THE GREAT AFW LOGLINE COMPETITION!
The Great AFW Logline Competition IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for the October 30 announcement of the winners!
The Great AFW Logline Competition Yay!
WHAT YOU SUBMIT: YOUR BEST EVER STRONGEST LOGLINE!
COMPETITION OPENS: October 15 2023
COMPETITION DEADLINE: October 25 2023 (midnight ET) or at 100 entries, whichever comes first.
SUBMISSION LIMITS: ONE LOGLINE PER ENTRANT. (Seriously, no lists, pick your best, you’ll be disqualified and kicked to the curb in seconds if you try to double up there.)
WHAT YOU WIN: The top five logline entries win participation in The Logline Lab November 4, 2023 with author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams.
SUBMISSION FEE: free ||
SUBMIT YOUR LOGLINE!
LOGLINE COMPETITION ENTRY
1. One entry per participant.
2. You understand that submitting to the AFW competition means you will be added to the newsletter — that’s how we announce the winners, it behooves you to be on that mailing list and you can dodge out any time so buck up.
3. We do not provide or promise notes, review or feedback on competition entries. The end.
4. The deadline for the competition is October 30th, 11:59 PM ET — or when we reach 100 competition entries, whichever comes first.
5. Final judging is up to Max Adams, no ifs ands or buts. Also, getting rude with Max is an automatic disqualification. But you wouldn’t do that. You are a delight. Yay!
6. You understand entry into The Great AFW Logline Competition grants AFW the right to post your name and logine on social media and in the AFW newsletter promoting winners and winning loglines and concepts.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: Why is it free?
A: It’s a logline, we’d feel predatory asking for cash to read a logline — if we get snowed under with bad loglines we may change our minds though.
Q: What do I win?
A: The top five logline competition winners get free admision to a two hour Zoom logline lab with Author & Screenwriter Max Adams.
Q: What if I don’t win?
A: Well that sucks, but you get a $10 discount on 2023 AFW labs so you are not entirely robbed. Yay!
Q: What if I win and can’t make the November logline lab?
A: If you can’t make the November lab, we have a December lab. If you can’t make either, we’ll talk, though what we talk about may be about your priorities.
Q: Do you give feedback on the submitted competition loglines?
A: No, sorry. We can’t provide feedback on every logline submitted to the competition.
Q: When are winners announced?
A: October 30!
Q: How are we notified?
A: Winners are announced on site at https://theafw.com and in the AFW Newsletter.
Q: What if I’m not signed up for the AFW Newsletter?
A: You will be if you submit a logline to this competition. You can unsubscribe any time though.
Q: Who’s judging the competion?
A: Author and Award Winning Screenwriter Max Adams and people Max thinks know what they are doing.
Q: Aren’t you just looking for loglines to steal?
A: Um. No. We have great ideas of our own. If we think you have great ideas, we will tell you so though.
Q: Any pointers?
A: Yes. Lead with title and genre. Differentiate between feature and pilot — or short. Make the protagonist the subject. And avoid “mystery.” Nobody with a pile of 50 scripts to read is going to ask for a script to find out what the “dark family secret” is. Spell that out.
Q: Why are you doing this? What’s in it for you?
A: We sleep better at night knowing there are fewer terrible loglines in the world.
Q: What if I don’t win? What’s in it for me?
A: A $10 discount on the November/December logline labs. Yay! And, if you take the logline lab? Logline skills! Yay!
Q: What if I don’t want to enter the competition, what if I just want to take the Logline Lab?
A: Sign up for the lab!
Q: What if I don’t want to enter the competition, what if I just want to take the Logline Lab and ALSO get the entry ten bucks off discount?
A: Sorry you are out of luck. Only people who submit get the discount. Crazy person! Submit! Or, you know, send an enqiry through the submittal portal. That could work too…
Just want to learn more about The Logline Lab?
THE LOGLINE LAB:
A Two Hour Lab with Screenwriter Max Adams:
LAB SUBJECT: The Logline
LAB DATES: 11.04.23 || 12.02.23
LAB TIME: 7 PM EST
LAB FEE: $59.00 ||
LAB LOCATION: The is an online Zoom lab
FIRST HOUR: 45 Minute Lecture & Presentation from Max Adams & 15 Minute Break
SECOND HOUR: Analysis & Review of Example Loglines & Attendee’s Pre-Submitted Loglines
*Optional Half Hour Q&A with Max Adams to Follow
AFTER REGISTRATION —
You will receive your Zoom dits in email the day prior to your zoom lab date. Please white list theafw.com email to make sure you receive your confirmation email and lab dits — and please try to register a day in advance. We do not want to be flinging email back and forth an hour before the lab starts and will not be accepting new registrations in the hour immediately preceding the lab and mid-presentation.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE —
Max to include your logline with logline examples we work with in the lab, please pre-submit your logline to email@example.com with the subject line “Lab Logline” — you must be registered with the lab to submit & we can’t include all submitted loglines but we will try.
WE WILL BE COVERING:
- The five core building blocks of a logline that must be included to impart concept to industry professionals
- The two logline concept models: plot driven concepts & situation driven concepts
- Additional building blocks — and when & why to use them
- Why metaphor is not your logline’s friend
- Why adjectives are not your logline’s friend
- Language that supports tone & concept
- Burying the lead — don’t!
- Bringing genre home
- Using title for impact
- Mental real estate & how to use it
- Location specifics & how to use them
- Time period specifics & how to use them
- Big ticket story elements
- And more —
YOU WILL TAKE AWAY:
- An understanding of the core elements every industry professional being pitched must get in a logline in order to consider and/or champion a story and concept — and the knowledge needed to put those pieces together for the fast pitch, the long pitch, and the query pitch when reaching out to and pitching industry professionals.
MAX ADAMS is an author and award winning screenwriter. She has written for Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures — and a couple others to remain unnamed because no one around here wants to get black listed.
Max is a former volunteer AFI Alumni reader and WGAw online mentor, has appeared as a speaker at, among other places, AMPAS, USC, and Film Arts Foundation, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Utah and a former lecturer & instructor at New York Film Academy, is the author of The Screenwriter’s Survival Guide AND The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide, is the founder of two international online screenwriting workshops and has the dubious distinction of having been dubbed “Red Hot Adams” by Daily Variety for selling three pitches over a holiday weekend — which made her agents cry.
[In a good way.]
She answers now to both “Max” and “Red Hot” in crowds and dog parks.
Max Adams has been a keen mentor, champion and cheerleader. Her online classes have provided me with very specific and important screenwriting tools. My short script, Minerva’s War, was a 2014 Finalist at the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival in Beverly Hills as a direct result of learning and applying these techniques.