Table Read My Screenplay will help you propel your screenwriting career forward with a transformative Table Read showcase experience as the Grand Prize Winner of our screenplay competition. We’re taking you to the 26th Austin Film Festival (AFF) and Writers Conference to celebrate your work during an Austin Film Festival sanctioned event. After the festival, you’ll receive continued support as a member of the elite ISA Development Slate!


and we can GET YOU THERE!

Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference (AFF), the premier film festival that champions the writers’ contribution to film, television, and new media, is thrilled to announce David Benioff and D.B. Weiss as the recipients of the “Outstanding Television Writer” Award at the 26th Annual Austin Film Festival, this October 24-31, 2019.

Benioff and Weiss are the award-winning co-creators, writers, executive producers, and showrunners of the critically-acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones, based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin. With a record-breaking 47 Emmy Awards, one Peabody Award, and an average of 30 million viewers per episode, the groundbreaking series has altered the landscape of episodic storytelling, setting a new bar for the caliber of narrative and cinematic production in modern television.

Benioff and Weiss will accept the award on Saturday, October 26 during the annual Awards Luncheon, and participate in Conference programming at the 26th Annual Writers Conference. Past recipients of this award have included Greg Daniels, Vince Gilligan, Marta Kauffman, Norman Lear, David Simon, and Keenen Ivory Wayans. More awardees for this year’s Festival will be announced at a later date.

The 2019 Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference will once again present over 150 panels on the art and craft of storytelling, featuring a slate of prominent industry professionals working in film, television, and new media. Benioff and Weiss join a growing roster of panelists including Megan Amram (The Good Place), Alec Berg (Barry), Christina Hodson (Transformers: Bumblebee), David Mandel (Veep), and Alex Tse (Wu-Tang: An American Saga), with more panelist announcements to come. The 26th Annual Austin Film Festival & Conference takes place October 24 through 31, 2019.

ISA is running an AFF Sanctioned Event and Table Read during the festival.


While in Austin, you’ll gain exposure with directors, producers and other industry pros through a live Table Read performance of your script by professional actors. Plus, you’ll receive a Conference Badge ($375 Value) to The Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference, including four days of conference panels, ISA sponsored events, five days of festival screenings and parties, plus many more incredible prizes. After the conference, you receive a consult with Jim Hart (Writer of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Contact) and be invited onto the ISA Development Slate for a full year.

*$1,000 Cash
*Flight & Lodging
*A Live Table Read of Your Script
*All-Access Pass to the Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference
*5 Days of Festival Events
*Acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate
*ISAConnect Membership

Prior to your Table Read showcase, the director will personally meet with you to workshop your script with professional actors. As an elite member of the ISA Development Slate, the Career Development team will work with you for a minimum of 1 year to continue getting you and your script in front of more Producers, Literary Representatives and other Industry Executives from companies like Lakeshore Entertainment, Gidden Media, ICM, and others.

SHORTS PRIZE WINNER (Includes Web Series Pilots)

Your winning short will be recorded by professional actors as an ISA Podcast.

*$750 Cash
*Podcast of your script on the Curious About Screenwriting Network
*ISA Development Slate Consideration
*ISAConnect Membership

You will be considered for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate where we will share your script and podcast episode to ISA approved Industry Pros and new media outlets including AwesomenessTV and more. If you produce your short script within 18 months of winning, we’ll cover your entry fee towards three major Hollywood short film festivals.

TOP 10 (Features and Pilots)

*1 Year ISAConnect Membership ($100 Value)

TOP 50 (Features and Pilots)

*Receive The Hart Chart Writer’s Toolkit

TOP 100 (Features and Pilots) and TOP 25 (Shorts and Web Series)

*The Craft Course Online ($99 Value)
Go beyond the basics of screenwriting, forget all of the fancy vocabulary, and let’s get your script finished! Receive immediate access to all lessons, lectures, and audio, and the material provided within this full development screenwriting course will help you build your script, one step at a time. This course allows you to work at your own pace and finish a script in 11 weeks! You can start and finish whenever you like.

