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Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 14    
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Objective

The Table Read My Screenplay Contest is more than just a screenplay contest. It's an experience! The Grand Prize Feature/Pilot Winner will be flown to Chicago during the Chicago International Film Festival. Grand Prize Winner will have their screenplay read by professional actors and workshopped by a director. We cover Hotel & Airfare expenses during the festival. Enjoy Parties, Movies, Celebs & more!

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early July 6, 2017 $35 (features & pilots) $25 (shorts) 7
Final August 2, 2017 $60 (features & pilots) $50 (shorts) 34

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Notification: SEMI-FINALISTS - September 7, 2017;
GRAND PRIZE Winner - September 27, 2017

Rules

Please see website: https://tablereadmyscreenplay.com/rulesfaq-chicago-2/

Awards

GRAND PRIZE FEATURE / PILOT
    Feature/Pilot Grand Prize includes:
  • $1000 CASH.
  • We fly you to the Chicago International Film Festival.
  • You’ll participate in 4 days & nights of films, parties & networking.
  • A director will workshop scenes from your screenplay with professional actors to be performed at a table read during the festival.
  • We celebrate you after the table read with a wine reception.
  • After your exciting week, you’re invited into the ISA Development Program, where we’ll introduce your screenplay to producers, agents & managers to really catapult your career.
PLUS:
  • You'll receive a Script OR Career Consultation with a professional script consultant from Jacob Krueger Studio for up to 120 pages. ($1000 value)
  • You'll be announced on The Tracking Board with a dedicated write-up and submitted to over 1,700 Industry Professionals for review.
  • Listed on the ISA website and The Tracking Board as Official ISA Spotlight Selection.
  • All prizes in the Top 10 Category and Semi-Finalist Categories.
GRAND PRIZE SHORT
  • $500 CASH PRIZE
  • You'll receive a Table Read recording of your Winning Screenplay by Professional Actors.
  • You'll receive a Script OR Career Consultation with a professional script consultant from Jacob Krueger Studio for up to 120 pages. ($1000 value)
  • You'll be announced on The Tracking Board with a dedicated write-up and submitted to over 1,700 Industry Professionals for review.
  • Listed on the ISA website and The Tracking Board as Official ISA Spotlight Selection.
  • All prizes in the Top 10 Category and Semi-Finalist Categories.

INT'L SCREENWRITERS' ASSOCIATION CHICAGO WRITER AWARD

TRMS would like to award a special honor in celebration of the local talent. This accolade will be offered to a writer whose hometown and residence is within 106 miles of the city we visit, on this occasion - Chicago.

  • Professional Actors will perform scenes from your screenplay at the TRMS Showcase Presented by the ISA in Chicago.
  • Special Invitation into the ISA Development Program and ISA Spotlight.
  • 1 Year ISAConnect Membership. ($100 Value)
  • Plus prizes from the Semi-Finalist Categories.
TOP 10 CATEGORY WINNERS
  • 1 Year ISAConnect Membership. ($100 Value)
  • Write Your Screenplay Class with Jacob Krueger in NYC or Online. ($350 Value)
  • Write Your Screenplay Class includes One-on-One Consultation.
SEMI-FINALISTS
  • American Beauty: Seven Act Structure ($150 value) w/ Award-Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger

This seminar not only breaks down the seven acts of this classic but delves into the motivations of writer Alan Ball; both when he set out to pen this film and upon revising it. Award-Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger discusses the various motivations of the characters in order to show how their organic growth changed the structure of the story we as an audience are told.

EVERYONE WHO ENTERS RECEIVES:

Getting Past the Gatekeepers: How To Get Producers, Managers, and Agents on the Phone with Award-Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger

Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 14    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 14    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

HollywoodIQ:

Interview with Table Read My Screenplay Winner Mark Grisar

Screenwriter Mark Grisar scored a big 2016 contest win when his script Cleaning House was selected as the winner of the London edition of the Table Read My Screenplay Contest. The script has been optioned for production and is scheduled to shoot this spring with Nick Quested attached to direct.

Updated: 03/18/2017

Table Read My Screenplay Announces Contest Winners

Derek Asaff's The Wheelman has been named the Grand Prize Winner of 2014 Table Read My Screenplay (London) screenwriting competition. Sam McClure's Mind of a Child was the short screenplay winner.

Updated: 10/15/2014

Table Read My Screenplay Announces 2014 Contest Winners

Nick Schober's Given has been named the Grand Prize Winner in the Feature/Pilot Category of the 2014 Table Read My Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 02/19/2014

Table Read Announces Sundance Season Contest Winner

Alex Simon has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the Table Read My Screenplay Sundance Season Screenwriting Contest. He'll be flown to Sundance to attend the table read being held at the Park City Waldorf Astoria on Sunday, January 23rd.

Updated: 01/13/2011

Table Read My Screenplay Announces Contest Winners

Stepher Hoover's Buried South of Galations has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the Table Read My Screenplay Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 06/03/2010

Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 14    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Stuart Land

An interview with screenwriter Stuart Land regarding the Table Read Writing Competition.


Stuart Land
Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: Todd McCoy's Adventure West won 1st place in the Action/adventure category. It's about a selfish NYC street-urchin who's thrown from a train in 1872 Wyoming when he discover something nefarioius. He's suddenly faced with rivers, trees, Indians, mountain men, and kidnappers. He finds his true self by losing everything, and then puts his life on the line to save his friends.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I liked the idea of going to Sundance and having actors read my script. I haven't seen snow in over 15 years, I miss skiing. I entered this script in two other contests. One had three reader: two liked it, but one didn't, so it didn't move up. The other is still in session, but I've placed as a semi-finalist so far, with results due in March.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: So far they have honored all their prizes, but they're spread out, so won't know for another few weeks. Mostly I'm interested in who they showed the script to.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: Well, if you count waiting time, it took eight years. I pitched the initial synopsis at a conference eight years ago and everyone loved it, but said it would never get made because it starred a 12-year-old boy, and was a period piece. Stupidly, I listened to that nonsense and put off writing it for all that time. When I got back to it last fall, it took about six weeks to write and polish. I might add, that I understand structure quite well, and decided to structure the story from a different logic than "Save the Cat." Apparently, some people get it, and some don't.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: I wrote this, and all my screenplay in Movie Magic Screenwriter. However, this contest awarded me Final Draft, so maybe I'll give it a try.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: When I'm in writing mode, that is, working a particular project, I write every day, 6-15 hours, seven days a week.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: Once I'm writing, luckily, I don't get writer's block, mainly because I allow my characters to tell the story, not me. Sometimes it takes me a while to get going initially, doing all the research and such. I teach writing, and when my student complain of writer's block, I tell them to stop trying to write for the characters, let them write for themselves. Every action and reaction, whether dialogue or situational, is a result of conflict where one character wants something, and the other character wants essentially the same thing. Only one can triumph. Approach writer's block as as a confrontation where there are countless ways to obtain your goal. Let your characters battle it out. You stay out of the way.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I've written 18 screenplays, and 8 published novels, along with a few TV hour-longs, and spec series, short stories, and poems. I've optioned some of my scripts and sold one to China last year.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I've lived in LA before for many years. I'd be happy to visit, but in this day and age, I see no reason to move back there. Of course, I might be persuaded with some nice digs in Malibu.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I'm presently writing the third book in my ORIGINAL BLOOD vampire series. You can find all my books on Amazon. I'm also scripting a romantic comedy.

Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014