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Vale Eleanor Witcombe

Playwright, Screenwriter, Life Member of the AWG. Tributes by Angela Wales Kirgo and Gillian Armstrong.


AWGACS, AWG and Screenrights agree settlement of dispute

The Australian Writers’ Guild Authorship Collecting Society (AWGACS), Australian Writers’ Guild and Screenrights have settled their Federal Court dispute


Shortlist for sci-fi screenwriting award pushes exciting genre boundaries

From post-apocalyptic and dystopian futures to thrilling dissections of the future of medical science and ethics, the 2018 John Hinde Award shortlist for unproduced scripts is an impressive examination of science-fiction writing at its very best.


Australia's premier awards for unproduced scripts open for entries

It's time to polish off those final drafts and put your best script forward as entries have opened for the 2018 Monte Miller Awards, the premier awards for unproduced scripts in Australia.


Vale Ian Jones

When you met Ian, the first thing to strike you would be his boundless energy and enthusiasm for whatever project he was working on at the moment. The second would be his obsession with Ned Kelly.


Media Releases

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

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

25 June 2019 NCIS Showrunner Shane Brennan’s screen development company Scripted Ink set up Hollywood base and launch screenwriter platform Showcase

6 May 2019 Make It Australian welcomes Labor on the way forward

2 May 2019 Talent Camp opens for submissions

15 April 2019 Make it Australian responds to Government extending offsets to streaming services

12 April 2019 Matt Ford wins inaugural Hothouse Drama Program

5 April 2019 Will writers be better off after the Senate Inquiry?

4 April 2019 EU Parliament passes Copyright Directive acknowledging rights of creators to proportionate remuneration

20 March 2019 Judges announced for final Pitch Royale competition at the 2019 Australian International Screen Forum

19 March 2019 Patricia Cornelius wins $234,000 Windham-Campbell prize

15 March 2019 Scripted Ink showcasing Australian writers in the USA

11 March 2019 There is no such thing as a free lunch

7 March 2019 Actors run away with hard-earned Credit

27 February 2019 Winners announced in premier Awards for future of Australian screenwriting

12 February 2019 Diversity dominates shortlist for annual comp charged with unearthing future of screenwriting

11 February 2019 AWG member Tony McNamara wins Original Screenplay BAFTA

30 January 2019 AWG and AWGACS Board welcomes and farewells

24 January 2019 Internationally renowned showrunner Shane Brennan elected Australian Writers’ Guild President

23 January 2019 Aussie screenwriter Tony McNamara picks up Oscar Best Screenplay nomination


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

6 November 2018 AWGACS, AWG and Screenrights agree settlement of dispute

1 November 2018 Sci-fi at its thrilling best: 2018 John Hinde Award winner announced

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

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

30 August 2018 More than words: dialogue-free animate short film Lost & Found takes home AWG's Major Award for writing

30 August 2018 'Making the ordinary extraordinary': Australian screenwriter Sue Smith honoured with top industry Award

21 August 2018 Australia's queen of comedy (and the jungle) Fiona O'Loughlin to host 51st Annual AWGIE Awards

26 July 2018 AWG welcomes Event Cinemas as a major sponsor for 51st Annual AWGIE Awards

11 July 2018 Participants selected for Australia's first Diversity Showcase

6 July 2018 AWG Members Take ‘Make it Australian’ to Parliament House

5 July 2018 Seeking endless possibilities: $10,000 on offer for top sci-fi script

28 June 2018 AWGIE Award nominees showcase diversity of voices currently soaring in industry

26 June 2018 Vale Hugh Stuckey, a tribute by Patrick Edgeworth

26 June 2018 Politicians hold the key to the survival of Australian screen stories

6 June 2018Vale Tony Morphett, a tribute by Stephen Measday

6 June 2018 Applications open for Talent LA 2018

24 April 2018 Vale Mary Wright, a tribute by Carolyn Gould

10 April 2018 AWG report: More Australian works in 2018, but original voices at a standstill

5 April 2018 Laughs aplenty in sophisticated script from next-big-thing screenwriter

27 March 2018 Big names call for action to protect Australia’s screen culture

1 March 2018 Writers’ big bash finish falls short as actors reclaim Credit

28 February 2018 Australia’s Screenwriting Future: 2017 Monte Miller Award winners announced in Melbourne

26 February 2018 Far Out, Brussel Sprouts!

22 February 2018 Scripted Ink. supporting Pathways Prime writers Ellie Beaumont and Judi McCrossin in MediaXchange Showrunner Week

