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Table Read My Screenplay
Table Read My Screenplay Competition
Spring 2024
Active Since 2010
An Unparalleled Experience. Workshop your project with a director, then actors will perform excerpts for an audience. Plus, $1,000 cash & other prizes
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 An Unparalleled Table Read Experience

A professional table read is one of the most important tools to gain insight into your script. This is how Oscar-winning writers tighten their story, sharpen their dialogue and fine-tune pacing, character and other important elements of their latest projects. As the Grand Prize Winner of TRMS you will meet with and discuss your feature or pilot with an experienced director, then trained actors will perform excerpts of your award-winning script for a live audience online.

Plus, you'll receive $1,000 cash and other prizes including having your project presented to agents, managers and producers through the ISA Development Team. Past winners have been staffed, premiered at Cannes and been nominated for an Oscar among other successes. The Top 10 Finalists will receive $500 cash each and be considered for Grand Prize.



- $1000 Cash - In addition to the Top 10 Prize Money

  1. - Table Read - Experience a virtual table read of your script workshopped by a professional director and actors.

  2. - Roundtable with Industry Executives - Participate in a roundtable Q&A discussion with the director, actors an industry exec following your table read.

  3. - Script Shared with Our Industry Contacts such as Max, Disney+, LuckyChap, CAA, ABC Signature, MGM and more.

  4. - Meeting with an ISA Development Executive

  5. - Two 1-Hour Sessions with Suzanne Gundersen of ScreenwriteNOW
  6. - 16-Year Copyright provided by Creators Vault

  7. - 12-Month ISAConnect Membership
  8. - Script Studio - Receive Script Studio's Hollywood Hits Volume 1

  9. - Designed Movie Poster for Your Script

  10. - Featured Interview on Film Inquiry

  11. - Plus Top 10 Prizes


  • $500 Cash Each 

  • - ISA Development Slate Consideration - Development Slate writers are championed to top agents, managers and producing contacts. 

  • - 1-Hour session with Suzanne Gundersen of ScreenwriteNOW 

  • - Script Studio - Copy of the ultimate writer's toolbox, Script Studio

  • - 10-Year Copyright provided by Creators Vault

  • - Consideration to be Shared with Industry Contacts such as Max, Disney+, LuckyChap, CAA, ABC Signature, MGM and more. Learn More

  • - Film Inquiry 1-Year Membership

  • - Consideration for Grand Prize - 1 of the 10 Finalists will be selected as the Grand Prize Winner

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  • This contest is open to anyone except all employees, judges, directors, associates, and immediate families of the TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY (TRMS) Competition.
  • 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 two 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.
  • All entries are judged by real, live people who have been trained to do so. No AI is used in the judging process.
  • 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 passed. 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 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.
  • 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.
  • If two or more of a writers scripts place in the same prize category, they will be eligible for only one set of those prizes.
  • International writers are eligible to participate in the contest, as long as their participation is not prevented by law in either country.
  • 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). 
  • 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 – (20 – 70 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 120 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, likeness and voice 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 submitting to this contest, the writer's email address will be added to the contest database as well as the International Screenwriters' Association newsletter for weekly updates, contest promotions and other notifications. The writer may unsubscribe at any time.
  • It is our full intention to fulfill all prizes as posted. However, due to any unlikely “force majeure” event (whether an act of God or otherwise), we reserve the right to update or edit prizes in our sole and absolute discretion, including, without limitation, the right to move any prizes and/or packages to an online format.
  • By selecting ‘I have Read and Understand the Contest Rules’ on the entry page and submitting, the writer agrees to all of these rules.
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