Deadlines Feb. 28th – Screenplay (Feature, TV) and Novel Writing Festivals

Just wanted to let you know about the upcoming deadline. Hope to see you submit. Love to perform your stories at the festival.

Deadline February 28th: Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

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Deadline February 28th:: TV PILOT/SPEC Script Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
TV Screenplay Testimonials from the WILDsound Festival

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DEADLINE February 28th: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.
1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL. Deadline February 28th

NEW OPTION: Or, just submit for an actor performance reading transcript of your novel (any 5 pages of your book). Great way to promote the sales of your book if you’re already published. (see examples on the video playlist below)

Watch the Recent Winners. At least 3-10 winners every month:
http://novelwritingfestival.com

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Deadline Sept 20th – FREE Twitter Short Story Festival

FREE TWITTER SHORT STORY CONTEST

Submit 140 character story. Get made into movie.

Submit for FREE to the Twitter-sized very short story festival.

Read the April 2016 winners

Get your story performed by a professional actor and made into a YouTube movie for 1000s to see.


Example of a 140 character very Short Story:

Mark’s foot had swollen to twice it’s normal size. His health insurance company was sympathetic, they sent him larger shoes.


See examples of acting performing stories on the right.

The Rules are simple:

1. Write a 140 character short story. Please also give a title for your story.

2. Email your 140 Character Story in the text in the email to:
140characters@wildsoundfestival.com

3. We will pick you as a winner/non-winner right away and have it performed and made into a video within 4 weeks of submitting.

4. Stories MUST be 140 characters or less. (Title Not Included)

5. Submission is free, but if you like to donate to the festival (and actors performance), please send us a donation via Paypal or Credit Card here (suggestion $1 – $10)

 

Deadline Today: Family & Kids Novel Writing Festival

Submit your Family or Kids Book by the March 3rd Deadline

SUBMIT your Family NOVEL NOW!

FAMILY and KIDS Books will always be needed and wanted in our society. If you can write a great family story, then you are definitely on your way to having a great career. This portion of the Writing Festival would like to present at least 20 new works of Family Novels in the next 12 months. Submit your family novel today.

Get FULL FEEDBACK on either the 1st chapter or entire novel book from our committee of Professional Writers, and Writing Consultants. Get your novel performed by a professional actor at the festival.

NEW OPTION: Or, just submit for an actor performance reading transcript of your novel (any 5 pages of your book). Great way to promote the sales of your book if you’re already published. (see examples on the video playlist below)

SUBMIT your novel now (both your 1st chapter or full novel accepted) To be eligible for our Writing Festival Events. Submissions take 3-5 weeks for evaluation

Deadline TODAY: TV PILOT/SPEC Screenplay Festival. Watch the Sept. 2015 TV Pilot Winner

Deadline TODAY: TV PILOT/SPEC Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://tvfestival.org/2015/06/18/tv-screenplay-testimonials/

Watch the September 2015 Winning TV PILOT Script:

10pg Stage Play Reading of THE TEA PARTY by Gregory Cole

Watch the Stage Play Reading of THE TEA PARTY:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Rob Salerno
WENDY – Maya Woloszyn
JOAN – Megan Leach
NAGASAKI – Troy Patterson
FISHERMAN – David Occhipinti

Get to know writer Gregory Cole:

1. What is your stage play about?

The play is a satire about the trials and tribulations of America’s one percent, as well as the country’s obsession with guns. The Tea Party movement that arose in the US after 2008 is also satirized in the play, as the Republican party struggled to reconcile the aims of this rising faction with those of its wealthiest members.

2. Why should this play be performed on stage and seen by all?

I was greatly influenced by the great satires of Old Comedy by Aristophanes. It is important that a culture has the confidence to look at itself with a critical and humorous eye.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I took up playwriting about 6 years ago when I joined Playwrights Theatre of Madison, NJ. I used to drive past the theatre on the way to the mall – as one does often in New Jersey – and I noticed a sign advertising “Adult Playwriting Classes.” It took me a few years before I pulled into the parking lot and signed up, but I’m glad I did. Afterwards, I became so obsessed with theatre that I took time off to return to graduate school, where I recently graduated from Montclair State University with an MA in Theatre Arts.

4. You’ll be happy to know that your play reading set the record for most takes we’ve ever had to do. Reason? Because everyone kept laughing so much at your lines and characters, especially at the end. It’s an extremely funny play. Reactions?

i love that! That is such a wonderful compliment. I love making people laugh. I never knew I had a knack for comedy until I took up playwriting. Although I hope that the comedy is more than spectacle and that the audience gets a glimpse of a world that they otherwise would not have the opportunity to see.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Where do I start? Everyone from Maggie Smith to Meryl Streep to Simon McBurney.

6. How many stories/plays have you written?

The Tea Party is my second play. My first play is a satire with music called “Yiassou Meryl!” That play is difficult to produce because of the large cast – 16 characters – so I am currently working on a television treatment for it.

7. What motivated you to write this stageplay?

Many factors: the state of American politics, the gun culture, the antics of the one percent. John Pietrowski, the artistic director at Playwrights Theatre, said that I have a unique ability to make
fun of the wealthy without being mean about it.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I wish I had a method. I just write and let the story take me on a roller coaster ride. Then I workshop it at Playwrights Theatre and knock around some ideas with fellow playwrights. I never know how a story is going to end. The story takes on a life of its own. The hardest part is editing the story down. I have a habit of getting attached to most of the comedic lines.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animal welfare is a passion of mine. I enjoy my time I spend with my dog and horse. Another new passion is non-gmo food and the power of the food industry. I recently became a convert and my health has improved drastically.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

When i entered a previous piece, I was impressed by the feedback that I received. It was well thought out and very helpful.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t stop writing and become a part of a larger community of fellow artists.

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Deadline to Submit your 10pg Stageplay to the Festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/10_page_stageplay_contest.html

Watch 10pg. Stage Play: HELEN REDDY WOULD BE ASHAMED by Katie Grotzinger

Watch the Winning 10 page Stage Play by Katie Grotzinger:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Brett J. Kelly
HARDLY – Holly Sarchfield
O’NEIL – Danielle Nicole
PACHEO/PARKER – Maya Woloszyn

Get to know writer Katie Grotzinger:

1. What is your stage play about?

“Helen Reddy Would Be Ashamed” is about a group of teenagers at an all-girls’ school that have to pick a topic to work on for their social justice class. One of them suggests feminism, which the others feel is a pointless topic to bring up in their always pro-woman environment.

2. Why does this play need to be performed at the theatre?

The story takes place in a high school classroom and high school, to me, felt a lot like theatre. Everything was very high energy and the girls in the play are too. I think you can feel that best in a live performance.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Ever since I learned it was an option. When I was in the fifth grade we read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and as part of the lesson plan, I received my first creative writing assignment. I got so into it, I built it up into a novel length epic in this big, red notebook I carried everywhere.

4. What play have you seen in person the most in your life?

This might be an odd one, but I am absolutely in love with Twelfth Night. Any adventure that has crossdressing, pirates and shenanigans has me won over. I go out of my way to see it any chance I get.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

My most intense nerd dream is to write something alongside Kevin Smith. I love the way he does dialogue.

6. How many stories/plays have you written?

I have written more short stories than I can count. As for plays, I have written around 7 or so one-act and short plays. I also have finished one full-length play and am working on my second.

7. What motivated you to write this stage play?

I went to an all-girls’ school. It wasn’t as glamorous as it’s portrayed in the movies. Nearly all my classmates were overachievers who traded sleep for multiple extracurriculars and complained about having to write about other women over and over again in papers. Despite our grumbling, we secretly enjoyed it. I wanted to write something that reflected that.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I do. I set a timer for 30 minutes and write as much as I can while listening to instrumental music. When that’s done, I set a timer for 15 minutes and try to do something else to take my mind off of it, usually video games. Then I repeat until I can’t write anymore.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animation. I cannot do it myself. I can’t even draw. However, for me, seeing a good animated film is like being a kid at a magic show. Sometimes, I’m not just enthralled, but even moved. For instance, when I saw The Wind Rises in theaters, I wept. Not because of the story, although it was excellent and moving, but because of the clearly painstaking work that went into every frame. I realize that might sound like a crazy reaction, but passion is a little nuts.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I had previously entered the longline competition. I received an email asking if I would like to submit to the 10 Page Stageplay Festival. I had a short play on deck and figured that I had nothing to lose.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

If you want to write, chances are you’re going to get rejected a lot. However, there’s no shame in getting rejected. That’s a part of life. The only real way to lose is to give up. So keep going. Eventually, you’ll write something that someone else likes or maybe even loves and it’ll be one of the most gratifying experiences you’ll ever have.

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Deadline for 10 Page Stage Play Festival. Submit your short play and get it performed at festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/10_page_stageplay_contest.html

Submit your story logline and we’ll turn it into a Video/Movie

Deadline TODAY: VIDEO PITCH FESTIVAL
Submit your LOGLINE/STORY PITCH and we’ll make it into a movie:

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/video_pitch_festival.html

Watch the 100s of Video Pitches completed in the last year:

Free logline submissions. The Writing Festival network averages over 95,000 unique visitors a day.
Great way to get your story out: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Submit your Film, Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem anytime to the festival today: http://www.wildsound.ca

Watch recent Writing Festival Videos. At least 15 winning videos a month: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com

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Also…

DEADLINE Today: Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed using professional actors:
http://www.wildsound.ca/submit_your_favorite_scene.html

WATCH the past best scene readings and see what happens when you submit:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_readings.html