Page Turner Screenplays was created by a group of professional screenwriters who believe that honest, sincere feedback and support from other working writers is the best way to help foster new writers.
Why did we decide to do this?
Because we’ve been there.
We’ve done it.
We know the path to becoming a professional writer is wrought with obstacles, traps and scams. And we’re hoping to help you NOT make the same mistakes that we have.
Over drinks or at events we would often meet and commiserate as we struggled to navigate our writing into a career. We would exchanges notes on various schools, books, teachers, gurus and of course, the myriad competitions and film festivals.
There are many… MANY competitions and festivals out there. As writer’s we’ve gone through the process and submitted to every imaginable competition, lab, residency, festival and diversity program.
At the end of it all, WE BELIEVE that writers are getting the short end of the stick from most of these initiatives.
Many of these initiatives are well intentioned but like they say, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Most simply lack the ability to help writers in any meaningful way. There are those who have just grown to big and now have freshmen college students or interns reading scripts from writers who have spent most of their lives writing and studying the craft. Does this seem right or fair? Do they have the knowledge base and ability to truly judge the merit of a script or story? We have worked with and met many of the people who mange these festivals and competitions, and they often complain of being overwhelmed with scripts and the lack of industry level professional readers.
WE BELIEVE this is unfair to both the writers and the readers.
There are also those competitions that populate the landscape from places far off from the entertainment industry centers. These competitions certainly have a purpose to serve in their local or regional area, and can even be useful to writers a continent away with the right objectives in mind. However, there are those that may not have the interests of the writers in mind at all and are simply looking for ways to line their pockets. Usually that particular set is pretty obvious.
Writers in the entertainment industry depend upon each other. We work together on shows, on pitches and sometimes on features. If we don’t help each other or share information, writing can become a very dark place. There are so many obstacles for writers that can suck away your time and money, but festivals and competitions should not be one of them.
WE BELIEVE we should help each other to avoid these obstacles. Others helped us on our writer’s journey, and we hope to be able to help anyone we can on theirs.
The final reason we are doing this is purely selfish. A great writing teacher many of us had, used to say, that he wanted us to succeed for selfish reasons. He wanted to see better films and television. There is a lot of great stuff out there, but like him, we also want you to succeed for the same selfish reason of wanting to see great TV shows and movies. We hope we can help you tell your stories the best way they can be told.
So, how do we do this?
First, WE BELIEVE that feedback from working writers in the entertainment industry can provide new writers struggling to break in with the most up to date information of how the business really works and the level their writing needs to reach for them to succeed.
We begin by giving sincere honest feedback with competitions judged by professional writers from start to finish. You won’t be judged by anyone who has the ability to read, but by professional writers.
Our readers are Writer’s Guild of America members who have pitched, sold and/or written television and features. We DO NOT believe in having students read your work or random readers outside the industry. ALL of our readers are in New York and Los Angeles working in the entertainment industry and will provide you notes at a professional level.
Second, WE BELIEVE there is more to a contest than being judged, and that is why we created what we believe to be a UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY in SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS.
We have set ourselves up as a small, limited entry competition with the PAGE TURNER 100. By focusing on the notes process we hope to be able to help you elevate your writing to pursue your goals or to simply improve your craft. It is basically a personalized screenwriting class within a competition.
Our other competitions are still evolving, but with the 100 we feel we have tapped into something special that can greatly speed up the learning process for writers.
Third, WE BELIEVE there are many more great stories waiting to be told. We come from diverse backgrounds, socially and economically. We live in a diverse world. We weren’t born in the right address and probably neither were you, but WE BELIEVE you can get there.
The entertainment industry is more difficult to enter as a writer than it is to become a member of the NFL. The WGA is happy to share this statistic with you when you enter. Every year more people become NFL football players than writers enter the WGA. There are over 70,000 scripts submitted to the WGA every year and growing. But WE BELIEVE you can make it, and we can help you.
As we continue to build out our site and competitions, we hope to find new ways to help writers.
WE BELIEVE that your success is our success.
Now, let’s get to work and write something great.