17th Annual WGI ZEBBIE AWARDS Submissions open this Friday 3rd May

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 strongly encourage 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.

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

The Zebbies Awards Event will take place on Tuesday 3rd September 2024 in The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, hosted by Tara Flynn.


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.

WGI Chair, Jennifer Davidson said:
I’m delighted to announce that submissions for our 17 th 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.


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