Contest: Win Free Entry to Write Your First Screenplay in 29 Days

This exciting contest will give two winners the opportunity to experience the benefits of learning how to write the first draft of a screenplay in approximately a month.

The name of the contest (and the online course it’s based on) derives from course designer Milli Thornton’s experience of writing her first screenplay, with no prior training, in 29 days using an effective method she developed herself.

Students in this course use their own original story idea and put it through the various phases of the “29 Day†method to create their first draft. Our two winners will do the same.

Special Note for Those Who Plan to Participate in ScriptFrenzy this April

This course can serve as an excellent prep tool for ScriptFrenzy. However, you’ll need at least three weeks of using the curriculum to get you that prepared, so be sure you’re ready to go if we announce you as a winner! Being ready to go means you’ll have time during the three weeks before April 1 to devote to the course and the willingness to apply yourself to it.

Unleash Your Writing! is not affiliated with ScriptFrenzy. But we think it’s an excellent program, and we’d love to help you get ready for it.


There will be two winners, one each in the following categories

Beginner (has never written a screenplay)

Has Experience (has written at least the first draft of one screenplay)

The prize in each category will be free enrollment in Write Your First Screenplay in 29 Days and two one-hour coaching sessions with Milli Thornton of Writer’s Muse. Prize value: $300


1. Read all of the course material, including the full curriculum. Here are the links you’ll need:

Course Description
Full Curriculum

2. Write a passionate and detailed case for why we should award you the prize of free enrollment plus two coaching sessions with Milli. Remember to write for only one of the two prize categories: Beginner or Has Experience.

3. Entries should be at least 500 words. Limit of 1,000 words.

4. Write your entry offline and then paste it into the Online Entry Form at the bottom of this page. Not only will that help you with the proofreading—tie-breakers could be decided on a typo, so try your best!—writing your entry offline will also prevent you from losing what you wrote if anything goes wrong with the form submission.

4. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

persuasiveness (convince us!)

presentation and personality (check for hints at Etiquette 101: How to contact a Writing Website)

how applicable this course is to your needs (be sure to read all the course material and tell us specifically why this course is the one you really need).

Both categories—Beginner and Has Experience—have equal merit and will be judge equally. The purpose of the two categories is to give both levels of experience exposure to the opportunity of taking the online course.

If you have plans to participate in ScriptFrenzy, you can talk about that in your contest entry if you want to.

All entries will be judged according to the criteria shown above. Preference will not be given to ScriptFrenzy participants.

5. Contest closes at midnight Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Your submission will be confirmed by email within 24 hours.

6. Winners will be notified by email or phone (if a phone number is provided).

7. Enrollment into Write Your First Screenplay in 29 Days for two winners will be completed by evening on March 10, 2012. Winners should be ready to get started with the online course on Saturday, March 11. (This is particularly important if you plan to participate in ScriptFrenzy.)

8. Winners must complete the course within the time frame given in Course Duration posted on the Course Description page. Milli Thornton will assist any ScriptFrenzy participants to complete the relevant parts of the curriculum in time for starting ScriptFrenzy on April 1.

9. Winners will be offered their two coaching sessions at intervals best suited to assist with their processes in the online course. Coachees must complete the Writer’s Muse survey (details of the survey can be found on the Free Assessment page) before their first coaching session.

10. Winners agree to allow Unleash Your Writing! to publish their contest entries on this site. Winners agree to provide a minimum of 500 words of written feedback at the end of the course detailing the results they derived from taking the course. Whole or parts of the feedback may be published on this site as an adjunct to the course description.


Milli Thornton is owner of Unleash Your Writing! and author of Fear of Writing. She has written two screenplays using her method presented in Write Your First Screenplay in 29 Days and has plans for at least five more. She is lead course presenter at the Fear of Writing Online Course, coaches writers at Writer’s Muse and blogs at Milliver’s Travels, the Fear of Writing blog and Screenwriting in the Boonies. Milli will judge the first round according to the criteria given in the contest rules. She will then remove entrants’ names and pass the entries on to Judge #2.

Brian Williams is an electronics engineer and consultant, specializing in telecommunications. He has been been published in his field and writes extensively for his business. Brian will be judging the second and final round based on the criteria given in the contest rules. He is known for his fairness and objectivity. Read an example of Brian’s non-business writing at Milliver’s Travels: A Sakhalin Road Trip


Your entry will be confirmed by email. Thank you for your participation!

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