Q: Why should I participate?
A: It’s a fun excuse to write something “on assignment”, to read and comment on fellow writers’ entries, to participate in your community. It might generate interesting conversation around particular writing challenges, or points of format. It may force you to try something new in format or style. Perhaps you’ve been stagnant and need a kick in the ass. In the end, maybe you shouldn’t. It’s really up to you. But we hope you do.
Q: How do I enter a challenge?
A: First, you must be a member of the Write Club Challenge community. Then, submit your “entry” in the comments section of the challenge post (using “scrippets“). Learn more in the “about” and “rules” sections.
Q: Who judges the entries?
A: We run two kinds of challenges: Refereed and Popular Vote. Refereed challenges are judged by industry professionals — writers, readers, producers. Popular Vote challenges are just that … readers vote for their favorites. Highs score wins.
Q: Who defines the challenges?
A: For audience judged challenges, we do. For refereed challenges, Referees are offered the opportunity to define the parameters of their challenges. If they prefer, we do it for them.
Q: Do I have to be a member to vote?
A: Not at present. We’ve kept voting open to the public, so if you’ve entered a challenge, tell your friends to drop by and vote. If this becomes an issue in the future, we may restrict voting to members.
Q: Why do I have to be a member to enter?
A: Our intention is to develop a writer’s community. We think membership helps build that community, removes anonymity, and provides some accountability too.
Q: How do I vote in an audience judged challenge?
Simple. Find your favorite(s). Click the thumbs up sign. The entry with the most thumbs up wins. You can vote once per IP address. Don’t cheat. It’s not in the spirit of Write Club Challenge.
Q: Can I vote for my own entry?
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Nothing. Nada. Never will. It’s about getting writers to write, to think about writing, to discuss writing.
Q: The challenge says my entry must be limited to (x) pages. Your Scrippets tool doesn’t display page breaks. How do I know if I’m in compliance?
A: Write your entry in Final Draft, or MovieMagic, or WriterDuet, or CELTX, or WORD, using industry standard formatting. Keep it under (x) pages. We recommend copying your script and pasting into a TEXT doc of some kind. Then copy and paste the TEXT into Scrippets. Simple, right?
Q: What do I win?
A: Bragging rights. Satisfaction. A sense of accomplishment. W00T! (Sometimes we offer something more. But that shouldn’t be your motivation… writing should be your motivation.)
Q: Who keeps the rights to my work?
A: You do. We just want the rights to keep it on the site in the context of these challenges. Otherwise, it’s yours to do with as you please. If it’s turned into something wonderful that you’re going to pursue and develop, we’re stoked that we had a hand in getting the ball rolling. Good on ya. (Go get it registered when it’s ready – WGA and Copyright.)
Q: I live in (x). Can I still enter?
A: Um… yeah, I guess so. Don’t see any need to restrict based on geography right now. But unless otherwise noted our referees will be applying any formatting standards as relevant to the U.S. industry.