Announcing the 2019 Write/LA Grand Prize Winners! 

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The Grand Prize Live Read will take place December 7 at Raleigh Studios. Write/LA will return in 2020!

By writers, for writers.

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 award 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.

The 2019 Write/LA Winners

3 Grand Prize Winners Receive…

The Industry Experience in LA

Airfare and a 3-night hotel stay in Los Angeles, plus opportunities to meet Industry Insiders

A Private Screenwriting Lab

An intensive 2-day writing workshop led by Write/LA head judge, Tim Schildberger

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An Invite-Only Live Read Event

Up to 25 pages of your script read by professional actors on stage in front of a theater audience


Early Deadline


Regular Deadline


Final Deadline

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.

Enter Via FilmFreeway

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. 

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A Live Read Event Unlike Any Other

The three winners will be honored guests at a Grand Prize Live Read where up to 25 pages of their scripts will be read on stage by professional actors.

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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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“We are writers, and we want to empower fellow writers with the necessary tools to build lasting careers.”     –Tim Schildberger

The Prizes

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

3 Grand Prize Winners receive…

Domestic airfare and a 3-night hotel stay in Los Angeles
– A private 2-day screenwriting lab in Los Angeles
– Up to 25 pages of your script read on stage by professional actors in front of a theater audience in LA
Breakfasts with Industry Insiders
1 free copy Movie Magic Screenwriter 6
3 screenwriting books (your choice of five options) courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions
Written feedback on your script from a working Industry Insider
A professional logline polish by Angela Bourassa, founder of LA Screenwriter
**NEW ADDITION** Winning scripts reviewed by Script Pipeline’s creative executives and considered for circulation to their network of production companies, managers, agents, and directors
– All of the finalist prizes…

8 Finalists receive…

Written feedback on your script from a working Industry Insider
1 free copy Movie Magic Screenwriter 6
2 screenwriting books (your choice of five options) courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions
– A 10-minute feedback phone call after the contest wraps with head judge Tim Schildberger
– A professional logline polish by Angela Bourassa
All of the semifinalist prizes…

15 Semifinalists receive…

1 free copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter 6
1 free screenwriting book (your choice of five options) courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions
– A 10-minute feedback phone call after the contest wraps with head judge Tim Schildberger
– A professional logline polish by Angela Bourassa
Your logline posted on the Write/LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter websites
– All of the quarterfinalist prizes… 

50 Quarterfinalists receive…

A voucher to purchase Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 for $50 (regular price $249.95)
25% off LiveRead/LA entries & services for one year
2 tickets to the invite-only Grand Prize Live Read in Los Angeles in December 2019

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

Write/LA is sponsored by Movie Magic® Screenwriter

Movie Magic® Screenwriter is the industry standard screenwriting software for writing screenplays, teleplays, sitcoms, stage plays, musicals, comic scripts, graphic novels, and more.

Screenwriter has a massive set of features designed to make the writing process simple. Integrated outlining, the ability to compare drafts of screenplays, and the most comprehensive production features of any screenwriting software all make Movie Magic Screenwriter the clear choice for getting your stories from concept to screen.

Produced by Write Brothers® Inc., the only company that has received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for screenwriting software.

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.

Michael says, “When you make a film or write a script, there is an implicit agreement between the filmmaker/writer and the audience. The audience says, ‘I’ll give you some money and a few hours of my time. In return you’ll show me something I’ve never seen before.’ Our books fulfill a similar pact with our readers who say, ‘Teach me something I didn’t know that will make me a better, more successful writer or filmmaker.’ We do this by demystifying the sometimes secretive worlds of screenwriting, directing, acting, producing, film financing, and other media crafts.”

Write/LA is sponsored by Michael Wiese Productions

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2019 Grand Prize Live Read Sponsors

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 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.