. Clarity is the most overlooked element of screenwriting.  

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