Hey writers! OK, first of all I have to say how happy I am that (a) "Homeland" won Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best TV Drama and that (b) "Argo" won Best Drama/Film and Best Director for Ben Affleck at Sunday's Golden Globe awards I discovered "Homeland" late and just got the first season on DVD for Christmas. My husband and I are already addicted! Great writing, great acting, great suspense...you just never know quite what's going to happen next. But "Argo" I saw in the theater months ago and knew right then it was a winner. It's a great story (of a little-known story behind the Iranian Hostage Crisis), combining humor and suspense and brutal historic truth with tremendous balance. The only downside is that Affleck didn't get an Oscar nomination for Best Director :(
I was reading the latest issue of Writers' Digest, which features an article this month on some of the most prestigious writing awards. The one I found most interesting is called the "Gift of Freedom Award, it "assists female writers who are ready to restructure their lives in order to complete their creative project" over 2 years. Grand prize? $50,000 with which to restructure. I gotta say, I'm curious about the winners of this one and how exactly this restructuring takes place. Hmm....do I sense a story idea here?
Anyway, if you're the contest type, and want to look beyond your typical genre or category contests, here are some websites they mentioned: