The Black Lens script just became a quarterfinalist in a national screenplay competition, thanks to the hard work and adaptation by Jonathan J. Anderegg.

The Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition, founded in 1998, just announced the quarterfinalists. The top 100 semifinalists will be announced this Sunday and get access to more than 150 producers for a full year. The top prize earns $10,000 and face-to-face meetings with Justin Ross from Bohemia Group Originals. Founded in 1998, Scriptapalooza has helped more than 100 writers sell or option their scripts.

Anderegg’s screenplay is also still being reviewed by Script Pipeline executives after my novel beat out more than 1,300 other books to become a semifinalist in the national Book Pipeline movie competition.

That means The Black Lens will continue receiving consideration for industry circulation and personal development assistance from Script Pipeline executives as part of this national contest, which awards “authors with material appropriate for film or television adaptation.”

The Book Pipeline competition builds upon the success of Script Pipeline, which has discovered hundreds of new writers over the past 16 years. Book Pipeline aims to deliver unique, compelling stories to the industry with the specific intent of getting them on the fast-track to film and television production.

Here’s the official review of my debut novel from Book Pipeline:

“A provocative story through and through that exposes the “underbelly” of sex trafficking in America. Revolving around two daughters and a mother who struggle to survive in a cruel and day-to-day lifestyle, the story is both gritty and incredibly eye-opening to a world that has remained largely ignored or hidden due its depraved and illegal nature.

The writing style was extremely vivid, pulling the audience into the raw realism of a chaotic environment and the constant state of self-preservation victims of the sex trade have to endure. This narrative also seems to promise a gripping progression of events when one of the daughters chooses to pursue vengeance on her pimp for killing their mother. From what can be seen here, it seems very plausible that a concept of this design would garner interest from producers or studios seeking to adapt an original dark thriller.” 

This is now the fourth contest that The Black Lens has placed in. My debut novel also won Grand Prize in the 2016 Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards and became a Finalist in the Indie Book Awards.

Learn more about the Scriptapalooza competition here, or buy a copy of The Black Lens on Amazon.