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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Susannah Grant

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UPDATE 6/7/16

Mickey Fisher shares what it was like writing and selling his TV show Extant with the BlackList. Read all 7 segments here.

UPDATE 8/27/13

"This whirlwind started with your contest and just snowballed. It's been crazy ever since. " - Mickey Fisher, The Marginal Way

Mickey Fisher's sci-fi spec script Extant, "..sparked one of the biggest bidding wars in recent years...from Amblin Television, is a rare property that has virtually all networks - broadcast, basic and premium cable - interested and ready to open their wallets." - Deadline August 2, 2013

Vegas co-creator/executive producer Greg Walker is on board as executive producer/showrunner. Mickey was hip-pocketed by William Morris Endeavor and management Brooklyn Weaver before meeting with Susannah Grant in Los Angeles.

UPDATE 4/15/13

The sixth round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition took place in the winter of 2012, 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 Susannah Grant’s logline:

“A New England matriarch with a week left to live pledges her fortune to whoever in her small town fulfills her dying wish.”

UPDATE 3/29/13

The winner has been chosen!

Congratulations to Mickey Fisher, winner of the Industry Insider Contest with his script, "The Marginal Way"

UPDATE 11/8/12

Top 10 Finalists:

  • Neil Conway & Matt McNevin, "One Week Only"  Alexandria, VA
  • Sam A., "The Hunt" - Beirut, Lebanon
  • Danielle Kessman Mulky, "Net Worth" - Birmingham, AL
  • John Crews, "Jacks Skull" - Huntington Beach, CA
  • Anton H. Gill, "Dead River" - San Francisco, CA
  • Charlie Efron, "Kings of Seas" - Baltimore, MD
  • Kristina Zill, "Glass House" - Hobart, NY
  • Nick Schober, "Given" - Covina, CA
  • Mickey Fisher, "The Marginal Way" - Santa Ana, CA
  • Paul Singleton, "The Last Lonely Days of Bernie Poplowski" - Carmel, IN

The 5 Runner Ups:

  • Christian Lloyd, "The Hawthorne Garden"
  • Barbara McCormick Thomas, "The Commission"
  • JB Wiseman, "The Collection"
  • Allie Sayle & Liz Sayle, "Rampage"
  • Benjamin Murphey, "One Last Trick"


Think you can turn this logline from Susannah Grant, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter for Erin Brockovich, and Writer of Pochahantas, Ever After, 28 Days, and Writer/Director of Catch and Release into a killer script?

A New England matriarch with a week left to live pledges her fortune to whoever in her small town fulfills her dying wish.

Click here to learn about the success of last round's winner, Tyler Marceca, and his winning script "The Disciple Program."

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 Susannah Grant
  • The top 10 finalists are chosen from the submissions, and receive a personalized letter of congratulations from Susannah Grant
  • 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.
  • Susannah Grant 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 Susannah Grant at The Ivy

First on the agenda? Lunch with screenwriter Susannah Grant 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 Grant, 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!

Movie Magic Screenwriter

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.

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Street Poets, Inc.

In partnership with Susannah Grant, The Writers Store is donating an honorarium to Street Poets, Inc. in appreciation of Susannah’s participation. Street Poets Inc. is a non-profit, poetry-based, peace-making organization dedicated to the creative process as a force for individual and community transformation. Click here to learn how you can help.

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.

Susannah Grant

SUSANNAH GRANT received Academy Award®, Writers Guild and BAFTA nominations for best original screenplay for Erin Brockovich. She also wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for Pocahontas (1995),  Ever After, (1998), 28 Days (2000), In Her Shoes, (2005), Charlotte's Web (2006) based on the book by E.B. White, and The Soloist (2009). In 2007, Grant wrote and directed Catch and Release. From 1995-1998, Grant was a writer-producer-director on the popular television series Party of Five, which received a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Drama. She created and is an executive producer on A Gifted Man, currently running on CBS. Her upcoming projects include a feature for Disney and a feature-film musical using the music of the Beach Boys for Fox. 

Grant is a graduate of Amherst College, with a degree in English, and the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies screenwriting program. In 1992, she was a recipient of the Nicholl Fellowship...