The Sondra Kelly Award
The Sondra Kelly Award provides $5,000 to women screenwriters in mid-career for research/development on a self-initiated project. This is the seventh year since its inception, and past recipients include Karen Walton (2009), Mina Shum (2010), Barbara Haynes (2011), Colleen Murphy (2012), Cheryl Foggo (2013), and Alison Lea Bingeman (2015).
The winner of the 2016 Sondra Kelly Award is Penny Gummerson, who was presented with the award on May 2, 2016 at the WGC Screenwriting Awards.
About the Sondra Kelly Award
Sondra Kelly was a longtime member of the Writers Guild of Canada. In 2007, she received the WGC Writers Block Award for her record of exceptional service to the WGC and for her work strengthening of the Canadian screenwriting community. In addition to serving on the WGC council from January 1997 to December 2003, Sondra occupied the first WGC-designated seat on the Actra Fraternal Benefits Society (AFBS) board (1998-2003). Hers was the first writer’s voice on a board made up of actors, producers, and broadcasters at a time when a writer’s voice was much needed.
This award in her memory honours Sondra’s dedication and contribution. We thank all those who entered the competition for the Sondra Kelly Award, therby helping us to celebrate Sondra’s life and achievements.