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Normally, I stay clear of competitions in their first year, but this one may be the exception.

The 2013 ScreamCraft Horror Screenplay Contest is a competition that deals strictly in the horror and thriller genres.  Most competitions looks for that potential Oscar winner.  The few horror script competitions that are out there (I'll post another one or two soon) are looking for good horror.  A masked serial killer script actually stands a good chance of winning here if it's well-written.  Let's see Nicholl do this.

The website claims that the judges panel includes development executives at Lionsgate, Paramount and Sony.

The reason why I'm considering this competition is because of the low entry fee:  twenty dollars for early entries.

I can't vouch for this competition but I'm likely to risk $20 on it.


Phil

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Hmmm....is this an omen(no pun intended, lol) for me?

Very close to finishing my horror/western and should be able to revise it by that early deadline.


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Hard to beat $20. I just don't have any good horrors. I have some horrible scripts! But they probably don't give prizes for that.
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Nice find, Phil.

I’m all in on this one.
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Pia actually gave me the link.  Thank her.


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Thank you, Pia  
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Thanks Phil and Pia.

I was thinking about Screamfest LA and Shriekfest too. Anybody tried them before?
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Awesome!!!
I've been wondering what to do with my Horror script.


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Thanks Pia and Phil


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Shriekfest is supposedly the oldest screenplay competition out there, dedicated to sci-fi and horror.  I won second place a few years back with The Burnout and was a finalist for Roly-Poly and A Druid's Guide to the Northeast.

I recommend this competition wholeheartedly.  The people behind it are very professional.  They keep you up to date with everything and answer your questions in a timely fashion.

I've never entered Screamfest, but it gets good reviews on Moviebytes.  This is a good site to help decide whether a competition is worth entering (among other resources).  Participants rate the competitions and give their opinions of it.


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I agree with Phil about Shriekfest. I didn't win, but they were very professional and kept me up to date about my submission. I had a problem with my submission and they notified me about it. They even notified me when I didn't make it into the cut. lol. They're good people.

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Quoted from GM
They even notified me when I didn't make it into the cut.


This is actually a rarity.  Unless you've made it to the finals, the only acknowledgement you get from most competitions is that they've received your payment.


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I know Phil. I was shocked to get that email. lol. Not because I was cut, but because they let me know I was cut. lol. A weight off my shoulders.

Don't know if it was a one time thing though. I was probably lucky. But, I would submit a script to this festival. They're cool.

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Quoted from dogglebe
A masked serial killer script actually stands a good chance of winning here if it's well-written.  Let's see Nicholl do this.

Phil


Uncanny...

I'm polishing a thriller at this moment with Jeff that has exactly that.

A masked serial killer...

Mmmm...

Jeff, you think Cosmic Justice would fit the bill?

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Thanks for the info, guys. I've never entered a competition before but I think I'll go for all three this year. Heard lots of good things about Shriekfest and Screamfest.  
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Hi everyone,

Thanks for starting a dialogue about ScreamCraft. We are very excited to be launching the competition and want to encourage anyone with horror scripts to enter! With so many competitions out there it's always hard to gauge which are worthwhile and which aren't.

Here's what we bring to the table: we're an independent development arm first and foremost, and this contest is an extension of that. We have access to a unique and wide-ranging network of development executives who are all working in the industry, and our judging panel includes executives at Lionsgate, Paramount and Sony. We have valuable people donating their time and passion to read your scripts, and we personally guarantee that your script will be read and considered in its entirety, which is not always the case in contests like these.

Cash and Celtx software prizes are offered to the top two winners, but the ultimate prize we offer is the exposure your script could get with people who have the power to move it forward. The top ten finalists will also receive a page of notes from our team and a discount on follow-up analysis, should you be interested in pursuing that option.

We hope you'll take advantage of our low entry fee and give us a shot, we're excited at the prospect of getting some great, fresh scripts read by our network.

If you haven't done so already, check out our submission page:

http://www.screencraft.org/go/horror/

Also, feel free to call us with any questions you might have at 855-503-5500. We pride ourselves on being accessible and transparent. Good luck and keep writing!

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Thanks for checking in, John.

