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July Writing Prompt

Monday, July 15th, 20132013-07-15T14:16:54Zl, F jS, Y

The One Scene, One Page Keyword Competition for July, 2013 features the keywords:

Smoky, Heatwave*, Winnebago

*Consider heatwave one word. It is acceptable as one or two words. For our purposes, one word.

Please take note that the deadline is only seven days from today. So I’m looking for some dedicated speed writing here!

General Guidelines
Write a (strictly enforced) ONE page scene, using the three keywords, entertainingly and in context.

Title your submission (hint: clever titles are appreciated).

All genres are welcome.

Do not include your personal details on your PDF submission.

Cleverness Guidelines
Make the keywords count – make them pivotal and entertaining to the story, in other words. Of course it is weird and hard to combine three such disparate words. That is the point!

-Don’t simply list the words, as if you taking an inventory.
-Do try to tie the words together in a clever way.
-Do know that you are up against some very talented entrants – so raise the bar!


Remember – this is Just Effing Entertain Me – the cleverest, most entertaining writer will win. It’s that simple.

Have a look at what is in my opinion, the best One Scene, One Page, Three Keyword winner ever – written by our own Jared Kelly. The keywords were: Plum, Sweater, Volcano.


Deadline:
July 22nd, 11:59PM, PST. The winner will be announced on July 24th, 2013.

Prize
The winner will receive a FREE entry fee to The Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition AND a $25 gift certificate.

How to Submit
Simply click on the Paypal button below to submit the $5.00 entry fee then email your entry, as a PDF, with ONE SCENE in the subject line.. It’s that simple.


Tel Aviv Writing Salon: Flash Fiction

Wednesday, June 19th, 20132013-06-19T12:01:50Zl, F jS, Y

I know I’m supposed to pick only ONE writer of the month at the Tel Aviv Writer’s Salon, but last evening while at group, salon member Alexandra David wrote such a compelling piece of flash fiction (647 words, guys) that I just had to share it with the world. Alex is a particularly gifted writer and always has a bit of a …surprise ending.

Alex used a writing prompt and the additional instructions were to include as much sensory detail in the writing as you could.

I think you’ll be entertained and amazed by this flash fiction – just another of so many great pieces that come out of the Tel Aviv Writer’s Salon.

The prompt was…

The plate of spaghetti sat before her getting cold. She turned and…

…left the place without as much as a glance back. Calmly, without running, her plate left untouched, she walked out without even smelling the freshly cut basil on the tomato sauce, or the butter still melting between the strands of spaghetti.

The fumes from her bag under the table must have reached her nostrils but the information was unprocessed, unused and thus totally irrelevant.

As she was walking away from the restaurant, she felt whole again for the first time in a long, long while. maybe the first time in her life. She could not remember ever feeling so calm and composed. She knew exactly what she was doing, where she was headed and why she was doing it. She had finally found her purpose in life. She had found her inner voice.

She was walking through the market, past the spice stall, with its tiny mountains of powdered colours, past the fruit stall, where the vendor was shouting his latest deal, the smell of strawberries mixed with fresh herbs from the salad stall next to it were hanging in the air.

A woman in a hurry shoved her aside without an apology, without a look. She barely noticed it as she walked past the cheese shop where the smell grew heavier; musk, amber and mould. She had never liked cheeses.

Now she was on the parallel street. The air was suffocating. It was a little after 2 o’clock. She was sweating heavily and had a haut-le-coeur* when she walked through the “butchers’alley”. She choked and covered her mouth with her hand. The smell of blood and dead meat were too much for her. She had never liked it. The pieces of discarded meat shoved in cardboard boxes and left to rot in the sun exuded an overpowering stench that only a stray cat could be attracted to. Those gruesome cats whose fur had lost all warmth, softness and fluffiness. Their fur was dirty, filled with unwanted tenants and crusts. They disgusted her as much as the meat on the floor.

Further up the alley, someone was grilling the insides of some poor animal. She picked up her pace; she could not stand the smell of burnt meat.

In no time, she was out of the butcher’s alley and into the next where the flower shop stood. Her mind wandered back to her untouched plate of spaghetti. She had not paid for it. It was the first time she had ever left a restaurant without paying and she felt vaguely guilty about it.

