Menu

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

Tuesday 28 February 2017

The Australian Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce that screenwriter Alex Vickery-Howe has been selected as the winner of the 2016 What’s the Story? screenwriting competition for South Australian writers.

Vickery-Howe was awarded the top prize for his feature film script Stupid Dead Boy, a dark comedy about three high school friends who plot to drug and humiliate an unfaithful boyfriend, only to discover his dead body instead.

The competition, which was open to South Australian writers, sought scripts that showcased a great and universal story as well as excellence in craft and skill. Jim Carroll was awarded highly commended by the judges for his script The Moth Myth, while ten other projects were longlisted.

The final judging panel were full of praise for the projects on the longlist: ‘The quality of the final twelve was exceptional. These are dedicated, talented writers committed to their craft,’ the panel said. ‘One of the most exciting things to see from the finalists was that they all had something to say – the scripts covered topical and compelling issues which left the reader with food for thought for days.’

Vickery-Howe reflected on the opportunities available to emerging writers, saying: ‘A frequent complaint among emerging writers for both stage and screen is that we often find ourselves drafting and redrafting scripts, or jumping through hoops, with no production outcome at the end of it. For writers to really learn and develop, we need direct engagement with the marketplace. We need to see our work performed.’

‘The Australian Writers’ Guild are champions for emerging writers and they offer practical, constructive support as we strive to get our work out there. Both Pathways and Scripted Ink. are exciting programs, linking emerging writers with industry professionals who are focused on bringing our crazy daydreams to life. I’m honoured, grateful and thrilled that AWG has taken this chance on me, and I look forward to taking the next step in my career.’

As part of their prize, Vickery-Howe and runner-up Carroll will be funded by South Australian Film Corporation to attend the AWG Pathways Big Day In event in March, an opportunity for screenwriters, producers and broadcasters to discuss content trends and the changing landscape of screen development and production in Australia.

They will also be invited to join AWG’s prestigious Pathways Program, where their projects will be showcased to industry professionals and be in consideration for Scripted Ink. development funding.

For more information on the projects or the Pathways Program, please visit the AWG website here.

What’s the Story? Longlist

Amber On Hold by Katharine McPhee
Failing Fidelity by Katharine McPhee
Chimera by Teresa Crea
Cyclone Santa by Robyn Opie Parnell
Response Time by Pete Monaghan
Famous Amos by Albert Jamae
Lurks Inc by Alex Vickery-Howe
The Big Nothing by Lucy Campbell
What Doesn’t Kill You by Sally Hardy
X Ray by Chris Tugwell

What’s the Story? Highly Commended

A Moth Myth by Jim Carroll

What’s the Story? Winner

Stupid Dead Boy by Alex Vickery-Howe


Primary7:01 - 21.7.2017

SCREEN AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY UNITES TO RESPOND TO BROADCASTERS’ CALL TO ABOLISH AUSTRALIAN KIDS’ TV Australia’s screen and entertainment industry has responded in a united front against calls made by commercial television broadcasters to abolish Australian children’s television quotas. In Sydney yesterday, at the parliamentary inquiry into the sustainability of the Australian film and television industry, the CEOs of Seven, Nine and Ten all made submissions to abolish Australian children’s television quotas.

Primary6:57 - 21.7.2017

Screen and Entertainment Industry unites to respond to broadcasters’ call to abolish Australian Kids’ TV https://t.co/qenhb9zxbQ

Commercial broadcasters under fire over children’s TV quotas https://t.co/eih5IcWVPU @Screen_Producerhttps://t.co/Fl4vH2ns9E

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

Screenwest formally becomes an independent not-for-profit organisation https://t.co/qgcA7uBRLB

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

Want to learn more about what it takes to get a play from page to stage? FAB opportunity coming up at Griffin!… https://t.co/dGERwbfgKb

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

This is your last week to apply for our New Play Development Program, submissions close July 24.… https://t.co/0t5eKVUfRx

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild
Primary3:52 - 19.7.2017

Tune in now to listen to Shayne Armstrong on ABC Radio Brisbane as he chats with Kelly Higgins-Devine about the upcoming John Hinde Award and all things sci-fi! http://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/live/

