Dear Devoted Writer,
Entries for The Writers Network 17th Annual Screenplay & Fiction Competition are now being accepted.
The Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition is a unique program, co-sponsored by WGA Signatory Literary Agencies in Los Angeles and New York, designed to give new and talented writers across the country the chance to pursue careers in film, television and/or publishing.
Each year, up to ten winners in each category are chosen to participate by our panel of judges (this year including agents from Paradigm, ICM, UTA, WME and APA); each receiving our assistance in securing literary representation during the course of one year!
Not one, but two of your original feature-length screenplays, half-hour teleplays or plays will be distributed to the motion picture industry’s top producers, directors and production companies (manuscripts will be sent to top publishers). Throughout the year, The Writers Network panel of credited writers will assist you with polishing both projects prior to them being submitted.
This is your chance to begin your career as a working writer. • Matt Healy’s winning script Clay Pigeons debuted in theatres nationwide in 1998! The film was produced by Ridley Scott and directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers). Since signing Healy with ICM, he’s finished two writing assignments (one for Richard Donner) and landed a two-picture deal with Warner Bros. • Mike Walsh optioned two of his projects after we signed him with Ken Sherman. • Jon Bokenkamp sold and directed his winning script, “Preston Tylk,” after we signed him with ICM; landed a writing assignment with director William Friedkin; and has since written for Julia Roberts, Halle Berry (Perfect Stranger) and Angelina Jolie (Taking Lives). • Haven Turleygood sold his pitch to Joel Silver and landed a writing assignment with Arnold Kopelson at Fox after we signed him with Endeavor. • Grant Jerkins’
winning manuscript, “An American Crime,” was adapted for the screen by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nicholas Kazan (Reversal of Fortune) and Terry Curtis Fox. It is currently in pre-production with Barbet Schroeder (Reversal of Fortune) attached to direct. Retitled A Very Simple Crime, Jerkin's book will be published in November by Penguin/Berkley.
• Frank Baldwin signed with the William Morris Agency in 2007, after we gave the tenpercentary his winning script, "Untitled Frank Baldwin." The screenwriter has since completed studio assignments for directors Martin Scorsese, Sam Raimi, Philip Noyce and Pierre Morel (Taken, District B13). • Max Mayer directed his winning script Adam and this past January sold the film to Fox Searchlight at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was released in theatres July 29, 2009. • Soren Paul Petrek landed a book deal in 2009 for his winning manuscript, Cold Lonely Courage.
Below please find a link for an application for The Writers Network 17th Annual Screenplay & Fiction Competition. You may also SUBMIT ONLINE. If you have ever dreamed of becoming a credited screen or television writer, or best-selling author, we encourage you to participate in this one-of-a-kind opportunity.
Applications must be postmarked or received no later than June 15, 2010 to qualify for this year’s program. Good luck! And keep writing!