By Nate Waggoner
This past two summers, I worked for a company that held a script writing contest, judging amateur screenplays. I spent endless hours in my room and in coffee shops reading hundreds of scripts -- sitcom pilots, spec scripts based on already-existing TV shows, sci-fi, kid's fare, drama, horror, comedy, dramedy, dramuhorrordy, etc. I was fair, tactful, supportive, caffeinated, and bleary-eyed. By the end, I started having trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality, but the experience ultimately made me a more perceptive writer and critic, as well as what NOT to do when trying to get someone to care about your screenplay, whether it's a lowly contest consultant or a Hollywood bigwig.
Here are five guidelines to help aspiring script-writers and contest submitters out there.
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