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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Simon Kinberg

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UPDATE 7/1/2011:

"I was incredibly impressed with the scripts, both the quality of the writing and the original takes on the concept. They really feel like movies." - Simon Kinberg

The first round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition took place in Fall of 2010, bringing in almost 1,000 entries that were eventually narrowed down to 10 Finalists. We are happy to be able to share with you the First 15 Pages of the Finalists' scripts based on Simon Kinberg's logline:

"A spy who has spent life wining and dining young women suddenly gets a major surprise when his daughter knocks on the door."

Kudos go out to the talented finalists, who each received a copy of Final Draft 8, the professional screenwriting software for film, TV, and plays, along with a congratulatory letter from Simon Kinberg.

The finalists entered into a 12-week mentorship program with The Writers Store’s Story Specialists, which comes complete with personalized coaching and detailed Development Notes on their completed screenplays.

UPDATE 3/31/2011

The winner has been chosen!

Mary Krell-Oishi’s script, “Secret Asian Man,” was selected as the winner by Simon Kinberg and our panel of judges:

“When I found out I had been selected as the winner of the Industry Insider Screenwriting contest, my knees literally buckled. I had to lean against the wall because the enormity of all the possibilities that had now been opened up hit me. Other contests offer certificates, trophies and cash prizes. This contest offers the opportunity for a real career as a screenwriter.” - Mary Krell-OishiContest Winner

UPDATE 1/15/2011:

Top 10 Finalists:

  • “Secret Asian Man” by Mary Krell-Oishi - Yorba Linda, CA
  • “Blowback” by Yuri Shallan - Auburn, CA
  • "The Chicago Incident” by David Steiner - Paris, France
  • “Death Never Retires” by Bob Giordano – Nashville, Tennessee
  • “Drum” by Kenneth Lemm - Atlanta, Georgia
  • “Historia” by Leo Sardarian - Burbank, CA
  • “Max Barlow” by Sarah Newman - Lynbrook, NY
  • “Moscow Rules” by Jacob Snyder - Los Angeles, CA (Unavailable)
  • “Onu” by Alex Berger - West Hollywood, CA
  • “Spy Dad” by Araby Patch - Hermosa Beach, CA


Think you can turn this logline from Simon Kinberg, Screenwriter of X-Men: First Class, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Sherlock Holmes into a killer script?

A spy who has spent life wining and dining young women suddenly gets a major surprise when his daughter knocks on the door.

Break out your scriptwriting software and get to work, because the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest gives you the unique opportunity to turn this idea 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.

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, sci-fi... anywhere your imagination takes you.

But it doesn’t stop there. The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest goes much further than your average competition, by providing the top 10 finalists with mentors to guide them through the entire script creation process, with the goal of completing a spec screenplay to be judged by a panel of Hollywood power players.

Here’s how it works:

  • Entrants write up to the first 15 pages of a script based on the logline above, provided by Simon Kinberg
  • The top 10 finalists are chosen from the submissions, and receive a personalized letter of congratulations from Simon Kinberg
  • Each of the 10 finalists receives a copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter to professionally format their work as they enter into a 12-week Story Specialists 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 Development Notes, and then have two weeks to work with their mentor and notes to complete the final draft of their screenplay for judging.
  • Simon Kinberg and production company Benderspink judge the completed screenplays and choose a winner

The lucky winner of this scriptwriting contest receives a classic Industry experience, including transportation to Los Angeles and:

Chateau Marmont

Lush Accommodations at the Chateau Marmont

The chic Chateau, conveniently nestled right off the Sunset Strip, will serve as the home base for the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest winner. Thinking of the many opportunities to network and hobnob with the Hollywood elite that frequent this hotspot is mind-boggling!

The Ivy

One-on-One with Simon Kinberg at The Ivy

First on the agenda? Lunch with screenwriter Simon Kinberg at Robertson Blvd.’s uber-popular bistro, known for its steady stream of celebs and location near power-agency ICM. The winner will take in some serious knowledge and know-how from Kinberg, while filling up on the Ivy’s famous nouvelle American cuisine.


Meeting with Benderspink

The Hollywood treatment continues through a conference with Benderspink, a diversified management/production company with credits including The Hangover, American Pie, and The Ring. Aspiring screenwriters dream of this kind of opportunity to meet with such an influential group, a fantasy that will come true for the lucky winner!

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Movie Magic Screenwriter - Professional Formatting Software

Format your script and outline it, too, with the newly redesigned Movie Magic Screenwriter 6! 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.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest can give you the tools and the resources you need to complete a saleable screenplay. But besides the experience and the mentoring you could receive, placing in this competition shows that you can take another’s idea and turn it into a winning script - a trait that’s truly valued in Hollywood, and serves as a priceless addition to your screenwriting resume.

Looking for the regulations and answers to specific questions? Check out the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest’s Rules and FAQs.

Click here for news regarding previous rounds of the contest.

Simon Kinberg

Simon Kinberg graduated from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude. He received an MFA from Columbia University Film School, where he won the school’s highest screenwriting award, the Zaki Gordon Fellowship. His final thesis project was the original script “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” Directed by Doug Liman, and starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, it became one of the hundred most successful films of all time.

