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A new kind of screenwriting competition.

The 2019 Write/LA competition will open this summer.

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Taking writers to the next level

Write/LA is dedicated to helping writers improve their craft so that they can find success in the ultra-competitive world of screenwriting. To that end, we will be awarding three writers of either feature or television projects the opportunity to come to Los Angeles to take part in a private screenwriting lab, experience the industry, and have their work celebrated at an exclusive live read event.

3 Grand Prize Winners Receive…

The Industry Experience in LA

Airfare and three nights accommodation at The Standard on Sunset, plus opportunities to meet Industry Insiders

A Private Screenwriting Lab

An intensive two-day writing workshop in Los Angeles led by Write/LA head judge, Tim Schildberger

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A Live Read Gala Event

Up to 30 pages of your winning script read by professional actors on stage in front of a theater audience in Los Angeles


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What makes Write/LA 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 exposure to the industry, 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.

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Film and TV Scripts Judged Together

We’re looking for great stories, regardless of genre or style. Film or TV, comedy or drama — we’ll assess your overall skills as a writer.  learn more

A Live Read Event Unlike Any Other

The three winners will be the guests of honor at an exclusive LA gala in January where up to 30 pages of each winning script will be read live on stage.  learn more

A Select Group of Judges

We don’t farm our judging out to unknown readers. Our highly-experienced judges do all of the reading in-house.

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Helpful Prizes for the Top 50 Finishers

We want every entrant to benefit, not just the people who win. Our prizes offer real value for everyone who makes it to the quarterfinals.

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“Our primary function is to create an emotion & our second job is to sustain that emotion.” Hitchcock

The Prizes

We’ve created a set of prizes that will help writers improve their craft and advance their careers.

50 Quarterfinalists receive…

– 25% off all LiveRead/LA contest entries and services for one year
– Announcement on the Write/LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter websites
– Two tickets to the invite-only Live Read Gala in Los Angeles in January 2019

20 Semi-finalists receive…

– All of the Quarterfinalist Prizes
– A phone call after the contest wraps with head judge Tim Schildberger to discuss your script
– A professional logline polish by Angela Bourassa, founder of LA Screenwriter  
– Your logline posted on the Write/LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter websites

8 Finalists receive…

– All of the Semi-finalist Prizes
– Written feedback on your script from a working Industry Insider
– VIP status at the invite-only Live Read Gala in Los Angeles, including an onstage presentation

3 Grand Prize Winners receive…

– All of the Finalist Prizes
– Domestic airfare and a 3-night stay at The Standard in Los Angeles in January 2019
– A private 2-day screenwriting lab in Los Angeles
– Up to 30 pages of your script read on stage by professional actors in front of a theater audience in LA
– Breakfasts  with Industry Insiders
– A surprise excursion during your trip to LA

Enter now. We can’t wait to read your features and pilots.

A Note from Head Judge Tim Schildberger

Two simple truths drive our unique competition.

First, hearing your words read aloud is a crucial step toward improving your craft. I do it with all of my scripts. You can’t hide when the words don’t sound right, and the feeling when people engage with your work rekindles my passion every time.

Second, you need to be an exceptional writer to have a career in this town, and you only become exceptional by working hard, re-writing again and again, and being open to feedback. Talent alone may sell one script, but it’s not enough for a career.

Our competition will help build your skills, so when the opportunity arrives, you’ll be ready. I’ve been writing for thirty years and helping other writers almost as long. As I read your scripts, I’ll be looking for rich characters, an emotional connection, and passionate, focused storytelling. In other words, I’ll be looking for writers who are working hard and will make the most of this unique opportunity.

All the best of luck in the competition. I hope to see you in LA in January!

Latest News

Photos From the 2018 Write/LA Grand Prize Weekend

The 2018 Write/LA Grand Prize weekend has come and gone, and we could not be happier with the whole experience. Jenna Wycoff, Jeff Patneaude, and Jonathan Dillon were the three[…]

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Announcing the 2018 Write/LA Grand Prize Winners

We are positively thrilled to announce the three grand prize winners of the inaugural Write/LA screenwriting competition.

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2018 Write/LA Finalist Optioned!

One of our eight finalists is no longer vying for the grand prize for the very best of reasons. We’re not at liberty to tell you who, but one of[…]

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The Standard Hotel has graciously offered to host our three winners during their stay in LA (including any local winners who could use a staycation). This iconic hotel is a living piece of Hollywood history, and we are thrilled to partner with The Standard.  As their website states,

“A true original since day one, The Standard, Hollywood is located in the heart of West Hollywood on the legendary Sunset Strip. From the wavy Mid-Century Modern facade to the blue AstroTurf pool deck to the floor-to-ceiling shagged lobby, the hotel abounds with curious, unexpected touches at every turn.”

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Write/LA is a partnership of LiveRead/LA & LA Screenwriter

Founded by Angela Bourassa, LA Screenwriter helps aspiring film and TV writers with new articles, scripts, and resources every week.

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

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Enter now. We’re excited to read your story.

Have questions?

Please check our Rules section for more details about the competition, the grand prize, and the announcement dates. If you still have questions, use this form to get in touch.