2020 Comedy Writing Longlist Announced!

This year we received a record number of scripts for the 2020 Funny Women Comedy Writing Award and an impressive number covered the subject of lockdown, so plenty of themes were certainly up to the minute! With the help of our fantastic panel of readers from the comedy industry we have now read and scored over 200 scripts and narrowed them down to a longlist of 21.

The standard was high as ever this year and whittling the list down to 21 was extremely hard. I think the panel has selected an incredible range of scripts that cover all kinds of comedy and I’m excited to move forward to the next stage, the shortlist!

Without further ado, here is this year’s Comedy Writing Award longlist:

Rebecca ShortallMouthwash
Holly DempsterThe Happiest Place on Earth
Ellen WaddellPeriod Drama
Fiona Putnam & Nuala CalviRattled
Eve Cowley & Elin SchofieldScrewdriver
Joanna CarolanThe Other Mother
Steph McIntoshMasked
Zara Janjua,Scottistani
Anne-Marie Draycott & Charity TrimmShelf Life
Catherine DysonThunder Road
Tess CarruthersThe Apothecary
Victoria FergusonFinale
Eryn TettHostelites
Sara Butler0800 Babe
Stacey EvansBig Time
Alice EtchesTwins on Tour
Olivia PhippsThe Evening Session
Victoria MorrisSpark
Francesca SewellStick it to Me
Kate ElmerMulch
Katherine Armitage Strapped

Congratulations!

The longlisted scripts will now be put forward to a panel of judges from across the comedy industry. Good luck!

The shortlist will be released on 31st July 2020.

Kate Stone
Kate Stone
Kate Stone is the editor of Funny Women and an award-winning script writer. She has written comedy sketches for the BBC's 100 Women project and created the Funny Women Awards Comedy Shorts category.

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