The Writers’ Guild of Ireland are delighted to announce that the submission window for this year’s Zebbie Awards opens this Friday 3rd May, for scripts written by Irish writers, or writers living on the island of Ireland.

If you have a script (ideally, one you’re happy with!) that was produced and first screened, staged, broadcast in Ireland (or was generally available to an Irish audience) in 2023 we’d love you to submit it for consideration.

There are seven categories in the Zebbie Awards, recognising the best scripts across feature film, tv drama, continuing drama, theatre, short film, animation, and audio & radio drama. Previous winners of the Zebbie Awards include Lisa McGee, Colm Bairéad, Jody O’Neill & Carmel Callan.

Best Radio & Audio Drama Script
Best Animation Script,
Best Theatre Script,
Best Short Film Script,
Best Feature Film Script,
Best TV Drama Script and
Best Continuing Drama Script.

Our submissions portal will be open on FilmFreeway until midnight Sunday 26th May 2024. All eligible submitted scripts will be read and shortlisted by our expert panels. The three shortlisted scripts in each category will then be voted on by Writers’ Guild of Ireland members.

And our now-legendary Zebbies Awards Event will take place on Tuesday 3rd September 2024 in, of course … The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, hosted by Tara Flynn.


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The WGI’s Zebbie Awards – now in their 17th year – have always been about writers and great writing. Named after O.Z (Zebby) Whitehead, these awards continue to hold a significant place in our industry.

I’m delighted to announce that submissions for our 17th Annual Zebbie Awards will open this week. Celebrating the very best of Irish writing talent across screen, stage and radio, the Zebbie Awards allow writers to honour our peers, and to recognise the brilliant work that Irish writers create. They are the only Irish Awards for writers, voted on by writers. It also gives us a really important opportunity to take stock of
the work that Irish writers are doing year on year, and to shine a light on the issues facing writers in Ireland in any given year.

WGI Chair, Jennifer Davidson said


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The WGI gratefully acknowledges the generous support of both the ICLA and Coimisiún na Meán.