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The Australian Writers’ Guild established the AWGIE Awards in 1967 to recognise and reward excellence in performance writing. The awards are judged solely by writers, and the judging is based on the written script, rather than on the finished product such as a film or a television series.

The awards include an extensive number of categories (children's, comedy, radio, short film, television, community theatre), special awards such as the John Hinde Award for Science Fiction, and a range of industry fellowships, including the FOXTEL Fellowship. Individual category winners in a year become eligible for the Major Award, awarded to the outstanding script of that year.

Source: Sighted: 26/11/2013


  • Conceived in 1967 by the Australian Writers' Guild, the AWGIE Awards were first offered in 1968 as a means of recognising outstanding achievement in writing. The awards AWGIE Awards are for excellence in screen, television, stage and radio writing, and are unique in being 'the only writers' awards judged solely by writers. Awards and nominations are based on the written script - not the finished product.'

    (Source: The AWGIEs website,

Latest Winners / Recipients (also see subcategories)v1037

Year: 2018

winner (Animation) form y separately published work icon Lost & Found Bradley Slabe , ( dir. Bradley Slabe et. al. )agent Australia : 2018 14128855 2018 single work film/TV

A knitted dinosaur must completely unravel itself to save the love of its life.

winner (Web Series and Other Non-Broadcast / VOD Works) form y separately published work icon Homecoming Queens Michelle Law , Chloë Reeson , ( dir. Corrie Chen ) Australia : Generator Pictures SBS , 2018 11576166 2018 series - publisher film/TV

Comedy-drama about two twenty-something best friends who reinvent themselves after experiencing chronic illness.

For episode 'Beach'.

Year: 2016

recipient Craig Pearce Lifetime Achievement Award

Year: 2013

winner (Television: Series) form y separately published work icon R v. Floyd Andrew Knight , ( dir. Rowan Woods ) Australia : ABC Television , 2012 6487594 2012 single work film/TV
winner (Feature Film : Original) form y separately published work icon The Rocket Die Rakete Kim Mordaunt , ( dir. Kim Mordaunt ) Australia : Red Lamp Films , 2012 Z1908219 2012 single work film/TV 'A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey, to prove he's not cursed he builds a giant rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.' (Source: Screen Australia website)
winner Grounded Alana Valentine , 2012 single work drama
— Appears in: Cyberbile [and] Grounded 2013;

'Against the backdrop of one of the most intriguing events in Newcastles recent history, the grounding of the Pasha Bulker, we meet Farrah, a young Novocastrian with a fascination for Newcastles industrial port, a fascination none of her peers share or comprehend.

Yet when a storm forces the ship on Nobbys Beach and the worlds attention turns to the harbour she knows so well, the impact on Farrahs own reality is not what she expects. Farrahs obsession with shipping and bulk carriers allows audiences to explore universal themes of isolation, belonging and identity, and that time in your life when the obsessions of childhood get grounded in reality.

Tantrum Theatre and Australias flagship youth theatre company Australian Theatre for Young People have co-commissioned nationally recognised playwright Alana Valentine to create this new work which celebrates Newcastles identity and the significance of the working harbour to Newcastles culture.' (Source: Alana Valentine's website)

Year: 2004

winner (Best New Play for Young Audiences) Vin Stephen House , 2004 single work drama

Year: 2003

winner (Best Un-Produced Screenplay) form y separately published work icon Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger Cathy Randall , ( dir. Cathy Randall ) Australia : EB Productions Tama Films , 2008 Z1491337 2008 single work film/TV

'HEY HEY IT’S ESTHER BLUEBURGER – a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life’s unending quest to fit in… and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out – introduces a feisty outsider hero unlike any other seen on screen. Esther Blueburger’s quest begins when she escapes from her Bat Mitzvah party and is befriended by Sunni, the effortlessly cool girl who is everything Esther thinks she wants to be. With the help of Sunni, Esther goes AWOL from her ordinary life and leaves behind her malfunctioning Jewish family to hang out with Sunni’s far breezier and super-hip single mum Mary and attend Sunni’s forbidden public school as a Swedish exchange student.'

Source: Screen Australia.

Works About this Award

Luhrmann Co-creator ‘invisible’ No Longer Michaela Boland , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 13 October 2016; (p. 3)
How One Deadly TV World Downed Another Megan Doherty , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 October 2013; (p. 8)
Valentine Takes Writing Honours While Knight Rakes in New Prize Michael Lallo , Paul Kalina , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 October 2013; (p. 13) The Saturday Age , 5 October 2013; (p. 6) The Canberra Times , 5 October 2013; (p. 8)
Fertile Ground Reaps Rewards for Writer on Rise Garry Maddox , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 August 2012; (p. 13)
Wiliams Honoured as Writing Champion Matthew Westwood , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 August 2012; (p. 5)