2014 Sreenwriting Competition Info

Rules and FAQ’s

Sample Script

2014 Winners


Carey Nelson-Burch

Carey Nelson Burch, Founder and President of My Own Shingle in Nashville, TN, serves as a Consultant, Manager and Producer to scores of clients whose projects include Feature Films, Scripted and Reality Television, and Literary properties.


Her current production company client list includes Tacklebox Films, Hideout Pictures (a division of the Nashville-based record label, Average Joe’s), Third Dimension, Ruckus Films, Production4 and Juddfilms.


In addition, Carey represents author and blogger Rachel Gladstone, bestselling author/Social Media maven Lisa Steadman, and filmmakers Shaun Silva, Andrew Shapter, Adam Jones, Aaron Weiderspahn and Traci Goudie.


In a partnership with Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management, Ms. Burch has also secured Film and TV deals for a number of Non-Fiction and True Crime authors.


Ms. Burch is currently working as a producer on the adaptation of Janice Windle Wood’s bestselling novel HILL COUNTRY, which is being produced as a miniseries, and Camilla Carr’s original spec PACKARD JORDAN, a feature film starring Dale Dickey, Holly Hunter and Amy Madigan, with Traci Goudie set to direct.

Peter Exline

Peter Exline has taught at USC since 1992.   Previously, he worked for Warner Bros. in New York after graduating from NYU Grad Film and Television in 1978.   In 1979, Prof. Exline moved to the West Coast and worked for producer Mace Neufeld and as an executive helping oversee projects like “The Aviator,” “No Way Out,” and the mini-series “Death in California.” He later worked for Michael Douglas’ Stonebridge Entertainment.

Paul Foley

Paul Foley (M.F.A.)  has written and rewritten projects for Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jim Henson Productions, NBC Television Studios, Universal Studios, Warner Bros and Vanguard Animation.

As an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln he won the Mari Sandoz Prize, a Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award and attended the Breadloaf Writer’s conference as a working scholar.

A product of USC’s Graduate Screenwriting Program, he is proud to have studied under both Frank Daniel and Nina Foch and has been teaching at his alma mater since 2008.

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson’s experience in the entertainment industry began nearly 20 years ago in Hollywood working for such companies as Creative Artists Agency and independent production companies. She has worked in the film industry as a script analyst, associate producer, development consultant and independent agent.


She interacts with high-profile writers, producers, directors and entertainment and distribution executives. Currently Christine serves as a consultant for entertainment companies from script to production.


Christine holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Alabama.

Harold Loren

Harold Loren is Director of Creative Services for Ameristar Information Network, LLC, as well as a Content Marketing Consultant for both corporate and entertainment industry clients.


He is a former Music Editor for 944 Magazine; a former Press Agent for Ted Guefen Public Relations; and Founder of Stafford-Clarke Media Consultants – a Public Relations Agency specializing in film, television and music entertainment – for which he also served as a Public Relations Director for many years.


His client list has included: Thierry Mugler, Julie Newmar, HyLo Entertainment, Elias Entertainment, Hollywood Records, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and SONY/Telemundo Spanish Television Network.

Will Akers

William M. Akers is Chair of the Motion Pictures Program at Belmont university. A Lifetime Member of the WGA, he has written for studios, independent producers, and television networks. Three feature films have been produced from his screenplays. His bestselling book, Your Screenplay Sucks! has a five star rating on Amazon.


Akers gives writing workshops around the world, most reently in Beijing with Viki King and Robert McKee. He speaks nearly unaccented French and was a Jeopardy! contestant.

Bill Middleton

Nashville Native William Middleton has has worked in film and television for over twenty years.  In 2009, he produced ‘Derby Madness: the Movie’, a ninety minute documentary on demolition derbies which aired on three different cable networks, including the Documentary channel.  He has also written and directed a number of short films over the years.   William is also involved with the Tennessee Screenwriting Association, recently having served as president for two years.

Travis Newton

Travis Newton is an Assistant Professor of Film in Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting, where he teaches courses in screenwriting, directing, producing, and cinematography.


He is a faculty advisor for the annual Western Kentucky Film Festival, now in its 19th year, and in 2012, he founded the Essential Cinema Screening Series, a bi-monthly screening of classic and important films for students.


Travis received his M.F.A. in Film Production from Florida State University in 2008 where he worked on over 60 short films, including as cinematographer for the award-winning short, The Wall. Since that time, he has worked at Panavision Hollywood and scripted several shorts and features.

He is currently developing his feature directing debut, Walker.

Jim Staahl

Jim Staahl has written TV pilot scripts for DreamWorks, Warner, Sony Wonder, Disney, DIC, ABC, CBS, Universal, and FOX TV, just to name a few. Mr. Staahl currently teaches TV and feature writing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and UCLA.


Mr. Staahl shares two Emmy Awards and received two Emmy nominations for Bobby’s World, a FOX animated series he co-created with Howie Mandel. He co-wrote the pilot, wrote multiple episodes, and co-produced the series for 8 years.


He received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a WGA Member and former WGA Board Member.

Anastasia Brown

As a music supervisor, Anastasia Brown has worked on major motion pictures, TV series, and major motion picture soundtracks and original songs which have received Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Dove wins and nominations.


Some of her credits included the Footloose remake starring Julianne Hough, August Rush starring Robin Williams, It’s Complicated starring Meryl Streep, Taken directed by Steven Spielberg, and the hit series The Americans on FX.


Anastasia has been ahead of the curve in Nashville since the early 90’s creating film, TV, music, and out-of-the-box opportunities for artists, producing filmed entertainment and consistently breaking the mold, and will do so for years to come.

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a screenwriter, producer, and script consultant. He is a feature writer for Script Magazine, and runs his website, ReadWatchWrite.com, where he promotes the mantra “Read scripts, watch movies, and write pages,” to any screenwriters who will listen. In addition to his website, you can join ReadWatchWrite on Facebook, or follow Brad on Twitter.

Mark Glover

Mark Glover is a writer from the University of Southern California specializing in dark comedies and creature features. He has completed several screenplays, had five stage plays Off-Off Broadway and Los Angeles, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.


Before relocating to Nashville, he taught dramatic literature at the University of the West. In his spare time he plays monster with his daughter Alex.

Lynn Elliot

Lynn Elliot has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years, advocating for emerging and established filmmakers and providing legal services on independent films and television projects, including Precious,Against the Current and VH1 Soul Stage.


Outside of her law career, Lynn continues to produce, write and consult for film and television projects.  Prior to law school, Lynn graduated from Ithaca College film school and worked in film and television production and development with producers Jonathan Demme, Ron Bozman, Carl Mazzocone, Aaron Russo and Bill Carraro, and on Bonfire of the Vanities, Delirious and Law and Order.


Lynn is currently an adjunct professor at Watkins College, a guest lecturer at Belmont University College of Law and Lipscomb University, a screener for the Nashville Film Festival, and a member of the Nashville Film Television Transmedia Council and Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts.

Richard Gershman

Richard Gershman’s work in television and film includes his direction of multiple episodes of Judging Amy and Chicago Hope, and the award winning short subject, Joni & The Whales. He has also worked as an assistant director on the features The Hunt for Red October, Queen’s Logic, Once Bitten, Zoot Suit, and on numerous TV shows as a UPM or 1st AD including Lost, Ugly Betty, Bones, Judging Amy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more.

                Mr. Gershman’s work has earned him grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies.

                Mr. Gershman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds advanced degrees from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies.

Steven Womack

Steven Womack is the Edgar and Shamus-Award winning author of By Blood Written and Dead Folks’ Blues. A member of the Writers Guild of America, he also co-wrote the screenplays for Volcano: Fire On The Mountain and Proudheart.

Bob Giordano

Bob Giordano lives in Nashville and is the current President of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association. Bob has worked on media projects with a variety of writers and producers and has taught screenwriting at Watkins College for the past eight years. Bob believes that Andy Kaufman faked his death and is now perpetrating a hoax on the world by portraying a character who goes by the name “Michael Bay.”