Script Frenzy and NaNoWriMo: Writing Contests

17 Feb

Writing a novel or a movie script is a dream many people have, but often they do not know how to get started in creating either. As writing becomes more popular, contests around the Internet have popped up, encouraging writers to create an original work in a certain amount of time. While it may seem difficult for some to be held by a deadline, others strive in the pressure of trying to finish something before the end of the time limit.

An upcoming contest for writers is Script Frenzy. Script Frenzy takes place April 1-30, and the goal is for the participants to write a script, whether it is a stage play, TV show, or movie, of a hundred pages in thirty days. Script Frenzy takes place every year, and allows participants to find others who are participating around their location or online in order to find encouragement and support while attempting such a task. At the Web site, there are also links for information on how to write a script, TV shows, stage plays and even comic books. The site allows users to connect and figure out how to write a script on their own. There are also pep talks from various people to add encouragement as the writers work.

There is no actual prize for winning Script Frenzy, since contest officials consider everyone  winners if they achieve the goal of writing a hundred pages or more in the time frame. Instead, everyone receives a certificate stating they completed Script Frenzy for whichever year they attempt. While there is no prize, more than 17,000 people already have committed to attempting to accomplish the task. Last year, the total number of pages written by participants was just shy of 200,000. After the competition is over, there is a link that gives guidance on what to do after writing a script, allowing writers to participate in Revision Frenzy.

Script Frenzy branched off of National Novel Writing Month when people preferred to write scripts instead of novels. Since scripts are written completely different from novels, the creators of NaNoWriMo made them to different events, allowing two writing contests to take place during the year.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) takes place in November and lasts for thirty days, pushing writers to write 50,000 words in thirty days. There are forums where people can connect online or discover others in their area where they can get together and have writing challenges and continue to encourage. Something cool about NaNoWriMo is that published authors also participate and even write encouraging pep talks which are sent out weekly to the participants.

Both contests are free for anyone to join and run completely off of donations and sales they make from their stores, which they use to fund both their Web sites as well as programs for younger writers. Each site has a link to another page for Younger Writers who might want to participate, but find the goal of a hundred pages or 50,000 words intimidating.

Both of these contests make writing fun, and create friendly competition among writers. While these two contests are not the only ones happening during the year, they are the most well known and participated in each year.



3 Responses to “Script Frenzy and NaNoWriMo: Writing Contests”

  1. Stacey@ Getting Pregnant April 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

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    • sheilatstc April 28, 2010 at 8:48 am #

      Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Alyssa Thompson December 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    last time, i joined a writing contests on the internet and i won a small price for writing a nice piece of writing *::

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