Looks like I am destined to be a runner up. Not that I'm complaining, Shooting Stars was named a Finalist in the Acclaim TV Contest. Again, not bad, considering the script practically wrote itself in a week's time.
But I should let you all know that the script did go through some minor rewrites, and the coverage I received from some of the earlier contests I sent it to was instrumental in helping me reshape a couple of things. Just a tweak here and there is what sent this script into the FINALS of three major TV writing contests.
My point is this -- GET PROFESSIONAL FEEDBACK on your writing and DON'T BE AFRAID to rewrite. I've found that coverage professionals are amazingly good at their jobs and are able to understand your story, and break it down, rather well. And the process helps us writers learn to take criticism. What you do with that advice is up to you.
And the kicker is this -- in the real world, your script will go through a million rewrites and everyone will have an opinion on ways to "improve it." You shouldn't expect to come out with the perfect script, by yourself, without input from anyone. Besides, sometimes you are so far inside your own story that you can't see the weaknesses or inconsistencies.
If you want to have a finely tuned script, you MUST get professional feedback of some kind...in my humble opinion.