(1) CALL FOR ENTRIES: Script Pimp 2010 Competitions
(2) Chadwick Clough Interview: Free Audio and Special Offer
(3) Ask a Script Pimp Expert: What Makes a Good Query Letter? 
(4) Recent Script Sales – October
(5) Script Pimp Recommends: Cinestory Screenwriting Awards
(6) Script Pimp Recommended Course: Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Intensive
(7) Script Pimp Recommends: Movie Outline / Hollywood Script Express
(8) Script Pimp Recommends: “Table Read My Screenplay”
(9) Script Pimp Recommends: Contest
(10) Script Pimp Success Stories
(11) Script Pimp Feedback: Writers Workshop and Competitions
(12) Script Pimp Partner:
(13) Circus of Joy @ the Hollywood Improv: Free Tickets
(14) Script Pimp in the News
(15) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters


(1) CALL FOR ENTRIES: Script Pimp 2010 Competitions 

8th Annual 2010 Script P.I.M.P. Screenwriting & Teleplay Competitions


FINAL DEADLINE: May 1st, 2010

$17,000 overall CASH to winners & $80,000 in prizes

For registration, visit:

**Writers may also request general script notes for an additional $40**

The 2010 Script Pimp Screenwriting and TV Competitions are accepting entries for feature film and TV scripts—all genres, styles, and lengths accepted.  This is an international competition and non-U.S. writers are welcome. 

$20,000 in cash to the finalists/winners, and $80,000 in prizes given away to ANYONE who enters.  Finalist loglines/scripts are sent to over 200 companies.

Four (4) Grand-Prize winners receive:

--$14,000 total cash ($3,500 each)

--$1,000 toward the "Think Tank" program at Writers Boot Camp ($4,000)

--Plus ALL the finalist prizes listed below. . . .

Top 20 Finalists receive:

--$3,200 total cash (16 finalists receive $200 each)

--Guaranteed circulation to over 200 Companies

--Mentor teleconference meetings with a producer, manager, or agent to discuss the finalist's script

--5-year memberships to Script Pimp's Writers Database ($10,000)

--Featured 'Script Pimp Recommend' listing on Ink Tip™

--$100 "Creative Currency" for Writers Boot Camp ($2,000)

--A seat to Chris Soth's Million Dollar Screenwriting Teleseminar (appx. $250/seat)

--A seat to Philippa Burgess' Million Dollar Screenwriting & Content Career Teleseminar (appx. $300/seat)

-- A seat to Steve Kaplan's Comedy Intensive Course (appx. $250/seat)

--$250 travel voucher and invitation as recognized finalist to attend the Script Pimp Awards Ceremony at Writers Boot Camp in Santa Monica, CA in July 2010 where the winners will be announced

3rd Annual 2010 Script Pimp TV Writing Competition

$1,500 Cash to Best Overall TV Script; Top 10 Finalists chosen

The 3rd Annual Script Pimp TV Writing Competition:   

Acceptable entries: Specs (current or former TV shows); Original Pilots; Reality/Game Show Proposals. Any length or genre.

Grand prize is $1,500 to the best spec, pilot, or reality series proposal.  Nine (9) other finalists receive $150 each, as well as guaranteed circulation to 200 companies and other prizes.

Contact with questions or to request more information.

To submit:

Script Pimp Home Page:

***All new Writers Database members get one FREE entry into either competition!***

Sign up here:

*miscellaneous prizes are given away at random

(2) Chadwick Clough Interview: Free Audio and Special Offer

For those of you missed the Hollywood by Phone teleconference with Chris Soth and Chadwick Clough on the 22nd, not to worry, because the complete interview is now available for FREE as an .mp3.  Please follow the link below:

The call covers facets of the industry EVERY writer should know, so definitely take advantage of this free info.

Even better, our special Development Notes package offer is STILL AVAILABLE.  Here’s what you receive for $250:

--Development Notes: Our most extensive written Workshop analysis. Development Notes focus on maximizing the creative potential and marketability of your screenplay. They also serve as a crucial tool in preparing your script for industry circulation.   Receive a “Recommend,” and Script Pimp will help circulate your screenplay to production companies, managers, and agents. ($250 value)

--One FREE entry into the 2010 Screenwriting or Teleplay Competition ($50 value)

--One-year membership to the new Script Pimp Writers Database launching in January, 2010 ($97 value)

--A seat to Chris Soth’s Million Dollar Screenwriting Teleseminar ($247 value)

Almost $400 in EXTRAS for the price of regular Development Notes. 

To sign up and take advantage of this once-a-year offer, click here:

This package will NOT be valid after next week or for the remainder of 2009. 

You may also sign up by E-mailing and mentioning the Script Pimp Development Notes package offer.

For more info on Script Pimp’s services, visit

(3) Ask a Script Pimp Expert: What Makes a Good Query Letter

This is a question that could spawn a book-length answer, but here are a few tips to keep in mind:

--Keep it simple, but informative.  A sterile, “I’ve just finished a script, The Road Travelled, an action/comedy.  Please let me know if you’d like to request the script” is probably not going to get you any requests.  Abide by the basic structure: logline/pitch in the first paragraph, any awards/accolades the script has received, a brief bio on yourself as a writer, and the closing.

--Personalize the query as much as possible.  If you have a horror and you know the company you’re submitting to just produced five horror films, mention that you think they’d be interested in your script because of their preferred genre.  Anything you can do to show that you’ve done your homework and researched the individual or company increases your chances of getting a script request.

--Seems like a no-brainer, but CHECK FOR TYPOS.  It’s a minor thing, but it’s a reflection on your attention to detail and presentation.  If you didn’t take the time to run through your query letter, why would a producer want to read your most likely messy script?

For more tips on the film industry, screenwriting, and everything in-between, join the Script Pimp Writers Database.  Members may send in queries, loglines, concepts, and outlines for review, or ask as many questions as they need answered until they’re an expert (or close enough).

To join and learn more:

(4) Recent Script Sales – October

Biopics and stories revolving around real-life stories and figures, as well as higher-profile comedies, are littered among dramas, horrors, and thrillers across October’s script sales.  The hit Japanese manga comic “Ghost in the Shell” will see a big-screen adaptation, as will “Warcraft,” based on the popular game.  The “Spider-man” sequel, “Venom,” is currently in the process of rewrites.  “Vacation,” a sequel to the 1983 Chevy Chase comedy, sees a grown up Rusty Griswold take his own family on vacation—a writer is currently being sought.

Selected/notable sales include:

--A $150 million budgeted project centered on the Prophet Mohammed

--“Men in Black 3,” with Ethan Cohen penning the script and Barry Sonnenfeld directing

--An untitled George Gershwin biopic

--The romantic comedy “Jack and Jill.”  Adam Sandler will star as both Jack and Jill (not a typo)

Lastly, TV comedy fans rejoice: “Arrested Development” is coming to theaters.  And yes, everyone who’s awesome will be in the movie version

(5) Script Pimp Recommended Contest: Cinestory Awards

Let CineStory Connect You With Real Industry Pros

The 2010 CineStory Screenwriting Awards are now open! One of the rare screenplay contests with a writers' retreat attached, the CineStory Screenwriting Awards have helped to launch the careers of acclaimed writers such as Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (IRON MAN, CHILDREN OF MEN).

Be one of the top 16 writers of the CineStory Screenwriting Awards and you'll be invited to attend this four day exclusive event, receiving feedback and guidance from working agents, managers, producers and screenwriters.

Grand Prize - The CineStory Fellowship: over $7,000 in cash and prizes including two industry mentors for ONE YEAR

Script PIMP readers get $10 off any deadline. Just include the code SP10 in the submission email or on your entry form.

NOTE: This offer does not apply to submissions received through WithoutABox.

Early: November 16th ($45)
Regular: December 31st ($55)
Late: January 31st ($65)

Entry forms and other information:

(6) Script Pimp Recommended Course: Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Intensive

Steve Kaplan's Comedy Intensive, The Industry's #1 Course on Comedy, is returning to LA on December 5-6, 2009.

"Steve Kaplan was a very important influence on me as a young performer and writer. Many of his techniques for analyzing a comedy scene I still use to this day. Although, I make sure I never give him credit."- Steve Skrovan, Writer/Producer for Everybody Loves Raymond

For more than 15 years, Steve Kaplan has been the industry's most respected and sought-after expert on comedy. In addition to being a regular consultant and script doctor to such companies as Disney, Dreamworks, HBO, Paramount and others, Steve has taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other top universities, and created the HBO Workspace and the HBO New Writers Program teaching and mentoring some of the biggest writers, producers and directors in comedy today.

The course is a two-day workshop geared mostly to writers but also regularly attended by directors, producers, actors and animators (many coming from top studios like Disney and DreamWorks). Starting with the theoretical, you'll move to the practical with the ultimate goal of providing you with the Hidden Tools of Comedy: techniques and principles you’ll need to understand, write, direct or perform comedy.

You’ll take a look at the nature of comedy: how it works, why it works, and more importantly, why it doesn’t work, and how to fix it when it doesn’t. The course will show you how to understand, examine analyze, construct and deconstruct comedy, and still be able to laugh your head off.  And if you want to, you'll be making other people laugh their heads off as well.