That kind of exposure and accessibility only reflects well on your competition.


Hey, it's my tiny, little IMDb!
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Just a reminder that the early entry fee is only $20 and you have until April to take advantage of this price.  Plenty of time to tweek your script.


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It's international, so I will submit one of my dirty little secrets.  That's the cheapest entry free I've ever seen.

Thanks for the heads up.
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Checked out the fine print and it says if there's less than 75 entries by the June 1 deadline, all money will be refunded. That's seem pretty fair


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They'll probably get half those entries from SS'ers.


Phil

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Has anyone submitted to this yet?

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I entered The Devil's Jokebook.  I'm looking to enter this in other competitions, including Shriekfest and Nicholl.


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Alright. Planning to submit my Carnival script, once I get feedback from Greg and Mark. It's not a bad deal as you pointed out Phil. lol.

Good luck to all who submit.

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I'm considering submitting Scream For Me if my "producer" is not interested in it. Still needs a lot of work, but I think I can do it by 4/1.  


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I juuuuust finished my script Cosmic Justice.

I think I might give it a try as well.

I was gonna post it here tonight but I noticed Don has the "submit" switch turned of for new scripts.

Most likely catching up...

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I just started on my script....hoping to get some pages done tonight.
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Man o man my first 10 pages....nasty ! haha
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Question -

Would it be a good or bad idea to post your script on here for quick feedback before submitting to this contest?
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Why not?  I did with The Devil's Jokebook.  And I got a lot of good feedback which I used in making changes.


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OK, cool.

I'll submit my script when I finish it.

Excited  
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I wish script submissions were open.

I'd get mine up for some feedback too...

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Well, April 30th is the deadline for early entry fees.

Still have time.  
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I've submitted the very final draft of Neighborhood Watch to Screamfest LA today. I'll submit to Screamcraft and Shriekfest this week too. Good luck to all who enter. Hopefully a few SS'ers do the business!
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If anything you can always ask a person and then send it him/her by email.

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Janet and I have discussed what competitions we'll be entering (she has a script that's not up here).  We need to weigh the cost of submission to what the competition can do for us.


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Good luck, Phil - hope you win, man!  
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Thank you very very much.


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We're flattered to be receiving so much attention on SS.  Our same studio judges are interested in having us organize a COMEDY-specific screenplay contest as well.  We'll be advertising that in a couple weeks - but here's an advance look at the contest page: http://www.screencraft.org/comedy

Keep the early submissions coming.  We have a great start to this horror contest.  Not 75 entries yet, but getting close.  We look forward to reading.

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Entered the horror competition.

Nowadays, I only enter competitions which have promises of getting the winners scripts into the hands of people in the industry, so at this entry price, this is a must. I've entered competitions in the past that cost three times as much, without the benefits.

Anyone else entered yet?

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Entering early always saves money... though you do have to wait that much longer.

And you should never enter a competition because it offers big cash prizes.  If the competition can't get the winning scripts into Hollywood's hands, then it's not a good competition.


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I've never entered a comp for features before, but I might try this one if I can get Scream For Me in shape by then.  


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Quoted from dogglebe
A masked serial killer script actually stands a good chance of winning here if it's well-written.


And that's exactly what I entered!    Except for the well written part maybe...

So, how many of you SS people entered this one? I ended up entering 5. Maybe they will think I'm insane...



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I entered The Devil's Jokebook.  I wish I was able to swap it out with a later draft.  I made some big changes in it.


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Two went in for me: Territory and Containment.  Fingers crossed....
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Don't know if I read Territory, but I know Containment will do well!  I'm reading Last Stop after Morphine, btw.  


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Thanks, Pia!  (On all fronts.)  

FYI - I personally think Territory's better than Containment in the grand scheme of things.  Containment's purely for fun...but Territory has moral depth.  IMHO.  

Kinda depends on what one's looking for in a horror film...  

IE: does one's tastes run more toward Tremors or Jacob's Ladder...?  
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Quoted from dogglebe
I entered The Devil's Jokebook.  I wish I was able to swap it out with a later draft.  I made some big changes in it.


