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Five Minutes With....emerging screenwriter Zaity Salman

John Hinde shortlistee Zaity Salman wanted to be a writer since she was ten years old

Five Minutes With....multi-award-winning screenwriter Blake Ayshford

Blake Ayshford on inspiring Australian stories, understanding notes and the importance of a writing community.

The Creators 2024 Participants Announced

Screen Australia and the Australian Writers’ Guild have today announced the six participants selected for The Creators 2024, a dynamic career acceleration program for high-calibre Australian screenwriters.

Vale Michael Jenkins

Mike Jenkins died last week and our industry is diminished by his passing – but forever enhanced by his seminal contribution as writer, director, producer, executive producer. You can count on one hand – less than one hand – the people who have left a permanent mark on Australian film and television. Mike is one of them.

Entries open for AWG Emerging Writers' Awards

The 2024 Emerging Writers' Awards (previously the Monte Miller Awards) are officially open for entries! Dedicated to uncovering the hottest new scripts and writing talent across Australia, these awards are a purpose-built and industry-recognised opportunity for AWG Associate and Student members to have their work showcased directly to industry decision-makers.



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May Headlines Shane & Cathryn Brennan Prize, John Hinde Award, AI Survey and Member interviews
April Headlines The Creators, Emerging Writers' Awards, and AWG at AI hearing

March Headlines AWGIE Award winners, Richard Lane Award, and Industrial update


December Headlines Creators launch, AWGIE Awards, Lunch Break and AACTA Festival
November Headlines Competition updates, Content London, vales and AWG On Demand 
October Headlines Monte Miller Awards announced, AI statement, and IAWG General Meeting 
July Headlines WGA strike, AWG Constitution, David Williamson Prize and Voice of the Industry 
April Headlines The Creators, Industrial updates, new webinars and Monte Miller Awards

February Headlines National Cultural Policy, 2023 Rates and Contracts, and Untapped announced


December Headlines The Creators announced, 55th AWGIE Award Winners, and AWG in Canberra with Make It Australian
October Headlines Nominees for the 55th AWGIE Awards, Narrative Design Workshop and Talent Gateway participants 

September Headlines John Hinde 2022, Industrial update, Untapped and Final Draft discounts
August Headlines National Cultural Policy, Digital Games Survey, Screen POD and Workwell Toolkit
July Headlines Shane & Cathryn Brennan Prize announced, First Break WA, and AWGACS update
June Headlines John Hinde Award winner announced, 2022 Australian election results, AACTA Pitch: Regional Landscapes and AWG Scripts Assessments
May Headlines SBS Emerging Writers' Incubator, Streaming Services discussion paper, and AWG competitions
April Headlines AWG at Screen Forever, Vale Alan Hopgood and First Break Victoria
March Headlines Government TV Proposal, AWG COVID-safe writers' rooms, and UNTAPPED 2022


December Headlines Join us at the 54th Annual AWGIE Awards, AGM overview and NEC updates
November Headlines 2021 AWGIE nominees announced, Entries open for 2021 Monte Miller Awards
September Headlines Support for Playwrights, Make it Australian update and Minimum rates for Freelance Narrative Design
August Headlines John Hinde opens for Entries, Wins for Make It Australian campaign
June Headlines 54th AWGIE Awards, Industrial Update on recent government submissions and Talent Gateway launch
May Headlines Monte Miller Winners, Future of Australian Screen Stories webinar and Producer Offset update
April Headlines AWG at Parliament House, Member webinars and AACTA Pitch
March Headlines Emerging screenwriters incubator, IMDbPro discount and Industrial updates
February Headlines Game Developers callout, updated rates and contracts and AACTA Regional Landscapes


December Headlines AWGIE Awards, AWG On Demand and John Hinde results
November Headlines Monte Miller's open for entry, AWG on Demand, and Industrial updates
October Headlines AWGIE Award nominees, Industry updates and On Air winner
September Headlines AWGIE Save the Date, AWG On Demand Catch Up, and AWG's Industrial Service
August Headlines John Hinde Award, AWG Submission to Options Paper, and Make It Australian updates
July Headlines Adventures In Stereo, Jan Sardi Queen's Birthday Honours and AWG Writing Sprints
June Headlines AWG On Demand, Make It Australian, and COVID Safe Guidelines

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23 April 2024  Five Minutes With...Playwright and author Finegan Kruckemeyer

09 April 2024  The Shane & Cathryn Brennan Prize for Playwriting opens for entries

26 March 2024  Five Minutes With....multi-award-winning screenwriter Blake Ayshford

26 March 2024  Five Minutes With....emerging screenwriter Zaity Salman

14 March 2024  The Creators 2024 Participants Announced

13 March 2024  Vale Michael Jenkins

13 March 2024  Entries open for AWG Emerging Writers' Awards

12 March 2024  Five minutes with... screenwriter and author Maria Lewis

15 February 2024  Meet your winners of the 56th Annual AWGIE Awards

13 February 2024  Your guide to the 56th Annual AWGIE Awards

11 February 2024  David Williamson Prize-supported play Big Yikes! opens next month

05 February 2024  Six screen creatives selected for the 2024 SBS Emerging Writers’ Incubator initiative

16 January 2024  Writers of The Great, The New Boy, Colin From Accounts, Whitefella Yella Tree, Blueback, and Crazy Fun Park among nominees for the 56th Annual AWGIE Awards

