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The Starter Marriage

A pair of twenty-something friends decide to go through a one year “starter” marriage so they can practice for the real ones they hope to have later in life… only to let love get in the way. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

Written by: Matt Tolbert     [Contact Author]    Interview
Format: Screenplay
Posted: 04/05/2013
Updated: 11/11/2018
Author Bio: Writing samples available on

Short stories published in: "Puppy Pushers," non-fiction, published in Inkwell Journal, Spring 2012 "Everything Known," fantasy, published in parABnormal Digest #2 "Forever Fallen," fantasy, in Worlds Apart #1. "Soul of Invinco." science fiction, in Hadrosaur Tales #14. "Creator," fantasy, in Dreams & Visions #31.

Comic books for Marvel, Malibu, Valiant, New Visions, and Power Station. Including the graphic novel: "Read My Lips: The Unofficial Biography of George Bush."

Two syndicated comic strips: "Miss Adventures in Dating" "Everybody's Business"

Poetry: "Holy Night," in The Storyteller magazine, April 2010.

Greeting cards for Gibson and Allport, plus e-cards for a number of web sites.

Attended Cynthia Whitcomb's Screenwriting Class

Lyrics for all six songs in the movie "Sizzle Beach, U.S.A." (Kevin Costner's first film).

Contest Results: Script Pipeline Movie Idea (First Place) [2016]
Nicholl Fellowships (Semifinalist) [2009]
Script Pipeline Screenplay (Semifinalist) [2012]
Creative World (Finalist, Comedy) [2012]
PAGE International (Quarterfinalist) [2009]
Screenplay Festival (Semifinalist) [2010]
Screenwriting Expo (Semifinalist) [2011]
ScriptVamp/Feature (Honorable Mention, Both Comedy and Romance) [2012]