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Write/LA

Write/LA

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Los Angeles, CA

Web: http://write-la.com
Email: info@write-la.com

Contact: Tim Schildberger, Co-Founder/Head Judge

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Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
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Objective

A new kind of screenplay competition presented by LA Screenwriter and LiveRead/LA.

Write/LA is dedicated to helping writers improve their craft so they can find success in the ultra-competitive world of screenwriting. We will be awarding three writers of either feature or television projects the opportunity to come to Los Angeles to improve their craft, experience the industry (which means meeting people currently working in it), and have their work celebrated at an exclusive live read gala.

Why are we different? We’re tired of contests that promise big breaks but don’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 real people in the industry, and see their words come to life through a a one-of-a-kind live read event. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Earlybird June 15, 2019 $45 82
Standard June 30, 2019 $60 97
Final July 15, 2019 $75 112

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Notification:

Quarterfinalists (Top 50) Announced – October 1st, 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 – December 5-7 2019

Rules

Written Feedback Option – $65 for TV Pilots, $95 for Feature Scripts

Written feedback may be added to any entry starting at $65 for TV Pilots. 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 quarterfinalists are announced on October 1, 2018, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 at 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 from other works are permissible provided that the writer has permission to adapt the work. Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
  • Any script currently under option or previously optioned or sold is NOT eligible.
  • Collaborative work is eligible. By submitting, writing teams acknowledge that all members of the writing team agree to these terms and conditions.
  • 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 January 2019. Transportation while in Los Angeles to all scheduled Write/LA events will also be provided, along with all meals. 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 gala 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 throughout the workshop), select members of the Write/LA staff, and Industry Insiders.

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 in it 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 Quarter Finals or beyond.
  • Write/LA winners give permission to Write/LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter to audio and video record their live read gala script reading for 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 the Write/LA contest. 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.

Awards

Three winners will receive round-trip domestic airfare to Los Angeles and three nights accommodation at iconic Hollywood hotel, The Standard, in December 2019. When in LA, they will have breakfast with Industry Insiders, participate in an intensive two-day writing workshop led by Head Judge and experienced script consultant Tim Schildberger, and have up to 30 pages of their winning script read by professional actors on stage at an invite-only gala.

Quarterfinalists (Top 50) will receive exclusive discounts to future LiveRead/LA events and competitions, have their name published on the Write/LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter websites, and receive two complimentary tickets to the invite-only live read gala.

Semi-finalists (Top 15) will also receive a feedback phone call from Head Judge Tim Schildberger, a professional logline polish from Angela Bourassa (founder of LA Screenwriter), and their polished logline posted on the Write/LA, LiveRead/LA, and LA Screenwriter websites.

Finalists (Top 8) will also receive written feedback from a working Industry Insider and VIP status at our gala event, including an onstage presentation.

Write/LA

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: http://write-la.com
Email: info@write-la.com

Contact: Tim Schildberger, Co-Founder/Head Judge

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
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Write/LA

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: http://write-la.com
Email: info@write-la.com

Contact: Tim Schildberger, Co-Founder/Head Judge

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Write/LA Names Grand Prize Winners

Jonathan Dillon's Artificial has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 Write/LA Screenwriting Competition. The script is about an amnesia-ridden survivor of a pandemic virus who wakes up in a high-tech house being nursed by a mysterious woman. When her secrets begin to unravel, he must do everything he can to get out alive. Other Grand Prize winners include Jeff Patneaude's one-hour pilot Rogues, about a brilliant criminal's quest for vengeance, and Jenna Wycoff's half-hour pilot Vamp, about a recently windowed Latina mom faced with a rare blood cancer, who doubles down on her parental devotion by making a soul-sucking underground arrangement to extend her life, despite some eternal consequences.

Grand Prize Winners

Jonathan Dillon – Artificial (feature)
An amnesia-ridden survivor of a pandemic virus wakes up in a high-tech house being nursed by a mysterious woman, but when her secrets begin to unravel, he must do everything he can to get out alive.

Jeff Patneaude – Rogues (hour pilot)
In corrupt 19th century New York, a brilliant criminal's quest for vengeance is thrown into chaos when he assists in a Pinkerton investigation, forcing him to choose a side of the law before his two worlds collide.

Jenna Wycoff – Vamp (half-hour pilot)
Faced with a rare blood cancer, a recently widowed Latina mom doubles down on her parental devotion by making a soul-sucking underground arrangement to extend her life, despite some eternal consequences...

