Australian Writers Guild launches new TV drama screenwriting competition

07 May, 2013 by IF

The Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) is calling for entries to its inaugural writing for television competition Think Inside the Box. Entries close on 3 June 2013.

Each week we see more quality and diverse Australian storytelling make its way to our television screens. From Offspring to Puberty Blues, Wentworth to The Straits, Redfern Now to Rake, this new wave of Australian drama series is bold and exciting, and a move away from what we’ve seen in the past.


The AWG is presenting an opportunity for writers to be a part of this new era of Australian TV by giving them the chance to have their original work read by internationally renowned 2011 SPAA Producer of the Year, Australian production house Matchbox Pictures.

Writers are invited to submit a 2-3-page treatment outlining their original idea for an adult television drama series or mini-series. An industry panel of judges will select a long-list by assessing the treatments for their ability to engage the reader in the writer’s vision, the potential for the project to be produced for television and the originality and excellence of the idea. The shortlisted entrants will be asked to submit the pilot episode of their original show and the winner will be determined from this group.

As well as being set up with meetings with the development team at Matchbox Pictures, the shortlisted applicants will be invited to join the AWG’s Pathways Program, an initiative that provides networking opportunities for writers and the chance to showcase their ideas to industry professionals thereby giving those industry professionals access to quality scripts.

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