About

The awards were started by legendary movie pioneer, Samuel Goldwyn, Sr. on the
occasion of his 75 th birthday in 1955 to encourage young stage, film, and television
writers. Some of the more famous winners include: Francis Ford Coppola, Eric Roth,
Pamela Gray, Allison Anders, Colin Higgins, Carroll Ballad, Scott Rosenberg, and
Jonathan Kellerman.

Former winners of the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards have written, directed or
produced:

These productions have won a total of 41 Academy Awards® with 154 nominations, 74 Golden Globe Awards® with 384 nominations, and 210 Emmys® with 1080
nominations. Many previous winners are also popular authors who, collectively, have published 164 books including many New York Times bestsellers.

In past years our list of judges has included: Lorne Michaels, Tom Rothman, Brian
Grazer, Kathleen Kennedy, Denzel Washington, Dustin Hoffman, James Brooks, David Mamet, Robert E. Sherwood, Moss Hart, Billy Wilder, Sidney Poitier, Leonard Maltin, Joel Schumacher, Marlee Matlin, Hilary Swank and Shonda Rhimes.

The first prize is $15,000, second $7,500, third $4,000, with two honorable mentions of $2,000 and $1,000.