I earned my first writing accolade in the 6th grade. And despite one teacher’s voiced suspicion of plagiarism due to my proper use of the word “talon”, the experience motivated me to advance my skills. A dozen years later I launched a marketing career and mastered the concisely and carefully worded world of direct response. Client profits grew and the awards rolled in until the day finally arrived when I felt as though I had nothing left to prove in the marketing biz. I then determined that what I really wanted to do was write screenplays.
There are hundreds of screenplay competitions and in my early years I selectively utilized them as one means to gauge my progress as a screenwriter. 50+ awards later I finally came to the realization that writing to obtain affirmation from competition judges netted little satisfaction.
The truth is I don’t write for plaques and I don’t write for money. I write to tell a story. I write for the enjoyment and entertainment of others.
While I haven’t submitted to a competition since 2011, I believe my best work has been written—or rewritten—since that year. So, while not awarded by the judges that matter most—YOU—following are screenplay and film accolades received between 2008 and 2011.