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2011 Writers Block International Writing Competition

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for U.S. Writers

for Worldwide Writers

U.S. Writing Contests

Entry Fee | Fiction |
Entry Fee | Non-Fiction |
DEADLINE 29th October 2011 Saturday  
ENTRY FEE $ 25 - $ 35 - $ 45 - $ 55 - $ 65
PRIZE $ 1,000




The Writers Block International Writing Competition, a 501c(3) non-profit organization has officially opened its Call for Entries and will accept submissions from around the world of short and feature length scripts and manuscripts of all genres including documentary, horror, sci-fi, Wiccan, fiction and nonfiction, Religious/Spiritual, animation, and Gay/Lesbian for the 2011 competition.


We would like to thank all of the writers that submit to our competition this season and would like you to know that we consider anyone who puts word to paper a success.

The main focus of this writing competition is to possibly give new writers the break they deserve while showcasing the talents of veteran writers.

Whether you're writing for stage, film, television or are a novelist we can help you make the best first impression with agents and producers.

Our categories include Screenplays; Teleplays; Stage Plays and Manuscripts of all lengths and genres.

The winning script will be forwarded to agents and industry professionals for consideration.

The script selected as the first place winner shall receive a $1,000.00 cash award in addition to other benefits and prizes.

Top 20 finalists will:
• Be given exposure to literary agencies, film studios and Hollywood producers.
• Included in a Writers Block press release.
• Posted on the Writers Block Web site.
• Given further opportunities by having their scripts read by influential producers, publishers, agents and / or managers who play an active role in today’s industry.

Additional prizes will be announced as they are made available.

Script selections will be announced no later than November 26, 2011

The Staff Of Writers Block International Writing Competition Would Like To Thank All Of The Fantastic People Who Submit Their Work To Us And We Wish Them The Best Of Luck.

Category Descriptions

Competition Eligibility:

Must be 18 years of age or older

Applicants under the age of 18 are allowed to enter this contest. Any applicant who is under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian enter the competition on their behalf and provide their signature on each entry form submitted. Should an applicant under the age of 18 win the competition all monies and prizes will be made payable to the parent or legal guardian and/or that person whose name and signature appears on the application. Teachers may always submit entries on behalf of their students. Each entry must include the teacher's signature. Each entry must also include a copy of the teacher's teaching credential.

The entered script must not be or previously been optioned, sold, or produced

Scriptwriting Rules:

Any genre considered

Scripts must be original work of the author

Multiple authorship is allowed. If the script wins, the writers will divide the prize.

Multiple entries are allowed, but their own completed entry form and their own appropriate entry fee

must accompany each entry.

No corrected pages or additional pages will be accepted after the script has been entered.

Script Guidelines:

Submitted Scripts must be in English.

Do not send originals, scripts will not be returned.

Scripts must be in industry standard format and bound with 2 or 3 brads unless submitted electronically as an Adobe PDF or Word File.

Body pages must be correctly numbered.

Script title page should only contain name of screenplay.

Must be on white paper.

Covers must be card stock only

Teleplay Rules:

Teleplays must be original material. We will not accept spec scripts for existing shows, treatments or reality television pilots.

Teleplays must be hour or half-hour or one hour pilots. Additional material will not be read or considered.

Teleplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.

Script Length:

* Feature Length scripts 70 pages or more
* Shorts length scripts 69 pages or less
* Teleplay Feature Length scripts no more than 60 pages
* Teleplay Short Length Scripts no more than 30 pages
* Stage Play Full Length scripts 50 pages or more
* Stage Play Short Length Scripts 49 pages or less

Manuscripts Length:

Short Length Manuscript:

* Micro-Fiction up to 100 words
* Flash Fiction 101 - 1,000 words
* Short Story 1,001 - 7,500 words
* Novellette 7,501 - 20,000 words

Full Length Manuscript:

* Novella 20,001 - 50,000 words
* Novel 50,001 -110,000 words
* Epics and Sequels Over 110,000 words

Manuscript Category Summary:

Micro-Fiction
This very abbreviated story is often difficult to write, and even harder to write well, but the markets for micro fiction are becoming increasingly popular in recent times. Publishers love them, as they take up almost no room and don't cost them their budgets. Pay rates are often low, but for so few words, the rate per word averages quite high.


