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Timeline

Mega Early Deadline:

Jan 16, 2019

Early Deadline:

Feb 05, 2019

Regular Deadline:

Mar 19, 2019

Final Deadline:

May 02, 2019

CATEGORIES & FEES

Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $59
  • ISAConnect Entry $54
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $59
  • ISAConnect Entry $54
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $39
  • ISAConnect Entry $34
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $39
  • ISAConnect Entry $34

Announcements

Semi-Finalists

Jun 13, 2019

Grand Prize and Top 10

Jul 09, 2019

Table Read My Screenplay - Hollywood Pitch Festival

CONTEST DESCRIPTION


Table Read My Screenplay will help to propel your screenwriting career forward with the Table Read showcase experience, an opportunity to confidently pitch to a range of 200 industry professionals with the title of “Grand Prize Winner” at the 23rd Annual Hollywood Pitch Festival, and a support mechanism for layering a long-term career with an invitation to be a part of the elite ISA Development Slate.

Accepting Features and Pilots here. To enter Shorts or Web Series enter at TableReadMyScreenplay.com.


PRIZES


GRAND PRIZE WINNER (Features and TV Pilots)

Gain exposure with directors, producers and other industry pros through a live Table Read performance of your script, an invitation to the ISA Development Slate and an all-access pass to the 23rd Annual Hollywood Pitch Festival, plus many more exciting prizes.


Prior to your Table Read showcase, the director will personally meet with you to workshop your script with professional actors. You’ll also get the opportunity to pitch to over 200 Industry Professionals at the Hollywood Pitch Festival, and as an elite member of the ISA Development Slate, the Career Development team will work with you for a minimum of 1 year to continue getting you and your script in front of more Producers, Literary Representatives and other Industry Executives from companies like Lakeshore Entertainment, Gidden Media, ICM, and others.

ISA HOLLYWOOD WRITER AWARD
TRMS would like to award a special honor in celebration of the local talent. This accolade will be offered to a Feature or TV Pilot writer who resides within 100 miles of Los Angeles.

SHORTS PRIZE WINNER (Includes Web Series Pilots)
Your winning short will be recorded by professional actors and posted as a podcast on the ISA’s Curious About Screenwriting Network.

You will be considered for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate where we will share your script and podcast episode to ISA approved Industry Pros and new media outlets including AwesomenessTV and more. If you produce your short script within 18 months of winning, we’ll cover your entry fee towards three major Hollywood short film festivals.

ALL 3 WINNERS ALSO RECEIVE

An ISA Development Slate Evaluation for Your Next Script ($199 Value)
Plus, Additional Prizes from the Top 10 and Semi-Finalist Categories.

Additional Prizes from the Top 10 and Semi-Finalist categories.

TOP 10 
  • 1 Year ISAConnect ($100 Value)
  • Screenwriting Tribe: Workshop Handbook for Writing and Polishing Film and TV Spec Scripts

TOP 100 and SHORT OR WEB SERIES PILOT TOP 25
  • The Craft Course Online ($99 Value)
     
    Go beyond the basics of screenwriting, forget all of the fancy vocabulary, and let’s get your script finished! Receive immediate access to all lessons, lectures and audio materials. This full development screenwriting course will help you build your script, one step at a time. Work at your own pace and finish a script in less than 12 weeks!

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On February 05, 2019 Scott Nelson said:
You indicate shorts but the entry only has features and pilots

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Hi Scott,

THanks for pointing out that error on this page.  We will get that updated.

Until then, you can enter a short on the Table Read My Screenplay site:

https://tablereadmyscreenplay.com/submit-hollywood/

 

 

On January 11, 2019 Bruce Kalish said:
Why don’t you also offer a service where you can have writers get their screenplays read for a few?

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Hi Bruce,

Send me an email to info@tablereadmyscreenplay.com and give me a bit more info related to your question.   Not sure what you mean by "a few". 

Feedback Type

Additional Fee Added to Entry

  • First 20 Pages Feedback (1-2 pages of notes): $30
  • General Feedback (2-3 pages of notes): $60
  • ISA Development Evaluation (5 pages of notes): $120

Feedback Type Description

First 20 Pages Feedback (1-2 Pages) – So much of the opportunity available to your script is spent within the first twenty pages. You need to make sure the hook, teaser, cold open… grabs the reader and presents you like it should. This analysis will give you those answers.

General Feedback (2-3 Pages) – You know your work inside and out, now it’s time to get a second opinion. We’ll read your full script, and you’ll receive a detailed personalized critique on what we see, what we think, and suggestions on where to go next.