#Sydney, join our lively panel tonight for our next #NSWWriteNight! Tickets available here: https://t.co/GJNjHP9Dxv https://t.co/7pod0LufDm



Primary1:51 - 18.7.2017

Last chance to book tickets for tonight's NSW Write Night! Join our panel as they discuss the ups and downs of telling stories in an era of alt-right outrage and social media thuggery. Head to the AWG website for tickets: https://awg.com.au/view/event/write-night-taboo-or-not-taboo/

Primary0:38 - 17.7.2017

Tomorrow! Come join our lively panel of writers and agitators as they discuss the challenges of telling stories and kicking sacred cows in an era of alt-right outrage and social media thuggery. Tickets are on sale on the AWG website here: https://awg.com.au/view/event/write-night-taboo-or-not-taboo/

“Power of the writer has increased,” says former BBC TV boss. https://t.co/gwOWhAuitf

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild
Primary8:54 - 15.7.2017

An almost-full house of writers and designers here at @awg_1 @Rev_Film_Fest @Screenwest Writing for Interactivity… https://t.co/0s4oWh5kkN

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

We're excited to announce that this event will now be live streamed tomorrow from 4pm Perth/6pm Sydney on the… https://t.co/Mydhuj5le6

Primary4:24 - 14.7.2017

We're excited to announce that tomorrow's sold out Navigating Interactive Writing event with Revelation Film Festival will also be live streamed on the Fielder Street Creative Facebook page. Join us tomorrow afternoon as Christy Dena and Leena van Deventer chat with Anthony Sweet about changing your mindset to level up your writing by including interactivity and reader agency into your stories! The live stream will be available from 4pm Perth / 6pm Sydney.

Primary4:01 - 14.7.2017

#Sydney, come join us in Redfern next Tuesday as our lively bunch of writers and agitators discuss the challenges of telling stories and kicking sacred cows in an era of alt-right outrage and social media thuggery! We'll be joined by Simon Hunt, Lily Shearer and Julie Kalceff with the panel moderated by Ian Simmons. Tickets still available on the AWG website.

"Don't get it right, get it written" - great advice from writer and script editor Karin Altmann at last night's @AWG_1 event

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

Karin's #1️⃣: biggest muscle is your bum - don't get it write, get it written. THEN rewrite @AWG_1

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

Useful to tape convos with editors, so when you throw up a defensive wall in the moment you can take the note later - Chris Corbett @AWG_1

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

You're trying to steer the writer but there is wriggle room - Chris Corbett on the dynamic between writer and script editor @AWG_1

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

Write the first draft like you're in love, and the second draft like you're in charge - Karin Altmann @AWG_1

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

ICYMI: @LaMamaTheatre is celebrating its 50th anniversary. How different would Australian culture be without it?… https://t.co/uRo3oZGRVf

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild
Primary6:06 - 10.7.2017

#Perth, there are still tickets left to see Liz Doran chat with Pete Gleeson, writer and director of Hotel Coolgardie - The Film at Fielder Street Creative tonight! Free for AWG members and only $5 for non-members! We'd love to see you there to be part of the studio audience for our livestream.

FREE EVENT: Join Christy Dena & Leena van Deventer July 15th for 'Navigating Interactive Writing' #RevFest @AWG_1https://t.co/rR8FLSIsj2

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

#Perth don't miss out on hearing @doran_liz chat with @Hotel_C_Film writer & director Pete Gleeson tonight!… https://t.co/GTz4i8ozcP

Where Australia's great theatre artists trod the boards: 50 years of Melbourne's La Mama theatre https://t.co/0HIaXYTz3l @ConversationEDU

Primary2:36 - 10.7.2017

#Perth, don't miss this chance to be part of the livestream studio audience tonight as Liz Doran chats with writer & director Pete Gleeson about the process of creating this raw, humorous and sometimes shocking documentary. Tickets free for AWG members. 6.30 pm at Fielder Street Creative, Level 2/30 Fielder St, East Perth WA 6004. Tickets on AWG website.

