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Past Winners

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The 2023 Write LA Shorts Grand Prize Winner

Sabrina Besla – Delores | Dramedy

Brothers Amit & Doon, (South Asian) come face to face with an unusual job. A moral dilemma ensues… life or death.


The 2023 Write LA Shorts Finalists

Clark Childers - Ashes To Dust | Drama

Two siblings, estranged by time and distance, return to the small town of Marfa, TX after the death of their mother. Faced with the task of sorting through the remnants of her life, they come to realize it's all about them now, and maybe they should be more careful where they place that urn.

Colin Francis Costello - Loving Life | Comedy

After the government deems it safe to reopen after a zombie apocalypse, two roommates - a struggling screenwriter who remains optimistic even after his wife left him and a failed actress who suffers from anxiety and depression - try to return to normal by reopening their Hollywood coffee shop.

Stuart Creque - Tsunami | Drama

Fifteen-year-old Ichiro may still be Hiro-chan to his mama, but he's doing a man's job: keeping lookout for the next tsunami that might destroy his village.

Laura Kenner - The Assignment | Dramedy

An aspiring writer has to deal with her past and a surprise package to carry out her first writing assignment.

Bernhard Riedhammer - Living in the Past | Drama

A 30-year-old disillusioned loner must deal with his estranged and socially awkward father, after he suffers a stroke losing part of his memory. Both share a painful past he cannot forget, and his father cannot remember.

Rocky Rose - Kill Me, Please | Drama

A prison inmate must convince a convicted killer serving a life sentence to murder him in order to claim his life insurance money and pay for his sick daughter’s treatment.

David Schroeder - Shiloh | Drama

Crossing a Blue-Red state line in a dystopian 2029, a father and daughter confront bounty hunters, law enforcement, and their own past.

Matt Sheldon - Dead Weight | Drama

Haunted by Dad’s passing, Alex is forced by his estranged mum and sister to dispose of his ashes and empty his childhood home.

Lynda Simmons - The Light At The End | Drama

A woman caring for a husband with Alzheimer's must choose between a treatment that will prolong his life without improving it, or let both the Long Goodbye and the life she has built around it, come to an end.


The 2022 Write LA Shorts Grand Prize Winner


Tova Swartz – Burning Questions | Comedy

After accidentally inviting over a non-witch to their coven meeting, two witches must decide what to do with the non-witch who now knows their location and existence.


The 2022 Write LA Shorts Finalists

Ted Bronson - Bury Me | Comedy

Still not over his divorce, a heartbroken man digs up his recently deceased ex-husband and interrogates him about why their marriage failed.

Brian Cohen - Conversations on a Couch | Comedy

A man on the autism spectrum endures extreme social anxiety to attend a New Year's Eve party, driven by an imperative to confront his best friend with a confession of love.

Mark Dollard - Weeping Wall | Historical

Berlin, 1987. A rebellious artist attempts to paint the forbidden side of the Berlin Wall.

Lexa Hayes - Sweet Sorrow Pie | Drama

A musician finds the courage to perform again after the loss of her muse in a journey that takes place from backstage to mic.

Ed Johnson - The Santero | Drama

An old man revisits ghosts of his past while on a pilgrimage from an old church to the top of a great mesa.

Hunter Morris - Old Dog | Drama

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a kind-hearted man decides to take up guitar in order to take back control of his life.

William Neary - Perks Include Non-Dairy Creamer | Drama

A frustrated architect sets his aspirations aside for more stable employment, until a homeless woman challenges his decision.

Bernhard Riedhammer - Love To Go | Drama

A lonely retiree mourning his late wife tries to find new connections and turns to a dating website called “Love to Go.”

Jacqueline Schaefer- Bottomless | Comedy

All Michelle wants to do after a long week is to relax and watch reality TV. However, her plans are disrupted when her roommate Dina unleashes a wave of anxiety while getting ready for a meet-the-parents dinner date.

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