Enter a web screenwriting contest and jumpstart your career

Think you’re the next Joe Eszterhas? Now you can prove it by collaborating with screenwriter David S. Goyer (who wrote the upcoming Blade), at TNT’s roughcut.com film site. Starting July 17, visitors to http://www.roughcut.com can read the first 10 pages of an original sci-fi thriller written by Goyer and post their own subsequent 10-page chapters. Roughcut.com judges will select one winner a week for eight weeks, with each chapter building on the prior submission. Goyer will wrap it all up in a final installment. Roughcut.com promises to post the finished script online—and who knows? “This may be a great way to jump-start someone’s career or eight people’s careers,” says roughcut.com editor in chief Andy Jones. Those familiar, however, with Amazon.com’s similar 1997 stunt—a multi-authored novella spearheaded by John Updike—may recall that the hype made more of a splash than the outcome. Now, that really sounds like Eszterhas.