“Our primary function is to create an emotion & our second job is to sustain that emotion.” –Hitchcock
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!
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.”
Write/LA is a partnership of LiveRead/LA & LA Screenwriter
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.