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From April 6th:

Hi Screenline Friends,

Iím sorry this newsletter is a bit late.  I had some computer issues that necessitated a visit to Geek Squad; thanks to them, the trouble was exorcised.

We have a meeting coming up on Monday, April 8.  Usual time and place, 7-9 pm at Starbucks, 3800 Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh.  Starbucks is located just west of the I-440 Beltline, Exit 5; itís in the Lake Boone Shopping Center between Chick-fil-A and McDonalds.  We meet in the community room immediately to the right of the main entrance.  Here's a map for reference.

Please bring in your work to be read and critiqued.  During a regular meeting we have time to look over about ten to twenty pages from up to three works each.  If you have a longer piece (perhaps a completed feature screenplay) that youíd like to have read, we can set up a special meeting for this specific purpose, usually on a Saturday at one of the county libraries.


I am looking at May 13.  Space can only be booked 30 days in advance, so please watch this web site for the latest details.  If that date should turn out to be unavailable, my alternate choice would be May 20.


Deadlines for the Cary Film Festival have passed, and good luck to all who have entered. 

Be aware, of course, that there are many, many more contests out there, and a lot of the major ones have deadlines between now and the first two weeks of May.  A good place to learn about contests is the Moviebytes web site where you can find out which contests are rated the best and whether they offer feedback to the entrants.  Professional feedback is invaluable, probably worth as much as prize money.  Moviebytes has links to the home pages for most of the contests, which will give you all the rules and guidelines for submission.  Study the rules carefully and abide by them completely; for instance, if the contest calls for the script being bound with two brads, do not use three.  You can also read the contestís release form which you will be asked to sign, and I advise you to read these carefully. 

Always remember to have your work protected by registering it with the Writersí Guild of America, and through the Library of Congress Copyright Office, before submitting it to contests or to agents or production companies.

We can talk more about screenplay contests at the next meeting.  Bring your questions.

Thatís a wrap for now.  See you at Screenline!!!


P.S. If you have news or information youíd like to share, send it to me at and I will get it posted to the web site. 

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday, May 20 at Starbucks off Lake Boone Trail.

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