ISA Development Evaluation (5 pages of notes) – This is for those looking to submit to the ISA Development Slate. Writers who select this feedback will not only be considered for the Slate but receive suggestions on how to improve overall writing, story, structure, commercial appeal and more.

Rules

  • This contest is open to anyone except all employees, judges, directors, associates, and immediate families of the TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY (TRMS) Contest.
  • The writer is under no obligation to participate in the contest, and understands that it is not a guarantee or expectation of employment.
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or disability. It is our intention that all qualified submissions be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on script-related factors alone.
  • Up to four scripts may be entered on one entry form. Additional scripts can be entered through an additional entry form.
    Promotional discounts offered may only be utilized at the time of submission and no partial refund for a promotional code may be issued after an entry has been officially submitted.
  • Once material has been entered, no substitutions of new drafts or corrections will be considered after 24 hours from original submission time and date have past. After this time the writer may complete a new entry form and pay the appropriate entry fee to submit a revised version of their script.
  • Loglines may be changed once during the competition by e-mailing info@tablereadmyscreenplay.com with a revised logline; the writer must include the Title and Date of the original submission in the body of the e-mail along with the logline.
  • Feedback is a separate service with an additional fee, and unless specifically part of a promotion, is not an expected part of any entry. Feedback is in no way tied to contest placement.
  • The writer understands that feedback, whether paid or received as part of a promotion, can take 90 days or more to be returned, and may not be received before the end of the contest. TRMS will make all attempts to return feedback as soon as possible.
  • TRMS does not provide notes and/or scoring with every entry.
  • Grand Prize Winners from previous TRMS seasons may submit again, provided the contest city is not the same for which they previously won, and they must submit a new screenplay to be eligible.
  • Previous Shorts Prize Winners may enter a Feature to any contest. If a writer wins the Grand Prize in two cities they may no longer submit.
  • Those who have placed as a Top 10 or Category Winner three times with three separate screenplays are ineligible to submit in any future contest season.
  • To be considered for the ISA Hollywood Writer Award the writer must currently reside within 100 miles of Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. The ISA Hollywood Writer Award recipient will not receive airfare or hotel.
    The Hollywood Writer Award Winner will be provided a $50 stipend to cover gas and parking for the TRMS events.
    International writers are eligible to participate in the contest, so long as their participation is not prevented by law in either country.
  • TRMS will provide roundtrip airfare up to $800 for a Domestic flight or $1500 for an International flight not to exceed $1500. There is no cash reimbursement for flights that cost more than the limit, nor will there be a disbursement of the difference for flights that are less than the limit.
  • Adaptations from other works are permissible provided the writer has written permission to adapt the work from the original source.
  • Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible, however the writer assumes all responsibility assuring copyright status.
  • Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the contest prize(s). Only one pass and airfare & hotel for a single writer will be awarded to the Grand Prize Winner.
  • Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
  • The script and any related materials must not be in a current option agreement, and/or may not have been previously sold or produced for profit.
  • The writer understands and accepts without reservation that they are an independent contractor and that the contest administrators and sponsors are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments on prize money to any government agency, at any level, be it local, state, or federal.
  • The writer understands that it is their sole responsibility to register material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writers Guild of America West or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
  • The writer must retain at least one copy of the submitted material, and understands that any material we receive cannot and will not be returned under any circumstances.
  • Script Length Guidelines:?Feature – (70 – 120 pages), TV Pilots – (10 – 70 pages), Shorts – (1 – 45 pages), Web Series Pilots (1-20 pages)
  • Scripts longer than recommended length will still be considered for the contest, and will not be disqualified.
  • If a screenplay is submitted for feedback and is over 130 pages, an additional service fee of $1 per page will apply; the writer will be invoiced separately for the fee. If the writer does not wish to pay an additional fee, the Feedback Reader will be instructed to read the first 120 pages only.
  • All entries must be received by Final Deadline. TRMS reserves the right to extend the contest deadline up to 90 days.
    TRMS is not responsible for late, lost, unacceptably formatted, corrupt, or incorrect submissions, and may not be able to honor such entries.
  • Free Re-entries only accepted 1 time through May 2nd, no exceptions.
  • The writer may submit their screenplay to any other person, contest, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
  • The writer retains all rights to their screenplay, subject to the terms and agreements contained herein.
  • The writer assures that to the best of their knowledge they have the legal right to submit it for judging to TRMS.
  • The writer understands that their logline and/or screenplay will be reviewed by ISA and TRMS employees and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. The writer also understands that any one of these employees or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to those contained in scripts they read, and hereby waives any claim that TRMS, its employees or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of their submission logline or script.
  • No agreement for compensation, other than the TRMS prizes listed, has been implied.
  • TRMS intends to submit the Top 100 List to respected producers on behalf of the writer. The writer may withdraw from this process at any time.
  • Confirmation of entry will be received once a script is submitted with an entry form and completed with an entry fee through our payment vendor. The writer must provide a valid e-mail address with entry; if an email address should change after submission, it is the writer’s responsibility to let us know.
  • The writer understands that the ISA and TRMS will be free to use their name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration, should the writer make it past the first round.
  • All winners agree to give permission to the ISA, TRMS and other sponsors for associated contest audio and video recordings of the Table Read and other events to be used on websites and social media platforms.
  • TRMS reserves the right to award a cash prize at its discretion. The Winner is under no obligation to accept the associated prizes but will not be awarded or owed a cash replacement upon electing not to move forward with prizes offered.
  • TRMS may develop a series or documentary style program based on the inner workings of the contest and the production resulting there from. TRMS reserves the right to contact the writer with offers to participate in any such production. The writer is under no obligation to participate therein.
  • All Grand Prize, Top 10 and Semifinalist choices are made at the express decision of TRMS, and once made are considered final. The writer agrees to accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
  • There are no refunds for submissions at any time for any reason.
  • TRMS has the right to change or add to the prizes at any time, without notice, and/or substitute prizes of equal or lesser value.
  • Additional rules may be amended at the sole discretion of TRMS.
  • By selecting ‘I have Read and Understand the Contest Rules’ on the entry page and submitting, the writer agrees to all of these rules.

FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q: How do I enter Table Read My Screenplay – HOLLYWOOD?
A: Complete the Entry Form.

Q: How do I enter for one of the other cities?
A: Only one Table Read My Screenplay competition is held at any time. Our next host city will be announced at a later date.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A:  We accept all payments through PayPal, however you do not need a PayPal account to use it. Once you are taken to the payment page, you can select “Pay by Credit/Debit Card.”

Q: Do you accept check or money order by mail.
A: No; all payments must be made through PayPal.

Q:  I would like to mail you a hardcopy of my script. How can I do that?
A: In an effort to maintain a green company, we only accept screenplays and teleplays through our website or one of our partner websites (the ISA, FilmFreeway, WithoutABox).

Q: Should I include my contact information on my title page?
A: If you choose to do so, you may include your contact information on the title page, but it does not affect judging either way if you choose not to include it.

Q: How do I re-enter my entry?
A: Instructions were sent to you when you applied. Please use that re-entry link through May 2nd. You may only re-enter your entry one time through the Final Deadline. Absolutely NO exceptions, no extensions, no mistakes or errors accepted. Once your entry is re-entered, it will immediately be judged making that entry final.

Q: Who will be reading my screenplay/judging the contest?
A: The final panel of judges will be comprised of screenwriting and other industry professionals, including but not limited to producers, managers and established writers.

Q: If I win will you fly me to Hollywood?
A: It depends which category you enter:

The Grand Prize Winner will receive coach airfare and accommodations resulting in a three-night stay.
The Shorts Prize Winner will receive $750, which can be put toward airfare if they wish to attend; TRMS will not book the flight for the Short Prize Winner.


Q: Can I enter my Short script as a Pilot?
A: You may enter your script however you wish, however our judges will be looking for formatting and structural techniques that are unique to each medium.

Q: When is the Table Read?
A: The Grand Prize Showcase reading will be held during the Hollywood Pitch Festival in August 2019. The exact date is still TBD. If the final date as selected by TRMS does not work for the winner, TRMS will not provide any cash value matching for the non-accepted airfare and hotel. We will be as flexible as possible, but the ultimate decision resides solely with TRMS.

The Shorts Winner will receive a digital recording of their script’s Table Read no later than October 1st, 2019.

Q: Can we gift the HPF Pass to someone else?
A. The HPS Pass is not transferrable, and is forfeited if you decide not to attend.

Q: How does the Grand Prize Winner participate in the Table Read itself?
A: You sit back, relax, and observe as a director works scenes from your winning screenplay with the actors in preparation for the showcase of your first 20 pages. We will also do a full table read of your script. There you can take a few notes of what’s working and what might need some tweaking. We encourage you to watch the process rather than reading off the script because you will get to listen again when you receive the recording.

