Write/LA is dedicated to helping writers improve their craft so they can find success in the ultra-competitive world of screenwriting. We give three writers of either feature or television projects the opportunity to come to Los Angeles to improve their craft through a customized workshop, experience the industry, and have their work celebrated at an exclusive live read event.

Why are we different? A lot of competitions promise writers big breaks, but you simply can’t expect to win one contest — even a big name one — and be handed a career. The only way to succeed in this business is mastering your craft. That’s why we focus on helping writers who are on the cusp improve their skills, gain business sense, and see their words come to life through a one-of-a-kind live read event.

We are writers, and we want to empower fellow writers with the necessary tools to build lasting careers.

Write/LA is a collaboration of LA Screenwriter and LiveRead/LA.

3 Grand Prize Winners receive…
– Domestic airfare and a 3-night hotel stay in Los Angeles
– A private 2-day screenwriting lab in Los Angeles
– Up to 25 pages of your script read on stage by professional actors in front of a theater audience in LA
– Breakfasts with Industry Insiders
– 1 free copy Movie Magic Screenwriter 6
– 3 screenwriting books (your choice of five options) courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions
– Written feedback on your script from a working Industry Insider
– A professional logline polish by Angela Bourassa, founder of LA Screenwriter
– **NEW ADDITION** Winning scripts reviewed by Script Pipeline's creative executives and considered for circulation to their network of production companies, managers, agents, and directors
– All of the finalist prizes…

8 Finalists receive…
– Written feedback on your script from a working Industry Insider
– 1 free copy Movie Magic Screenwriter 6
– 2 screenwriting books (your choice of five options) courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions
– A 10-minute feedback phone call after the contest wraps with head judge Tim Schildberger
– A professional logline polish by Angela Bourassa
– All of the semifinalist prizes…

15 Semifinalists receive…
– 1 free copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter 6
– 1 free screenwriting book (your choice of five options) courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions
– A 10-minute feedback phone call after the contest wraps with head judge Tim Schildberger
– A professional logline polish by Angela Bourassa
– Your logline posted on the Write/LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter websites
– All of the quarterfinalist prizes...

50 Quarterfinalists receive…
– A voucher to purchase Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 for $50 (regular price $249.95)
– 25% off LiveRead/LA entries & services for one year
– 2 tickets to the invite-only Grand Prize Live Read in Los Angeles in December 2019

Written Feedback Option
• Written feedback may be added to any entry at a rate of $65 for pilots and $95 for features. The feedback will consist of one page of notes focused on what the script does well and areas of possible improvement with helpful suggestions. All feedback will be written by experienced Industry professionals, including Head Judge Tim Schildberger (who will approve ALL feedback). All feedback will be delivered after the quarterfinalists are announced on October 1, 2019, and before December 1, 2019.

Regarding Your Entry
• All entries must be electronically submitted by midnight Pacific time on or before the respective deadline.
• Write/LA is open to anyone 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.
• Previous entrants who reached the semifinalist level or above in the 2018 Write/LA competition may not submit the same script or a new draft of the same script again.
• The entrant’s name, address, phone number, or any other identifying information should NOT appear on the title page or any other page of the script. The title page should only include the title of the script or show and the title of the episode, if applicable. Placing a Library of Congress or WGA registration number on the title page is also acceptable, but not required.
• Entrants retain complete ownership of their scripts.
• An entry should consist of an original feature film screenplay (maximum 120 pages) or teleplay (maximum 70 pages). Speculative television scripts (i.e. an episode of The Simpsons) are not eligible. All scripts must be written in English. Scripts should be in standard screenplay format and font (Courier 12) and submitted as a PDF file through the FilmFreeway site. Scripts sent by mail or email are not eligible.
• Any genre is welcome. No genre or format (feature, half hour, or hour) will be given preference. Feature and television scripts will be judged together.
• Adaptations are permissible provided that the writer has permission to adapt the original work. Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
• Any script currently under option or previously optioned or sold is NOT eligible. If a script is optioned or sold during the judging process, the writer(s) must notify Write/LA and will be withdrawn from the competition at that point, but the writer(s) will retain any contest placement earned up to the time of the option or sale.
• Collaborative work is eligible. By submitting, writing teams acknowledge that all members of the writing team agree to these terms and conditions. Writing teams also acknowledge that any prizes won must be shared by the writing team.
• Do not include resumes, pitches, synopses, casting suggestions, letters, or other supporting documentation with your submission. Judges will not receive these materials.
• Entrants may submit multiple entries. Each submission must include its own unique script and entry fee.
• Once an entry has been submitted and payment has been processed, no refunds will be issued. No revisions or re-submissions will be accepted.
• Affiliates, employees, and family members of the readers, judges, and staff of Write/LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter are not eligible for the competition.

