Samuel Goldwyn Writing AwardsThe awards were started by legendary movie pioneer, Samuel Goldwyn, Sr. on the occasion of his 75th birthday in 1955 to encourage young stage, film, and television writers. Some of the more famous winners include: Francis Ford Coppola, Eric Roth, Pamela Gray, Allison Anders, Colin Higgins, Carroll Ballad, Scott Rosenberg, Carolyn See and Jonathan Kellerman.
Former winners of the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards have written more than 300 films, television series and made-for-TV movies. These productions have won a total of 27 Academy Awards® with 101 nominations, 35 Golden Globe Awards® with 189 nominations, and 87 Emmys® with 488 nominations. Many previous winners are also popular authors who, collectively, have published over 60 books including many New York Times bestsellers.
In past years our list of judges has included: Brian Grazer, Kathleen Kennedy, Denzel Washington, Dustin Hoffman, James Brooks, Eric Roth, David Mamet, Francis Ford Coppola, Gordon Davidson, Robert E. Sherwood, Moss Hart, Billy Wilder, Ernest Lehman, Sidney Poitier, Alfred Uhry, Leonard Maltin, Kenneth Turan, Frank Pierson; Lorne Michaels, Peter Bart, Joel Schumacher, Cathy Schulman, Geoff Gilmore, Marlee Matlin, Debbie Liebling and A. Scott Berg.
The first prize is $15,000, second $7,500, third $4,000, with two honorable mentions of $2,000 and $1,000.