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Annual Writing Contest - FilmClassics | FilmClassics
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Annual Writing Contest

 

I may have missed the official start of summer by a few days, but welcome to summer folks! And with it – our annual Classic Hollywood Competitions! The big day for many of you bloggers and independent writers! I’m very pleased to (finally!) announce the start of our annual competitions – starting with the Writing Contest!

Other categories – fear not! Within the next few days I’ll get the start-posts for those contests as well! ;)

Last year we had several classic Hollywood writing contests, which had very fine results. However, this year we’re introducing something entirely new and exciting!

First and foremost, this year we’re not going using our traditional poll to determine the winning article. We’re going to have judges! (Scroll down for judge info). I realized last year that it became more of a war of “vote for your favorite blog” or “vote for your favorite film” rather than what was truly the finer piece of literary work if you will. But! We may not done away with the polls entirely – at the end of the judging period (Aug. 1st), we may have polls so that everyone can determine the “People’s Choice” Awards.

The second major change to these contests is that we’re giving away prizes! Yes, that’s right, real classic items from (primarily) the wonderful, awesome TCM Shop.

Now onto the meat…

About the Writing Contest

Important details first! Deadline for all entries is July 27th. There’s about a month – I apologize that you don’t have more time! Articles can be on anything related to the classic Hollywood years of the talkies through the 1950s. Exceptions can be made, so please let me know. You may enter 1 article per category. The categories are:

  1. Biography – an article on a classic star.
  2. Essay – an article on a classic Hollywood subject or topic (ie. fashion in film, the Hayes Code).
  3. Film Review – reviewing a classic movie.
  4. Poetry – gettin’ creative, huh? :P

Entries may be either previous articles written on your blog during this past year of 2012, or specifically written for this contest – your choice! 

Entry Instructions

  1. Reserve an entry spot by contacting me. Slots Currently Available: 0/30. All slots are currently filled – entry spots are closed.
  2. Spread the word by plugging this contest on your site (using the poster below), or feature a banner (banners listed below)!
  3. When you’re ready – Submit your article entry as Microsoft Word attachment by email.
  4. Be sure to include your contact information & category of entry in the body of the email.
  5. Entries will receive an acknowlegement by email that it was received.
  6. Notification of contest results will be publically announced on August 1st at the Film-Classics site.

Judging Criteria

Your article will be contrasted against the other entries on the following criteria:

  1. Vivid Language
  2. Polished Presentation
  3. Original Ideas
  4. Depth
  5. Knowledge of Subject

Prizes

1st Place:

First place receives 1 choice of the following: TCM Classic Movie Trivia Book, Move-Star Portraits of the Forties (book), or a large movie poster (Casablanca, Gilda, or Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

Runners-Up (2nd Place):

One choice of the following:
Leading Couples (book), or Large Marilyn Monroe Glamour Portrait.

3rd. Place:
Receives Honorable Mention.

All 3 winners additionally receive a nifty banner they may place on their blog as well as get their blog listed in our Hall of Fame (yet to be created!)

If you have a blog, feel very free to publish your entry publicly! We would love to link all the articles in a master post at the conclusion of this contest, so please do give us the link!

*Prizes listed above only for folks in the U.S. – sorry! But – we aren’t leaving all you other folks in the dust. Non-US 1st place winners receive a $50 TCM E-Gift Card. 2nd Place Winners receive $25 TCM E-Gift Card! 

Judges

The judges that judge this contest will have a very specific form they fill out regarding your article entry. The judges remain anonymous, as do the articles they are judging. Your article will receive a total score of 0-50 from each of the 3 judges. This score is then averaged for a final score and contrasted against the other entries. The highest scoring article wins!

If you’re interested in judging this contest, please click here to apply!

Banners & Posters

Main Poster:
Please feel free to copy this banner on your own site to spread the news!

(Click Image to Enlarge)

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 Small Banners
A few promotional banners:

As always, any questions,  just ask! :D Very excited to see the results from this competition!