Q: Does the Shorts Prize Winner receive a Table Read?
A: The Shorts Winner will receive a live recording of their Table Read, which will be posted on ISA’s Curious About Screenwriting Network and provided to the ISA’s list of Industry Professionals.

Q: Do I maintain the rights to my screenplay?
A: YES, you retain all the rights to your screenplay. Table Read My Screenplay seeks to support and empower writers, rather than claim their hard work for ourselves. If we select your script for recognition, you agree to grant us the right to hold a live Table Read and promote your success, but the script itself is still yours.

Q: Do I need to submit a Synopsis?
A: Synopses are not required, and are not considered during the judging process.

Q: Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
A: Yes, you may use whatever name you wish, understanding that this is the name TRMS and the ISA will use to promote your script, should you win.

Q: Does my screenplay have to be registered with the Writers’ Guild or another organization?
A: No, but we do recommend registering your work with the WGA West, the Library of Congress Copyright office or other similar organization in your country. It’s really easy and a VERY smart thing to do.

Q: Is an adaptation of a published novel or other work written by someone else eligible?
A: You must have the legal rights to adapt the book to enter your screenplay. Either the original work must be in the public domain, or you must have the author’s permission to adapt it. Spec scripts without written permission will not be considered.

Q: Can I send you a revised copy of my script?
A: Once we have received your entry, you have 24 hours to contact us about any replacements you need to make. After the 24-hour period is through, NO script revisions will be accepted FOR ANY REASON. If you would like to enter a revised version of your screenplay, you may do so as a new entry.

Q: Can I make changes to my genre or logline?
A: Yes, you may change your listed genre or logline at any time; simply e-mail us at info@tablereadmyscreenplay.com and let us know about the change. Once the contest is closed, we will not be able to make any changes.

Q: What stops you from taking my idea and developing it yourself?
A: Our panel of judges is comprised of respected industry professionals, and they have no intention of stealing your material. If you make it to the Semi-Finalist round, your work will be seen by these professionals, which in turn, gets you one step closer to getting your screenplay produced. You can sit at home and protect your ideas all day long hoping for that one right person to come along, or you can get your work out there and show us what you’ve got!

SHORTS AND WEB SERIES

Q: Do you accept Web Series?
A: Yes, Web Series will be considered for the Shorts Prize and should be entered as such. However, we will only consider the “Pilot” episode of your Web Series.

Q: What about series intended for streaming (Netflix, Hulu, ABC Digital, etc.)
A: Generally-speaking it depends on script length; any Pilot over 20 Pages should be entered as a TV Pilot (like Stranger Things, Catastrophe, etc). Series with shorter episodes like Forever 31 and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot should be entered as Shorts.

Q: Be honest: can TV Pilots actually win the Grand Prize?
A. Yes, Features and Pilots compete for the same prize, and we judge each on its own merits within its medium; TV Pilots have won in the past.

Q: What’s the minimum/maximum required page length?
A: Guidelines for suggested page lengths:

Features: 70 to 120 Pages
TV Pilots: 20 to 70 Pages
Shorts: 1 to 40 Pages
Web Series: 1 to 20 Pages

Q: My Feature script is over 120 Pages. Will I be disqualified?
A: Scripts that run over suggested page lengths will not be disqualified; however, extra pages can affect everything from pacing to structure to marketability, so we would advise you to get your script as close as possible to where the industry expects it to be.

Q: Will I be charged more if I go over 120 pages?
A: The entry fee does not change. However, if you purchase feedback, we will need to invoice you $1 per page above 120 for the Reader, who will receive every cent of the additional fee.

Q: Can I enter two scripts in one document?
A: You may enter up to four scripts per entry, but all scripts MUST be in their own individual PDF document.

Q: Can I submit an episode from my series besides the Pilot for consideration?
A: We would advise against this, as our judges consider all TV episodes as if they are the first in the series. No one would read a film script that starts on page 20.

Q: Does the choice of genre matter in my submission?
A: Yes, but only to determine what your goal is for your work; ie, if you submit your script as a Comedy, we would expect it to be funny. All genres are in competition with one another, and there are no genre-specific prizes.

Q: The genre of my script is not an available choice; how should I enter?
A: You should choose the genre that is most closely associated with your script – if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at info@tablereadmyscreenplay.com. That said, we will not consider scripts for documentary, erotica, reality TV or musicals.