Named by Premiere Magazine as “New Power” Screenwriter of the Year in 2005, and given Movieline Magazine’s “Breakthrough Award” for screenwriting, Simon has worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Jonathan Mostow, Stephen Sommers, and McG. Scripts include “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which opened on Memorial Day 2006 to box office records,  “Jumper” for Regency and 20th Century Fox, and the smash hit “Sherlock Holmes” directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. The film set the box office record for the biggest Christmas opening in history, received a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and was nominated for two Academy Awards...

Contest Closed

Want to know what the judges are looking for in the First 15 Pages? Click the orange button above to download the winning entries from this round’s finalists.

If you are an Industry Professional and have interest in reading any of the completed scripts, please contact Sadie Dean at The Writers Store.

Due to the subject matter, please be advised that some of the material in the pages available for download may be inappropriate for children.

Contest Details:

  • Contest Begins: October 2010
  • Early Deadline: October 31, 2010
  • Early Fee: $40
  • Standard Deadline: November 30, 2010
  • Standard Fee: $50
  • Extended Deadline: December 31, 2011
  • Finalists Announced: January 2011
  • Mentor Program Begins: February 2011
  • Mentor Program Ends: April 2011
  • Announce Winner: May 2011
  • Lunch with Simon Kinberg: July 2011
  • Meetings: July 2011

Contest Testimonials:

“No other screenplay contest offers what the Industry Insider Contest does — a chance to develop your script alongside an industry professional. Some contests are about cash and prizes. The Industry Insider Contest is about advancing your career and developing material that can be successful in the marketplace. It’s about opening up doors.

- Tyler Marceca, The Disciple Program – Contest Winner (Robert Mark Kamen Round)

“There’s a really wonderful sense – from the beginning of the contest on — of how invested everyone at The Writers Store is in helping the finalists write a great script. From Mario’s, my Story Specialist’s, weekly call to the amazingly detailed Development Notes after the rough draft, to the terrific, encouraging updates and emails throughout, there’s a great sense of motivation and professionalism that’s very inspiring. I can’t say enough about this screenwriting contest. If I could, I would be a perpetual finalist!”

- Joshua Rebell, Old Boys Club – Contest Winner (Allan Loeb Round)

“I have a B.A. in Screenwriting, but I am an even better writer for having been a finalist in the Industry Insider Competition. This is boot camp for screenwriters — and it only takes fifteen pages to open the door to an invaluable experience. You’d be crazy to pass this up.”

- Kelsey Rude, Imaginary Bachelor (Allan Loeb Round)

“The whole experience was just fun — and instilled in me a work ethic and a drive to write which has persisted even after the contest’s end. Because of the Industry Insider Contest, I’m a better writer and I have a complete screenplay that I never would have written otherwise. It’s way too awesome an experience for any writer to pass up.”

- Zan Gillies, The Dark Side of Eden (Robert Mark Kamen Round)

“Just like a character in a screenplay, I started the contest hoping the reward would appear at the end of my journey and then realized that the reward was the journey itself. This is a contest you have to enter if you want to become a better writer.”

- Dan O’Donahue, The Magnesian Protocol (Robert Mark Kamen Round)

“If you are going to enter a screenwriting contest, then pick this one. In my opinion, this prize package is one of the very best in the industry.”

- Kari Ciardi, Alien Underground (Robert Mark Kamen Round)

“I wish everyone had the opportunity that I did and wish all of the future contestants the best of luck. Remember, being in the ‘top ten’ IS winning because the rest is up to you.”

- John Torma, Salmon Falls (Robert Mark Kamen Round)

“I had an amazing experience during the Industry Insider Contest. My story specialist, Anthony, was wonderful and the experience working with him was invaluable. I’m walking away from this competition with a well written screenplay and insights that I will carry with me throughout my screenwriting career. I recommend this competition to anyone who wants to challenge themselves and really take their screenwriting to the next level.”

- Tiffany Diamond, Imaginary Bachelor (Allan Loeb Round)

“Working to deadlines, re-writing and re-working after notes and comments is the life of a professional screenwriter, and this competition has given me an invaluable chance to experience that first hand. And most importantly I’ve come out the other end with a screenplay I’m really proud of.”

- Adam Cece, The Last Viking Stag (Allan Loeb Round)

“All in all, no matter what the outcome of the contest, you walk away with pages of valuable notes and a completed spec script. The perfect reward.”

- Stephen Judge, The Man-Up (Allan Loeb Round)

“Writing a feature is such a big investment of time and energy, it’s not always clear whether or not it’s worth it. However, writing the first 15 pages of a screenplay is such a relatively small investment, you almost can’t afford not to. Then, if you’re lucky enough to be chosen as a finalist, you definitely can’t afford not to write the whole feature length script.”

- Alex Berger, Onu (Simon Kinberg Round)

“Of all the screenplay competitions in which I have been fortunate to be a finalist, this contest has been the most rewarding to my growth as a screenwriter.”

- Kenneth Lemm, Drum (Simon Kinberg Round)

“Thanks to all of you for a fantastic experience. I learned a lot about writing. More than I could have just reading the books or going to writing groups. The screenplay contest and my work with Anthony have been an integral part of my development as a writer.”

- Araby Patch, Spy Dad (Simon Kinberg Round)