The path for screenwriters is a winding road

A man enters a screenplay to a competition, snags an agent, and then turns that script into a novel. Another man enters same competition, submits his screenplay, lands an agent and creates Latino 101, which is the highest rated show on NuVoTV (an English language network targeted at Latinos).

This is just a couple of the many success stories from the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition.  Turning a script into a novel has actually happened before, former 1st place Scriptapalooza winner, Chris Carlyle, whose script “The Trial of Alex Lord” was turned into a novel.

Mark Andrushko the founder of Scriptapalooza, in its 17th year, promotes and pushes as many writers as he can, however he can.  It is not uncommon to have production companies to contact Mark and request certain genres.  “I get calls throughout the year from companies looking for material, it doesn’t matter if the contest is closed, I try to help as many writers as possible!”

This competition started as a small grass roots effort and has become an industry powerhouse. Scriptapalooza has remained true to its basic core belief of creating opportunities.  This heartfelt commitment to the undiscovered writer is the reason Scriptapalooza is still around 17 years later.

Writers will be able to submit their screenplays through Participants will have their individual entries read by more than 90 producers. This year they are awarding over $50,000 in prizes.

A winding road indeed, but if your end result is to be a paid writer than submitting to the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition is a great start.

The next deadline is January 6, 2015. Final deadline to enter your screenplay is April 29, 2015.

The Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition was founded in 1998 with the goal of discovering and promoting writers and creating opportunities for them in a fiercely competitive entertainment industry.

Mark Andrushko
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