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From May 12th:

Hi Screenline Friends,

We have a meeting coming up soon, on Monday, May 20.  (NOTE: I was unable to book May 13.)  Usual time and place, 7-9 pm at Starbucks, 3800 Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh.  Starbucks is located between Chick-fil-A and McDonalds in the Lake Boone Shopping Center, just outside (west of) the I-440 Beltline at Exit 5.  Here's a map for reference.

Please bring your material to be read and critiqued.  We are able to cover up to three persons’ work if we keep it to between 10 and 20 pages, approximately.  Bring in 8 to 10 copies of your work, so that everyone at the table will have one to read from or can share with another reader.  Works-in-progress are great for reading; but if you have a complete feature-length screenplay, we don’t have time in a regular two hour meeting to handle it.  However, we’d be more than happy to set up a special meeting on another evening or on a weekend to read and discuss it.


We are all set up for Monday, June 10.  This is definite.  Please mark your calendars now. 


Screenline member Suzanne Adair passed along this information about a grant available for those with a documentary short in post-production.  Details can be found by following this link.   The deadline for the grant is May 31.


Deadlines for the Cary Film Festival have passed, and good luck to all who have entered.   The final results are not in yet, and aren’t due for a while; but I have been unofficially informed that Screenline member Jim Courter is among the finalists in the competition.


Be aware, of course, that there are many, many more contests out there.  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 contest’s 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 Writers’ Guild of America, and through the Library of Congress Copyright Office, before submitting it to contests or to agents or production companies.

If you have entered any of this spring’s round of contests, and especially if you are among those fortunate enough to be named quarter-finalists or higher, please let me know in order that we can get the news out via the web site or in a subsequent newsletter.

That’s a wrap for now.  See you at Screenline!!!


P.S. If you have news or information you’d 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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