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Old 04-06-2019, 10:04 AM   #1
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Default Academy Nicholl Submission Attempts

Okay, here's a little on me. I've submitted to the competition since 2015. The first year I didn't get so much as a keep going. They were actually brutal in their comments, but to be honest, I didn't give it my all.

Distraught, I skipped 2016 and came back in 2017 with a new screenplay. I placed in the TOP 15%.

In 2018 I came back again, placed in the top 10% for the same screenplay and was a semifinalist for a new screenplay.

What are my chances of actually winning this competition? I'm starting to think because my subject matter is "hood related" that it won't ever land.
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Old 04-06-2019, 04:09 PM   #2
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Default Re: Academy Nicholl Submission Attempts

as Greg Beal noted over the years, Nicholl scripts have come from a broad range of genres even if dramas have generally risen to the top on average:

action-adventure 11
animated comedy 1
comedy 9
romantic comedy 5
comedy-drama 13
coming-of-age drama 12
drama 49
romantic drama-fantasy 2
horror 3
science fiction 3
thriller / crime / caper 23
war / terrorism 12
Western 3

the challenge to winning the Nicholl (imo) is that a successful script has to win over a lot of different readers from Round One to the finals. I calculated it once and in total i think it's roughly 34 total reads for a winning script. so not only does the script have to be great but also in a way that is so deemed by as many of the Nicholl readers at each level as possible.
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Old 04-07-2019, 12:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: Academy Nicholl Submission Attempts

Thank you. Didn't realize so many people read it to get to the FINALS. My gawd!
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