Steve says, "The class retains a lot of the flavor and fun from the original days when I was experimenting with Method-trained actors discovering new approaches to comedy. In the Intensive, we still do a lot of exercises and activities, as well as show a healthy dollop of comedy clips to go along with the lecture part of the weekend. With the concepts in Intensve, we’ll give you the understanding to know just what’s gone wrong when it’s not working, and the tools to fix it so you can keep the comedy going."

Steve's former students' accomplishments are unmatched: They have been nominated for 43 Emmy Awards, 1 Academy Award, 3 Golden Globe Awards, 1 American Comedy Award, 6 Writers' Guild of America Awards and several others. They've WON 10 Emmys, 1 Oscar, 2 WGA Awards and the American Comedy Award.

David Fury, Emmy-Winning Writer/Producer for 24, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more said of Steve:  "I best, funniest sketches thanks, in no small part, to the lessons I learned from Steve Kaplan's comedy classes. Steve breaks the fine art of comedy down...that helps the unfunny become funny, and the funny become funnier."

Hollywood Renaissance Hotel
1755 N. Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028

9:30am to 6:00pm each day


To Register:

or email Steve Kaplan's Comedy Intensive at:

or Phone: 818-718-7570

(7) Script Pimp Recommends: Movie Outline / Hollywood Script Express


The entertainment industry’s new online script printing & shipping service

The folks behind the popular script writing program Movie Outline 3 are delighted to introduce you to, an online script submission service that allows you to upload your script for professional printing, binding and shipping to any destination.. without leaving your desktop.

Your script is printed in US Letter format, bound with industry standard three-hole punch and shipped via FedEx or Same-Day-Courier from professional printers in Los Angeles. This is especially beneficial for out-of-state or overseas writers, directors, producers and agents.

HSX also hosts a suite of powerful services and tools for screenwriters and creatives who not only want to send their scripts but also want to protect their copyright, track submissions, log responses, manage contacts and collate feedback.

Sign up for FREE and get your script in the right hands.. FAST!

Visit today.

SPECIAL OFFER: Register within the next 7 days and receive a 50% Discount Coupon for Movie Outline.


Movie Outline was created by a produced writer to take the complexity out of the screenwriting process. Its intuitive design is based on the principle of step-outlining which allows you to plan your cinematic structure, develop characters and format your screenplay scene by scene, providing all the tools all you need.. in a single package.


* Easy to use

* Intuitive design

* Cross-platform

* Manage ideas & notes

* Plan story & rewrites

* Effortless script formatting

* For Novice & Professional


* Integrated Step-Outlining

* Color-Coded Structuring

* Character Development

* Automatic Script Formatting

* Script & Story Organization

* Movie Breakdowns Included

* Structure Templates Included

Everything you need to develop your story, characters and script in a single application.

Available as an instant download or CD-ROM which works on both Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above (including Snow Leopard) and Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7.

Visit to purchase or learn more.


“As a previous died in the wool lover of Final Draft, you need to know, I LOVE Movie Outline and will never go back! I have never written so fast, so intuitively or felt in such complete control of the dynamic flow of ideas.”

-- Kieth Merrill

Academy Award® Winning Filmmaker

“I use Movie Outline all the time. It has many powerful features, is easy to use and makes writing and formatting a screenplay a breeze. No screenwriter should be without it.”

-- Kevin Williamson

Screenwriter - Scream, The Faculty, Dawson's Creek

“I really like the way Movie Outline focuses on story and structuring and believe that my students will benefit greatly from using it.”

-- Professor John Bernstein

Director of the Acclaimed Boston University Screenwriting Program

“This is the most complete package I've seen for the screenwriter in one application from outline to final draft. I recommend this program to all scribes from novice to professional.”

-- Karl Iglesias

UCLA Instructor, Author "Writing for Emotional Impact"

(8) Script Pimp Recommends: “Table Read My Screenplay”

Script Pimp recommends the following contest—one of the more original competitions out there and one that is sure to help the winning writer with their work.


Only $15 to enter til NOV. 10th!  Save $5 with this code: SCRIPTPIMP


1) A 'PRIVATE SESSION' with Gary Goldstein


2) PRO SERIES 6 mth. long PROFESSIONAL Screenwriting Class - $1,100.00 value! 

60 out of 125 ProSeries Alumni who have taken the class have either sold, optioned or had PAID writing assignments in the past YEAR! (


1) - We FLY you to L.A. and we put you up in a hotel...

2) - Professional Actors will perform YOUR Screenplay!

3) - You NARRATE your 'Table Read' with the actors,

4) - We'll VIDEO record it!

