"Corner of the Mind's Eye" has a lot of company in that 2000 screenplays did not make it into the quarter finals.
Slamdance Screenplay Competition Results
It's a bit of a let down, but it really does rely on the fact that the reader's taste fits the screenplay they are screening... or something less subjective like formatting and grammar. I didn't pay extra for coverage when I submitted it, so I guess I'll never know the reason why it didn't make the quarter finals unless I submit it again next year. However, there's plenty of other competitions and it has been a fantastic learning experience for me.
I want to thank all of you who wrote back and wished me luck and words of encouragement... it's always appreciated. I'm not giving up by a long shot, it's just given me more resolve to "get better" at what I need to do!
I came across this quote yesterday, and felt it to be very appropriate to my feelings:
"Not talent, not even education, nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence, determination and hard work make the difference." -Calvin Coolidge
I have a teleplay submitted in Slamdance's Teleplay Competition, and Slamdance has just opened up a horror screenplay competition... so it's not the end.
"Corner of the Mind's Eye"
Lost Skies Productions