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I believe that most screenwriting books, seminars, blogs and other screenwriting resources don’t spend nearly enough time on teaching people how to market their screenplays. SellingYourScreenplay.com tries to bridge that gap.

When I started out in the industry I didn’t know anyone. I was just a guy with a few ideas and a dream. With a lot of hard work and persistence I have been able to sell several screenplays (click here to view my credits on IMDB) by applying the exact lessons I’m going to teach you on this blog. It’s not quick or easy and it’s going to take a lot of hard work. But if you’re willing to do the work I believe that you too can have some success as a screenwriter.

There are no shortcuts and neither I, nor anyone else, can sell your screenplay for you. Ultimately you’ve got to decide if it’s worth the effort to make a go at screenwriting. You’re reading this blog, so that’s a good first step. But that’s all it is, a first step. Now you’ve got to really dig in and start doing the hard work.
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Below is a list of all the screenplays that made it into the second round of SYS’s Six Figure Screenplay Contest.

A big congratulations to all the writers who had screenplays make it out of the first round. Congratulations!

This is always the hardest part of the contest, trying to choose the winners from the losers. Please do know we take every submission seriously and every screenplay received at least two independent reads on it. As with most creative pursuits, the quality of a screenplay is always somewhat subjective, so if you didn’t place as highly as you had hoped I highly recommend getting a second opinion. It’s always possible we’ve overlooked a great screenplay.

We will be announcing the quarter finalists on October 11th, 2021.

So without further ado here are the screenplays that have progressed to the second round of SYS’s Six-Figure Screenplay Contest 2021 (listed alphabetically by screenplay title):

Short Screenplays:

Afterbirth (horror) by Marko Pandza
Bandit (drama) by Ali Keller
Delany (drama) by Lauren Noble
Deliverance (sci-fi) by Olga Holtz
Desired (comedy) by Kate Harpootlian
Enemy No More (drama) by Christopher Schultz
Horror Kid (horror) by Billy McAfee
Identification (drama) by Larry Collins
Imprint (horror) by Lee Bailes
Mei-Ying (crime) by Nicole Shuhan Shen
Sorky (animation) by Paula Aguilera
Street Justice (thriller) by Reginald Altidor
The Angel Who Never Was (fantasy) by Jeanne Haskin
The Dog (animation) by Kate Harpootlian
The Wager (comedy) by Timothy O’Brien

Feature Screenplays:

1000 Miles To Ontario (drama) by Farboud Vaziri
A Mystic Fog I Carry (drama) by Yen Hwa Huang
American Fallout (drama) by Harry Kakatsakis
BFFs Never Say Die (horror) by K. Jennifer Ilagan
Bar Mitzvah Man (comedy) by Max Kinchen
Below, She Waits (horror) by Lisa J Dooley
But the Truth (thriller) by Les Zig
Cesar & Max (dramedy) by Susan Klos
Cruel Pecans (drama) by Jonny Flores
Drama Department (drama) by Richard Willett
Figure Me Out (comedy) by James Barnes
Glimpses (horror) by Tammy Klembith
In the Meantime (comedy) by Joe Wielosinski
Invisible Prisons (drama) by Hoyt Richards
Joan of Arkansas (comedy) by Isabelle Davis
Known for (thriller) by Troy O’Connor
Labor Day Weekend (comedy) by Donna Gooden
Lotto (drama) by Joe Favalaro
Lucky For you (comedy) by Heidi Kozak Haddad
Marajuana Blues (thriller) by Richard Bailey
Madame Ram (biographical) by Isabelle Davis
Memoirs of A Stalker (thriller) by Alastair Gourlay
Mosaic (drama) by Steve Cross
My Brother Fruticake (dramedy) by Clyde Sawyer
Need To Know (drama) by Simon Craven
Paddy’s Tonsorial Emporium (drama) by Ronald Milburn
Pulpo Paul (comedy) by Rebeca Melara
Relative State (sci-fi) by DeAndra Stone
Retirement Road Trip (dramedy) by Joe Leone
Rocket Science (dramedy) by Stephen Ashworth
Shooting Angels (family) by Randall(RW) Hahn
Silent Knight (romantic comedy) by Todd A McGee
Silo Summer (dramedy) by Gabe Storment
Sunrise (drama) by Andres Valentin Lopez
The Mixteco Kid (family) by Miguel Orozco
The Crucified (thriller) by Garrett Beau McFarland
The Other Side of Solitary (comedy) by Scott Carelli
The Plague Doctor (horror) by Ninon Schubert
The Supremes (drama) by Benny Jean-Baptiste
The Thing About Love (romantic comedy) by Steven Eatherton
Tiny, Texas (drama) by David Keenan
Tipsy Crow (horror) by Patrick Hatten
Untitled Penpal Project (comedy) by Haley Daniels
View From the 59th Floor (thriller) by Josh Taylor
Watching Dad (drama) by Bill Wells
Welcome To Sunnyfields (horror) by Tobias Tobbell
What the Night Leaves Behind (horror) by Rob Sheely
White Fell (horror) by Cole Burgett
Wilder (drama) by Jessie Holder Tourtellotte
Wrathwood (horror) by David Keogh

This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Iranian Filmmaker Ramin Niami.

He is the Writer/Director of the Horror/Thriller Eye Without A Face (2021).

They talk about that movie and what it is like starting as a filmmaker in a country like Iran.

The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

Links mentioned in the show:

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 399: With Ramin Niami.

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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with filmmaker Brendan Steere.

He is the Writer/Director of The VelociPastor (2018), a wild Action Comedy which started out as a short film that went viral.

Brendan Steere also talks about making Animosity (2013) right out of Film School and why he’s looking forward to re-releasing this movie.

The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

Links mentioned in the show:

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 398: With Filmmaker Brendan Steere.

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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with fellow podcaster Geoffrey D. Calhoun.

He is the author of the book, The Guide For Every Screenwriter and has writing credits on movies such as S.O.S. and Sirens Of Chrome.

Geoffrey D. Calhoun talks about these writing credits and how Dyslexia is a super power for writers.

He is also the host of The Successful Screenwriter Podcast.

The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

Links mentioned in the show:

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 397: With Writer/Author Geoffrey D. Calhoun.

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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with A-list Screenwriter Eric Pearson.

They talk about his latest movie, Black Widow (2021) starring Scarlett Johansson. His other major studio writing credits include Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017).

Eric Pearson also talks about how he got his start writing for Marvel.

The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

Links mentioned in the show:

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 396: With Screenwriter Eric Pearson .

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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Actor and Musician Courtney Gains. His acting credits include Children Of The Corn (1984) and Back To The Future (1985).

He talks about being a child actor, about his music and his new movies such as Queen Bees (2021).

This is a crossover episode with The Right Cast Podcast.

The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

Links mentioned in the show: