Thank you so much for those who entered the 2017 Funny Women Comedy Writing Award. Our mission is to find and highlight emerging female writing talent from across the UK and beyond.
This was a record year, with almost 200 entries received and we were blown away by the breadth of talent and ideas on display. We were honoured to have the chance to read your work.
With so much creative ability on display we had to make some careful decisions about which pieces of work to take forwards. In fact, we had so many entries that we have stretched our longlist from 25 to 27 entries just to fit everyone in!
So without further ado, we are DELIGHTED to announce that the following scripts have been LONGLISTED!
Beg, Borrow and Steal, Maria Pullicino and Katherine Hearst
CSO London, Rae Brogan and Lucy Grainger
Culture Club, Laura McNamara & Zara Gladman
Experienced, Glory Lee
Fake, Helen Cattle
Finding Clive, Deva Palmier
G Street, Angela Nesi & Anna Brook-Mitchell
Georgie’s Guide to Being Blind, Georgie Morrell
Gymbot, Eleanor Ross
Hitched, Rhiannon Neads
Hostel, Lorna Shaw
Internalised, Haleema Mirza
Kink, Lisa Carroll
Liz and Cath, Stevie Cooke
Mixed Practice, Anastasia Argent
Morale Gals, Natasha Backlin
Nosh, Alex Hardy
Not Running Away to the Interchange Retail Park, Amy Rich
Off Peak, Priscilla Elspeth Ryan
Rents, Kerry Fitzgerald
Revenge 101, Lucy Atkinson
S&M Sissy and Mistress, Kiran Benawra
So, how did you and Dad meet? Julia Effertz
Speak Soon, Sam Fraser
The Fairytale Effect, Sally Pitts
The Secret Life of Party Entertainers, Kathryn Bond and Lorna Shaw
Victoria and Twig, Kate Stokes
We’d also like to take a moment to commend the following scripts which came very close to making the longlist, but were just pipped at the post:
Auntie Christ, Christelle Jones
Battle Cry, Lolly Jones
Being Jesus, Natalie Mallory
Break Up Club, Lorelei Mathias
Butterfly Stroke, Sarah Johnson
Charactors, Maisie Adam
D1VAZ, Eleri Morgan & Gwennan Hardy
Handy, Maddie Rice and Kate Kennedy
Literally, Celia Moodie
Party Princesses, Fran Fowler
Pick Me, Kate Smith and Rachel Genn
Premature, Clementine Comtois
Resuscitate My Life, Bernadette Wysocki
Returning West Dorset, Nicole Zandi
Shirley’s Temple, Sarit Wilson Chen
Shuttle, Ann Stenhouse
Sian the Invisible, Rachel James
The Brownings, Ophelie Hocquard
The Precint, Beverley Green
Tricky, Gemma Dyllen
Window of Opportunity, Agatha Chapman-Poole
For those of you who didn’t make it this time round, we’re very grateful that you took part and would love for you to stay engaged with the Funny Women community. Sign up for the newsletter, come along to one of our events and follow us on Twitter at @funnywomen and @scriptchicken.
We are providing some general feedback (across all the scripts) as well as a special discount code for use on script services and courses at Why Did the Chicken?
In the meantime, for those whose scripts have been longlisted, here are the next steps:
Your script will move onto Round Two where our judges will give it a second read.
The top 10 scripts from Round Two will make it through to our shortlist, to be announced at the end of February.
The winner will be announced at the 2017 Funny Women Awards charity final on Monday 12th March.