2017 Writing Award Long List Announced!

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.

Good luck!

Daniel Page
Daniel Page
Dan writes for the BBC's Breaking the News and Newsjack as well as the legendary NewsRevue stage show and the award winning Damn the Torpedoes!on BFBS. He specialises in script-notes for sitcom and sketch and regularly works with independent producers. Dan runs comedy courses and writers rooms for new and experienced writers and is also an SRA/Radio 1 award-winning producer with a focus on independent pilots.

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