Phil


I'm the same. I always get 'Eureka' moments about how to improve a script after I've entered.

I've 'liked' screencraft on facebook and they seem to be having some good panel sessions going on in LA.  This comp could be huge next year, if it's not already. I'm guessing they got more than the 75 entries!


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http://www.screencraft.org/dramatv/

These folks are doing a TV pilot comp as well, for those interested.

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Hey -

Just got the news from Kev!  Didn't know until now.  YAYYYY!    Let's see where it goes for us! (Sort of surprised that Containment didn't make the cut, too!!)  

Cheers,

--J

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I've read Janet's script Territory so many times I can see the characters as though I've seen the movie!

Hey, for $20 it was worth a roll of the dice.

Pia's scripts didn't advance...but some are already in pre-production!
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Kev -

  Very true.  You could probably quote lines from it...!

And - hey - Pia may not have advanced in this particular contest...but dammit, she's loved and produced by the film Gods!     That's the top prize, right there...!
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I'm happy to make it with this script because I had kind of forgot about it. It was early work, and cranked out. I just tried to have fun with it. There's nothing cutting edge about it. Just a monster mash.
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Well done Kev and Janet!  I've read both your scripts and really liked them, you deserve it.

I didn't make the cut, with the best thing I've got, so back to the drawing board I go.


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Congratulations Kevin and Janet!  (and also Balt)

I also saw 'The Bonewalker' on the list, too.  I don't know the author, but I remember seeing the script somewhere on the boards.  Congrats to Brian, too.

Here's hoping everyone makes it to the next level!

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grumblegrumblegrumble...

congratulations everyone!

FML.


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Well done all of you. Fingers crossed.


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Congrats and well done to the SS crew! Yall rock!


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Thanks, everyone!  Wow - Balt got two!!  
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Congrats Kevin, Janet and Baltis.

It was worth a shot for $20 bucks.

Excuse me while I sulk by sleeping...zzz...

Gabe

Edit: Changed Pia to Kevin. Sorry about that. I swore I saw it said that Pia won. lol.  

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I'm glad to here about Baltis... I've always wondered what happened to him.  Glad to see he's still around... even if it's not here.  So congrats.

...and I'm sure you just missed the cut-off... Pia.

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Thanks, everyone!


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Congrats to everyone who advanced! Good luck with the semis!


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Very pleased to read about this homegrown team of SS finalists.

Well-deserved, all.


Hey, it's my tiny, little IMDb!
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Thanks guys. Definitely homegrown. The script I entered is called Noir of the Dead, but it's been posted here for a couple years. First it was called Untouchables and the Undead. It's currently here as Capone and the Great Zombie Massacre. I never could find a good name. It's the only feature I still have posted here.

Janet's script began as an OWC. I remember the original short, which was very gritty, and very well received.
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Aw shucks, Kev.  Territory's developed far beyond that short, too.  And it wouldn't have, if not for people like the SS crew reading it and providing terrific notes...  

Phil: You've GOT to find a clip of that scene!  
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I'm glad to here about Baltis... I've always wondered what happened to him.  Glad to see he's still around... even if it's not here.  So congrats.

...and I'm sure you just missed the cut-off... Pia.

Ghost


I sent Balt an email the other day just to see how he was. Anyway he replied tonight. Said he was keeping his heart problems maintained well with diet changes, etc. A few of his scripts are getting great feedback from agents and stuff. And he's busy with his family and music. He'll pop in here again to say gidday in the near future.


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Semifinals!!! Yes!!! Congrats to KEVIN

Anyone else from here make it to the semis in this contest???


GO SS'ers!!


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Thanks, Dena. Balt has a script there too.

Mine won't go any further, but glad I entered. We writers need some encouragement once in a while!
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Just noticed this. Well done to all who advanced. It was definitely worth a try for the low entry fee alone.
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Damn, I should have entered this one.

I had a really unique idea.

O well.
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Brian, you're from Glasgow? Never been there, but I wrote a short trilogy that I set in Glasgow, so I did some google research. Would love to visit some day.

And no, you can't see the shorts...because they're awful! lol

One was my first OWC. 2 of them are on here somewhere, hopefully to never resurface.
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Can someone link me to the comedy one they started?

