Rules

Submission Deadlines and Announcements

  • Competition Opens – May 15, 2019
  • Early Deadline – June 5, 2019 – $45
  • Regular Deadline – June 25, 2019 – $60
  • Final Deadline – July 15, 2019 – $75
  • Quarterfinalists (Top 50) Announced – October 1, 2019
  • Semi-finalists (Top 15) Announced – October 15, 2019
  • Finalists (Top 8) Announced – November 1, 2019
  • Winners (Top 3) Announced – November 15, 2019
  • Grand Prize Experience in LA – December 5-7, 2019

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 solid 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 quarterfinalists are announced on October 1, 2019, and before December 1, 2019.

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 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.
  • Previous entrants who reached the semifinalist level or above in the 2018 Write/LA competition may not submit the same script or a new draft of the same script again.
  • 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.
  • 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 the Film Freeway site. 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 receive 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

  • For each grand prize winner, Write/LA will pay for airfare to Los Angeles (up to $500 USD) and one hotel room for the grand prize experience scheduled for December 5-7, 2019. If any 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 a grand prize 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 winners to book flights, where possible. If a winning writer lives in the Los Angeles area, no cash equivalent for the airfare or hotel room will be provided.
  • 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. Up to four members of winning writing teams will be allowed to participate in the grand prize screenwriting workshop and live read event.
  • The grand prize screenwriting workshop will be a private workshop open only to the winning writers. Other people in attendance may include professional actors (for table reads), select members of the Write/LA staff, and Industry Insiders. As part of the workshop, Write/LA will provide dinner on December 5 and breakfast and lunch on December 6 and 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 Quarterfinals 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.