After a fifteen month hiatus (lots of writing, and a new sister site launched), Write Club Challenge is back with a new look, and a new model.
Yes, we’re still offering free screenplay contests.
Yes, the rules remain the same: write fast, stick to the rules.
Yes, the prize is still bragging rights (with the occasional exception).
What is Write Club Challenge?
Just to recap, we offer free screenwriting contests — what we call challenges — with strict themes, subject restrictions, and short timelines.
We’ve had respected script analysts and recognized actors referee our challenges.
And now we’ve relaunched!
We’ve got a fancy new look.
You must be a member of Write Club Challenge to submit an entry to a challenge.
Now we’re offering Popular Vote challenges, where your entries are voted on by visitors to the blog … high score wins. Don’t worry, we’ll still run Refereed challenges too, with industry pro judges.
We’ll let you know when there’s a new challenge afoot.
Denise Gossett is the founder and Director of the Shriekfest Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival, which runs in L.A. each October, and an actor. A certified Scream Queen in her own right, Denise has seen a lot of screenplays come through her festival, as well as of course having appeared in a few flicks herself: Carnies, Fright Club, The River, Decaying Orbit, Chain of Souls, Nightwatch, Sheila Takes a Bow, When Silence is Dangerous, Self Inflicted, Crustacean, and tons more!
We appreciate her making some time in her extremely busy schedule.
WHAT YOU WIN: Thanks to Denise, the lucky winner will get a Shriekfest t-shirt, a free 200 word ad in their newsletter (use it to pimp your film, your screenplay, your writing services, etc), a link on the Shriekfest site, and a free festival pass for 2010 Fest. How’s that?
We’re happy to announce that John Rainey has agreed to design and referee our first challenge!
We can’t tell you the details yet, but we can let you know that the theme is SUBTEXT.
Check back September 1st for the announcement.
John Rainey – Rated the #1 screenwriting analyst in the country by Creative Screenwriting Magazine in 2003, John has been in the industry as an actor, screenwriter, reader, and analyst for more than 20 years. Learn more about John’s consulting and writing services at raineyscriptconsulting.com.
Write Club Screenplay Challenge is a simple little blog that sets up mini-challenges for screenwriters. It’s like one of those 48-hour filmmaker’s challenges, but you don’t have to make a whole movie. You just have to write it.
- We establish the parameters of the challenge.
- You submit your “entry” in the comments section below the challenge post (using “scrippets“).
- Our referee(s) review the entries and choose a winner.
- The winner receives the satisfaction of having won (maybe someday we’ll offer something more than that… but if you’re not writing to write, that in itself is something to think about).
We’ll be launching our first challenge soon… keep checking back. And tell your fellow screenwriters.
It offers motivation to get writers to write; it allows for socializing with, and feedback from, your peers; and it’s good fun.
Write Club Screenplay Challenge was inspired by the John August website. Although John is a busy busy man, he occasionally finds time to offer his blog readers a “scene challenge” — wherein John sets up parameters, and invites readers to post “entries”. There have been 5 challenges on John’s site in the past 30 months. When he has another, we’ll let you know.
Write Club is an appreciative homage to the spirit of John’s site.