Funny Women 2014 Comedy Writing Awards (women writers only)

The Comedy Unit and Huffington Post are now accepting entries for the 2014 Funny Women Comedy Writing Awards.  This is an opportunity to develop a half-hour comedy series for television.

Eligibility:  This opportunity is open to female writers only.  As part of Funny Women’s dedication to new talent, only those who have not previously had a paid script commission are eligible to enter.

What to submit:

  • Before you begin, please take a gander at The Comedy Unit’s useful tips for Comedy Writing HERE.
  • Short synopsis of the idea- maximum one page.
  • Entries will be 8-15 pages maximum of a 30 minutes comedy script for television.
  • The script can take the form of a sitcom, sketch show, comedy drama, character monologue, anything really! But it must feel like it would work as a coherent whole across a 30 minute audience experience i.e. ten 3 minute web viral episodes stuck together is NOT a 30 minute script.
  • Sounds obvious, but please make sure your script is formatted properly. There is a whole load of free script writing software available online which can help make your writing look more like a script!
  • If you feel it necessary, you can add a short paragraph detailing any relevant/key story information that isn’t in the script sample (e.g. how the story started before the sample, how it will end after etc.)

How to apply: 

  • Please save your writing award submission in PDF (preferred), .doc or rtf file formats, with the title of the work and your name in the script title.
  • Ensure that your name, email address and phone number are included on the document.
  • Please send entries to awards2014@funnywomen.com with ‘Comedy Writing Award’ in the subject bar.
  • Entrants must be registered for the Funny Women Awards in order to enter (link below). If you have already registered under a performance category (e.g. Main  Award), you DO NOT need to register a second time.

What you get:  £500 script option fee for a 12 month development period, including three weeks intensive mentoring  to complete the 30 minute script with dedicated access to a professional script editor.

A shortlist of six scripts will be presented to industry judges.* Three finalists will be invited to the Funny Women Awards Final on 20 September at the Leicester Square Theatre where the winner will be announced.

Deadline: 31 August 2013

Source:  Playwrights’ Calendar

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