Writers Guild- Competitions v cut-price commissions

Thu, 24 June 2021

14:00 – 15:00 BST

Closed captions will be available for this event. You will be sent a Zoom link the day before the event.

Many writers use competitions to develop their craft and gain industry recognition. Some competitions, however, are little more than money-making ventures for the organisers or disguised commissions at less-than-established industry rates. Worse still, some competitions actually end up costing the writer more than they gain.

So how can you tell the difference between a worthwhile or exploitative competition, and how can publishers, producers and others design a competition that is fair to all parties?

In the next of our WGGB Guided Tours, deputy general secretary Lesley Gannon and musical theatre writer Jen Toksvig explore our newly published guide Competition or cut-price commission?, which sets out some key principles and guidance for competitions across audio, books, poetry, short stories, theatre, film and television, as well as providing advice for potential entrants.

It features case studies and a checklist to help writers make a measured assessment, as well competition organiser dos and don’ts and detailed advice relating to specific writing genres.



Published on:
10 Jun 2021


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