Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Writing Contests!!!!

Do you want to enter a writing contest?

I got a list of contest from an email today. Click on Browse the Database

78 Writing Contests With Deadlines Before the End of 2015
Our Grants & Awards database currently lists seventy-eight writing contests with deadlines before the end of the year. Check out a few of these, or explore the database for more:

Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest -- A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Submit a story or essay of 800 to 5,000 words by December 15.

Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition -- A prize of $500, a weeklong residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 21 pages December 16.

Lascaux Review Prize in Short Fiction -- A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story of up to 10,000 words. Submit by December 31.

Before Columbus Foundation American Book Awards -- Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year that contribute to American multicultural literature. Submit two copies of a book or galley published in 2015 by December 31.

How to Improve Your Writing Style in 10 Minutes or Fewer


I said the previous post is my last one for today. However this post will be the last for today. I just finished reading an article on the Writers Digest site titled :

How to Improve Your Writing Style in 10 Minutes or Fewer


Writing Tips: Writing Descriptions & Fix Manuscripts

This is my last post for today. Following is some free writing advice regarding fixing your manuscripts and writing descriptions in novels.

wd-logoThe Five Cardinal Sins of Description 
There are two kinds of description that will have your reader waking up his or her spouse to read a line out loud: really good description and really bad. In order to make sure your descriptions fit in the former category rather than the latter, keep an eye out for the following spouse-elbowing sins of descriptive language and do everything in your power to avoid them. - See more at: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/the-five-cardinal-sins-of-description#sthash.wZI8v5xo.dpuf
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wd-logo7 Ways to Fix a Messy Manuscript 
The first draft of my YA novel BLANK was a complete disaster. I had taken a random approach to writing it, jotting down whatever I could between diaper changes and other distractions. I tried not to concern myself with structure or plot, thinking I would fix all that "later." When "later" became hundreds of pages that somewhat resembled a novel, I knew the task ahead of me was not for the faint-hearted. I experimented with many approaches to get BLANK ready for submission (and eventual publication), and survived, only slightly traumatized, to share these tips for repairing even the most chaotic of first drafts. 
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Need Help Developing Your Novel or Script?

Good morning, readers.

Today I posted some writing resource courses that are being offered. One is for writing fantasy novels and the other is for developing the world in a film script. I advise you to check them out. The are online courses put on by experienced writers. If you're having trouble developing story for your script or novel these courses can help.

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Short         Action/Adventure/Crime/Drama/Horror/Thriller/Adaptation
We are looking for a script for a short film (10-20 minutes). The story must be interesting and fast-paced. We are very open to ideas, in general but my preference is for Drama, Action, Crime, Horror (not blood and gore, more psychological), and coming-of-age stories. To keep production costs reasonable, the script should have limited number of locations (4-5 maximum)...
TV Pilot     Drama

We have completed the treatment for a television drama series that tells the intriguing story of an extended family that creates a business empire but gets morally corrupted with their newfound wealth. It is cleverly structured but needs your experienced guidance in completing the pilot script...

FINAL Deadline: December 3rd
Emerging Screenwriters is providing you with pretty much EVERYTHING YOU NEED to Shoot Your Short!
$15,000 Filmmakers Package will be readily available upon your win.
SAVE $10 on your entry with code: MT5ISA

Short    Action/Crime/Drama/Fantasy/Mystery/Suspense/Science Fiction/Thriller

We're an active independent production team in Canada looking for a short film script.  Genres of interest to us include: Action, Science Fiction, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense, Drama and Thriller. Please send us only your logline and/or synopsis and page count to begin with. Also, let us know if you are Canadian (for grant application purposes)...
Web Series     Comedy/Drama
We are introducing a teen web-sitcom similar to "Saved by the Bell" and "Boy Meets World." We are currently seeking writers with a knack for comedy and drama. Filming will take place in spring of 2016 in Montclair, NJ but we're still looking for writers to help write episodes and give feedback on scripts...