Flash Fiction
This is the type of short-short story you would expect to find in a glossy magazine, often used to fill one page of quick romance (or quick humor, in men's mags) Very popular, quick and easy to write, and easier to sell!


Short Story
The 'regular' short story, usually found in periodicals or anthology collections. Most 'genre' zines will feature works at this length



Novellette
Often a novellette-length work is difficult to sell to a publisher. It is considered too long for most publishers to insert comfortably into a magazine, yet too short for a novel. Generally, authors will piece together three or four novellette-length works into a compilation novel.


Novella
Although most print publishers will balk at printing a novel this short, this is almost perfect for the electronic publishing market length. The online audience doesn't always have the time or the patience to sit through a 100,000 word novel. Alternatively, this is an acceptable length for a short work of non-fiction.


Novel
Most print publishers prefer a minimum word count of around 70,000 words for a first novel, and some even hesitate for any work shorter than 80,000. Yet any piece of fiction climbing over the 110,000 word mark also tends to give editors some pause. They need to be sure they can produce a product that won't over-extend their budget, but still be enticing enough to readers to be saleable. Imagine paying good money for a book less than a quarter-inch thick?


Epics and Sequels
If your story extends too far over the 110,000 mark, perhaps consider where you could either condense the story to only include relevant details, or lengthen it to span out into a sequel, or perhaps even a trilogy. (Unless, of course, you're Stephen King - then it doesn't matter what length your manuscript is - a publisher is a little more lenient with an established author who has a well-established readership)



Manuscript Page Counts:
In most cases, industry standard preferred length is 250 words per page... so a 400 page novel would be at about 100,000 words. If you want to see what size book is selling in your genre, take a look on the shelves. If the average length is 300 pages, you're looking at a 75,000 word manuscript (approximately)

One reason it's harder for a new author to sell a 140,000 word manuscript is the size of the book. A 500+ page book is going to take up the space of almost two, 300 page books on the shelves. It's also going to cost more for the publishers to produce, so unless the author is well known, the book stores aren't going to stock that many copies of the 'door-stopper' novel as compared to the thinner novel.

Remember, these word- and page-counts are only estimated guides. Use your own common sense. Most novels are generally considered on the strength of the story itself, not on how many words you have squeezed into each chapter.

FEES, DEADLINES and RULES:

By submitting your film to this competition you acknowledge that you have read, fully understand and agree to all of the below terms of submission and rules.



Short Length Script:
$25.00 if postmarked by February 26, 2011 (U.S. Currency only)
$35.00 if postmarked by June 25, 2011 (U.S. Currency only)
$45.00 if postmarked by September 24, 2011 (U.S. Currency only)
$55.00 if postmarked by October 29, 2011 (U.S. Currency only) Withoutabox entries ONLY

Feature Length Script:
$35.00 if postmarked by February 26, 2011 (U.S. Currency only)
$45.00 if postmarked by June 25, 2011 (U.S. Currency only)
$55.00 if postmarked by September 24, 2011 (U.S. Currency only)
$65.00 if postmarked by October 29, 2011 (U.S. Currency only) Withoutabox entries ONLY



ABSOLUTELY NO INTERNATIONAL CHECKS, WIRE TRANSFERS, OR MONEY GRAMS WILL

BE ACCEPTED. For all entries submitted outside the United States, we will only accept payment for submission fees in the form of INTERNATIONAL POSTAL MONEY ORDERS



Please mail all entries to:



Writers Block International Writing Competition

P.O. Box 346

Erie, Pa. 16512







Competition Awards:

Prizes for the winning script will include cash award of $1,000.00.

The winning script will be forwarded to agents and industry professionals for consideration.





All entries must be postmarked no later than the appropriate entry deadline they were submitted under. Additional entry fee will be required if not postmarked by the appropriate deadline. Entries received with uncompleted information will not be considered.





PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW ALL BELOW INSTRUCTIONS



ABSOLUTELY NO INTERNATIONAL CHECKS, WIRE TRANSFERS, OR MONEY GRAMS WILL BE ACCEPTED. For all entries submitted outside the United States, we will only accept payment for submission fees in the form of INTERNATIONAL POSTAL MONEY ORDERS



Checks returned to us will incur a standard $25 fee that must be paid, even if you choose to pull your script from the competition.



