Local writers place in screenwriting competition

WLNI-MRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Two screenwriters and a newspaper reporter are the winners of the 2014 Virginia Screenwriting Competition. The Virginia Film Office announced the winners Monday in a news release. They are Dawn Wise of Lynchburg, Neil Harvey of Roanoke and Eric Carlson of Williamsburg. Wise’s entry, “The Poem” is about a teenage journalist who interviews a heiress on her deathbed about her affair with a poet. Wise is a screenwriter and founder, creative director and playwright of Old City Cemetery Candlelight Tours in Lynchburg. Harvey’s entry, “Charter Arms,” is about residents of a suburban cul-de-sac whose lives intertwine. Harvey is a reporter for The Roanoke Times. Carlson’s entry, “Semple’s Gold,” is about an attempt to smuggle gold from the Confederate treasury. Carlson is a screenwriter and director of the Virginia Screenwriter’s forum.

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