Enter now for a chance to have your script read by professional actors and get feedback live and in person from our 'Industry Insider'.
Every script submitted (fee is $30 earlybird, $35 Standard) is in the running to be one of 2 scripts chosen to be read live in the Matrix Theatre in West Hollywood on Monday, June 10th, 2019 at 7.30pm.

Our event can also be Live Streamed. So if a writer is selected from outside LA they will be able to watch online and receive feedback live from the Insider, the audience, and the online viewers - as if they are sitting in the theatre. We record everything and post on youtube.

We also offer reasonably priced and super helpful written feedback. It's all done by our Series Director Tim Schildberger - an experienced writer/script coach - so you can interact personally, rather than wonder which robot read your pages. We're very confident the feedback will be helpful.

Whether you enter or not, please come to the reading to interact with our Insider, contribute feedback and gain valuable insights into the feedback and re-write process.

This series is run by writers to help other writers improve their craft. Hearing a script read live is a vital part of the creative/re-write process, so is getting useful notes from someone in the business. This is a unique opportunity...enter your script now!

2 Writers selected:
- Hear up to 30 pages of your script read by professional actors in front of an audience.
- Immediate feedback from an Industry insider, and other writers with one goal - to help the script improve.
- Your name posted on our website
- 20% discount on all LiveRead/LA services (consulting, workshops, competition entries) while you are reigning champ (2 months)

8 Finalists selected:
- Your name posted on our website
- 15% discount on all LiveRead/LA services (private consulting, workshops, competition entries) for two months.

Attendees to the Monthly Reading: Monday, April 8th, 2019 (tickets $15)
- A chance to meet an Industry Insider, get information and ask questions.
- Improve feedback skills - which improves writing skills.
- Cookies and water included for those in attendance only.

- All scripts must be submitted as PDF files and written in english.

- Submission fee ($30 early bird, $35 standard) must accompany the script.

- Script portion submitted can be no longer than 30 pages plus a title page in standard screenplay format (courier font). If the submitted script is over 30 pages, it will not be read, and the submission fee will not be refunded.

- We accept: Features Screenplay, TV Pilot, Web Series, Short Film, Stage Play. ANY GENRE.

- We DON'T ACCEPT - SPEC Scripts of existing series. (It's too hard to judge fairly against original material). Also, scripts already optioned/funded/in development/have had money invested are not eligible. The writer can have other projects in development, just not the particular script being entered.

- The reading can be live streamed, so an out of town writer can watch the reading and participate in the notes section live.

- At the conclusion of each competition's judging, all scripts will be archived, and the process will start again. No holdovers of any kind. All writers are encouraged to attend the readings, re-write and re-submit.

- Admission to the Live Read event on Monday, June 10th is $15. Tickets can be purchased in advance, or on the night.

- All audience feedback (apart from the Industry Guest and Moderator) will be limited to 2 minutes per person.

- All feedback will be related to the script only. No-one is interested in opinions about the writer.

- Writers can submit from anywhere on earth, but please note, LiveRead/LA will NOT be paying for any airfare to, or accommodation in Los Angeles to any selected writer.

- LiveRead/LA is open to anyone 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.

- Adaptations from other works are permissible provided that the writer has permission to adapt the work. Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.

- Any script currently under option is NOT eligible.

- Collaborative work is eligible. By submitting, writing teams acknowledge that all members of the writing team agree to these terms and conditions.

- 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 LiveRead/LA, are not eligible for the competition.

- By entering LiveRead/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 in it may be similar or identical to other material already received and/or developed by one or more of the judges.

- By entering LiveRead/LA, you understand LiveRead/LA will be free to use your name, script title, and logline for promotional purposes.

- LiveRead/LA winners give permission to LiveRead/LA, to audio and video record their live read script reading for use on websites and social media platforms.

- By entering the LiveRead/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 the LiveRead/LA contest. You further agree that your screenplay is owned by you (and co-author(s)).

- The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless LiveRead/LA, its employees, contractors, agents and 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
  • John McCarney

    Absolutely the best. Great actionable feedback. Can’t say enough about Tim’s insight into story. The feedback on the first thirty pages really got my script focused and streamlined. The full consulting service really helped me with a through line issue that I had ignored .. well worth the time and money ...

    May 2019
  • Janette Danielson

    Such a great experience and opportunity not offered to many young writers. It was incredible to hear our script read out loud and the feedback that Tim and the insider Felicity gave was insightful and helpful. Would definitely recommend to any burgeoning writers and is also a fun event to enjoy as an audience member!

    April 2019
  • Aaron Yarber

    Wonderful experience and impossible not to deeply appreciate!

    February 2019
  • Delraj Takher

    As LiveRead/LA's first international winner, I can state this is a brilliant competition. The organiser is extremely helpful and supportive whether your script is selected or not. The actors give great performances of your script and the feedback from the insider and audience is extremely valuable for anyone trying to move their screenplay in the right direction. My only regret is I couldn't make it to the live event in person.

    February 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Del. We were so glad we got the chance to read your words - and even more glad you got some benefit from the experience from so far away (The UK). Hope to see you in LA soon!
    - Tim

  • Chris Sutherland

    If only words could express my gratitude for LiveRead/LA. Tim (director of event) is classy and professional--I felt very well prepared for something I'd never done before, thanks to his efforts. The event itself could not have been more invigorating for this particular script, and for moving forward in my career as a screenwriter. I was able to meet the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, Chris DeFaria, before my script was read--delightful man. My script was then read by talented, professional actors on stage, with an audience. I then was able to sit on stage with Tim and Chris, as they gave me feedback. The audience then also gave feedback. It was overwhelming in the best of ways. Tim's rules for the feedback made it all constructive, to help me continue to build my story. Also, it is recorded and will be posted on YouTube so the writer can share their work and rewatch to ensure they didn't miss anything. Just, wow. I am forever grateful for this opportunity, and highly recommend any writer submit their work.
    -Chris Sutherland, "Henry & Emma" (Dec 2018 selection)

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Chris! It was a pleasure working with you and hearing your words! I'm truly grateful.
    - Tim