Film Courage: In general what are the best ways to have an uncredited writer find script buyers?
Zach Zerries, Screenwriter/Author: Contests have always been a way to get your work out there. I think there are a handful of contests like the Nicholl fellowship and a few other contests that are there. I would think any writers starting off can Google “best screenwriting contest” and see for yourself and that’s one way to do it.
Early entry fees are anywhere between $40 and $60 bucks. I don’t think they’ve fluctuated much in the last 15-20 years. That’s one way to go. I will say with the contests you’ve got to win. I think if you win it opens doors, I think even if you make it in the finals. I placed in a lot of contests in semifinals, quarterfinals finalists, even in Nicholl right. I was a semifinalist to Nicholl years back with the Pirate Hunter script believe it or not, which was a shock. I just sort of submitted it for…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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Zach Zerries is a screenwriter and author. His latest screenplay TAKE BACK has been filmed during 2020 and is set for a 2021 release. The movie stars Mickey Rourke, Michael Jai White, Gillian White, James Russo and many more.
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