Saturday, June 30, 2007

The ABC/Disney Fellowship is actually Disney/ABC

Unfortunately I discovered that AFTER everything was printed out and I was in the UPS Store. Ah well, it's in the mail, and hopefully the good folks at Disney/ABC won't count it against us.

Thank god for notaries on Saturday :)

I found some additions to my list of contests coming up.

ABC/Disney (July 1)
Carl Sautter Television Outreach (July 7)
AAA Teleplay (July 15)
Warner Bros. Writers Workshop (August 1)
Scriptapalooza TV (October 15 ... I feel like we just entered it)

Friday, June 29, 2007

So, what was detestable?

The "detestable" part that I imagine came through from my post yesterday (how boring it is to keep track of and enter writing contests) wasn't really what I was thinking when I first wrote the title.

Really, I was thinking about entry materials for the fellowships and how I hate coming up with what I'll call the "supplementary" material. You know, the "describe how diverse you are," the "personal statement," and other things that seem to just be begging writers to exaggerate and fictionalize their lives to sell themselves. That's what I find detestable.

And it has nothing to do with the fact that I'm having trouble writing mine. Really. Nothing.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Contestable is only a syllable away from detestable

The season for writing contests is winding down--at least for entering them. I suppose it's actually ramping up in terms of winning or placing in something.

Having only previously entered Bravo's Situation Comedy a few years ago (sans writing partner and any truly viable scripts), this is my first year of ever really being involved in the process. I gotta be honest, it's pretty ... boring.

As the annointed keeper of the contests for my writing partner and myself (she has a real job; I'm an assistant with that rarest of creatures, an entertainment executive who doesn't believe in having me handle her personal life), I mostly feel like I'm marking time until we get back to working on our next TV spec. (It was going to be a Battlestar until we learned there's only one more year. Now....) Updating the contest/fellowship list is kind of mind-numbing and unsatisfying...though I'm sure I'll feel differently if we actually win anything.

Ah well, repetition improves memory, so...


Acclaim TV
Austin Film Festival
Screenwriting Expo

ABC/Disney (July 1)
AAA Teleplay (July 15)

I feel like there must be more coming up, but that's all I've got so far.