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Take Will Smith’s advice and defy the writing enemy

Do you have a piece of writing that you’re afraid to share with the world? You must push beyond the fear, says actor Will Smith.

The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment, James Lassiter and Will Smith of Overbrook Entertainment are looking for a few talented writers in the America’s Newest Scriptwriter Contest.

“The greatest enemy to doing the things you want to do in this world is fear,” says Will Smith, in a video on the contest website. “The only way to deal with fear is to smash your head against it. Write your work and submit it.”

Smith and film producer James Lassiter, co-founders of Overbrook Entertainment, will judge the contest.

They’ll select two winners — one for a 30-minute comedic script and one for a one-hour dramatic script. Winners will meet with Overbrook Entertainment to discuss opportunities to further develop their scripts. Each winner will receive $5,000.

The contest submissions end on March 21 by 1 p.m., PT, and it’s free to enter. Visit the contest website for more information and complete rules and guidelines. You’ll also find scriptwriting resources, including a scriptwriters reading list. (You don’t have to be a scriptwriter to benefit from these books.)

If you’re not a scriptwriter, check out the Poets & Writer contest list for poetry, short story, essay, creative nonfiction and novel writing contests.

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