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5 May 2017


Gordy Hoffman, the Sundance award-winning writer/director (LOVE LIZA, A COAT OF SNOW), will be available for one-hour, in-person script consultations in Denver between May 26-27, 2017 (Friday and Saturday).

Gordy will read your script in advance, and then when he’s in Denver, he will meet with you at your convenience to provide notes to you and discuss your script in depth for one hour. He will answer all your questions and give you a clear path forward on rewriting your draft, as well as answer any specific questions you might have about screenwriting and film making. The consultation is designed to support the development of your screenplay and you as a screenwriter overall.

Once you’ve booked the consultation, we will be determine the location and time that’s convenient while Gordy’s in Denver. If you have any questions regarding logistics or scheduling before you register for the consultation, please contact the BlueCat office at

Gordy has taught graduate screenwriting courses at USC and UCLA, as well as led workshops all over North America, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and England. He’s presented at numerous writing conferences, including IFP Script to Screen Conference, Lit Week at Lighthouse Workshop, Willamette Writers Conference, Script DC Conference, as well as serving as judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. A proud Jayhawk, he sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas.

Gordy’s short film, DOG BOWL, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Program. He’s currently developing a feature for Abigail Spencer.

Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.

Note: Screenplays submitted to the workshop are not eligible to be entered into the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.

$225 (Full Registration) / N/A (Regular)


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KEEP 13 IN PLAY: by C. Hope Clark of

6 June 2016

I cover this subject annually, and each year it seems to draw lots of appreciative emails in return.

All writers should freelance. It’s a grand way to develop a platform as well as get paid. But we often don’t know when to submit, or how many times is enough. We can become so wrapped up in waiting to hear back that we neglect pitching, too. So here’s a plan to aid you in managing the freelance writing part of your career.

Keep 13 in Play is my tool. It consists of three spreadsheets (or just lists, if you like). In essence, you switch the same information around for the three lists, but you’ll see why.

SHEET 1) – Date sent, name of article, name of publication, contact, follow-up date, notes
SHEET 2) – Name of article, name of publication, date, follow-up date, notes
SHEET 3) – Name of publication, name of articles, date, follow-up date, notes

Why the difference?

With Sheet 1, you keep up with your activity on a daily basis – measuring your work output and offering a sheet to be used for your income tax filing.

With Sheet 2, you keep up with where you continue to send any particular article. For instance, if it doesn’t work for Magazine A, you sent it to Magazine B, and when you’re rejected by Magazine B, you sent it to Magazine C. You monitor where an article is at any time.

With Sheet 3, you keep up with markets. This way you don’t accidentally pitch the same piece to the same market. It also shows you over time the types of articles certain publications appreciate.

This system keeps you streamlined and organized, which should raise your acceptance rate. So what’s the 13 mean? Frankly, you can pick whatever number you desire. I use 13 just so I can stare the unlucky number in the eye in defiance, but you can use 10, 25, or whatever you prefer. While those numbers seem high, they are not. You’ll never be accepted for all 13 at once, but still, if you are, that’s just plain marvelous.

Your goal is to perpetually keep 13 in play. Your number drop to 12 because of an acceptance or rejection? Stop and pitch to maintain that 13. Keep 13 queries in play . . . always. You’ll soon learn to forget the list until someone responds, and then you instantly refill it to 13. It becomes all about the pitching, not the looking back and waiting for a reply.

~By C. Hope Clark, an author and editor at:

Call for submissions: GeminiMagazine

11 October 2014

We have no guidelines or restrictions on
writing style or content—nada, zilch, keine. As
Charlie “Bird” Parker pointed out, “There’s no
boundary line to art.” We don’t want to set any
boundaries so we use a clean, simple selection
process: if it strikes a chord with us we print it.

Payment: $10 per published piece

TO SUBMIT BY EMAIL (except contest entries):

Paste previously unpublished fiction, poetry,
essays, memoirs, short plays or other
interesting work into body of email and send to:

No attachments except JPEG images for art and
photography. Don’t send contest entries to this
email address. See box at top for contest info.


Gemini Magazine
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

(include SASE/email address for reply)


Submission period: 365 days per year

Response time: We have a large backlog and
are making every effort to catch up. After 60
days please feel free to inquire about your
submission. We will respond to all submissions.

Rights: All rights revert to author upon
publication in Gemini Magazine.

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Summer Programs for High School Students at Georgetown University

2 November 2012

Uncover your potential this next summer at Georgetown.

Explore an array of exciting subjects ranging from Law to History and the Arts.

Interested in a career in medicine? Apply to the Medical Programs for High School Students

to learn about a variety of current topics and medical breakthroughs.

Study what interests you while experiencing campus life before you graduate high school.

Visit our website for more info and to start an online application.

Summarize This! Weekly Twitter Writing Contest

20 May 2012

Do you think you can write concisely and precisely?

Develop your writing skills by 

participating in our Summarize This!

Twitter contest.

We are giving you a chance to prove it!

Summarize This! is a weekly contest that requires you to tweet a summary of our featured topic.

How it Works

Every Friday at 11 AM, we will announce the topic of the week. Entrants must write a 140-character-or-less tweet, mention @Scribendi_Inc, and summarize the topic of the week. The contest closes the following Thursday at 11 AM.

This Week’s Topic

May 18 – May 24: Summarize the taste of chocolate cake.

This Week’s Prize

May 18 – May 24: 1000 words of free editing!

The Last Winner

Topic: Summarize the plot of Harry Potter.

Winner: Ali

Entry: A scrawny speckled boy finds some specialty in his striking scar and saves the secret school whose rules he seldom cared for.

Rules & How to Enter, visit:

The ADA Education Fund: 2nd Annual “What Would Martin Do?” Essay Contest

28 November 2011

The Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund is hosting its second annual “What Would Martin Do?” essay contest, questioning what would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say to President Obama if he were alive today. This contest is part of our third annual “What Would Martin Do?” forum in which a group of speakers will discuss how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. might address the policies and situations that are seen in the 21st century.

Rules for the contest are:

1)      The topic of the essay is “What Would Martin Do?” and should envision a conversation between Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama.  It should touch on key policy issues facing our country in the 21st century.

2)      Your essay may not exceed 500 words.

3)      Essays must be submitted as a Word attachment to not later than 5pm EST on December 15, 2011.  Please use the subject line “Essay Contest.”  Late entries will not be considered.

4)      Please be sure to include your full name, home address, email, and the best phone number with your entry.

5)      Up to 5 finalists as selected by a prestigious panel of judges will have their essays posted on the ADA Ed Fund’s website.  Online voting by the general public will determine the winners.

6)      Entries will be judged on historical knowledge, understanding of Dr. King’s philosophy, creativity, and writing skills.  The entry must also reflect an understanding of current policy discussions and the landscape of social and economic justice.

7)      The winners will be notified on or before January 4, 2011.

8)      The winner will receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond.  Two runners-up will each receive a $100 savings bond.

9)      The winners will be invited to read their essays at the WWMD Symposium (details TBA) in Washington, DC, will have their winning submission published on the ADA Ed Fund’s website, the quarterly publication ADA Today, and shared on our Facebook page.

10)  There is no qualification or age requirement for entry.  Anyone (except current ADA or ADA Ed Fund Staffers and Board Members) may enter.

Good luck, and thanks for participating in the second annual WWMD Essay Contest!  Please feel free to pass this along to friends and colleagues… Thanks!

For more information please visit our website: