**A Moviebytes Top Contest for 2020**

The 2020 competition is now closed.

We’ll announce the 2020 Semifinalists on September 15!

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.

Write LA gives a winning writer the opportunity to…

Be Considered by Reps

Meet with Industry Insiders

See Your Entire Script Read

And Much More!

$45

Early Deadline
5/5/20

$60 $55

Regular Deadline 5/25/20

$75 $65

Final Deadline 6/15/20

The Prizes

In this competition, feature and pilot scripts are judged together. We’re looking for great writers, and great writing isn’t limited by genre or format.

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 to Los Angeles and a 2-night hotel stay at The Standard Hollywood on the Sunset Strip
Q&A meetings with two Industry Insiders specifically chosen to match your interests and career goals
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 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 in November 2020
– A professional logline polish
Your logline posted on the Write LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter websites

“Five stars all around. This contest is valuable at every tier.”

– Jenna Wycoff, 2018 Winner

What makes Write LA different?

We’re writers just like you, and we know exactly how hard it is to succeed in this business.

With this competition, we’ve worked incredibly hard to curate a set of prizes that will advance the careers of writers in tangible ways – through access to representation, access to the Industry, a once-in-a-lifetime live read experience, and more.

Check our reviews on FilmFreeway and Moviebytes. (Moviebytes selected Write LA as a Top Contest to Enter in 2020!)

Film and TV Scripts Judged Together

We’re looking for great stories, regardless of genre or style. Film or TV, comedy or drama, sci-fi or gory horror — we’re looking at your overall skills as a writer.  learn more

A Live Read Event Unlike Any Other

The winner will have their entire script read on stage by truly talented professional actors in LA. The reading will be video recorded, and you’ll be able to invite your network to attend.  learn more

A Select Group of Judges

We don’t farm judging out to unknown readers. Our judges do all reading in-house, and we have a head judge with a name, a face, and a real desire to find the very best writers.  learn more

Helpful Prizes for the Top 15

We want every entrant to benefit, not just the winner. We work hard to spread the love as far and wide as we can.  learn more

WRITE LA IS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY

Roadmap Writers is a screenwriting education and training platform for Career Writers looking for a guided path to success. Our programs are hosted by working industry executives and are designed to empower writers with actionable tools and insights to elevate their craft and cultivate relationships with industry professionals. Since 2016, we have helped more than 103 writers sign to representation and countless others get staffed, optioned, or sell their script. 


roadmapwriters.com

Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, has published Final Draft® software – the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world – for 28 years. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, James Cameron and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft software is the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. Final Draft also offers the Final Draft Mobile™ app for iPhone and iPad, making creativity truly portable.


finaldraft.com

Michael Wiese Productions (MWP) has published some 200 books on the art, craft, and business of filmmaking. MWP bestsellers have been translated into 18 languages, are used in over 700 film courses, in the Hollywood studios, and by emerging filmmakers.


mwp.com

A true original, The Standard, Hollywood is a retro classic located in the heart of West Hollywood on the legendary Sunset Strip. A quintessential neighborhood destination, the hotel embraces its original vintage design and offbeat sensibility, a lively experience, the hotel abounds with creativity and spirited clientele.


standardhotels.com

What are you waiting for!?

Tim Schildberger (on the left)
Co-founder & Head Judge

Tim is a proud dual citizen of Australia and the USA. He wrote for the Aussie soap opera Neighbours when he was 21; he had a senior role on the movie Borat (he has stories); he created, wrote, and directed a 13-episode comedy series for the Travel Channel; and his feature scripts have been optioned, and made the Academy Nicholl Fellowship semifinals twice, along with numerous other competition successes. Tim is our head judge, and for the last four years, he has dedicated himself to helping writers through his LiveRead/LA competition (livereadla.com), his script consulting, and his very cool writing workshops. He and his family also foster baby kittens. Seriously. 

Angela Bourassa (also on the left)
Co-founder & Head of Marketing

Angela is a repped writer, mom, and not-so-secret fan of Survivor. In 2019, she won the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Gold Prize in the science fiction category and was a two-category finalist at the Austin Film Festival. A graduate of UCLA and founder of LA Screenwriter (la-screenwriter.com), Angela co-founded this bad boy with Tim and heads up Write LA’s marketing/communication efforts. (She’s slavishly devoted to creating Write LA’s Daily Writing Prompts. It’s not healthy.)

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Write LA is a Partnership of

Founded by Angela Bourassa, LA Screenwriter helps aspiring film and TV writers with articles, interviews, and invaluable writing resources.

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Founded by Tim Schildberger, LiveRead/LA offers live read competitions every two months, consulting services, and intimate writing workshops.

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Have a Question?

Please check our Rules section (top menu) for more details about the competition, the grand prize, and the announcement dates. If you still have questions, send us an email at info@write-la.com

We’re excited to read your story!