***Writers on the Storm Screenplay Competition***

We proudly present the winners of WRITERS OF THE STORM 6. For everyone we have not been in contact with yet, we'll be in touch this week. Huge congrats to our feature winner Jason Siner "Carn Evil" and TV winner Eric Ian Steele "Shaman".



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We proudly present our Coverage Ink/Writers on the Storm TOP TEN screenplays and teleplays for 2013.

It will come as little consolation to the 80 of you who just got eliminated that it was an insanely tough series of decisions, right down to the wire (in fact, past it -- it's now 1 AM May 2nd, and we were supposed to post May 1.) There were at least 4 feature scripts that were nipping at the heels of ones we ultimately chose, as well as several TV scripts that had people from our team passionate about them, only to ultimately be outvoted. We know it's an imperfect process by nature, but it's all we got.

Suffice it to say, if you made it to the top 50, you're a pretty damn good writer. You may well be "there" or close to it. To quote "Galaxy Quest" -- "Never give up; never surrender." There's nothing we like better than those e-mails we get a month or five after the contest telling us a script that was eliminated went on to win another contest or get optioned. That's awesome and we are ecstatic every time that happens. Regardless of whether you advanced in our little contest or not, don't let it get you down for even a second. Power forward and go kick freakin' ass.

As for the folks below, well, you lucky 20, you. Nice going, guys. But to quote another movie, "There can be only one." ;)  We'll know who that one is on JUNE 3rd. (Yes, we're pushing back announcing the winners from May 15th to give us more time to thoroughly scrutinize the 20 scripts.)

I'm proud of every single one of you for having the stones to put yourself out there and face rejection every single day in pursuit of your craft. Hell of a crazy path we've chosen. Could you imagine a dentist or attorney or a pilot facing as much rejection in their careers as we do? They'd be quivering, useless wrecks. Be proud.

We're freaking WRITERS.

Writers on the Storm Top Ten (FINALISTS) for 2013:


Ditch Plains by Bernard Urban
Freebird by Simon Kay
Freetown by Jeremy Dickens
Path by Michael Wright
The RetroCog by Steve Morris
Shaman by Eric Ian Steele
Stealing Home by Sebastian Arboleda
Strategic Services by Jonathan Jones & Francisco Magdaraog
Triple Agent by Steve Morris
The World by Kathleen Cromie


The Basement by Dawn Marie Guernsey
Cake by Patrick Tobin
Carn Evil by Jason Siner
Clouds of Sorrow by Jack Davidson
Damascus Cover by Daniel Berk + Samantha Newton
The Heckler by Mike Hanson
The Idea of Fireflies by Don Balch + Zack Smith
Lulu by Samuel Bernstein
On the Edge (aka Speedville) by Patrick Hunt
Resilience by Lena Slachmuijilder







20 Million Rides To Earth by Erik Ratiff 

A Rising Tide by Chris Knight 

All God's Children by Natalie Hanson 

American Supervillains by Andrew Watt 

Arctic Circle by Daniel Ragussis

The Basement by Dawn Marie Guernsey 

The Bond by Kim Putman 

Bullets for Silverware by Jim Antonini 

Cake by Patrick Tobin 

Carn Evil by Jason Siner 

Clouds of Sorrow by Jack Davidson 

Common Ground by Robert Fullerton 

Confiteor by William Shedlick 

The Contestant by Allen Hahn 

Covers by Francis Jay 

Damascus Cover by Daniel Berk 

Dead Dolores by Michael Yagnow 

The Deal by Brian Fox 

Due Process by Shaun Raad 

Equipoise by William Shedlick 

Francis Lange by C.M. Robinson 

Fury by Dane McCauley 

The Galaxy’s Littlest Prince by Joe Borriello

The Guide by Henry Radoff 

Hap by Brian Nicol 

The Heckler by Mike Hanson 

The Idea of Fireflies by Don Balch + Zack Smith 

Illusion by Suzanne Kelman  

La Mujer (The Woman) by Steve Lucas 

The Last Lifeboat by Luke Yankee  

Lawman by Kingston Medland + Kingsley Medland 

Lulu by Samuel Bernstein 

On the Edge (aka Speedville) by Patrick Hunt 

One Bad Day by L.E. Bond 

Orange Dissection by TJ Barkwill 

Passing Through by Robert G. Rhyne 

Petrology by Colin Mummery 

Probable Cause by Shane McCabe 

Resilience by Lena Slachmuijlder 

The Rim Of The World by Bettina Moss  

Rum House by Michael Sieve 

Second Earth (aka Divergence) by Victor Grippi 

Self-Storage by Glenn McGee 

Seven Times Seventy by Laura Lagasse 

Silas by Scott Parisien 

Sleeping Beauty by Tony Boland 

Slippery Things by Lane Baker 

The Taloquan Network by Robert Hestand 

Theory of Everything by Tim McSmythurs 

Wild Bill Rides Again by Jim Antonini  

Wormweed by John + Jessica Walker 



Borderland by Mark O'Neill + Jonathan Ross 

Ditch Plains by Bernard Urban 

Freebird - And This Bird You Cannot Change by Simon Kay 

Freetown - Pilot by Jeremy Dickens 

Lovecraft by Levi Bailey 

Messiah Project by David Baugnon 

Path by Michael A Wright

The RetroCog by Steve Morris 

Shaman by Eric Ian Steele  

Sitters by James Papa 

Stealing Home by Sebastian Arboleda

Strategic Services

Teen Spirit by Jacob Burstein-Stern  

The Thief and the Prophecies by Barry Leach 

Triple Agent by Steve Morris

The World by Kathleen Cromie 

Wilbur Shaw by C.M. Robinson




Thanks for entering, folks! Quarterfinalists have been posted on our blog - check it out for the latest announcements, updates and so forth. Best of luck to all our contestants!


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Welcome to Writers on the Storm VI, the little contest with huge prizes and unparalleled access. The winners of last year's WOTS, Brooks Elms and Glenn Sanders, signed with UTA, and we also signed the previous year's runner-up Jeremy Shipp to UTA (and placed honorable mention Paul Moxham with manager Kathy Muraviov.) Shipp also set up his animated feature film script NIGHTGLIDER with Wind Dancer and Brown bag Films. Not a bad little record, and the best is yet to come. Do you have the goods to join this elite group? Bring it.

 We're really excited about this year's contest and we're confident we're going to be three for three. We just need some killer scripts to champion. Have you got the goods?

Please like us on Facebook and check out our blog for updates and articles and advice: www.coverageink.blogspot.com.

Thanks, everyone, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Jim Cirile, founder

Writers on the Storm & Coverage Ink


WOTS winner


Read all about it on our blog! And while you're at it, the 2011 TOP TEN are also posted ON OUR BLOG.

SEMIFINALISTS (top 50) are also posted here on our blog. Click here to view the 2011 Quarterfinalists.


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