Is it too late to enter that?
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Kevin, Balt -

Congrats!!! Job well done.    
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Congratulations Kevin and Balt!

Kevin...  you never know!


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Went to search to see if I recognized any other writers placing.  Where are the quarter-finalists and semi-finalists posted?


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Thanks, Mark.

http://www.screencraft.org/scream-craft-2013-the-semi-finalists/

There are some really intriguing titles up there. Some of those really grab me.
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The Bonewalker made it up there?

Didn't we have somebody on here write that?  A while back?

I remember Jeff giving it a review....
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I don't recall it, but the title intrigues me.

For some reason The Ancient Lawman captures my interest too.

And The Atonement of Preston Banish.

So the first 3 on the list resonate with me.

This is mine: http://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-horror/m-1309388329/

Just your average zombie/Prohibition gangster/Tesla story. You've see one, you've seen 'em all!

I never could find a title I was happy with. Entered the contest as Noir of the Dead.

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best of luck kevin and balt - fingers crossed.


My scripts  HERE

The Elevator Belonging To Alice - Semi Final Bluecat, Runner Up Nashville
Inner Journey - Page Awards Finalist - Bluecat semi final
Grieving Spell - winner - London Film Awards.  Third - Honolulu
Ultimate Weapon - Fresh Voices - second place
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Quoted from Guest
The Bonewalker made it up there?

Didn't we have somebody on here write that?  A while back?

I remember Jeff giving it a review....


His name was Brian. Jeff reviewed his script which he disagreed with and after a few exchanges between the two, he had enough and bailed.
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Good luck, Kevin!

I know we don't know each other that well but I read your zombie noir script awhile back and loved it.

- Dirk
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Good job, Kev and Balt!
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Congratulations Kevin Lenihan for being a finalist in the ScreamCraft competition!!!!!!!

Huge accomplishment!!!!  


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Super congrats to Kevin! Well deserved and about time!!! You rock!


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OMG Kev - terrific news!  (FYI - here's the final list for all):

High Stakes by Kelly Goodner
The Fad by Michael E. Bierman
Noir of the Dead by Kevin Lenihan
Pawns by Vanessa Hawkins
Suicide Shift by Alexander Walsh
The Bonewalker by Brian Lee Johnson
The Gaslight Horror by Jeremy D. Christensen
Thicker Than Blood by Katelyn Morey
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Congrats to Kevin and Brian!! Good job!!


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Thanks guys. This is the script:

http://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-horror/m-1309388329/

I guess I should rewrite it and shop it, see if I can get lucky with it. I appreciate the support, and congrats to Brian.

I also should thank the three people who read the first draft of this and gave me notes...back when I was just learning how to write: Jeff, Janet, and Gary Rademan. Somehow they got through that draft and provided helpful notes. Many thanks.

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Just seven more to go, Kevin. Finger crossed, man, because that's a hell of an accomplishment. =)


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They announced the winner at the same time. So I didn't win. Top 10, way further than I expected. I'll take it. Hopefully the winner sells her script! Hey, hopefully I do too.
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Hey Brian -

Congrats, too!  (Sorry, didn't realize you were "one of us.")  

--Janet (Wonka)
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Well done Kevin - 'finalist' is a good title to have


My scripts  HERE

The Elevator Belonging To Alice - Semi Final Bluecat, Runner Up Nashville
Inner Journey - Page Awards Finalist - Bluecat semi final
Grieving Spell - winner - London Film Awards.  Third - Honolulu
Ultimate Weapon - Fresh Voices - second place
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Congrats to Kev and Brian on placing in the ScreamCraft contest.
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Thanks to everyone who submitted. We read a lot of really compelling and diverse scripts, even more than we were expecting, and it became exceedingly difficult for us and our judges to narrow down as we got farther along. There's a lot of talent on display in the Simply Scripts community, for sure, and it's great that you guys have this community.

Keep writing! We hope to read more of your work in the near future.

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Congrats to both of you! Had a chance to skim Kev's opening. Great dialogue for the period and Eileen is something else. No wonder you did so well. Hope this opens doors (for both of you).
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