After vacillating for a good long while, I’ve decided to submit one of my screenplays into a few contests. I’m most happy with “The Dominatrix Wore Red” though I’m going to tweak it before I send it, to incorporate the lasted feedback I got.
Because my goal is to direct what I’ve written, I didn’t see the value in contests where the reward was potential to sell the script. However, I started to think there was value in the potential to be recognized as a screenplay writer when it came time to find investors.
Though there are non-trivial cash awards for winning (Nicholl, for instance, offers each of 5 winners $35K, though they need to write a second screenplay within the next year), based on what I’ve read, becoming a finalist is just as likely to jump start a career as winning.
Like anything else, it’s a gamble, but it’s a small one given the entry fee. Though the odds are long (Nicholl, for instance, had almost 7K applicants for 5 awards), they aren’t astronomical. Besides, to win you gotta play, so I’m buying a couple of tickets.
And who knows, I might get lucky.