There's a new collaborative screenwriting contest called Cowrite. A movie premise has been posted on the Cowrite website and writers now have the opportunity to contribute to the developing story. The script will be written in ten page increments by aspiring writers throughout the world.
Every other week, the best ten-page script submission will be added to the developing story until the script is finished and ready to be sold. There will be eleven winners over the six month contest. For their ten-page contribution, each winning entrant will receive money and prizes totaling $3000, a pitch meeting with Benderspink and a chance to win the grand prize of a paid rewrite of the script. Winners will also share in any potential script sale proceeds.
Another exciting aspect of the Cowrite website is the "Pro's Take" section where professional screenwriters and industry professionals will offer comments and suggestions on the developing story as well as insight into how to get started in Hollywood. This mentoring program will serve as an invaluable tool for aspiring screenwriters and help guide the story along. Guest mentors will include screenwriters Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center), Jesse Wigutow (Irreparable Harm) and Josh Schaer (TV's Jericho).
This is believed to be the first screenwriting competition where the end goal is to try to sell a collaborative screenplay. Cowrite has partnered with The Los Angeles Film Festival and software companies Final Draft and Jungle Software, all of which will supply prizes to each of the eleven winners. For more information, go to www.cowritescript.com