Finalists and Semifinalists

Nick Alverson – Strength (half-hour pilot)
After reading a candy wrapper fortune, an ambitious civil engineer suddenly becomes physically stronger than her male co-workers and uses her newfound power to show her sexist boss why she belongs on the firm's huge new project.

Ryan Braund – Screenplay.exe (feature)
An obsessive programmer begins to question his reality and his sanity when the artificially super-intelligent computer he creates bristles against its isolation and does whatever it takes to gain its freedom.

Michi Broman – Palm Beach Arcade (hour pilot)
When a tech executive inherits a hard-core porn store, worlds collide as she finds power and autonomy in adult entertainment while simultaneously being forced to work for the biggest misogynist in Silicon Valley.

Michelle Davidson & Jeffrey Field – No Man's Land (feature – FINALIST)
In a future where males are rare and mature into lethal monsters, a spunky teenage rebel begins an ill-fated love affair with a fugitive boy on the brink of his transformation.

Natalie DeJohn & Chandra Wicke – Room For Rent (half-hour pilot)
A sarcastic mommy blogger reluctantly confronts her insecurities about marriage and motherhood when financial troubles force her to rent her spare room to an old college frenemy.

Jeffrey Field – Waiting Games (feature)
A charismatic liar who spins elaborate yarns to strangers in hospital waiting rooms concocts a scheme to help a grieving mother deal with the disappearance of her twin daughters.

Chris Howlett – Last Clip (feature)
A covert NSA operative working the Mexican border must overcome his growing aversion to the killing his profession requires in order to stop two hundred tons of uranium from hitting the black market.

Francisco Infante – Safe Rides (half-hour pilot – FINALIST)
In the era of Myspace and flip phones, a loner eager to leave high school behind is forced to volunteer for a designated driver program and — with a rag-tag group of outcasts — spend his weekends saving his reckless peers from a wide range of bad choices.

Meredith Levine & Andrew Stone – The Mentor (feature – FINALIST)
When their publisher places them in direct competition, writer Henry James betrays his close friend and protege, Edith Wharton, by convincing a lothario journalist to seduce her, putting both their careers and their friendship in serious danger.

Jeff Patneaude – Point Roberts (hour pilot)
Shortly after 9/11 in an isolated Northwest border town, an insecure Middle Eastern teenager must uncover the truth behind his father's disappearance before it's buried by the mysterious residents he once thought he knew.

Huey Pham – The Operator (feature)
After years of trying to prove herself in the military, a strong-but-traumatized veteran of the Afghan War must help save the kidnapped officer who always blamed her for her brother's death — her father.

Leah Pollack – Marked (hour pilot)
In the wake of the Civil War, a paranormal scientist, a mysterious nomad, and a hardened federal marshal come together in the hunt for the Wolf of the West, a feared murderer believed to conjure black magic.

Roger Rosenberger – John Camino – Wartime Memories in a World of Peace (feature)
In the not too distant future, a supersoldier's guiding-chip malfunctions, forcing him to figure out who he was, define who he wants to be, and determine what the world will become.

Joshua Singer – I Call Shotgun (feature – FINALIST)
A 17-year-old mama's boy who's afraid of anything that might hinder his 6pm curfew gets kidnapped in an Uber by an infamous crook — a septuagenarian wild woman — and quickly goes from bumbling captive to confident armed accomplice.

Grace Stewart – The Bunkers (half-hour pilot)
A headstrong teenager tries — and mostly fails — to fit in with her suburban high school peers while coming of age in a family of kooky survivalists who want nothing more than to live off the grid.

Zachary Tomlinson – Desert 10 (hour pilot – FINALIST)
On an Iraqi Army base, three female soldiers — a wide-eyed rookie, a jaded nurse, and a hardened Ranger — must come together to take down a terrorist threat that goes all the way to the top of the military industrial machine.

Lou Wollin – The Stand-Up (half-hour pilot)
A ballsy comic goes in search of the mom she hasn't seen for seven years in a last-ditch effort to keep her wealthy father from having her mom declared dead, clearing the way to marry a much-younger supermodel.

Updated: 12/17/2018
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Write/LA

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: http://write-la.com
Email: info@write-la.com

Contact: Tim Schildberger, Co-Founder/Head Judge

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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