14 January 2024  $10,000 John Hinde Award for sci-fi screenwriting opens for entries!

07 January 2024  2024 minimum rates and contracts now available on the AWG website


20 December 2023  Season's Greetings from the Australian Writers' Guild

12 December 2023  Screenwriter Peter Mattessi elected President of the Australian Writers' Guild

11 December 2023  Applications open for The Creators program

20 November 2023  Vale Alison Nisselle OAM, a tribute by Glen Dolman

16 October 2023  Five minutes with...playwright Maxine Mellor

11 October 2023  2023 Monte Miller Award winners announced: $10k in script development funding for Australia's top unproduced screenplays

03 October 2023  Five Minutes With...Last Year's Monte Miller Award Winner James Cripps

02 October 2023  Five Minutes With...last year's Monte Miller Award Winner Rhianna Malezer

28 September 2023  Australian Writers’ Guild rejects unregulated AI in the creative sector

28 September 2023  Australian books and plays used to train AI systems

24 September 2023  AWG welcomes tentative agreement between WGA and AMPTP

20 September 2023  Vale Tom Hegarty

20 September 2023  What's On: Writing for Games and Narrative Design

17 September 2023  High-quality screen projects shortlisted for premier Awards for emerging Australian writers

13 June 2023  Screenwriters Everywhere stand in solidarity with the WGA

10 June 2023  Join Screenwriters internationally in support of the WGA

06 June 2023  Vale Patrick Edgeworth

28 May 2023  Vale Mac Gudgeon 1949 - 2023

16 May 2023  How to reset your Password

13 May 2023  Screen Australia and SBS announce applications open for Emerging Writers' Incubator

09 May 2023  AWG Website Update: Ongoing maintenance

02 May 2023  AWG statement on WGA Strike

20 March 2023  The Creators Participants Announced


01 December 2022  Digital Games Tax Offset

20 November 2022  Screen Australia and Australian Writers' Guild announce The Creators initiative

16 November 2022  Writers of Girl Like You, Horizon, The Newsreader, Fires, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris and Ithaka among winners at the 55th Annual AWGIE Awards

29 October 2022  Monte Miller Awards Announced: $10k in script development for Australia's best unproduced scripts

27 October 2022  Six emerging screen creatives announced for 2022 Emerging Writers’ Incubator initiative

30 September 2022  Vale Peter Yeldham, a tribute by Roger Simpson with Angela Wales and Geoffrey Atherden

28 September 2022  Writers of The Newsreader, Heartbreak High, Playing Beatie Bow, Fires, The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson, Ithaka, and Little J & Big Cuz among nominees for the 55th Annual AWGIE Awards

25 September 2022  NCIS: Sydney S1 to welcome emerging screenwriters as part of new Screen Australia initiative

19 September 2022  David Williamson Prize-supported play Jailbaby announced for Griffin's 2023 season

06 September 2022  AWG announces First Break WA participants

11 August 2022  Dystopic thriller Kin wins top Australian sci-fi screenwriting award

10 August 2022  Vale Philip Dalkin

10 August 2022  NZ Screen Industry Workers Bill

03 August 2022  National Cultural Policy - Have Your Say

11 July 2022  $60,000 Shane & Cathryn Brennan Prize for Playwriting Winners Announced

03 July 2022  First Break WA launches today: Presented by the Australian Writers' Guild and Screenwest

03 May 2022  AWG announces First Break NSW Participants

28 April 2022  Update on the Streaming Services Reporting and Investment Scheme discussion paper

25 April 2022  SBS Emerging Writers’ Incubator returns, supporting greater diversity in Australian screenwriting

01 March 2022  First Break: Presented by the Australian Writers' Guild and Screen NSW

23 February 2022  Supporting Screenwriters to write about health issues

15 February 2022  NCIS: Sydney AWG President Statement

06 February 2022  Government TV Proposal Falls Short

01 February 2022  The Hollywood Breakthrough Program UNTAPPED 2022 announced

27 January 2022  COVID-Safe Writers’ Rooms and Your Right to a Safe Workplace


14 December 2021  Vale Chrissy Sharp: A tribute by Ian David

14 December 2021  Vale Doug MacLeod: A tribute by Mark O'Toole

07 December 2021  Writers of Cursed!, The Dry, New Gold Mountain, The Great and Nitram among winners at the 54th Annual AWGIE Awards

01 December 2021  Success: TV Producer Offset

25 October 2021  Writers of The Dry, Nitram, Wakefield, The Great, New Gold Mountain, Cursed! and Here Out West among nominees for the 54th Annual AWGIE Awards

