2021 Monte Miller Awards

28 October, 2021 12:00 PM to 2 December, 2021 11:00 PM
Entry Fee

Competition is closed.
This competitions is for members only.

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The Monte Miller Awards are only open to AWG Associate and Student Members. If you are a Full Member or qualify for Full Membership, you are not able to apply. 

The Monte Miller Awards are the premier awards for unproduced scripts in Australia, dedicated to uncovering the best new scripts and talent among AWG’s Associate and Student Membership.

Categories are open to short and long form work across all genres and formats including film, television, theatre, and interactive media. The shortlisted and winning projects will be inducted onto AWG's prestigious Pathways Showcase

The Monte Miller Award Long Form category is open to scripts of any genre more than 30 minutes in length (1 page of text = 1 minute of screen time). The Short Form category is open to scripts up to or including 30 minutes in length (1 page of text = 1 minute of screen time). 

Download the full 2021 Monte Miller information kit including entry guidelines here.



Short Form Category

The winner of the Monte Miller Award for Short Form will:

  • Receive $5000 in prize money.
  • Receive a mentorship with a suitable full member of the AWG.
  • Have their winning project inducted onto Pathways Showcase.

Long Form Category

The winner of the Monte Miller Award for Long Form will:

  • Receive $5000 in prize money.
  • Receive a mentorship with a suitable full member of the AWG.
  • Have their winning project inducted onto Pathways Showcase.

Shortlisted works in both categories will be inducted onto Pathways Showcase. 



  • Open to current financial AWG Associate and Student Members. Membership must be valid at the time of entry and for the duration of the competition.
  • AWG offers to waive the joining fee for new members joining to enter the Monte Miller Awards. To take advantage of this special offer, please email admin@awg.com.au by MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2021. This will ensure we are able to process your membership before the competition closing date. 
  • New members will need to join for a minimum of 12 months.


  • Entries close 5pm Wednesday 1 December 2021 (AEDT).
  • Scripts must not have been professionally produced at the time of entry.
  • Entries may be a feature or short film, the pilot episode of a television series or miniseries, web series, audio (including podcasts), documentary, theatre, children's television, animation or interactive media script.
  • Entrants must own all the rights to the script being entered. If the work is an adaptation, you must have the right or be able to secure the right to adapt the underlying material on which the screenplay is based, or the underlying material must be in the public domain. 
  • All entries for the Monte Miller Awards are to be completed online, including uploading synopsis and script documents. Your synopsis and script should not include personal details, or any indication of funding previously received for script development. When uploading your logline and synopsis, please download and fill in the PDF provided HERE
  • Scripts must be presented and formatted to industry standards: you can find Screen Australia’s suggested script layout here or Australian Plays' suggested script layout here.
  • All instances of collaborations and authorship must be declared in the entry form. Co-writers are not required to be AWG Members. Co-writers cannot be Full Members or eligible for Full Membership of AWG (have at least 45 minutes of produced credits).

IMPORTANT NOTE: To ensure a fair judging process, the writer’s name and personal details should not appear on any part of the synopsis/script or as a header or footer within the script. Entries should also not include any reference to previous funding received for the development of the script, including agency logos. Entries that include any of the above details will not be eligible to enter.

Number of Entries

  • Entrants may enter only one individually written script in each Monte Miller Award category. However, if a script is co-written, it may be entered by any AWG Member co-writer who has not already submitted an entry in that category.
  • An entrant may thus have two scripts entered in a Monte Miller category: one written solely by them, and another co-written script entered by their AWG Member co-writer (provided that co-writer has not already entered a script in that same category).
  • In all cases, no individually – or collaboratively – written script can be entered more than once in any Monte Miller category.
  • Members may not enter scripts that have been submitted to the Monte Miller Awards in a previous year.

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