6 February 2018 Shortlist for premier awards for unproduced Australian screenplays


16 November 2017 AWG announces new online portal to showcase world-class projects to producers

1 November 2017 Rising star of Australia’s sci-fi scene takes home 2017 John Hinde Award for Best Unproduced Script

1 November 2017 Cris Jones, screenwriter of The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, posthumously awarded top sci-fi screenwriting prize

18 October 2017 Make it Australian campaign takes its fight to Canberra

9 October 2017 Vale Moya Wood, a tribute by Peter Kinloch

9 October 2017 Opportunity at just the right moment: Adelaide Film Festival and AWG announce 2017 winner of prestigious INSITE Award

19 September 2017 Make it Australian campaign launches around the country

26 August 2017 Writers in the spotlight: AWG honours writers of The Drover’s Wife, Lion, Hacksaw Ridge, Rosehaven, Deep Water and more at 50th Annual AWGIE Awards

23 August 2017 100K for Australian theatre: David Williamson Prize set to become one of Australia’s richest literary awards

17 August 2017 Screenwriter Jacklyn Bassanelli wins two-week residency at RMIT’s McCraith House to develop ship-fi series Evergreen

10 August 2017 ‘Voice of Australia’ on our screens: screenwriter Andrew Knight to receive screen industry top honour

25 July 2017 Screen and Entertainment Industry unites to respond to broadcasters’ call to abolish Australian Kids’ TV

4 July 2017 $10,000 on offer for top Sci-Fi script, as new era of popular sci-fi is heralded

20 June 2017 Writers of Hacksaw Ridge, Hounds of Love, The Wrong Girl, Seven Types of Ambiguity and multi award-winning The Drover’s Wife among nominees for the 50th Annual AWGIE Awards

23 May 2017 Australian Writers’ Guild congratulates Leah Purcell and Shelley Birse on NSW Premier’s Literary Award wins

22 May 2017 New AWG WA branch office now open in East Perth’s Fielder St Creative Hub

5 April 2017 Australian Writers’ Guild and Adelaide Film Festival launch INSITE Award

28 February 2017 Australian Writers’ Guild announces winner of South Australian What’s the Story? competition

10 February 2017 Former Machine Gun Fellatio frontman takes out Australian Writers’ Guild’s Prime Time screenwriting competition

9 February 2017 Australian Writers’ Guild supports campaign by writingWA to push for greater funding for the literary arts

2 February 2017 Entries open for Australian Writers’ Guild’s 50th Annual AWGIE Awards


19 December 2016 Winners of AWG / Open Channel New Writers’ Script Competition

12 December 2016 AWG Report: More Australian plays being staged, but female writers continue to miss out

30 November 2016 AWG and Scripted Ink. receive Screen Australia Enterprise funding to develop new generation of Australian screenwriters and showrunners

18 November 2016 Australian Writers’ Guild and Open Channel announce shortlist for New Writers’ Script Competition

17 November 2016 Prime Time competition heats up

11 November 2016 AWG congratulates playwright Joanna Murray-Smith following inaugural Mona Brand writing award win

9 November 2016 Screenwriter of acclaimed Indigenous superhero series Cleverman wins 2016 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction

14 October 2016Writers of The Code, Ali’s Wedding, Jasper Jones, Barracuda and Please Like Me among winners at 49th Annual AWGIE Awards

14 October 2016Angus Cerini wins $60,000 Award for Excellence in Australian Theatre at the 49th Annual AWGIE Awards for The Bleeding Tree

14 October 2016 Internationally famous screenwriter Craig Pearce wins Lifetime Achievement Award at 49th Annual AWGIE Award

14 October 2016 Internationally acclaimed comedian Barry Humphries wins Fred Parsons Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Comedy at 49th Annual AWGIE Award

11 October 2016 Pathways writer C.S. McMullen wins International Emmy Foundation Award

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

25 August 2016 Agency head slams copyright changes as idealogical and unsound

8 August 2016 AWG works with major theatre companies to strike deal for playwrights

1 August 2016 Writers of Cleverman, Barracuda, Wolf Creek, Jasper Jones and Helpmann Winner, The Bleeding Tree nominated for the 49th Annual AWGIE Awards

