Rules

Submission Deadlines and Announcements

  • Competition Opens – April 15, 2020
  • Early Deadline – May 5, 2020 – $45
  • Regular Deadline – May 25, 2020 – $60 $55
  • Final Deadline – June 15, 2020 – $75 $65
  • Semifinalists (Top 15) Announced – September 15, 2020
  • Finalists (Top 5) Announced – October 1, 2020
  • Winner Announced – October 7, 2020
  • Grand Prize Experience in LA – November 6-7, 2020

Written Feedback Option

Written feedback may be added to any entry at a rate of $65 for pilots and $95 for features. The feedback will consist of one page of notes focused on what the script does well and areas of possible improvement with helpful suggestions. All feedback will be written by experienced Industry professionals, including Head Judge Tim Schildberger (who will approve ALL feedback). All feedback will be delivered after the Semifinalists are announced and before December 15, 2020.

Regarding Your Entry

  • All entries must be electronically submitted by midnight Pacific time on or before the respective deadline.
  • Write LA is open to anyone worldwide 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.
  • Previous entrants who reached the Semifinalist level or above may not submit the same script or a new draft of the same script again. Such entrants may enter new scripts or scripts that did not advance in previous years.
  • Previous Write LA winners are not eligible to win again.
  • Any person who won a LiveRead/LA competition in 2019 or 2020 is NOT eligible to win the 2020 Write LA competition. LiveRead/LA winners from 2018 or prior are eligible to win Write LA.
  • Initial judging of Write LA is done BLIND. The entrant’s name, address, phone number, or any other identifying information should NOT appear on the title page or any other page of the script. The title page should only include the title of the script or show and the title of the episode, if applicable. Placing a Library of Congress or WGA registration number on the title page is also acceptable, but not required.
  • All entrants retain complete ownership of their scripts.
  • An entry should consist of an original feature film screenplay (maximum 120 pages) or teleplay (maximum 70 pages). Speculative television scripts (i.e. an episode of The Simpsons) are not eligible. All scripts must be written in English. Scripts should be in standard screenplay format and font (Courier 12) and submitted as a PDF file through FilmFreeway or Coverfly. Scripts sent by mail or email are not eligible.
  • Any genre is welcome. No genre or format (feature, half hour, or hour) will be given preference. Feature and television scripts will be judged together.
  • Adaptations are permissible provided that the writer has permission to adapt the original work. Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
  • Any script currently under option or previously optioned or sold is NOT eligible. If a script is optioned or sold during the judging process, the writer(s) must notify Write LA and will be withdrawn from the competition at that point, but the writer(s) will retain any contest placement earned up to the time of the option or sale.
  • Collaborative work is eligible. By submitting, writing teams acknowledge that all members of the writing team agree to these terms and conditions. Writing teams also acknowledge that any prizes won must be shared by the writing team.
  • Do not include resumes, pitches, synopses, casting suggestions, letters, or other supporting documentation with your submission. Judges will not review 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 Write LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter are not eligible for the competition.

Regarding the Grand Prize

  • Write LA will pay for airfare to Los Angeles (up to $500 USD) and one hotel room for the nights of November 6-7, 2020. If the winning writer lives in the Los Angeles area, no cash equivalent for the airfare will be provided. If the winning writer cannot get to Los Angeles for less than $500, the winner will be responsible for any travel costs in excess of $500. If the winner lives outside of the United States, he or she will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and/or passports to enter the country. Write LA will work with the winner to book flights, where possible.
  • If a writing team is selected, only one $500 airfare and hotel room package will be awarded. The writing team will be responsible for determining how they will share the prize, and only two writers will be allowed to share the hotel room.
  • Write LA will work to arrange two Q&A meetings for the winner with Industry Insiders who have experience relevant to the winner and their script. Because we want to customize the experience to the winner, the exact Insiders will not be chosen in advance. The winner understands that Write LA will make a good faith effort to arrange useful meetings. Other people in attendance at these meetings may include Angela Bourassa and Tim Schildberger, the co-founders of Write LA.
  • Write LA will provide dinner for the winner on November 6 and breakfast and lunch on November 7.

The Boilerplate Stuff

  • By entering Write 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 therein may be similar or identical to other material already received and/or developed by one or more of the judges.
  • By entering Write LA, you understand that Write LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter will be free to use your name, script title, and logline for promotional purposes without additional consideration should you qualify for the Semifinals or beyond.
  • Write LA winners give permission to Write LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter to audio and video record their live script reading for promotional use on websites and social media platforms.
  • By entering the Write 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 Write LA. You further agree that your screenplay is owned by you (and co-author(s)).
  • The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless Write LA, LA Screenwriter, and LiveRead/LA, its employees, contractors, agents, and Write LA 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.