$2,000 For The Best Love Story Of 2011
A Special Jury Prize of the 2011
AAA Screenplay Contest
to the main categories of awards, we will award a Special JuryPrize, titled "Suzanne's Prize -- The Best Love Story of 2011"
|A Prize In Memory of Suzanne|
Are The Criteria For Winning?
There are just three:
1. The love story has to be in
the main plot line.
us believe it.
Genuineness and originality
marketability -- in the best sense.
will win by making us eager to write that letter to producers starting,
writing to you because
should turn this script into the best love story to hit the screen in
What Do We Mean, “Best Love Story”?
comedy is certainly one kind of love
story, and would qualify. But the winning script can
be in any
Love for another person is probably the most likely candidate to
win this category, but a story that truly inspired and expressed
love of country, love of God, of the Earth, also might be a
You can win by
or breaking our hearts, by making us laugh or making us cry
-- or even with
convincing story seeking to make us believe that love is but a
sham, a snare, and a delusion.
It’s not that hard to
win, really. All
we’re asking for is the next
Or maybe only
“Annie Hall,” "Ninotchka," "Princess Bride," or
"Moonstruck." Or a twisted love story like “Bonnie
in Paris,” or “Sid
and Nancy.” Or even something like "Platoon," a
story of love and hate in war.
Just what do we mean by "love"?
Here are a few quotes that
might (or might not) help thematically. All of these quotes express themes that would qualify a sceenplay for this prize:
|The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. --Mother Teresa|
There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God's finger on man's shoulder. -- Charles Morgan
Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species. --W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer's Notebook, 1949
has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in
looking outward together in the same direction. --Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière
Hate leaves ugly scars, love leaves beautiful ones. --Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind. --Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat. --Ben Hecht
It's so easy to fall in love but hard to find someone who will catch you. --Author Unknown
Love isn't blind, it's retarded. --Don Foster and Susan Beavers, Two and a Half Men
Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion. --Miguel de Unamuno
Falling in love is so hard on the knees. --Aerosmith
Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. --John: 15, verse 14.
Do I Register For This Prize? How Will It Be Judged?
Can I Win Both This and the Grand Prize?
is no separate entry fee or registration. Every script in the competition is automatically eligible. Each main-contest
judge will be asked
to nominate his or her 2-3 favorite entries for this category. Those entries will then be
read by a special
jury consisting of the publisher of Creative Screenwriting and other
selects. Yes, it is possible to win both this prize and any one of the other cash prizes. Write well,
and good luck!
What Does the Winner Receive?
Suzanne's Prize For Best Love
Story of 2011 includes these prize items:
- $2,000 in cash
- Dramatica Pro, storytelling software from Write Bros., a $270 value
- Expo pass: A free basic pass to The 2011 Screenwriting Expo, a $100 value
- Two 2011 Golden Pitch Tickets to pitch your winning script to producers, a $50 value
- Software: We're currently deciding which software to offer this year to help you write love stories.
- 60 Screenwriting DVDs:
A free "Screenwriting School In A Box," the set of all 6 Creative
Screenwriting DVDs on the business and craft of screenwriting, a $718
- Subscription: A free subscription to Creative Screenwriting Magazine, a $30 value
- Direct Industry Access:
The winning script, synopsis, and logline will be sent to 300+
producers, agents, and managers who have asked to see all the 2011
prize winners. Estimated promotional value: $2,000
A Note from the Publisher of Creative Screenwriting Magazine... “Why
Is It Called Suzanne’s Prize?
Who Is Or Was
was my wife.
was one of those extraordinary people who inspired love in almost everyone around her. If it might help, you can read about her at http://suzannecorrales.com.
is the second time we've offered this prize. I don't know whether
it will happen this time, the next, or in some future year, but sooner
or later, the script that wins this prize (and maybe the Grand Prize as
well) will impress me so much that I will personally stick my neck out
and recommend it to everyone in town. I can't promise that
they'll listen. But I am looking for that love story about which
I can say, "You just have to read this one, and someone just has to
Bill Donovan, Publisher, Creative Screenwriting Magazine
Plus, this possibility: sooner or later, a Suzanne's Prize script is going
Is It Called Suzanne’s Prize?
Who Is Or Was
was the wife of the publisher
of Creative Screenwriting.
inspired love in almost everyone around her. If it might help, you can read about her at http://suzannecorrales.com.