Our special 'Isolation Writing Challenge'!
Spend your 'alone' time with this specific writing assignment! The winner will have their script read by our talented, socially distant professional actors on camera, and the completed reading will be edited and posted online by April 1!

Here's what you have to do - write a script of no more than 6 pages that has this title...
'Brittle Trombone'. Yes, we know it's a terrible title.

This is the first exercise we give students in our LiveRead/Lab in Los Angeles. Now you can do it at home, because...what else are you going to do this week?

You have exactly ONE WEEK to complete this assignment! So don't stress about it, just have some fun, and distract yourself from all that is going on in this world.

No more than 6 pages - screenplay format. ANY GENRE!!

Your title - 'Brittle Trombone'. Try not to use that title in your pages. And it doesn't have to be about a trombone.

You have your assignment, should you choose to accept it.

Have fun, and stay healthy!!

- Tim - LiveRead/LA Founder and Head Judge.

1 winning script will be read on camera by professional actors, all in their own seclusion. All performances will then be professionally edited together, and posted on our youtube page, and on social media! What will it look like having actors reading parts in different places...who knows???

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

- Submission fee ($10) must accompany the script.

- Script portion submitted can be no longer than 6 pages plus a title page in standard screenplay format (courier font). If the submitted script is over 6 pages, it will not be read, and the submission fee will not be refunded, because you knew there was a 6 page limit...that's half the fun of this exercise!

- We accept ANY GENRE. Literally...anything at all. As long as it has the title 'Brittle Trombone'.
- 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
  • Paul Zeidman

    Proud & thrilled that my script made it to the finals. Tim's notes were exceptionally helpful.

    March 2020
  • Phillip Hollins

    Thank you LiveRead/LA for making "Blackballed" a Finalist in your competition! And congrats to the winners and fellow Finalists!

    March 2020
  • Great contest, great community - highly recommend for writers looking to have their work presented by and in front of a thriving group of excellent writers and actors. This is the real deal, which is a rare find in LA, and the feedback from Tim is excellent.

    March 2020
  • This is a really valuable experience. It is well worth having your script read aloud by actors and critiqued by professionals who give you an honest appraisal of where the issues are. Very glad I was able to be part of it.

    December 2019
  • Eric Sollars

    Great competition and professionally run. Excellent communication. Highly recommended.

    September 2019