It can be tough to make it as a screenwriter. There are lots of competitions and courses out there, all promising to put aspiring writers in the limelight. But few truly have the expertise – and the connections – to help you succeed.
For years, we’ve helped talented writers to make it in the industry. As well as helping them develop their skills, we put them in front of the right people: producers and agents. Priceless connections we’ve built over years in the industry. Through our work, talented individuals can succeed, and the whole industry can thrive.
And we don’t just work with writers who are already signed to agents. We work with absolute beginners too. In fact, finding new writers is the most exciting part of our job.
Screenwriting Goldmine was set up in 2007 by Phil Gladwin, a successful writer and script editor. Phil started a small website to give advice about screenwriting. Quickly, the site grew into a large forum, with a massive blog containing much free advice – but he felt he could do more to help, so in 2012 he created the Screenwriting Goldmine Awards to support new writing talent.
Over the nine years since it began, the Goldmine site has been responsible for hundreds of thousands of individuals sharing ideas, and supporting each other, and many of our Goldminers who have come through the contest have begun to make their mark in the industry.
Earlier this year Phil founded a monthly magazine called Open Door, which, unusually for screenwriting resources, concentrates entirely on giving advice to writers on how they can best navigate the industry.
As this information is SO important for new writers, Phil has taken the radical decision to remove some of the financial burden of entering the Goldmine Awards, making the contest free to enter for Open Door subscribers.
This year it is the fifth Screenwriting Goldmine Awards, and the hope is that the combination of the access to our exceptional judging panel for the five finalists, plus the insight contained in Open Door, will help propel even more lucky writers into the industry.
In the last few years we’ve seen incredible success stories.
Phil is a writer and script editor, and has worked in the British TV industry since 1995. He has many writing and script-editing credits for television.
He founded the Screenwriting Goldmine competition in 2012. He reads every single screenplay, narrowing the entries down to the final five finalists.
The judging panel
Once again we have an incredible panel of judges for the final round of this year’s competition. The producers hold senior positions at literary agencies, or in organisations such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and HBO, and between them, they are responsible for getting a great many writers hired. As busy people, these judges wouldn’t waste time being on this panel if they didn’t think they would find writers with whom they can do business.
Read more about our expert judging panel.
Phil Gladwin, founder of Screenwriting Goldmine, has created an online training programme.
The programme covers essential topics, and goes from the blank page all the way through to writing a great first draft. It covers all the things you need to know to make your screenplay a commercial success.
Phil has a comprehensive understanding of dramatic structure and genre, enthusiasm for developing and strengthening stories, extensive knowledge of the development process, an understanding of the inner workings of drama commissioning across all channels – and first hand experience as a writer of the tricks and traps of the trade.
Kath Mattock, double Bafta-winning producer of
The Cops, Buried, The Queen’s Sister and Murder
Because so many top industry professionals are involved in the judging, you may find yourself of interest to many of them. You’re on the radar. This is vital when you’re on the road to achieving the goals of a new screenwriter – getting an agent, getting an option (or several) and starting to work professionally.
Sonya Hadari, Finalist, 2015-16