27 July 2016 Australian writers called to help in protecting copyright in Europe

14 July 2016 New $40,000 award celebrates female stage and screen writers

14 July 2016 Screen NSW launches first Amplifier initiative

5 July 2016 Scriptwriters’ fight over unpaid royalties to go to mediation

24 June 2016 Writers & Directors Worldwide pledge support for Australian Screenwriters

30 May 2016 Writers urged to defend copyright 

27 May 2016 AWG President pledges fight will continue

27 May 2016 AWGACS celebrates ‘best year ever’

 27 May 2016 Boards welcome and farewell

27 May 2016 Pollies under the spotlight in National Arts Debate

20 May 2016 AWG vs. Screenrights legal case update

20 May 2016 New AWG committee starts building bridges

20 May 2016 AWG empowering young screenwriters

Media Coverage

If broadcasters get what they want in the budget, Australian television is doomed

Sydney Morning Herald – 11 April 2018

The Mix – Australian theatre
ABC – 30 March 2018

Gillian Armstrong lends her voice to campaign to save Australian screen content

Sydney Morning Herald – 17 September 2017

Industry rallies to support the Make it Australian campaign

IF – 7 September 2017

Atomic detonates at the AWGIE Awards
Broadway World – 4 September 2017

Is the tide turning for Australian sci-fi on the small screen
The Conversation – 29 August 2017

2017 AWGIES – Leah Purcell honoured by writing community

Screenhub – 29 August 2017

Australian Writers’ Guild 50th AWGIE 2017 winners
Mediaweek  – 28 August 2017

AWGIE Awards 2017: Winners
TV Tonight – 26 August 2017

ABC Radio Sydney Weekend Mornings interview with Andrew Knight
ABC Radio Sydney – 26 August 2017

AWGIEs Wrote This: Winners Announced
FilmInk – 26 August 2017

Hacksaw Ridge and Lion win but Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife dominates AWGIES
Sydney Morning Herald  – 26 August 2017

Hacksaw Ridge wins AWGIE writing award
The Australian – 26 August 2017

‘Lion’, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, top the AWGIE Awards
IF – 25 August 2017

Andrew Knight: A Rake Among Screenwriters
FilmInk – 11 August 2017

AWG honours Andrew Knight with Lifetime Achievement Award
IF – 11 August 2017

Andrew Knight to receive AWG Lifetime Achievement Award
TV Tonight – 11 August 2017

Screenwriter Andrew Knight to receive industry top honour
FilmInk – 10 August 2017

Australian producers reach a ‘tipping point’
IF – 26 July 2017

Children’s TV – the industry response
ArtsHub – 21 July 2017

Commercial broadcasters under fire over children’s TV quotas
IF – 21 July 2017

AWG awards nominations pitches veteran against the new
ScreenHub – 23 June 2017

Nominees announced for 50th AWGIE Awards
ArtsHub – 21 June 2017

Josh Thomas, Luke McGregor, Celia Pacquola and Anne Edmonds pick up AWGIE Award nominations – 20 June 2017

Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge in running for award
Sky News – 20 June 2017

AWGIE Awards 2017: nominees
TV Tonight – 20 June 2017

‘Hounds of Love’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ to vie for key AWGIE Award
IF – 20 June 2017

The AWGIE Award Nominations Are In
FilmInk – 20 June 2017

From 526 to one, Writers Guild sifts hopes to find a Shining Light
ArtsHub – 10 February 2017

Best and worst companies for gender parity
ArtsHub – 13 December 2016

Male writers dominate Australian theatre, with Melbourne Theatre Company the exception
The Age – 13 December 2016

Male writers dominate Australian theatre – 12 December 2016

Male playwrights dominate Australian theatre
Sky News – 12 December 2016

Playwright gender parity missing at some companies
Sydney Morning Herald – 12 December 2016

Australian Writers’ Guild and Scripted Ink. receive Screen Australia Enterprise Funding for new screenwriting development initiative
The Iris – 1 December 2016

Cleverman scribe wins 2016 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction
IF – 10 November 2016

Cleverman picks up the John Hinde Award for Science Fiction
FilmInk – 10 November 2016

The Code award winner
Coffs Coast Advocate – 22 October 2016

AWGIES honour writers who pounced on new opportunities

2016 Australian Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Screenwriter Craig Pearce
ABC Radio National – 13 October 2016

