I decided to adapt one of the flash pieces I did for Halloween for a One-Page Screenplay Contest. A lark, a whim, what the heck?
I figured a one-page effort was something I could fit in around other things. Above all, it offered an interesting exercise in economy. An already short effort required even further trimming to fit on a single page with screenplay formatting.
That meant a lot of internal debate:
"Is this word essential?"
"Is that word redundant?"
Eventually, I did it, converting the persona's monologue into a brief exchange between two characters. OK, one character had one line, but still dialog.
I don't know how it will fare. Some of the previous winners were a little more action-oriented, but it was fun to try, and I don't think any effort you make creatively is wasted. You always learn and gain insight.
Entry costs $10 and the deadline has been extended through April if anyone is interested.