Q: Can I submit my screenplay in multiple genres?
A: Yes, you can; however, you will have to pay an entry fee each time as if they were separate scripts. That said, we do not require you to enter any script more than one time. Genre suggestions are simply for guidance.

Q: Can multiple scripts from one writer place in the Top 100 Semifinalists list?
A. Yes, some writers may have more than one script reach the Top 100. Table Read My Screenplay is interested in promoting scripts as well as writers, and as such we choose the Top 100 scripts that we receive to move on to the Semifinals.

Q: Are Shorts part of the Top 100 Semifinalists list?
A: Shorts and Web Series Pilots will be featured onto their own Top 25 Semifinalists list. For all contests prior to 2018, Features, TV Pilots, and Shorts are all featured on the same list.

INTERNATIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: I don’t live in the United States—am I still eligible?
A: Yes, we accept International entries, but all submissions must be in English.

Q: My country currently cannot do business with the US so I cannot pay; may I receive a waiver?
A: Unfortunately, at this time we cannot grant waivers.

Q: Will you pay for my flight even though I don’t live in the US?
A: Table Read My Screenplay will up to $1,500 for an international flight, and up to $800 for a domestic flight..

Q: If I choose not to fly or stay in your hotel, is there a cash equivalent?
A: No. If you decide not to utilize the flight or hotel, they are simply forfeited.

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Hahn's OASIS - Best Horror Scrip Table Read My Screenplay - Hollywood 2015

OASIS is a horror story played out in the Libyan Sahara. It is largely 2 locations with an ensemble cast. It has been likened to Moby Dick in the desert and lends itself to being the first movie in a series franschise.  Dinosaurs have nothing...
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Multiple Contest Wins - 7+ scripts

*see tinyurl.com/tkgbio for details of all contest wins & placements for all scripts:   • EVANGELINA - OPTIONED: GRAND PRIZE WINNER (StoryPros Int'l) + finalist in 7 other contests; • THE TREASURE GALLEONS: WINNER (LA Lift-Off Film...
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Table Read My Screenplay Grand Prize Winner Optioned By Original Film

The Grand Prize Winner of Table Read My Screenplay - London, Derek Asaff, has optioned his script, THE WHEELMAN, to Executive Producers, Tania Landau and Neil H. Moritz of Original Film (22 JUMP STREET, FURIOUS 7, GOOSEBUMPS). The script is...
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WENDY JANE HENSON'S SCRIPTS SCORE IN 2015

On only its second outing in competition, Wendy's teleplay EARTH NOW INC. "Honey, You Can't Make Up This Stuff" was selected as one of six official finalists in the current Oregon International Film Awards. A pilot for a procedural...
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"The Valley" Semi-Finalist in ISA's 2015 Table Read My Screenplay!

Duncan Ralston's TV pilot script, "The Valley," is one of 100 Semi-Finalists in ISA's 2015 Table Read My Screenplay! With more than 1400 entries, that puts it in the top 7%. Contests finalists and Grad Prize will be announced...
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Erica & Bryan Diamond's screenplay TRIPLE receives honors

Several years ago, I pulled our optioned script our of a direct to dvd and on demand film package, deciding we really had a gem on our hands we could polish.  To test our theory, we did as polish and submitted our script to various contest and...
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Uprising (aka The Revolt of the Whales) by Michael Rhodes

Rhodes' The Revolt of the Whales (Uprising) received First Prize - Science Fiction in the Table Read My Screenplay competition for its fascinating portrayal of the surreal underwater world of the whales as they are prodded into...
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Devin Mainville's short screenplay 'Wrong Number' 2017 accolades

Devin Mainville's short screenplay has garnered a lot of attention in 2017, notably being the Winner - March 2017 Live Read L.A, receiving 6th place in the 2017 Table Read my Screenplay Contest – New Orleans, and being a Finalist in the...
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SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL selected as TRMS semi-finalist.

SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL, a one hour pilot and political thriller by Ben Maraniss, dramatizing the rise of Patricia Lewis from suburban housewife to one of the most powerful women in the country through her work as an operative for the mafia, the...
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CHASING THE LEMON makes Semi-Finals in Table Read My Screenplay Hollywood

Mary Goldman's comedy feature CHASING THE LEMON progressed to the Semi-Finals in Table Read My Screenplay Hollywood, where the winning writer gets a live table read, and the chance to attend the Hollywood Pitch Fest.
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Script Optioned

My script Sugar Land was option by Blazing Elm Entertainment, the creators of The Fosters and their current new hit series Good Trouble.
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