Baz Luhrmann co-creator Craig Pearce ‘invisible’ no longer
The Australian – 13 October 2016

Agency to assist scriptwriters
The Australian – 31 August 2016

Shane Brennan donates $1m for screenwriting initiative
TV Tonight – 31 August 2016

Scripted Ink: A shot in the arm for Australian screen industry
ABC Radio PM – 30 August 2016

Writer/Producer Shane Brennan stumps up $1million to fix Australian television
Sydney Morning Herald – 30 August 2016

‘My money where my mouth is’ Scriptwriter Shane Brennan puts $1m into Australian writers
ABC – 30 August 2016

Shane Brennan launches Scripted Ink. in Australia
Filmink – 26 August 2016

NCIS: Los Angeles creator Shane Brennan commits $1m per year to Aussie talent
The Daily Telegraph – 6 August 2016

Theatre needs quotes to address ‘deliberate and shocking discrimination’ against women
Sydney Morning Herald – 31 March 2016

Australian Writers’ Guild taking legal action to recover royalty payments from Screenrights
ABC – 7 March 2016

Scriptwriters battle Screenrights for ‘tens of millions of dollars’ in royalties
Sydney Morning Herald – 7 March 2016

Australian Writers’ Guild launches multi-million dollar Federal Court action
IF – 6 March 2016


Newsletter Archive

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28 June 2019 Showcase & Scripted Ink launch, Talent USA, Getting it Right, and more

