Monday, March 05, 2007

Monday Opts.

Came across these and thought someone might be interested.




Past entrant Craig Clyde sold his script to LifeTime Network and is
currently filming in
Washington. He credits Scriptapalooza for the connection.

Why should you submit your script to Scriptapalooza?

Grand Prize: $10,000
All the reading is done by 60 production companies
Entertainment Weekly Magazine calls us 'One of the Best'
We promote the top 13 winners for a full year
5 scripts in the 2006 Competition have been OPTIONED
Finalists, Semifinalists and quarterfinalists get requested consistently

About Scriptapalooza:

The Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition, was founded in 1998, and has
generated heat, publicity and a reputation that demands respect.
Scriptapalooza, Inc., along with its various divisions was created to
nurture talent and create opportunities. Storytellers come from all over
the world and from all walks of life, because of the simple fact that
everyone has a story. Scriptapalooza’s goal: to seek out that storyteller
and honor their script with a grand prize of $10,000. Each year dozens of
production companies and literary representatives sign on as participants
to read our winners, resulting in many scripts being optioned, sold or
outright bought.
323.654.5809 office


American Theatre Magazine Invites Applications for
Affiliated Writers Program

Deadline: April 30, 2007

Supported by the Jerome Foundation ( ), American Theatre magazine's Affiliated Writers Program for early-career arts writers is designed to foster the development of a corps of cultural journalists, feature writers, and theater critics who are knowledgeable about the field nationally; contribute to an increased public demand for serious criticism and in turn persuade editors nationwide of its importance; and work to enhance the viability of American Theatre magazine as a forum for the publication of high-quality critical writing that is national in scope.

The program is open only to writers based in Minnesota and
New York City.

The program will select two to four writers a year (with writers eligible to repeat the program). Each writer will receive an annual stipend of $3,000 in exchange for three to four articles as assigned. Travel expenses for agreed-upon projects are also covered.

Complete program information is available at the Theatre Communications Group Web site.

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs in Journalism/Media, visit:

May I Suggest...

Though I'm not one to usually recommend books that claim to give you an insider's view of the industry (due to a healthy combination of egocentricity and skepticism), if you're looking for a title that won't crack your spine with the weight of everything you need to do to be successful, may I suggest K. Callan's The Script is Finished, Now What Do I Do? (4th Edition).

As you've probably guessed by the title, the book makes no attempt to hide its subject matter, and thankfully, unlike some writers, Callan manages to check her ego at the door. While she doesn't try to hide the near impossibility of cracking the industry shell, she manages to present a realistic strategy, based largely on quotes from industry insiders, and breaks down a (seemingly) endless list of possibilities that, by the time you get to the full agent and manger lists in the back, you feel like you have some options. Ultimately, she comes off as supportive, albeit with an if-you-absolutely-must-do-this-it-wouldn't-hurt-to-consider-these-things-first-here-hold-my-hand attitude.

Believe me, this is a positive review. The book is definitely worth the twenty dollars it will set you back. As for subsequent editions, it may just behoove you to sit in the bookstore and update your outdated copy with a pencil and a lookout.

One of our members is in job searching hell, which is only exacerbated by the fact that he's a few hundred miles away. While I enjoy the stability of my situation (to remain confidential, but let's just say it's office, bliss), even my eyes have been roaming.

Of course, one of the places to which I recently applied just released their 2006 numbers, ending up in the red by about 185 million. Oops.

Perhaps a little research would be in order.

Write on...