Posted by: the3rdi | June 3, 2012

Funny Women Comedy Writing Award 2012

Funny Women and The Comedy Unit present the

Funny Women Comedy Writing Award 2012


The Funny Women Comedy Writing Award is now in its second year running, offering non-performers with great comic ideas an opportunity to compete in the annual Funny Women Awards. Recognising that not every writer is also a natural performer, Funny Women launched this Award last year so that those happier behind the scenes have an outlet for their comic potential.

This Award has added a whole new dimension to the comedy platform that we provide,” says Funny Women founder Lynne Parker. “This is open to any of the women performers as well as writers and gives us all a real opportunity to develop new talent on all levels.”

This year Funny Women is running the Comedy Writing Award in partnership with award-winning comedy production company, The Comedy Unit, who are offering a spectacular prize package: A £500 script option fee for a 12 month development period, three weeks mentoring for the writer to complete their script, and dedicated access to a professional script editor.

Funny Women has also attracted an array of amazingly accomplished writers to judge this year’s Comedy Writing Award.  They include:

Hattie Naylor, a hugely successful script writer who has won several national and international awards for her plays. Ivan and the Dogs was nominated for the Olivier Awards, and won the Tenniswood Award for best Original Drama in 2009. Other recent theatre productions include the blood-thirsty Nutcracker for Theatre Royal Bath and Going Dark with Sound and Fury. Hattie’s acclaimed adaptations of The Diaries of Samuel Pepys are currently being broadcast on BBC Radio 4. 

Harry Venning is an award-winning writer, performer and cartoonist, best known for creating the larger-than-life cartoon character, Clare in the Community for the Guardian newspaper, which he has also adapted into a Sony Award winning BBC Radio 4 sitcom, now on its eighth series.  Harry is also the creator of the weekly strip cartoon Hamlet The Pig in The Stage and he is currently working on a family sitcom for BBC 1 television.

Jennifer Howze, formerly The London Times’s online lifestyle editor and Alpha Mummy blog editor, is a journalist and co-founder of the BritMums social network, the UK’s leading network of parent bloggers with more than 3,500 members and holds the biggest parent blogging conference in June, BritMums Live.

Rowan Pelling, worked as Ian Hislop’s PA at Private Eye before setting up the Erotic Review magazine, which she edited for eight years. She now writes a weekly comment column for the Daily Telegraph and is the Daily Mail’s sex columnist, advising middle England about such bracing topics as Brazilian waxes. She does the odd bit of broadcasting, has been a Man Booker Prize judge, is a patron of the Cambridge Wordfest, and is the editor of The Decadent Handbook.

Gavin Smith is the creative director of business and development for The Comedy Unit and will chair this impressive panel. The Comedy Unit makes hit shows including Rab C Nesbitt, Still Game and Fags Mags and Bags. In his time with the company Gavin first worked with the creative team to win a number of children’s and youth commissions before going on to manage the development department and secure various comedy pilots and series from broadcasters including Gary: Tank Commander, Limmy’s Show, Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights, Burnistoun and new project The Scot Squad.  Like many of the staff in the company Gavin is also a comedy writer and currently co-writes Radio 4’s comedy series –  Mordrin MacDonald: 21st Century Wizard.

Gavin Smith says “The Comedy Unit has a long tradition of nurturing talent at an early stage and firmly believes that the best comedy comes from the best writing. We were delighted to be approached by Funny Women to be involved with this great award dedicated to the craft of comedy on the page and look forward to uncovering the next big thing in writing talent.”

Last year’s Award was won by Christine Robertson who said, “Winning last year’s Funny Women Comedy Writing Award was a major foot in the door (both literally and metaphorically – I have size 11 feet). My mentoring and script development has been invaluable and I’d urge any ladies looking to break into comedy writing to get off their boobs and send their scripts in.”

Writers wishing to enter for this Award should check out for the detailed criteria and to register. Performers who have already registered and would like to also enter for the Comedy Writing Award do not have to register again but submit their written work in the required format.


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