The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest Pledges Funds for the Red Cross Japan Fund

In partnership with Just Go With It screenwriter Allan Loeb, The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest pledged $10,000 to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund in appreciation of Loeb’s participation in this session’s contest. They’ve also pledged to donate an additional $10 per entry over their anticipated 1,000 submissions.

“We’ve all been moved by the crisis now facing Japan and I know the creative community is eager to help out,” said Jesse Douma, co-founder of the Industry Insider Contest and President of The Writers Store. “This is the perfect way for aspiring writers to assist those in need while doing something proactive for their career.”

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest is an international competition that awards over $15,000 in prizes and facilitates relationships between new writers and Industry leaders looking to help aspirants embark on writing careers. This one-of-a-kind contest presents a stellar logline from a successful screenwriter, and asks entrants to create up to the first 15 pages of the script. Finalists enter a 12-week mentoring program with the goal of completing a full screenplay. The lucky winner receives a full Hollywood experience, including lush accommodations at the Chateau Marmont, lunch at The Ivy with Loeb, and one-on-one meetings with Industry giants like Benderspink.

The last competition was a huge success, with thousands of writers submitting entries based on Sherlock Holmes screenwriter Simon Kinberg’s logline. The top 10 finalists are in the midst of their 12-week mentorship program, working to turn their 15 pages into a finished script. The lucky winner will be announced in April, 2011.

This session’s logline from Loeb, the scribe behind Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, The Dilemma, and the Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It: “A group of married men desperate for one last bachelor party invents a long-lost friend who’s about to be wed, but things get out of control when their wives want to meet the groom before the big event.”

The competition is supported by The Writers Store, Final Draft screenwriting software, and production company Benderspink. Future sponsors and loglines from A-list screenwriters will be announced soon.

The deadline to enter is April 30, 2011. For complete details and to enter, visit