On any given day, my conservative guess is that 30,000 scripts are actively out on “the marketplace” looking for production financing, option deals, and green lights. Another 100,000 are languishing unfinished by frustrated hopefuls with no idea of how to complete what they’ve started.
In any given year, tens of thousands of scripts are submitted to the more prestigious screenplay competitions in a somewhat desperate hope for professional recognition. The problem is that 99% of those competitions have zero relationship with the film or television business in either New York or Hollywood (which is where the majority of film & TV entertainment product is created, let's face it...with apologies to Austin, Nashville, etc.).
Standing head-and-shoulders above those so-called “script contests” run by online entrepreneurs with zero industry or writing expertise, The Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards is perhaps the one competition boasting professional Hollywood Industry judges devoted to discovering the best writing out there. (Full disclosure: I'm a co-founder of this competition. My motivation was simple: to give aspiring screenwriters meaningful professional feedback and guidance as they pour their efforts into building a serious professional screenwriting career.)
So what exactly do the judges at LAISA look for in terms of writing? They're looking for the fundamental elements common to all successful, marketable screenplays: