I just received word that my screenplay wasn't selected.
But, in the letter, they also included what the judge said about my screenplay and honestly, it's the best news I could have received right now - that it's got all the right ingredients and that "with careful revision, it could be a great indie screenplay". That I "clearly demonstrate story sense, originality and vision". That I need to work on structure, scene and sequence development.
Outside of actually winning, this is legit the best news I could get. I know I need to work on technical aspects of screenwriting. But to be told that I actually have a clear vision and originality, to be told that I actually have a story to tell, to be told that it could be a great script with some TLC - that means all the world to me.
I needed to hear that I can actually do this - that I have some innate talent for this. I needed to know that I wasn't just spinning my wheels and trying something I have no chance in hell of doing well in.
So, to whomever at the Virginia Screenwriting Competition judged Script 60: thank you.