This week writer Sam Jones shares his experience self-publishing The Fever Dream. With a background in screenwriting and acting, he channels the cinematic style of a 1980s action-thriller into the story of a modern-day hitman with a chip on his shoulder. In this interview, Sam talks about the grind of Hollywood, the pursuit of multiple creative avenues, the value of persistence, and paving your own path.

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What does the screenwriter in your life really want? Probably a two million dollar script sale, but you most likely can’t give them that. What can you give them? Unconditional love, a lifetime of moral support, and one of the presents below. These gifts for screenwriters cover a wide range of script writing wants and needs. You can totally go old school with a Moleskin and fancy pens, maybe a Starbucks gift card,

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Major screenwriting competitions have thousands of entrants. How do you stand out? It always comes down to the script, but readers have different opinions. Script reading is only objective to a point. The most you can do to control the outcome is to put your best foot forward: follow directions, choose good contests, and submit a tremendous screenplay. Here’s how to conquer competition season and stand out:

Confidence in Your Material

How do you make sure your script is the best it can be?

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Screenwriting competition season is an exciting time. You’ve written a great script. You have the opportunity to put your work in front of professionals. Don’t risk jeopardizing your submission with mistakes that can easily be avoided. Every year, competitions filter through thousands of submissions. Be one of the entrants who shows you care. Present your best self and your best script.

5 common mistakes when submitting your script
You didn’t follow directions

The details can make or break your submission.

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With over a hundred to choose from, which screenwriting contests are right for you? Let’s break it down into three parts: the types of contests, your script, and what’s legit. When it comes down to it, you want to be smart and selective about the contests you enter. It would make no sense to apply to all of them. You want the right match.

Let’s also speculate that you and I don’t have bucketloads of money (I do have a change jar) or oodles of free time (though I sometimes lie awake until 4am under the soul-crushing weight of existence).

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