30 May 2019 Talent Camp, AWGACS update, Superannuation Entitlements and more

16 May 2019 Election 2019, Superannuation Entitlements and more

2 May 2019 Talent Camp opens for submissions, AWGACS update and more

18 April 2019 Make It Australian update, Senate Inquiry, Hothouse Competition winner and more

4 April 2019 EU passes copyright directive, Pathways launch recap, industrial resources for members and more

21 March 2019 Pathways Showcase US launch, Patricia Cornelius wins $234,000 prize and more

7 March 2019 Monte Miller winners announced, AWGIE Awards and more

21 February 2019 AWGIE Awards open for entries, Monte Miller shortlist, AWGACS update and more

7 February 2019 AWG and AWGACS Board welcomes and farewells, 2018 in review and more

24 January 2019 Shane Brennan elected AWG President, 2019 rates and contracts available and more


13 December 2018 Happy Holidays, Lost & Found, The Sweet Spot and more

29 November 2018 WIFT inquiry, Raising Films Australia, Playwrights forum and more

15 November 2018 AWGACS, AWG, Screenrights announcement, Scripted Ink., WIFT invitation and more

1 November 2018 John Hinde Award winner announced, Australian stories on Netflix, Scripted Ink. and more

18 October 2018 Monte Miller Awards, Raising Films Australia survey and more

4 October 2018 Monte Miller Awards, The One with Alexa Junge video, Diversity Showcase and more

20 September 2018 2018 Monte Miller Awards open, Scripted Ink. hothouse for drama writers and more

6 September 2018 2018 AWGIE Award winners, Sue Smith receives Lifetime Achievement Award, Scripted Ink. and more

16 August 2018Last chance for AWGIE Award tickets, Scripted Ink. funding, Talent LA 2018 and more

2 August 2018 John Hinde Award entries closing, Event Cinemas joins 2018 AWGIE Awards and more

19 July 2018 AWG launches DIAC Committee, Diversity Showcase participants announced, AWGIE Awards tickets and more

5 July 2018 2018 AWGIE Award nominations, 2018 John Hinde Award, Make it Australian goes to Parliament and more

21 June 2018 Talent LA 2018, Script to Screen, Make it Australian and more

7 June 2018 The one with Alexa Junge, Scripted Ink., Talent LA 2018 and more

24 May 2018 Foxtel Presents...the one with Alexa Junge, Script to Screen 2018 and more

10 May 2018 Diversity Showcase, Raising Films Australia, Scripted Ink. and more

26 April 2018 Diversity Showcase, big plans for Scripted Ink. in 2018 and more

12 April 2018 Equity Foundation Diversity Showcase, 2018 National Voice report and more

29 March 2018 Make It Australian Open Letter, Big Screen Dreaming and more

15 March 2018 AWGIE Entries closing soon, Monte Miller highlights and more 

1 March 2018 Monte Miller Awards recipients, Script to Screen, Scripted Ink. and more

15 February 2018 AWGIE Awards call for entries, Monte Miller Awards shortlist, Screen Australia code of conduct and more

25 January 2018 Script to Screen, Save Kids TV and more

11 January 2018 Happy New Year, minimum rates updated, Laugh Out Loud and more


21 December 2017 Seasons Greetings from AWG, Scripted Ink. and more

7 December 2017 Laugh Out Loud call for entries, Safer Workplace Strategies forum and more

23 November 2017 AWG announced Pathways Prime and Showcase and more 

9 November 2017 John Hinde Award announced and more

26 October 2017 Make It Australian campaign takes fight to Canberra

12 October 2017 Adelaide Film Festival, Make It Australian, Scripted Ink. and more

28 September 2017 Monte Miller Awards, Adelaide Film Festival and more

14 September 2017 Make It Australian National Day of Action, Save Kids TV, Monte Miller Awards and more

31 August 2017 AWGIE Awards recap and more

17 August 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award announced, RMIT residency, AWGIE Awards and more

3 August 2017 Screen and Entertainment Industry unites over calls to abolish Kids’ TV, John Hinde Award, Scripted Ink. and more

20 July 2017 Mindframe resources for screenwriters, Scripted ink., #SaveKidsTV and more

6 July 2017 John Hinde Award launch, AWGIE Award tickets on sale, Scripted Ink. and more

22 June 2017 AWGIE Award nominees revealed and tickets on sale, Scripted Ink., and more

8 June 2017 Crafting intangibles, #SaveKidsTV, WA Office launch and more

25 May 2017 #SaveKidsTV, NSW Premier’s Literary Award, AWG Sponsorship and more

11 May 2017 Script Showcase winners, #SaveKidsTV, Congratulations to members and more

27 April 2017 INSITE Award, Navigating Interactive Writing and more

13 April 2017 Parliamentary Inquiry into the Growth and Sustainability of the Industry, INSITE Award, and Happy Easter!

30 March 2017 Big Day In for Victorian Pathways, WA Screen Industry Diversity Roadmap and more

16 March 2017 AWG unveils new tagline, Script Auction and more

2 March 2017 50th Annual AWGIE Award Call for Entries, What’s the Story announcement and more

16 February 2017 Prime Time announcement, Luke Davies wins BAFTA Award and more

3 February 2017 50th Annual AWGIE Awards Call for Entries, Industrial advice for members and more

12 January 2017 Happy New Year, 50th Annual AWGIE Awards, 2017 minimum rates and more


22 December 2016 Season’s Greetings from AWG, The National Voice and more

1 December 2016 AWG and Scripted Ink. receive Enterprise funding, Meet the Writers and more

17 November 2016 Prime Time competition heats up, AWG tagline competition and more

3 November 2016 What’s the Story? competition, congratulations to members and more

20 October 2016AWGIE Awards recap and more 

6 October 2016 AWGIE Awards, congratulations to members and more

22 September 2016Prime Time closes in two weeks and more

8 September 2016 Scripted Ink., AWGIE Awards and more

25 August 2016 Agency head slams copyright changes and more

11 August 2016 AWG strikes Theatre Industry Agreement, AWGIE Award tickets now on sale and more

28 July 2016 2016 AWGIE Award nominees revealed August 1, call to protect copyright in Europe and more

14 July 2016 Screenwriters’ fight goes to mediation, Mona Brand Award open for nominations and more 

30 June 2016 2016 John Hinde open for entries, Louise Fox masterclass and more

17 June 2016 #IStandWithTheArts and more

27 May 2016 AWG pledges fight will continue, AWGACS pledges fight will continue more

28 April 2016 Welcome to new members, 2016 Logies, Productivity Commission and more

14 April 2016 Monte Miller call for entries, AWG receives international support for legal case and more 

31 March 2016 2016 National Voice, Tim Pye on running a writers room and more

18 March 2016 2016 NSC recap, Shane Brennan announces Scripted Ink., and more

3 March 2016 AWG launches Interactive media group and more

25 February 2016 2015 John Hinde winners, new film tax offset and more

11 February 2016 New Australian theatre commission, Pathblazers and more

28 January 2016 WDW campaign for fairer pay and more

14 January 2016 Welcome to the first AWG newsletter of 2015 and more

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