18 October 2021  AWG announces Claire Pullen as Executive Director

27 September 2021  Six emerging screen creatives announced for 2021 Emerging Writers’ Incubator initiative

21 September 2021  Screen Australia and Australians in Film announce recipients of inaugural Talent Gateway and Global Producers Exchange initiatives

24 August 2021  Minimum Rates for Freelance Narrative Designer - Games and Interactive

03 August 2021  Entries open for Australia’s richest sci-fi screenwriting award.

12 July 2021  AWG Farewells Group CEO Jacqueline Elaine

10 May 2021  Screen Australia and Australians in Film launch Talent Gateway and Global Producers Exchange

20 April 2021  Monte Miller Award winners announced: Exceptional craft on display

11 April 2021  Win! Producer offset for feature film is retained

24 March 2021  AWG at Parliament House

15 March 2021  Screen creatives visit Canberra to call for action on local content

04 March 2021  Actors make it four in a row with Entertainment Ashes win

16 February 2021  New Emerging Screenwriters’ Incubator initiative brings industry together to invest in diverse writing talent

18 January 2021  Calling on all Game Developers. Help us to raise your game.

17 January 2021  2021 minimum rates and contracts now available on AWG website


07 December 2020  Writers of Prima Facie, Hearts and Bones, Penguin Bloom, The Hunting and Total Control among winners at the 53rd Annual AWGIE Awards

07 December 2020  Vale Cliff Green: A tribute by Mac Gudgeon and Roger Simpson

03 December 2020  You're invited to the 53rd Annual AWGIE Awards

02 December 2020  Climate Fiction series The Commons takes home $10,000 prize for Australian Sci-Fi screenwriting

30 November 2020  AWG responds to release of Media Reform Green Paper

29 September 2020  AWG responds to Government’s screen content announcement

28 September 2020  David Williamson Prize-Supported Wonnangatta Opens At Sydney Theatre Company To Impressive Reviews

24 September 2020  Writers of Hearts and Bones, Acute Misfortune, Stateless, Total Control, The Heights, Prima Facie and Content among nominees for the 53rd Annual AWGIE Awards

14 September 2020  Outstanding mix of Audio projects announced as winners of $20,000 Podcast Writing Competition

28 July 2020  The spirit of Perseverance: Entries open for Australia’s richest sci-fi screenwriting award

15 July 2020  Vale Ken Shadie: A tribute by the Australian Writers' Guild and Paul Hogan

02 July 2020  AWG submission to the Supporting Australian Stories on our Screens Options Paper

02 July 2020  Screen groups present collaborative vision for the future

24 June 2020  AWG addresses Government’s $250m Arts and Entertainment package

09 June 2020  Vale Jock Blair, a tribute by Tom Hegarty

07 June 2020  Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jan Sardi recognised as part of Queen’s Birthday Honours

05 May 2020  Australian Writers’ Guild and Audible announce $20,000 podcast writing competition

05 May 2020  What's Australia's most bingeworthy homegrown film or TV show?

04 May 2020  Vale Ken Methold

23 April 2020  AWG Theatre Streaming Guidelines

14 April 2020  AWG on quotas, SVODs and the Arts crisis

19 March 2020  Australian screen industry bands together to seek Government support

25 February 2020  $35k in script development for winners of Australia’s top awards for unproduced scripts

17 February 2020  PWA Board releases REA consulting review

12 February 2020  High-quality television concepts dominate shortlist for premier awards for emerging writers


21 November 2019  David Williamson Prize-supported Packer & Sons opens at Belvoir

19 November 2019  Award-winning multilinear narrative experience Eleven Eleven takes home Australia’s richest sci-fi screenwriting prize

14 November 2019  Powerhouse screenwriting projects to be showcased at inaugural industry mixer

13 November 2019  AWGACS Members re-elected to Screenrights Board

30 September 2019  Scripted Ink injects $35k in script development funding into annual Monte Miller Awards

21 August 2019  "Writers of The Harp in the South, The Favourite, True History of the Kelly Gang, and The Cry among winners at the 52nd Annual AWGIE Awards"

11 July 2019  "Writers of The Favourite, Hotel Mumbai, The Cry, Rosehaven and The Harp in the South among nominees for 52nd Annual AWGIE Awards"

08 July 2019  Entries open for Australia’s richest sci-fi screenwriting award

11 April 2019  Matt Ford wins inaugural Hothouse Drama Program

29 January 2019  AWG and AWGACS Board welcomes and farewells


18 December 2018  Victorian Screenwriter Meegan May wins coveted RMIT’s McCraith House Writer’s Residency

22 October 2018  Shortlist for sci-fi screenwriting award pushes exciting genre boundaries

17 September 2018  Australia's premier awards for unproduced scripts open for entries

29 August 2018  More than words: dialogue-free animated short film Lost & Found takes home AWG’s Major Award for writing


29 August 2016  New multi-million dollar initiative to help develop world-class Australian film and TV scripts