5) - Have a ‘Private Session’ with Gary Goldstein (Producer of PRETTY WOMAN)

6) - PRO SERIES Professional Screenwriting Class - $1100 Value! (

Only $15 til NOV. 10th!  Save $5 with this code: SCRIPTPIMP

*You MUST USE this link to get discount*


Why do I need a 'Table Read' of my screenplay?

Over 50,000 screenplays are written each year, and only a handful get produced, which means you need to make sure yours is at the top of it's game.  A 'Table Read' or  'Read-through' is often a surprisingly powerful tool for identifying problem areas in the script.  Wooden dialogue, unbelievable situations, or boring sections of the film which have not been addressed during the script development process are often discovered in the read-through.

(9) Script Pimp Recommends: Contest

Script Pimp highly recommends this rather original screenplay contest, where entrants will be submitting scripts specifically with a particular actress in mind, Dawn Olivieri (“Heroes”)., in partnership with Girl2Watch, is running a unique screenplay contest for Heroes actress Dawn Olivieri (you might know her as Lydia). Dawn is asking for a script in which she "kicks ass" in 10-15 pages and is the leading lady. The winning script will be chosen by Ms. Olivieri herself and wins a $500 cash prize.

Go to and click on the Dawn Olivieri contest for more info. It's that simple! Entry is only $15.

(10) Script Pimp Success Stories

Former Workshop Recommends and Script Pimp writers are finding success with their screenplays and films.

Most recent updates:

Brian Watanabe, writer of “Rogues Gallery,” has signed with The Gersh Agency.

2009 Screenwriting Competition winner Troy Taylor’s script, “The Eleven,” optioned by Etch Media.

Former Script Pimp Recommend writer Sam Benavides’ short horror script MANSFIELD PATH recently completed production, and a sneak preview screened in Pasadena, CA on July 25th.  Other screenings to be planned in the near future. 

Recent Script Pimp Recommend writer Micah Barnett has been signed by Jake Wagner (Energy Entertainment).  His screenplay, THE MERC LIST, an action/thriller set in the future, was Recommended by Script Pimp in May 2009 and is now primed to make its rounds in circulation.

Former Script Pimp Recommend screenplay STRENGTH AND HONOR (dir. Mark Mahon), now a multi-award-winning film with plans for a sequel, was featured on NBC’s Today show.  The film’s star, Michael Madsen, was interviewed by Meredith Viera on his role and the film’s success, along with an appearance by writer/director Mark Mahon.  For the entire interview:

To join the film’s Facebook fan page:

Former Script Pimp Competition finalist Mandie Green recently began a writing assignment through Larry Levinson Productions to write a TV movie, “Sisterly Advice,” for the Hallmark Channel, an opportunity credited in part to contest placements for her script THE MICHAELS.

With the assistance of Kersey Management, Matt Savelloni, a former Script Pimp writer, has been placed with the agency Hohman, Maybank, and Lieb, one of the top boutique agencies in Los Angeles.  Matt is currently teamed with another writer developing two projects with high-profile producers.

More success stories:

(11) Script Pimp Feedback: Writers Workshop and Competitions

As always, thanks to all the writers worldwide who took the time to send in their comments.  Some recent quotes, including writers who requested additional competition feedback in 2009:

“Thank you so much.  The reader did an EXCELLENT job.  Not only is it clear that the script was read with extreme attention, the critical notes are thoughtful and VERY helpful as opposed to destructive.  And also, thanks for the praise, that's always nice, though the suggestions for improvement were even nicer!  I would say the best aspect of the coverage was the acute understanding by the reader of the script I am trying to achieve.  The notes address the script I would like to write, not some fictional notion of the script I might have written.” – Zeke F. (10/13)

“I've used your service before, and actually won third prize in a screenplay competition thanks to some of your suggestions. Thanks again!” – Steve M. (9/7)

“The notes [additional competition feedback] were articulate, insightful, and very much appreciated.  Clearly, they came from someone who actually took the time to carefully read my script and compose a well thought out analysis (something which I am learning is not always the case with some "big name" screenplay competitions).  I can honestly say that I couldn't be more satisfied with my Script PIMP experience.” – Alex L. (9/2)

“Thank you for your thoughtful review of my script.  It's nice to know that it was read so carefully. [contest additional feedback]” – Janet R. (9/1)

“Thank you so much for your precise and constructive notes! [contest additional feedback]” – Beth S. (9/1)

“Thank you for the valuable feedback.  I plan on using much of it in my next re-write. [contest additional feedback]” – Dan R. (9/1)

