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Suzanne's Prize Of $2,000 Cash For The Best Love Story Of 2011
Is Now Offered In

The 2011 Expo Screenplay Competition

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About Suzanne’s Prize: 
$2,000 For The Best Love Story Of 2011

A Special Jury Prize of the 2011 AAA Screenplay Contest

Suzanne Corrales, inspiration for Suzanne's Prize
A Prize In Memory of Suzanne
In addition to the main categories of awards, we will award a Special JuryPrize, titled "Suzanne's Prize -- The Best Love Story of 2011"

What Are The Criteria For Winning?

There are just three:

1. The love story has to be in the main plot line.
2. Genuineness.  Make us believe it.  
3. Originality.  

Genuineness and originality equal marketability -- in the best sense.  You will win by making us eager to write that letter to producers starting, “We are writing to you because  someone should turn this script into the best love story to hit the screen in 2011.”

So What Do We Mean, “Best Love Story”?   A Rom-Com?

A romantic comedy is certainly one kind of love story, and would qualify.  But the winning script can be in any genre.  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 winner.

You can win by warming or breaking our hearts, by making us laugh or making us cry  -- or even with  a 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 “Casablanca.”    Or maybe only “Annie Hall,” "Ninotchka," "Princess Bride," or "Moonstruck."  Or a twisted love story like “Bonnie and Clyde,” or “Last Tango 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

Life 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.

How Do I Register For This Prize?  How Will It Be Judged?  Can I Win Both This and the Grand Prize?

There 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 judges he 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 value.
  • 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 ‘Suzanne’?”

Suzanne was my wife.  She was one of those extraordinary people who inspired love in almost everyone around her.  If it might help, you can read about her at

This 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 make it."

Bill Donovan, Publisher, Creative Screenwriting Magazine

Plus, this possibility: sooner or later, a Suzanne's Prize script is going

 “Why Is It Called Suzanne’s Prize?  Who Is Or Was ‘Suzanne’?”

Suzanne was the wife of the publisher of Creative Screenwriting.   She inspired love in almost everyone around her.  If it might help, you can read about her at

Contest Submission Deadlines and Entry Fees

Entry By Midnight Sunday --

Early Bird
July 5:

Aug. 9:

Midnight Oil
Aug. 23

If Extended A
Week Or Two*

First Feature




at least $65

Each Additional Feature




at least $60

First Teleplay




at least $55

Each Additional Teleplay




at least $50





at least $30

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