This week's Answer:
is in "Contest"
do, Jacob. Listen to some soothing bagpipes.
If that soothes you. Or uplifts you. Or, if
you happen to not especially prefer that kind of music
(I'm sure not all Scots like it), then read on,
McDuff! (Or is it, "Mac Duff"? I
love that song, "McDuff The Knife.")
Jacob, and all those who are reading
this missive (I don't know why they don't allow gender
equality and, once in a while, call it a
"mister-ive." But that's another subject
for another time -- even though I'm sure you're thinking,
"Please no!"), there is absolutely no reason to
be nervous about submitting screenplays to contests.
They usually extend them, anyways! Have you
noticed? Those Contest People want to give every
screenwriter every chance to... get his or her money
in. I'm not saying that the contests (at least some
of them) cannot be beneficial to the upcoming
screenwriter. Who doesn't want free software of the
latest way to have some screenwriting "expert"
limit the way you write screenplays? And to meet
with people who might be able to do something to
get your screenplay made... well, that's just super.
But I wouldn't get too nervous about
it all. There will be another screenplay contest,
you can mark my formatted words on that. You know
the ol' saying:
contests are like buses: there's always one every
Or something like that.