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  1. Cortney says:

    Hey! I need to know what email address to send my writing contest submission to! Thanks!

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  2. Please reserve me a spot – I already sent you two submissions.

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  3. Please reserve a spot for me – I already sent you two submissions.

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  4. Just published my first submission on my blog: an essay entitled FEMINIST STAR PERSONAS OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD (OTHER THAN KATHARINE HEPBURN)
    http://thegreatkh.blogspot.com/2012/07/feminist-star-personas-of-classic.html

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  5. Dusty says:

    I’ve been meaning to write a large Bogart piece for a while. Reserve an entry for biography for me eh?

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  6. SDG says:

    Hello David, This looks interesting. I will like to request you a spot in two categories, if I may. Biography(Is Audrey Hepburn classic enough :) ) and Film Review(Let me know if Breathless(1963) is OK here ? I am just about ready to publish it on my own blog) Please let me know. Thanks.

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    • Avatar of David David says:

      Hello!

      Yes, if Audrey Hepburn isn’t classic, I don’t know what it is :P In regard to 1963 however, I’d prefer if the entries were mainly based on pre-1960 films. :)

      Let me know if you have any question, I’ll reserve to spots for you!

      Regards,
      David.

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  7. TheIntern says:

    I don’t have a site. :( Can I still enter? I’ve never entered a contest before and this seems like the safest starting point.

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    • Avatar of David David says:

      You sure you can! I’ll go ahead and reserve a spot for you ;-)

      David.

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      • TheIntern says:

        Thanks alot David! Now to find a topic……

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      • TheIntern says:

        I realized I’m at camp during the deadline. :( Can I send it tomorrow? It’s pretty much done…..

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  8. Kari says:

    Id like a spot if there are some left! itll be an essay but i dont know what topic yet . . .

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  9. Kaye Nelson says:

    Hi – I’d like to reserve a spot too! Thanks! Kaye

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  10. Cortney says:

    Hey! This sounds awesome! Please reserve me an entry spot!

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    • Avatar of David David says:

      Sure thing, Courtney! And welcome! :D

      David.

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      • Cortney says:

        Thank you so much! I have a question…the entry instructions say to copy a banner or poster to your site to advertise…what does this mean? I don’t have a site :(

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        • Avatar of David David says:

          Oh, no problem – it doesn’t apply in that case ;)

          David.

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          • Cortney says:

            Oh ok. Well I did “tweet” the url for a poster on my twitter account! Hope that helps spread the word! :)

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          • Avatar of David David says:

            Oh, well thank you entirely, Courtney! Everything helps! :)

            David.

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  11. Avatar of carmen carmen says:

    David, I’m very excited about this! It’ll be great. I would love to ask for a spot, but I’m afraid that maybe I won’t have the time to do it in the end (which would be ridiculous cuz it’s summer, but it’s still a possibility). What should I do?

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  12. Sarah says:

    Hello David!
    Can you please reserve an entry spot for me. This is the first time I’m entering into anything like this and considering how much I love old classics and writing, I am very excited. :)

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  13. Avatar of reanne reanne says:

    This looks like a lot of fun David!!! Hopefully I’ll not procrastinate… ;)

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    • Avatar of David David says:

      Haha, it’ll certainly be a lot of fun! I’ll reserve an entry spot for ya! ;)

      David.

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      • Avatar of reanne reanne says:

        Thanks David!
        The prizes are great!!! Who sponsored them???

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        • Avatar of David David says:

          Haha, wish we had an awesome sponsor we could list :P But this year it’s none other than yours truly ;)

          David.

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          • Avatar of Bailey Bailey says:

            Go David. The highest of honors. Here–take this conveniently placed Oscar for Best Site Runner Ever. Put it on your mantel, show it off! Iz all yow’s!

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          • Avatar of David David says:

            Oh haha, thanks Bailey – but you all are really what make the site what it is! ;-)

            David.

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