presented by LA Screenwriter and LiveRead/LA

The 2018 Write/LA competition is now closed.

Entrants should expect to hear back about whether they advanced in the competition on November 1.

For those who missed this season, we’ll be back with another competition next summer. Stay tuned!


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.

Check out the full competition details and rules at the official Write/LA website.

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.

A Live Read Gala Event

Up to 30 pages of your winning script read by real actors on stage in front of a theater audience.

What makes Write/LA different?

We’re tired of contests that promise big breaks but can’t deliver. 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 a one-of-a-kind live read event.

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.

Helpful Prizes for the 50 Top 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.

A Live Read Event Unlike Any Other

The three winners will be the guests of honor at an exclusive LA gala in January 2019 where up to 30 pages of each winning script will be read live on stage.

A Select Group of Judges

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

The Prizes

50 Quarterfinalists

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

20 Semi-Finalists

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

All of the Semi-finalist Prizes ~ Feedback on your script from a working Industry Insider ~ VIP status at the invite-only LiveRead Gala in Los Angeles, including an onstage presentation

3 Grand Prize Winners

All of the Finalist Prizes ~ Domestic airfare and a 3-night stay at The Standard in Hollywood ~ A private 2-day screenwriting workshop 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 Before the Next Deadline

Extended Deadline - August 8, 2018

Final Deadline - September 2, 2018

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