Regarding the Grand Prize
• For each grand prize winner, Write/LA will pay for airfare to Los Angeles (up to $500 USD) and one hotel room for the grand prize experience scheduled for December 5-7, 2019. If any winning writer cannot get to Los Angeles for less than $500, the winner will be responsible for any travel costs in excess of $500. If a grand prize winner lives outside of the United States, he or she will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and/or passports to enter the country. Write/LA will work with the winners to book flights, where possible. If a winning writer lives in the Los Angeles area, no cash equivalent for the airfare or hotel room will be provided.
• If a writing team is selected, only one $500 airfare and hotel room package will be awarded. The writing team will be responsible for determining how they will share the prize, and only two writers will be allowed to share the hotel room. Up to four members of winning writing teams will be allowed to participate in the grand prize screenwriting workshop and live read event.
• The grand prize screenwriting workshop will be a private workshop open only to the winning writers. Other people in attendance may include professional actors (for table reads), select members of the Write/LA staff, and Industry Insiders. As part of the workshop, Write/LA will provide dinner on December 5 and breakfast and lunch on December 6 and 7.

The Boilerplate Stuff
• By entering Write/LA, you acknowledge and agree that contest judges receive numerous submissions of ideas, stories, and scripts, and that your entry and the ideas and stories embodied therein may be similar or identical to other material already received and/or developed by one or more of the judges.
• By entering Write/LA, you understand that Write/LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter will be free to use your name, script title, and logline for promotional purposes without additional consideration should you qualify for the Quarterfinals or beyond.
• Write/LA winners give permission to Write/LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter to audio and video record their live script reading for promotional use on websites and social media platforms.
• By entering the Write/LA competition, you agree that you have read the rules and conditions of the contest and that you have the authorization to submit your screenplay to Write/LA. You further agree that your screenplay is owned by you (and co-author(s)).
• The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless Write/LA, LA Screenwriter, and LiveRead/LA, its employees, contractors, agents, and Write/LA judges from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, and/or publicity to the screenplay entered.
• VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

Overall Rating
  • Nick Alverson

    Full disclosure, I was one of three Grand Prize winners of the 2019 Write/LA competition. That being said, here is my honest review of what I believe to be a really awesome competition.

    The short version of my longer review below is this: This is a relatively new competition, based in Los Angeles, that gives out really great prizes starting at the quarterfinal level. The prizes get better the further you make it and Tim and Angela who run the comp, genuinely want to make you a better writer. It’s worth the entry fee and you have a really great chance of winning something if you enter.

    The longer version:

    Here’ what you get if you win the whole thing. They will fly you out to Los Angeles, you know, the place where they make all the movies and TV shows and put you up in a very nice hotel. Right off the bat, pretty damn cool! I live in Los Angeles, so I didn’t get to take advantage of the airfare, but I definitely had a staycation at the hotel.

    We spent two days in what I would describe as a mini-screenwriting workshop. We talked about ways to connect with audience, did a cool writing assignment and worked on loglines.

    We got to visit the Warner Brothers lot and meet with one of their executives. We also had a fantastic chat with a working TV writer. In both cases we got to ask all the questions we wanted and got plenty of honest answers from the perspective of a huge studio and a writer, working in an actual writer’s room, doing actual TV writing. I found the TV writer to be much more helpful to me, but even meeting with the studio exec was helpful to understand their perspective and what kinds of scripts they are looking for.

    On Saturday night we got to hear our scripts read out loud, by some really awesome actors in a very cool theater on the Raleigh Studios lot. If you don’t know where Raleigh Studios is, it’s right across the street form Paramount Studios in Hollywood, and there is a lot of great history connected with it. This is the best and most fun part of winning the competition. It’s amazing what you can learn from hearing your words read out loud.

    At the end of the day I would highly recommend entering your script in this competition. There are great prizes even if you only make the quarterfinals. How many comps give you prizes for making the quarterfinals, beyond just being on the list? No many. Also, this comp is new, this was only the second year, which means there aren’t thousands upon thousands of entries yet, which means you have a great chance of making the quarters or the semis or the finals or winning the whole damn thing!

    January 2020
  • John McCarney

    A quality well run event. Very informative along the way. Tim and his team should consult for other competitions. This is the way it should be done. Excellent experience. I did not win, but will use Tim’s advice to improve my future scripts ...

    December 2019
  • Write/LA was a great experience! It's not just that they fly you out to LA, put you up in a hotel, and pay for all your food. What's better, we got long, informative meetings with actual industry insiders (a major studio exec & a working network staff writer - not the way some competitions set you up with people on the fringe of the industry). All the instruction/feedback during the workshop was invaluable, and it inspired the hell out of me. The live read at the end was well put-together; it was held at a studio and the caliber of actors was terrific, with some recognizable names and faces. And we even got engraved glass awards - super classy!

    December 2019
  • Michi Broman

    As a semi-finalist, I had an awesome notes session that was well worth the price of entry. Great feedback and super supportive. I'd definitely enter again.

    January 2019
  • Five stars all around. This contest is valuable at every tier. The script feedback is insightful and clearly communicated. If you end up in the grand prize pool the workshops and meetings are great experiences to make new connections and sharpen your mental storytelling tools. And the gala and live read really are the cherry on the sundae! I've recommended this festival to all of my up-and-coming writer friends.

    January 2019