Primary0:01 - 10.7.2017

Don't miss this chance to hear Chris Corbett and Karin Altmann take you through tips and tricks on re-writing projects for film and television. This Wednesday from 7pm at the Dan O'Connell Hotel, Carlton. Tickets available below:

All screenwriters should read this chat with John Logan https://t.co/SAUBYCE6th https://t.co/f0FsTy6R7W

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild


Primary2:22 - 7.7.2017

Writing for interactivity can present many challenges to the newcomer, and involves shedding a lot of what we’ve always been taught about storytelling. Are beginning, middle, and end, really essential? Do we need to move in straight lines anymore? Is conflict really essential? Join our guest of games and interactive writing as she leads you through the basics of changing your mindset to level up your writing by including interactivity and reader agency into your stories! With Christy Dena (QLD) and Leena van Deventer (VIC).

Primary2:06 - 7.7.2017

We all have a unique way of looking at the world and a unique way we experience and interpret events in our own lives. When we write professionally, we usually have to write characters we’ve never met – cops, specialists, serial killers – even aliens… so how do you find your voice within all these characters and worlds? Using The Kettering Incident Vicki Madden will talk through her life experiences that shaped Anna Macy and all the characters and themes from Kettering… When: Sunday 30 July 2017, 9am to 1.30 pm Where: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide SA 5000 Tickets: $20 for members, $30 for non-members Presented by AWG and MRC.

Primary2:01 - 7.7.2017

Come be part of our studio audience as screenwriter Liz Doran chats with Pete Gleeson, the WA based Writer/Director of the raw, humorous and sometimes shocking documentary Hotel Coolgardie - The Film

Primary3:43 - 6.7.2017

Join our live studio audience tonight as screenwriter Liz Doran is ‘In Conversation with Pete Gleeson’. Gleeson is the WA based Writer/Director of the raw, humorous and sometimes shocking documentary, Hotel Coolgardie, which is currently enjoying a successful release in cinemas. Come along and be part of our studio audience for the livestream of this exclusive event!

Primary3:38 - 6.7.2017

You’ve finished your first draft. Now what? Alleviating the agony of the re-write. Chris Corbett and Karin Altmann will take you through some tips and tricks on re-writing your projects for film and television. The session will include managing notes – i.e. ‘I love you, you’re perfect, now change’; getting on top of structure, over-writing, under-writing, focused story-telling and managing point of view. Chris and Karin will share the knowledge they’ve acquired over the years as they deliver a candid account of how to survive as story-tellers and how – as script editors – they operate as midwives to your dreams.

Primary2:35 - 6.7.2017

Our next Victorian members night is coming up next week. Don't miss out on this great session with Chris Corbett and Karin Altmann as they take you through some tips and tricks on re-writing your projects for film and television. Where: The Dan O’Connell Hotel. 225 Canning Street, Carlton When: Wednesday 12 July 2017, 7 pm The session will include managing notes – i.e. ‘I love you, you’re perfect, now change’; getting on top of structure, over-writing, under-writing, focused story-telling and managing point of view. Chris and Karin will share the knowledge they’ve acquired over the years as they deliver a candid account of how to survive as story-tellers and how – as script editors – they operate as midwives to your dreams.

Primary0:24 - 5.7.2017

WA Friends! Last chance to book tickets to hear Please Like Me writer Liz Doran talk all things comedy tonight. Tickets free for AWG members. Where: Fielder Street Creative, 30 Fielder Street, East Perth, WA 6004 When: Tonight! Wednesday 5 July 2017, 6.30 pm Tickets: Free for members, $5 for non-members. Please book tickets to ensure you are on the door list on the night.

Primary23:25 - 4.7.2017

Meet the Makers with Roger Monk from Essential Media tomorrow night in Brisbane. Don’t miss this chance to meet and get invaluable advice from a screenwriter at the top of his game and at the top of the ladder when it comes to development for Essential Media in Queensland! #awgqld

Primary7:16 - 4.7.2017

Tune in tonight from 7pm AEST! Shayne Armstrong will chat to Melanie Tait about John Hinde Award and all things sci-fi!

© Australian Writer's Guild 2017. All Rights Reserved.
ACN: 002 563 500

Level 4, 70 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000
t: 02 9319 0339
f: 02 9223 8933
e: admin@awg.com.au