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 ninth year since its inception, and past recipients include Karen Walton (2009), Mina Shum (2010), Barbara Haynes (2011), Colleen Murphy (2012), Cheryl Foggo (2013), Alison Lea Bingeman (2015) and Penny Gummerson (2016).

The winner of the 2017 Sondra Kelly Award is Diana Frances. Congratulations to Diana!

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Sondra Kelly Award. Click here for eligibility and entry form. The deadline is Thursday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. EST.

The Sondra Kelly Award will be presented at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on April 30, 2018.

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 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, generously sponsored by AFBS, honours Sondra’s dedication and contribution. We thank all those who entered the competition for the Sondra Kelly Award, thereby helping us to celebrate Sondra’s life and achievements.


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