See The Winning Script Video Here!
Write LA Shorts gives one writer the chance to see their short film script read by professional actors, filmed in a unique, hybrid style, and posted online.
Short scripts are a great way to refine your craft, and announce your ‘voice’ to the industry, and Write LA wants to help.
Enter your short script (30 page maximum), any genre, for the chance to see your words performed by incredible actors, in a professionally filmed and edited video that will be posted online.
You can use it as a calling card, or a proof of concept.
Our winner also receives a copy of the latest version of screenwriting software Final Draft, thanks to our sponsors Final Draft.
Prizes for our top 10 finalists include a notebook and pen from our sponsor ‘Decomposition’ by Michael Rogers, a book about screenwriting from sponsors Michael Wiese Productions and free written feedback from Head Judge and script coach Tim Schildberger.
Feedback: receive up to a page of written feedback on your script, personally written by our Head Judge Tim Schildberger for an additional fee of $85.
- Your script performed by professional actors, filmed by a professional camera crew and edited into a ‘hybrid’ style version of the short film. Actors will be on stage, but acting out scenes in a more intimate, visual style than a simple table reading.
- The edited film is made available to the winner to use as a calling card, or a proof of concept and will be posted online.
- A notebook and pen, courtesy of Decomposition Books by Michael Rogers
- A screenwriting book, courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions
- A copy of the latest version of Screenwriting Software Final Draft, courtesy of Final Draft.
- 1 free entry with Feedback into the 2023 Write LA Feature/Pilot Screenplay Competition
- A cool trophy
The Winner Receives...
- A notebook and pen courtesy of Decomposition Books.
- A screenwriting book, courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions
- Your short script’s logline posted on our website
- Free written feedback from Head Judge Tim Schildberger
- 1 Free entry into the 2023 Write LA Feature/Pilot Screenplay Competition.
Top 10 Finalists Receive...
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Write LA Shorts is proudly sponsored by
Michael Wiese Productions (MWP) has published some 200 books on the art, craft, and business of filmmaking. MWP bestsellers have been translated into 18 languages, are used in over 700 film courses, in the Hollywood studios, and by emerging filmmakers.
Fictional Entity is a boutique management company representing an international roster of writers, directors, producers and actors working in film and TV across all genres. With a collective background in agency representation, studio project development, international financing, and an extensive global network, partners Chris Deckard and Krista Carpenter provide clients with innovative career guidance, consistent and open communication, in-depth feedback, promotion to top industry players, and assistance in pitching and selling their projects.
Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, has published Final Draft® software – the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world – for 28 years. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, James Cameron and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft software is the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. Final Draft also offers the Final Draft Mobile™ app for iPhone and iPad, making creativity truly portable.
Why Enter Write LA Shorts?
We have a proven record of helping writers of pilots and screenplays gain access to the ‘industry’ launch their career, and improve command of their writing craft. So we're applying those skills to the short script format.
As fellow writers, we know how hard it is to get something you wrote actually filmed using professional actors and crew. We also know how cool it feels when it happens - so we're making it happen.
There's no better way of announcing yourself to the 'industry' than by having something you wrote performed, filmed, and shown. So we're giving one lucky winner that chance.
A Select Group of Judges
We have a small, professional team of readers (which means we pay them), hand picked and led by Head Judge Tim Schildberger. No anonymous, faceless stuff here. We are a reliable, safe space for your creative choices. Feature and Pilot scripts we've selected have been optioned, their writers repped, and connected in ‘Hollywood’. We take the judging process seriously, because it's important that every writer gets the fairest shot at being selected.
Helpful Prizes for the Top 10
We're not just about the winner. We want to give other writers a chance to benefit from their entry. So the rest of the top ten get a range of prizes aimed at helping you become a stronger writer.
Short scripts are a great way to build confidence in your skills. So send us your words, and let us help you grow!
I can’t recommend this contest enough. … JUST DO IT!
Matt White, Finalist
What People Say about Write LA
My experience with Write LA has been extremely positive. Thanks to Write LA, I got to see my work get brought to life, which was a very surreal and motivating experience.
2022 WRITE LA SHORTS WINNER
"Five stars all around. This contest is valuable at every tier. The script feedback is insightful and clearly communicated… I’ve recommended this contest to all of my up-and-coming writer friends."
2018 WRITE LA WINNER
"As a semi-finalist, I had an awesome notes session that was well worth the price of entry. Great feedback and super supportive. I’d definitely enter again."
2018 WRITE LA SEMIFINALIST
I'm so honored to be a finalist in your competition. The communication throughout the entire process was fantastic, and you just know, they really care about the writer. Thanks a lot for a truly great experience!
2022 WRITE LA SHORTS FINALIST
"Thank you so much for these notes. These are the most coherent, straight-forward, ACTIONABLE notes I’ve received on this script yet."
"A quality well run event. Tim and his team should consult for other competitions. This is the way it should be done. I did not win, but will use Tim’s advice to improve my future scripts."
Write LA Shorts founder & Head Judge
Tim is a proud dual citizen of Australia and the USA. He wrote for the Aussie soap opera Neighbours when he was 22; he had a senior role on the movie Borat (he has stories); he created, wrote, and directed a 13-episode comedy series 'Lawrence of America' for the Travel Channel; his feature scripts have been optioned, and made the Academy Nicholl Fellowship semifinals twice, along with numerous other competition successes. Tim is our head judge, and for the last six years, he has dedicated himself to helping writers through his Write LA Screenwriting Competitions, his script coaching, and his writing workshops. Getting the last three Write LA winners Literary Managers is proof of his talent spotting and networking skills. He and his family also foster baby kittens. Seriously.
Have a Question?
Please check our Rules section for more details about the competition, the grand prize, and the announcement dates. If you still have questions, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We're excited to read your story.