FINAL DEADLINE: December 10th
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Ready to attend a festival as a VIP? YOU could be flown out to join us at the Sundance Film Festival to have your screenplay read aloud by professional actors at the TRMS Grand Prize Showcase in Park City, UT!
SAVE $5 on your entry with Code: HT4ISA
Feature     Science Fiction
My writing partner and I are looking for an experienced, award winning professional Sci-fi screenwriter to build on our treatment and create a feature script. Previous feature film Sci-fi credit is necessary...
Feature   Science Fiction

I'm working turning my latest completed short film (featuring Rutger Hauer & Deobia Oparei) into a feature film. I came to LA a week ago to develop the script at UCLA but in my first meeting with a producer he told me he loved the concept and wants to do it. So I need a first draft as quickly as possible. I'm especially looking for a hungry writer who has won competitions or reached finals but doesn't have an agent...

Join John DeChancie for
Writing the Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel

November 19 - December 31, 2015

Seating is Limited - Claim Your Spot Today!
Course Details:
Date: 11/19 - 12/31
Length: 6 weeks
Price: $299.99
Instructor: John DeChancie
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Do you daydream about distant worlds and mythical creatures? If so,
take this six-week workshop and transform your ideas into creative
science fiction and fantasy novels. You'll discover the essential elements
 of fictional worlds, how to write a science fiction novel with intriguing
characters and plot, and write up to 2,500 words for your science fiction or fantasy story.

You'll take an in-depth look at How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card and learn  how to break into the field of science
 fiction and fantasy writing, the basics of science fiction and fantasy,
tips for creating imaginative settings, and ways to develop winning
story ideas. Plus, discover how to get your work published.

Enroll in Writing the Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel workshop
and draft an intriguing story!

Explore this popular genre in depth with a published author!

This course is open to anyone interested in science fiction and fantasy
. Michael J. Sullivan will be available to answer all of your questions. No
 question goes unanswered!

See syllabus here »

Who should attend:

Short story writers and novelists who love the science fiction and
 fantasy genres
Students of any level who want to explore the science fiction and
 fantasy genre in more depth and gain key insights from a published author

Work with John DeChancie to Master Sci-Fi/Fantasy!

John DeChancie is the author of two dozen books, both
fiction and nonfiction. His novels in the science fiction and
 fantasy genres have been attracting a wide readership
 for more than fifteen years, and over a million copies of
 his books have seen print, many in foreign languages.
 His humorous fantasy series, beginning with Castle
Perilous, became a best seller for Berkley/Ace. Booklist
described John's novel MagicNet (William Morrow) as
 "a welcome sigh of comic relief...shamelessly droll, literate,
and thoroughly entertaining. Magicnet is the fantasy genre's
 whimsical answer to Neuromancer." John's other science
 fiction novels include From Prussia With Love
 (Prima Publishing), Masterminds of Falkenstein
(Prima Publishing) and Innerverse (Avon), as well
 as his anthology of original fantasy short stories
co-edited with Martin Greenberg-Castle Fantastic
(DAW Books)

View his full bio>>

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A world-building script is defined as a screenplay where the writer introduces a new
world that has different customs and rules that must be explained. World-building scripts
 are most often associated with science fiction and fantasy genres because the settings,
 environments and elements of how the world works and functions, are so completely
 different from what we experience in our everyday lives. Arguably, every script is a
world-building script because the reader is entering the screenwriter's imagination
 and must learn the rules of your characters' realm. Writing a successful screenplay
 requires a complete understanding of the reality of the fictional world you are creating.
 Readers need to suspend disbelief and jump into your screenplay with full understanding
 and awesome wonder.

This course will offer specific tips for creating and implementing advice on building the
 world of your screenplay. Research advice and tips, strengthening visual storytelling
 in action paragraphs, developing and implementing settings, examining character
 and plot conflict as it relates to your settings, and genre consistency, will also be
 covered in this class. Original and unique worlds will set your script apart from the
other screenplays, vying for attention from film executives; this course will also
 discuss understanding film industry folks' expectations without compromising
your vision and creativity.


 Susan Kouguell

Susan Kouguell, award-winning screenwriter and
 filmmaker, is the author of Savvy Characters Sell
Screenplays! A comprehensive guide to crafting
winning characters with film analyses and
 screenwriting exercises and The Savvy
 Screenwriter: How to Sell Your Screenplay
 (and Yourself) Without Selling Out! She is a
regular contributor to IndieWire/SydneysBuzz,
 Script Magazine, The Script Lab, Screenwriters
 Utopia, NewEnglandFilm.com, and wrote a chapter
in NOW WRITE! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today's
Best Screenwriters, Teachers and Consultants.
 Kouguell teaches screenwriting and film at SUNY
 Purchase, and presents international seminars.

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