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Old 07-25-2019, 05:36 PM   #81
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Well, the quarterfinalists have been announced. I didn't make it, but my script, "Heartless" was one of the top 20% that was read three times.
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:13 PM   #82
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Me too - I mean, me neither.

That keeps my shutout string alive: 24 scripts entered in 27 contests (that's a few repeat scripts in different contests) since 2010, with nary a placement!

Do I sound happy? Well, it's not glee that I feel. It's just the same old big shrug, maybe, that I've felt with every pass and non-response that I've received since I began to write.

That is: When I finally get a deal somewhere, I'm looking forward to saying that none of the traditional methods of 'approval' that are used by the fringe gatekeepers in this business ever approved of anything I ever did!

Fringe gatekeepers? The contests, consultants, small-timers, experts and reps.

Approval is nice, but aren't we all really looking for approval by the serious gatekeepers... the buyers?

G'luck to all!
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:43 PM   #83
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The script I entered into the Nicholl just advanced to the Quarterfinals...
Congrats!

For those who do the 'contest' thing, Nicholl is the one you want to do. It's the PowerBall lottery versus the scratch tickets.

I mentioned that I'd entered 27 contests; but 13 entries were to Nicholl, and they were 13 of the last 15 that I did. That is, you go where there's smoke, to find that fire.

G'luck! At least you only have about a month to wait for the next announcement
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Old 07-25-2019, 07:49 PM   #84
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Swing and a miss. Maybe next year.
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:59 PM   #85
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Arrgh don't sweat it. All the best to those still in, and to those who joined me in the 'miss' parade, let's hope that next year WE DON'T QUALIFY! $$$
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Old 07-25-2019, 09:41 PM   #86
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The script I entered into the Nicholl just advanced to the Quarterfinals.
Congrats, that's awesome!
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Old 07-26-2019, 02:28 AM   #87
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I'm wondering how the number of quarterfinalists is determined. Is it a fixed number or percentage? The notification said 365 out of 7,302. How is that determined?
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Old 07-26-2019, 08:16 AM   #88
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The script I entered into the Nicholl just advanced to the Quarterfinals.

Not 3 days ago I received contest coverage on the same script from a low-level, but still by some considered worth entering, screenplay competition. I did not advance. The coverage read like it was written by a middle-schooler and was borderline incoherent. But it still stung like hell. Said my script was essentially garbage. Here's a condescending excerpt:

"Remember, a screenplay is a story told by pictures. Therefore, it is critical that the writer pours the elements of personal and private of the protagonist into the script so everyone knows, connects, and understands the journey of the protagonist."

We all know this already but: it's all subjective. If you believe in your story then Keep. Moving. Forward. Hopefully this helps some people in some way who read this post.

Cheers... to writers.
I don't think it would be an actionable offense for you to name the contest. I'm suspecting BlueCat, because that's a familiar complaint about them. If it's any other 'un, speak up....
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Old 07-26-2019, 08:19 AM   #89
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I'm wondering how the number of quarterfinalists is determined. Is it a fixed number or percentage? The notification said 365 out of 7,302. How is that determined?
It's "top 5% plus ties."
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Old 07-26-2019, 11:30 AM   #90
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I entered 3 scripts but only got email notification for 2.

Did anyone else have this happen?
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