**A Moviebytes Top Screenplay Contest for 2020**

Now in our third season, Write LA gives a writer the opportunity to fly to LA, stay at The Standard Hollywood, meet with helpful Industry Insiders, hear their entire script read on stage by professional actors in a Los Angeles theater, and be considered for representation.

The winner and finalists have their scripts considered for circulation to managers and agents by our sponsor, Roadmap Writers. The semifinalists receive free feedback from head judge Tim Schildberger. Other prizes include copies of Final Draft 11, screenwriting books from Michael Wiese Productions, and invitations to the Grand Prize Live Read event. We even give a free gift to everyone who enters each year!

Write LA was built by writers, for writers. We want to spread the love and offer all the feedback, assistance, access, and recognition we can, because we know how hard writing is, and we have a tremendous amount of respect for each and every one of you.
We’ve entered our fair share of screenplay competitions, and honestly, we’re a little annoyed we can’t win this one.

Write LA is open to writers around the world and accepts both feature screenplays and pilots, which are judged together. We’re not looking for a particular genre or a particular format – we’re looking for great writers.

We look forward to reading your work!

(A QUICK NOTE ABOUT COVID-19: Our prize package involves a trip for the winner to Los Angeles this November. We realize now isn’t exactly the best time to be making plans for trips, but we’re also hopeful that our world will be much healthier come November. If that’s not the case, we’ll work with whoever wins to come up with an alternate or postponed prize package of similar scope and value. Long story short: Virus be damned, we’ll make winning this thing worth your while.)

The Winner receives…
– Targeted promotion by Roadmap Writers to their network of managers, agents, and development execs (Roadmap has helped over 100 writers get repped so far!)
– Domestic airfare and a two-night hotel stay at The Standard Hollywood
– Q&A meetings with two Industry Insiders specifically chosen to match your interests and career goals. (Past Insiders have included a Warner Brothers exec, a Showrunner, and a network television writer.)
– Your entire script read on stage by professional actors in front of a theater audience in LA
– A professionally edited video recording of the script read posted online
– A free copy of Final Draft 11 courtesy of Final Draft
– 3 screenwriting books courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions
– A professional logline polish
– A sweet trophy
– Your logline posted on the Write LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter websites

The Finalists receive…
– Targeted promotion by Roadmap Writers to their network of managers, agents, and development execs
– A free copy of Final Draft 11 courtesy of Final Draft
– 2 screenwriting books courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions
– Invitations to the Grand Prize Live Read event in November 2020
– A professional logline polish
– Your logline posted on the Write LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter websites

The Semifinalists receive…
– Written feedback on your script from head judge Tim Schildberger
– 1 free screenwriting book courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions
– Invitations to the Grand Prize Live Read event in November 2020
– A professional logline polish
– Your logline posted on the Write LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter websites

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 Semifinalists are announced and before December 15, 2020.

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 worldwide 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.
• Previous entrants who reached the Semifinalist level or above may not submit the same script or a new draft of the same script again. Such entrants may enter new scripts or scripts that did not advance in previous years.
• Previous Write LA winners are not eligible to win again.
• Any person who won a LiveRead/LA competition in 2019 or 2020 is NOT eligible to win the 2020 Write LA competition. LiveRead/LA winners from 2018 or prior are eligible to win Write LA.
• Initial judging of Write LA is done BLIND. 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.
• All 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 FilmFreeway. 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 review 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

• Write LA will pay for airfare to Los Angeles (up to $500 USD) and one hotel room for the nights of November 6-7, 2020. If the winning writer lives in the Los Angeles area, no cash equivalent for the airfare will be provided. If the 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 the 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 winner to book flights, where possible.
• 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.
• Write LA will work to arrange two Q&A meetings for the winner with Industry Insiders who have experience relevant to the winner and their script. Because we want to customize the experience to the winner, the exact Insiders will not be chosen in advance. The winner understands that Write LA will make a good faith effort to arrange useful meetings. Other people in attendance at these meetings may include Angela Bourassa and Tim Schildberger, the co-founders of Write LA.
• Write LA will provide dinner for the winner on November 6 and breakfast and lunch on November 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 Semifinals 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