 “I want to thank you wholeheartedly for the great job you did on the requested additional notes on my screenplay.  I appreciate your honesty, and I will follow up on your suggestions.  I wasn't expecting to win since I was more interested and did want your feedback.  Once again, thank you, and I will keep my eye out for your future competitions.” – Helen B. (8/27)

“Wonderful feedback, very impressive and welcome.  Exceptionally well-run contest.  Thanks very much for the insights.” [regarding competition feedback] – (8/22)

“As for your evaluator, I would give him/her a 10 across the board.   Although I didn't agree with everything, the comments and suggests were all valid and smart.  In my revised script, I incorporated many of the suggestions.    Money well spent.  Thanks again.” – Mark A. (8/20)

“I have to say Script P.I.M.P. has been a great experience. The staff is always courteous and professional. Any questions are immediately answered, 24/7. The writer's database has been a fantastic resource and I look forward to continuing my relationship with the P.I.M.P.” – Sean Fallon (8/4)

“I've found SP to be very professional and proactive, even going so far as calling me the day before the contest posted, to let me know that I was a finalist. Matt, over at Script P.I.M.P, has been very communicative throughout the entire process, and answered all my questions in a timely manner. The best thing about the contest though, is that I've already received several read requests from managers and production companies.” – Jason Carreiro (8/2)

“Script P.I.M.P.'s contest is very professionally run, and so far it has been an excellent experience. I feel that the contest definitely has potential to open doors, and potentially offer significant exposure to winners and finalists. I highly recommend this contest and commend the very helpful people running it!” – Matthew Altman (8/1)

(12) Script Pimp Partner:

Script Pimp highly recommends partner InkTip to help with the promotion of your script to numerous industry pros, with over 50 credits as a Screenplay Facilitator in the past five years.

***InkTip: Find good scripts fast and easy.***

InkTip, a screenplay facilitation company, has been helping producers, filmmakers, agents, managers and name talent find good scripts and writers since 2000.

Over 80 produced films have been facilitated by InkTip with a current average of 19 films produced per year.

To see our IMDb profile, go to and search for ‘InkTip’, or visit:

In less than 2 minutes, see how InkTip works for you by watching the InkTip Explained video:

(13) Circus of Joy @ the Hollywood Improv: Free Tickets

CIRCUS OF JOY – November 5th, Thursday, 10:00pm


You're invited!  The guest list is limited and filling up fast for November 5th.

CIRCUS OF JOY - 10pm (Hollywood Improv)


Clara Bijl (emcee)

James Adomian

Brian Keith Etheridge

Natasha Leggero

Patrick Keane

Andy Kindler ("Everybody Loves Raymond")

Mike O'Connell

Check out the LA WEEKLY review of Circus of Joy (p. 110, October 2nd-8th, 2009 issue)


"Why put the kiddies through the trauma of those regular old Circuses of Terror? The clowns, the dwarf-eating hippos, the bearded-ladies with an all-too-familiar resemblance to Aunt Millie? Sure it's not exactly family friendly but for adults who remain comically young at heart there's an alternative to the peanut shells and the elephant poo, The Improv's long running CIRCUS OF JOY. The monthly big-top blowout features stand-up, music and the odd sketch or two, plus a revolving cast of out there entertainers including past performers Natasha Leggero, Nick Thune, Dr. Ken, Henry Phillips, Matt Braunger, Eddie Pepitone, Kevin Shea and Maria Bamford (if you can catch a show with wild man Mike O'Connell, you've struck gold.)  Even better, ringleader Chadwick Clough tends to offer guest list spots via his  So point the clown car for Melrose Avenue, not even UCB offers a more consistent opportunity to let your circus freak flag fly. The Improv 8162 Melrose Ave. L.A. - Julie Seabaugh"

Improv is @ 8162 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 651-2583. Corner of Crescent Heights and Melrose. Street parking up and down Melrose. Dinner is served in the front and chicken fingers in the main room.

For more info, go to, then click Hollywood on the left.

Circus Shows on YouTube:

(14) Script Pimp in the News

To view all Script Pimp company credits, visit:

View all Script Pimp Press: (scroll down to In the News section)

Script Pimp Named Top 50 Websites by Moviemaker:

Chadwick Clough Interview:

Script Pimp's "Rogue's Gallery":

Script Pimp's feature film "The Living Wake" reviewed by Variety:

Script Pimp on TV (Peter Bart's Sunday Morning Shootout): (click on link at top of home page)

(15) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

The following is a guide for the Script Pimp community of five-star websites for screenwriters and aspiring filmmakers.  To post your site in this section for approval, please contact us at  


Screenwriters Federation of America

Shooting People   

International Screenwriters Association


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