Since 1967 the Australian Writers’ Guild has presented the AWGIE Awards to recognise and reward excellence in performance writing. In the years since their inception the list of AWGIE winners has included writers whose stories have shaped our national culture including feature films, theatre, TV series and serials, mini-series and children’s animated programs.
The AWGIES are unique in the industry in that they are the only writers' awards judged solely by writers, and the judging is based on the written script - the writer's intention rather than the finished product.
An extensive list of categories ensures that every writing discipline is catered for. Individual category winners in a year become eligible for the Major Award, awarded to the outstanding script of that year.
A range of significant industry fellowships, including the FOXTEL Fellowship and the John Hinde Award for Science Fiction will also be presented and recognition paid to members who have shown outstanding achievement in script editing, comedy writing or have made an extraordinary contribution to the Guild.
Associate Members are encouraged to enter the Monte Miller Memorial Award for unproduced script by an Associate Member of the Guild.
The awards night has become one of the industry events of the year and the esteem in which the Guild and the Awards are held is evident in the attendance of prominent guests including network heads, independent producers, directors, funding agencies, individual writers and politicians from all sides of government.
Entries are open to financial members early each year.