Christmas has indeed come in July as the Holiday Book Festival based out of Los Angeles has just named Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure its Grand Prize Winner! This honor marks the 6th award for the book and 2nd winner!
Here's part of the email I received today:
"We're delighted that "Off the Hook" is the grand prize winner of the 2017 Holiday Book Festival. We're holding our annual awards in August at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles and we'd be delighted to have you join us.
Your package includes a flight to the awards and a $500 appearance fee for the event. Congratulations on a book that's sure to become a holiday classic in years to come."
You can read the official announcement on their web page here.
And something else that's really cool? The place they're having this event, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, is where the first Oscars were held way back in 1927. And according to Wikipedia, the hotel is the ol...
Some bittersweet news this morning in regards to the Off the Hook screenplay and the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships. And yes, I'm talking about the Academy -- the ones that give out those little gold statues once a year!
The good news is that the script made the Top 10% this year out of over 7,000 entries which is pretty cool. The bad news is that according to the email they sent me (see below), it just missed out on the quarterfinals by 3 to 8 points. OH SO CLOSE!
Can't win 'em all but rest assured I'll be back to stuff another script or two down Nicholl's chimney next year!
July 18, 2017
After completing over 15,400 reads, we’ve arrived at the next stage of the 2017 Academy Nicholl competition. After tallying the scores for the 7,102 entries, now we face the daunting task of informing too many writers of good scripts featuring compelling and entertaining stories, intriguing and engaging characters and strong craft that they have not advanc...