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Australian Writers' Guild and Open Channel announce shortlist for New Writers' Script Competition

The Australian Writers’ Guild and Open Channel are excited to announce the shortlist for the New Writers’ Script Competition.

We received an overwhelming number of diverse entries in each category, with 215 entries in total. The categories were Feature Film, TV Series, Web Series, TV One-off/Miniseries, and Broadcast Documentary.

Our judges have had the privilege of reading many incredible stories from new writers. We saw inventive science-fiction tales that looked into the future to see who we could become, stories that looked into our past to explore who we were, and projects that made us laugh at who we are today.

Due to the overwhelming number and outstanding quality of this year’s entries, we’re expanding our shortlist from six projects to eight. Four were selected from the Feature Film category and four in the TV and Web Series category.

The shortlisted writers will now have the opportunity to meet the selection panel to discuss their vision and project.

There will then be four finalists selected, and two winners – one from each category. Both winners will receive a $250 cash prize and $1000 worth of script mentorship with an experienced AWG assessor.

The four finalists will receive a one-year Associate Membership of the AWG and will be invited to join Australian Writer’s Guild’s Pathways Program, which links talent with opportunity and helps to forge relationships between writers and other industry professionals.

So without further ado, here is the shortlist for the first ever AWG/Open Channel New Writers’ Script Competition:

TV/WEB SERIES

FEATURE FILM


A great incentive to get reading Aussie plays from @griffintheatre Griffin Theatre : Script Club 2017 https://t.co/ZZS6OIOX98

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A great read on last year's Feature Film Original AWGIE Award winner Ali's Wedding, written by Andrew Knight and Osamah Sami, which you can catch at the Sydney Film Festival this June!

Hungry to write your next play but can't get going? Fresh out of ideas? Check out our 8-wk course with Hilary Bell: https://t.co/uaf4wDqfd7

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Congratulations to everyone nominated for #stkildafilmfest. We're excited to be sponsoring the Best Screenplay Awar… https://t.co/NA3VnjYz8f

Showrunners Share the Worst Advice They've Gotten and Best Advice They Give https://t.co/zZVX6S12Ma https://t.co/7qAKtUeTSE

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The interactive writing panel we did for the Australian Writers Guild (@AWG_1) in Sydney is up if you’re interested: https://t.co/DMXudyIDsw

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The Federal Government has today announced its review of Australian and Children’s Screen Content https://t.co/2z0kCtp6X0

How Leah Purcell went from C-average student to $140,000 prize-winning playwright https://t.co/3uDIOz1YAD

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Diversity on stage: who's afraid of color-blind casting? https://t.co/7o65FweXkq

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Congratulations to all AWG members who won and were shortlisted for the NSW Premiere's Literary Awards! https://t.co/5AHs3XpGSE

Congratulations to Shelley Birse on winning the 2017 Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting! https://t.co/3SfRBasPD6

Congratulations to Leah Purcell on winning the 2017 Nick Enright Prize for playwriting! https://t.co/S8OpophTnu

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A big congratulations to Guild members Leah Purcell and Shelley Birse on winning awards at last night's NSW Premiere's Literary Awards!

SUNSET STRIP – Love, family dysfunction & prosthetic breasts. On @griffintheatre 14 June – 1 July. Get tickets:… https://t.co/GADP40Dur2

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Sydney friends make sure you check out AWG member Suzie Miller's upcoming play SUNSET STRIP at Griffin Theatre Company this June! The Uncertainty Principle & Griffin Independent present Suzie Miller’s SUNSET STRIP – a play about love, sisterhood and making the best of a shitty situation. 14 June – 1 July Griffin Theatre Company Info at:

The Drover’s Wife is the first play to win Book of the Year #NSW #PremiersLitAwards. Enjoy this thank you message b… https://t.co/ftysq6XTlT

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2017 Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting is shared by joint winner Down Under by @AbeForsythe (Riot Film Pty Ltd) #NSW #PremiersLitAwards

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We chatted to @LallyKatz about #mtcMinnieLiraz, writing family and friends into plays and meeting Miley Cyrus. https://t.co/LA1RoSZbc9

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This week #GTCRice playwright Michele Lee is taking over the Grif-instagram from the rehearsal room! https://t.co/UDq1WnuycH

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Part two airs tonight!

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With text by AWG member Hilary Bell, SEVEN STORIES combines music, storytelling and film in a powerful world premiere that is at once visceral, engaging, funny and otherworldly. City Recital Hall, 3 June 7:30pm.

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Congrats to our member Ben Young - his first feature will be available in selected cinemas in Syd, Melb and Hobart from June 1. We have some double passes to a preview screening in Sydney this wed at 7pm at Dendy Newtown! Email olga@awg.com.au by COB today

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WA: Come see the new office, meet the team and network with peers and the industry. 6pm, Thur, 1st June!

Congratulations @MireilleJuchau and Alana Valentine, awarded the 2017 Charles Perkins Centre Writers in Residence https://t.co/7vEdnOWzUx

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Congratulations to AWG member Stephen Irwin! Thank you Rae Johnston for the article

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Part one of Oscar nominee and Guild member Luke Davies's story airs tonight. A remarkable story not to be missed! #AustralianStory

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If you missed it in Sydney, here it is - our first Games and Interactive Event via podcast! Enjoy!

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Congratulations Darlene!

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'Ali's Wedding' last year's AWGIE winner in Feature Film - Original - by Andrew Knight and Osamah Sami - trailer has been released! Take a look.

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#FairGoFairfax #SaveTheSMH

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RSVP now as places are limited!

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An interesting read. Thank you Screen Australia for publishing it.

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Meet Louise Fox and Vicki Madden next week in Melbourne!

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