Past Competitions

The Australian Writers’ Guild runs numerous competitions throughout the year for produced and unproduced scripts across multiple genres and formats. Past competitions competitions are listed below. 

The 2020 John Hinde Award

The John Hinde Award for Science Fiction was established to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science fiction writing for feature film, short film, television, radio and interactive media. Funded by a bequest from the late Australian film critic John Hinde, the award offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year.

Read the 2020 John Hinde winners announcement here.
On Air

The Australian Writers' Guild and Audible are proud to present On Air, a $20,000 podcast competition designed to expand the scope of contemporary non-fiction and fiction audio storytelling. Writers are invited to submit ideas for a 3-6 hour podcast concept, of premium quality and global audience appeal – so long as the ideas are powered by strong narratives and attest to the power of audio storytelling to entertain and spark conversations.

Read the On Air winners announcement here
The 53rd Annual AWGIE Awards

Celebrating the very best in Australian stage and screen writing the AWGIE Awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of Australian storytellers and their contribution to Australia’s cultural landscape. These prestigious awards are the only industry awards given by writers to writers judged exclusively on the basis of the writer’s own vision, the script.

Read the 53rd Annual AWGIE Award winners announcement here.
The 2019 Monte Miller Awards

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 Membership. Categories are open to short and long form work across all genres and formats including film, television, theatre, and interactive media, with the winning scripts to be announced at a dedicated industry event in Melbourne.

Read the 2019 Monte Miller Awards winners announcement here.
The 2019 John Hinde Awards

The John Hinde Award for Science Fiction was established to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science fiction writing for feature film, short film, television, radio and interactive media. Funded by a bequest from the late Australian film critic John Hinde, the award offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year.

Read the 2019 John Hinde announcement here.
The 52nd Annual AWGIE Awards

Celebrating the very best in Australian stage and screen writing the AWGIE Awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of Australian storytellers and their contribution to Australia’s cultural landscape. These prestigious awards are the only industry awards given by writers to writers judged exclusively on the basis of the writer’s own vision, the script.

Read the 52nd Annual AWGIE Award winners announcement here.
The 2018 Monte Miller Awards

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 Membership. Categories are open to short and long form work across all genres and formats including film, television, theatre, and interactive media, with the winning scripts to be announced at a dedicated industry event in Melbourne.

Read the 2018 Monte Miller Awards winners announcement here.
The 2018 Drama Hothouse

Scripted Ink, Screentime and Nine will work together to select three writers through a competitive process to take part in a six-week program, aimed at developing a number of potential drama projects.

Read the Drama Hothouse winners announcement here.
The 2018 John Hinde Award

The John Hinde Award for Science Fiction was established to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science fiction writing for feature film, short film, television, radio and interactive media. Funded by a bequest from the late Australian film critic John Hinde, the award offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year.

Read the 2018 John Hinde announcement here.
The 51st Annual AWGIE Awards

Celebrating the very best in Australian stage and screen writing the AWGIE Awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of Australian storytellers and their contribution to Australia’s cultural landscape. These prestigious awards are the only industry awards given by writers to writers judged exclusively on the basis of the writer’s own vision, the script.

Read the 51st Annual AWGIE Award winners announcement here.
The 2018 Equity Diversity Showcase

Built to develop and nurture career paths for writers, directors and performers from diverse backgrounds, the six-day program consisted of morning workshops, discussions and professional development opportunities culminating in a performance showcasing the developed work to an audience of network executives managers and other industry professionals.

Read the 2018 Equity Diversity Showcase announcement here.
The 2017 Monte Miller Awards

The premier awards for unproduced scripts in Australia, the Monte Miller Awards turn the spotlight on the best among Australia’s up-and coming screenwriters, and celebrate a diverse mix of new and original Australian voices for the stage and screen.

Read the 2017 Monte Miller Awards winners announcement here.
The 2017 Laugh out Loud competition

Laugh Out Loud was launched by the Australian Writers’ Guild in 2017 with support from Screen Australia’s Enterprise Industry funding to unearth and give opportunity to fresh, diverse comedy writing talent.

Read the 2017 Laugh Out Loud winners announcement here.
The 2017 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing
The John Hinde Award for Science Fiction was established to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science fiction writing for feature film, short film, television, radio and interactive media. Funded by a bequest from the late Australian film critic John Hinde, the award offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year.

Read the 2017 produced category winners announcement here.
Read the 2017 unproduced category winners announcement here.
2017 INSITE Award

Established to unearth feature film screenwriting talent, the INSITE Award has been presented by Adelaide Film Festival and Australian Writers’ Guild since 2003 to the writer of a screenplay that has not yet secured a producer or funding.

Read the 2017 INSITE Award winners announcement here.
The 50th Annual AWGIE Awards

Celebrating the very best in Australian stage and screen writing, the AWGIE Awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of Australian storytellers and their contribution to Australia’s cultural landscape. These prestigious awards are the only industry awards given by writers to writers, judged exclusively on the basis of the writer’s own vision, the script. With 2017 marking their 50th Anniversary, this year’s AWGIE Awards are set to be the biggest and best yet.

Read the 50th Annual AWGIE Award winners announcement here.
AWG Tagline Competition

The Guild wants a tagline! And who better to write it than you? In no more than 20 words, we’re looking for something catchy and easy to understand that cuts to the heart of the Guild’s purpose, identity and value.

Read the Tagline winners announcement here.
What's the Story?

What’s the Story? is a new competition for South Australian writers with a script that showcases a great and universal story, excellent writing and market potential. What’s the Story? offers the chance to be considered for the AWG’s acclaimed Pathways Program, an initiative that provides networking opportunities for writers and gives them the opportunity to showcase their projects to industry professionals, as well as chance to have your work considered for development funding by Scripted Ink.

Read the What’s the Story? winners announcement here.
Prime Time Television Screenwriting Competition

Prime Time is a new competition for writers who have an original script or idea for a commercially viable television series or miniseries suitable for prime time viewing. Prime Time offers a cash prize, as well as the chance to be considered for AWG’s acclaimed Pathways Program and be in the running to have the development of your work funded by Scripted Ink. 

Read the Prime Time winners announcement here.
New Writers' Script Competition

The Australian Writers’ Guild, in partnership with screen development organisation Open Channel, presents a special opportunity for talented new Victorian screenwriters with exciting new scripts. The winner’s receive a cash prize, and all finalists receive a one-year associate membership with the AWG and entry into AWG’s acclaimed Pathways Program. 

Read the New Writers’ Script Competition winners announcement here.
The 2016 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction

The John Hinde Award for Science Fiction was established to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science fiction writing for feature film, short film, television, radio and interactive media. Funded by a bequest from the late Australian film critic John Hinde, the award offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year. 

Read the 2016 winners announcement here.
The 2015 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction

The John Hinde Award for Science Fiction was established to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science fiction writing for feature film, short film, television, radio and interactive media. Funded by a bequest from the late Australian film critic John Hinde, the award offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year. 

Read the 2015 winners announcement here.
Think Inside The Box - Seeking the next great Australian TV drama scripts

Think Inside the Box ran in 2015, seeking the next great Australian television drama to follow recent successes such as Deadline Gallipoli, The Secret River, The Broken Shore and Glitch. The winners had their original work read by the development team at leading independent production company Essential Media and Entertainment, the producers of such critically acclaimed series as Rake, Jack Irish and the upcoming The Principal

Read the Think Inside the Box winners announcement here.  
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