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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest featuring Don Murphy

UPDATE 12/9/16: Our Finalists!

Congratulations to our 10 finalists!

Benjamin Mair
Lynn Sutyor
Julie Holderman
Michael Johnson
Christopher Feeley
Kathleen Mitchell
Josh Gilbert
Paul D'Onofrio
Jonathan Turner
Bethany Therese

Win an A-List Screenwriter Experience and Gain Unparalleled Access

Do you think you can turn this logline from Don Murphy, Producer of the live-action Transformer movie franchise and Natural Born Killers into a killer script?

“After an accident, two science students stumble upon a discovery that could change the world for the better, placing them in the crosshairs of sinister forces who want to stop them by any means necessary.”

Working from this A-list logline, you’re challenged to create up to the first 15 pages of an original script based on the given concept. Make it your own - drama, action, comedy... anywhere your imagination takes you.

Break out your scriptwriting software and get to work, because the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest gives you the unique opportunity to turn the provided logline into a solid spec screenplay that could be your ticket to Hollywood success.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest is an international screenwriting competition that facilitates relationships between new writers and Industry leaders looking to help aspirants embark on writing careers.

Ready to get started?

Step 1. Enter today to take part in the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest and submit your entry or entries anytime before the final submission date. Securing your entry today is a great way to motivate yourself to get down to writing!

Step 2. Write up to the first 15 pages of an original script based on logline, provided by producer Don Murphy. Make it your own and take your time—once you’ve submitted your entry fee, your 15 pages aren’t due until the final deadline.

Step 3. Submit your script(s) using the instructions provided when you purchase your entry or entries.

Contest Feedback Option

Want to get a head start on the competition? Get preliminary feedback on your 15-page entry using our Contest Feedback Option. With this professional service, you receive:

  • Overall Notes on your initial submission
  • A rating of Pass or Consider as a Finalist
  • A chart rating on Concept, Plot, Pacing/Structure, Format, Characters and Dialogue

How the rest of the contest works

  • Entrants write up to the first 15 pages of a script based on the logline above, provided by Don Murphy
  • The top 10 finalists are chosen from the submissions, and receive a personalized letter of congratulations from Don Murphy
  • Each of the 10 finalists receives a copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter to professionally format their work as they enter into a 12-week ScriptXpert Scriptwriting Coaching mentoring program, consisting of feedback for every 10 pages submitted, with the goal of completing a spec screenplay based on the given logline
  • After the mentoring, the finalists submit their rough drafts to our professional script readers for comprehensive ScriptXpert Screenplay Coverage, and then have two weeks to work with their mentor and notes to complete the final draft of their screenplay for judging.
  • Don Murphy judges the completed screenplays and chooses a winner

With an overall prize package exceeding $15,000 and a history of past finalists securing representation, the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest is worth your consideration.

Prize Package

Twelve 50-minute sessions over the course of 90 days, in which you’ll go from idea to finished draft.12-week ScriptXpert Story Specialists mentoring program

Finalists receive a copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 to professionally format their work.

This award-winning screenwriting software formats movies, television, novels, stage plays and even comic book scripts, making it the only program for all types of creative writing.

An e-book copy of the Hollywood Screenwriting Directory

With over 4,000 listings for Industry insiders such as studios, production companies, and independent financiers.

An e-book copy of the The Pocket Screenwriting Guide:120 Tips to Getting to FADE OUT

Leads you through classic Hollywood storytelling with 120 succinct tips – mirroring the standard page length for a 2-hour film.

Finalists submit their rough drafts to our studio script readers for comprehensive ScriptXpert Extended Coverage Development Notes

An extensive report with detailed information on concept, structure, pacing, dialogue and more. It also includes feedback and recommendations for improving the script and making it more marketable.

Get writing now and enter your submission for your chance to win!

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Don Murphy

Don Murphy was born in Long Island, New York, and grew up dreaming of making movies. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business he moved to Los Angeles where he received his MFA degree from the prestigious University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. The first film he produced was NATURAL BORN KILLERS, based on a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino which was directed by Oliver Stone. That film attracted so much attention it was eventually canonized in a best selling book, KILLER INSTINCT. Since then Don has focused on producing films he wants to see, be they Stephen King’s APT PUPIL directed by Bryan Singer or Alan Moore’s FROM HELL directed by the Hughes Brothers and starring Johnny Depp. He is also a producer of the blockbuster franchise TRANSFORMERS and the Hugh Jackman-starring REAL STEEL. He is currently developing a film version of the best-selling Cory Doctorow novel LITTLE BROTHER, working on the next installment of the TRANSFORMERS franchise and has many other projects in development for fi...