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This contest is open to anyone except all employees, judges, directors, associates, and immediate families of the TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY (TRMS) Contest.The writer is under no obligation to participate in the contest, and understands that it is not a guarantee or expectation of employment.We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or disability. It is our intention that all qualified submissions be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on script-related factors alone.Up to four scripts may be entered on one entry form. Additional scripts can be entered through an additional entry form.Promotional discounts offered may only be utilized at the time of submission and no partial refund for a promotional code may be issued after an entry has been officially submitted.Once material has been entered, no substitutions of new drafts or corrections will be considered after 24 hours from original submission time and date have past. After this time the writer may complete a new entry form and pay the appropriate entry fee to submit a revised version of their script.Loglines may be changed once during the competition by e-mailing with a revised logline; the writer must include the Title and Date of the original submission in the body of the e-mail along with the logline.Feedback is a separate service with an additional fee, and unless specifically part of a promotion, is not an expected part of any entry. Feedback is in no way tied to contest placement.The writer understands that feedback, whether paid or received as part of a promotion, can take 90 days or more to be returned, and may not be received before the end of the contest. TRMS will make all attempts to return feedback as soon as possible.TRMS does not provide notes and/or scoring with every entry.Grand Prize Winners from previous TRMS seasons may submit again, provided the contest city is not the same for which they previously won, and they must submit a new screenplay to be eligible.Previous Shorts Prize Winners may enter a Feature to any contest. If a writer wins the Grand Prize in two cities they may no longer submit.Those who have placed as a Top 10 or Category Winner three times with three separate screenplays are ineligible to submit in any future contest season.To be considered for the ISA Austin Writer Award the writer must currently reside within 100 miles of Austin, Texas. The ISA Austin Writer Award recipient will not receive airfare or hotel.The Austin Writer Award Winner will be provided a $50 stipend to cover gas and parking for the TRMS events.International writers are eligible to participate in the contest, so long as their participation is not prevented by law in either country.TRMS will provide roundtrip airfare up to $800 for a Domestic flight or $1500 for an International flight not to exceed $1500. There is no cash reimbursement for flights that cost more than the limit, nor will there be a disbursement of the difference for flights that are less than the limit.Adaptations from other works are permissible provided the writer has written permission to adapt the work from the original source.Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible, however the writer assumes all responsibility assuring copyright status.Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the contest prize(s). Only one pass and airfare & hotel for a single writer will be awarded to the Grand Prize Winner.Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.The script and any related materials must not be in a current option agreement, and/or may not have been previously sold or produced for profit.The writer understands and accepts without reservation that they are an independent contractor and that the contest administrators and sponsors are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments on prize money to any government agency, at any level, be it local, state, or federal.The writer understands that it is their sole responsibility to register material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writers Guild of America West or the appropriate agency in his/her country.The writer must retain at least one copy of the submitted material, and understands that any material we receive cannot and will not be returned under any circumstances.Script Length Guidelines:?Feature – (70 – 130 pages), TV Pilots – (10 – 70 pages), Shorts – (1 – 45 pages), Web Series Pilots (1-20 pages)Scripts longer than recommended length will still be considered for the contest, and will not be disqualified.If a screenplay is submitted for feedback and is over 130 pages, an additional service fee of $1 per page will apply; the writer will be invoiced separately for the fee. If the writer does not wish to pay an additional fee, the Feedback Reader will be instructed to read the first 130 pages only.All entries must be received by Final Deadline. TRMS reserves the right to extend the contest deadline up to 90 days.TRMS is not responsible for late, lost, unacceptably formatted, corrupt, or incorrect submissions, and may not be able to honor such entries.The writer may submit their screenplay to any other person, contest, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.The writer retains all rights to their screenplay, subject to the terms and agreements contained herein.The writer assures that to the best of their knowledge they have the legal right to submit it for judging to TRMS.The writer understands that their logline and/or screenplay will be reviewed by ISA and TRMS employees and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. The writer also understands that any one of these employees or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to those contained in scripts they read, and hereby waives any claim that TRMS, its employees or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of their submission logline or script.No agreement for compensation, other than the TRMS prizes listed, has been implied.TRMS intends to submit the Top 100 List to respected producers on behalf of the writer. The writer may withdraw from this process at any time.Confirmation of entry will be received once a script is submitted with an entry form and completed with an entry fee through our payment vendor. The writer must provide a valid e-mail address with entry; if an email address should change after submission, it is the writer’s responsibility to let us know.The writer understands that the ISA and TRMS will be free to use their name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration, should the writer make it past the first round.All winners agree to give permission to the ISA, TRMS and other sponsors for associated contest audio and video recordings of the Table Read and other events to be used on websites and social media platforms.TRMS reserves the right to award a cash prize at its discretion. The Winner is under no obligation to accept the associated prizes but will not be awarded or owed a cash replacement upon electing not to move forward with prizes offered.TRMS may develop a series or documentary style program based on the inner workings of the contest and the production resulting there from. TRMS reserves the right to contact the writer with offers to participate in any such production. The writer is under no obligation to participate therein.All Grand Prize, Top 10 and Semifinalist choices are made at the express decision of TRMS, and once made are considered final. The writer agrees to accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.There are no refunds for submissions at any time for any reason.TRMS has the right to change or add to the prizes at any time, without notice, and/or substitute prizes of equal or lesser value.Additional rules may be amended at the sole discretion of TRMS.By selecting ‘I have Read and Understand the Contest Rules’ on the entry page and submitting, the writer agrees to all of these rules.

Overall Rating
  • Erin Considine

    The staff was kind and diligent reviewing scripts. Their feedback was timely and helpful. From submission to Top Ten placement, everyone I heard from had the writers' best interest at heart! Such a wonderful, validating experience!

    August 2019
  • Great festival to be part of! Very happy to reach semi-final for my screenplay.

    August 2019

    Great feedback and a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this festival. Thank you!!!

    August 2019
  • Kevin Alexander Boon

    They did a great job communicating with me and winning opened up doors for me and created interest in my work. I don't what more you could want from a screenplay contest.

    June 2016
  • As a Top 100 Semi-Finalist for the Sundance Competition, I was impressed by the constant communication and update posts from "Table Read My Screenplay." I want to Thank the entire Team of the competition for acknowledging and giving validity to my short thriller script "The Web." You made my day!

    May 2016