Script selections will be announced no later than November 26, 2011



Not following the guidelines, rules, regulations, or eligibility may be cause for disqualification.



General. By entering this Contest, entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. All taxes (including, without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes) on or connected with any prize (including, without limitation, prizes that are opportunities to make donations to a charitable organization), and the reporting consequences thereof, are the sole and exclusive responsibility of respective winners. Each Winner must, if so requested by Promoter, complete Promoter's winner verification process and/or execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability/Publicity Release within a period of time required by Promoter. All prizes awarded in connection with the Contest are nontransferable and nonendorseable. No substitution of prizes is permitted. The Promoter or Host's employees or agents or representatives may view all Concepts in the interest of providing technical assistance to Contestants. Technical questions may be referred to Host for assistance at Promoter's discretion. Dates of official announcements are subject to change. Release, Waiver and Indemnification. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, ENTRANTS RELEASE AND HOLD THE PROMOTER AND HOST AND ALL OTHER CONTEST ENTITIES HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL LOSSES, DAMAGES, RIGHTS, CLAIMS, AND ACTIONS OF ANY KIND ARISING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THE CONTEST OR PARTICIPATION IN ANY CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE REMOVAL FROM THE SITE OF, OR DISCONTINUATION OF ACCESS TO, ANY SUBMISSION OR OTHER MATERIAL), OR RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, AS WELL AS CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION, AND/OR INVASION OF PRIVACY. THE PROMOTER, THE HOST AND CONTEST ENTITIES DO NOT NOW AND SHALL NOT HAVE IN THE FUTURE ANY DUTY OR LIABILITY, DIRECT OR INDIRECT, VICARIOUS, CONTRIBUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, WITH RESPECT TO THE INFRINGEMENT OR PROTECTION OF AN ENTRANT'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, IF ANY, RESPECT TO ANY SUBMISSION OR CONCEPT, REVIEWS, MATERIAL, VIDEO AND/OR OTHER MATERIALS PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, ENTRANTS RELEASE, WAIVE ANY CLAIMS WITH REGARD TO, AND HOLD HARMLESS THE PROMOTER, THE HOST AND THE CONTEST ENTITIES FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OF ANY KIND THAT ARE OR COULD BE ASSERTED WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER RELATING TO THE CONTEST. ENTRANTS FURTHER AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD THE PROMOTER, HOST AND ALL OTHER CONTEST ENTITIES HARMLESS FROM ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, LIABILITIES, FEES AND COST INCURRED IN DEFENDING AGAINST ANY THIRD PARTY CLAIMS OR THREATS OF CLAIMS ASSERTED AGAINST PROMOTER, HOST AND/OR OTHER CONTEST ENTITIES ARISING FROM ANY ENTRANT'S PARTICIPATION IN OR CONDUCT ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONTEST.

Force Majeure. Nonperformance of any party shall be excused to the extent that performance is rendered impossible by strike, fire, flood, earthquakes, war, governmental acts or orders or restrictions, or any other reason where failure to perform is beyond the reasonable control, and not caused by the negligence of, the nonperforming party. Governing Law and Waiver of Damages. The Contest and these Official Rules are governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States of America, without regards to its principles of conflicts of law. For any dispute not subject to arbitration according to Section 4(g) above, entrant agrees to personal jurisdiction by the federal and state courts located in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States of America, and waives any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such courts. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby irrevocably waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than participant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in the Contest), and entrant further irrevocably waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.



Privacy. Information submitted in connection with the Contest will be treated in accordance with these Official Rules and the Site's Privacy Policy, provided that in the event of any conflict between these Official Rules and such Privacy Policy, the terms and conditions of these Official Rules shall prevail. All Contestants and Team Members hereby acknowledge and agree that Promoter will have access to some or all of their personally identifiable information, including but not limited to registration information collected by the Host.

Please mail all entries to:

Writers Block International Writing Competition
P.O. Box 346
Erie, Pa. 16512

http://www.writersblockinternational.com/

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