The truth is she mainly felt exhilarated and felt herself smile with pride and satisfaction. Then she heard someone calling after her.

She turned around and saw a middle-aged lady with a happy jovial face waving. She was holding something in her hand. It was her bag. She had left it at the restaurant, beneath her table, underneath the cooling plate of spaghetti.

The good-hearted lady was passing the flower shop now, the bag in hand and a big smile on her face. She waved again.

The two women looked at each other, one frozen, one smiling. They were 10 meters apart.

One pair of eyes was profoundly happy she had found the owner of the bag. The other pair of eyes had lost all purpose and all colour.

They were so close they could have touched each other when the bag exploded into the air, pitilessly taking everything along its way with it, bits and pieces of flesh mixed with flower petals.

The happy woman’s smiling eyes were transfixed forever.

~Alexandra David, Tel Aviv

*haut-le-coeur: nausea

Just Effing Competition for 2012

Sunday, April 8th, 20122012-04-08T12:55:19Zl, F jS, Y

Well – it’s not been easy to gain the momentum necessary to get the 2012 competition off the ground, but I’ve finally done it. We were supposed to open our doors on March 30th but that didn’t happen. In fact, I was this close, really close, really, really perilously close to not doing the competition this year but a number of people hectored me to get off my behind and make it happen.

I am so very honored and tickled that entrants have enjoyed the JFEME competition enough to hector me. And it worked.

Click the JFEME competition button to the left of this blog post to read up on our new prizes and new award categories – I’m particularly excited about those! We have some other stuff we should be announcing soon but patience, grasshopper, patience… :)

Not all of our links are working, prizes will be updated and added to, things will change. Those of you who have been reading this blog for over six years or who have entered this competition before know that everything on JFEME unfolds in a perfect way. Read what Jared Kelly says about winning last year and I think you’ll see just how fun this competition is.

We will be accepting scripts as pdf’s and you can pay through paypal until we have our Without a Box account all up and running. If you have any questions about submitting or about the rules or anything else, please email me here and I’ll get back to you soon as possible.

Here are the deadlines, so you can do your planning:

Early Bird Deadline: May 12th ($45)
Regular Deadline: June 15th ($50)
Extended Deadline: July 1st ($55)
Final Deadline: July 12th ($65)

SUBMIT HERE

Services

Sunday, January 3rd, 20102010-01-03T00:17:58Zl, F jS, Y

Brief Coverage

• A coverage grid rating all major elements
• 3 to 5 pages of page notes, recommendations and comments

Turn around time: At least ten days to two weeks, due to demand. Please let Julie know if you have a tight schedule.
Cost: $125

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The Brief Coverage, above, when you absolutely need it ASAP.
• A coverage grid rating all major elements
• 3 to 5 pages of page notes, recommendations and comments

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Final Draft Coverage PLUS

Scripts submitted for Coverage PLUS must be submitted using  Final Draft version 8.0.3.1 or higher.
• A coverage grid rating all major elements
• 3 to 6 full pages of notes, recommendations and comments

  • Specific page notes throughout the script using Final Draft’s ScriptNote function.

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    • A coverage grid rating all major script elements plus commercial potential.
    • Three pages of comprehensive feedback including pinpointed notes and concrete action steps.
    • FREE fifteen minute follow-up Skype or phone call.
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    Private lessons tailored to meet your specific screenwriting and prose challenges and goals. Writers receive ongoing feedback on every phase of their script or novel plus homework and deadlines to keep them 100% accountable and on track with their writing goals. Meet your new writing buddy – me. :)

    The Mentoring Services are for SCREENWRITERS:

    -Who have two or more completed screenplays but have not gotten great feedback and would like to take the direct route to improving their screenwriting in a very focused way.

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    The Mentoring Services are for PROSE and NON-FICTION writers:

    -Who need a professional story editor on board to provide feedback on the flow and quality of the writing, help organize the table of contents, and make sure you are writing UP to the subject, fictional or non, so that a literary manager or publisher cannot resist your manuscript and readers cannot put your book down.

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    Four Just Effing Worksheets that you will use over and over.
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