Jenny Lecoat Screenwriting Award- Call for Submissions

                            Jenny Lecoat

Call for Submissions 2020

The 2020 competition is open to any female writer, either with a Channel Island connection, or whose work explores themes relating to the islands – be this through location, characters, history or other association.

We’re looking for innovative or untold stories, between 5 and 15 minutes long on any subject matter.

Excerpts from shortlisted scripts may be performed in a a live reading during the festival in May.

1st prize: £300   with two runner-up prizes of £100.

This award has been kindly sponsored by the  Soroptimist International Jersey

Jenny Lecoat was born and raised in Jersey. After a Drama degree at Birmingham University she made her name in the UK stand-up comedy scene of the 1980s, later becoming a TV & radio presenter and features contributor. She became a full-time screenwriter in 1994, writing for EastEnders, Birds of a Feather, The Catherine Tate show and a range of children’s series before moving into drama and film, specialising in historical and factual stories. Her feature film Another Mother's Son (2017) told the story of her own family's resistance to the Occupation of the Channel Islands. Her debut novel, Hedy’s War, based on another true Occupation story, will be published in the UK in May 2020 by Birlinn and in a number of other countries over the next year.



  • Writers must be over 16 years old and either with a strong personal connection to the Channel Islands or with a script theme that relates to the region.
  • Scripts must be written in English, and must not exceed 17 pages. Industry standard software* is preferred but not essential.
  • All scripts must be original, no adaptations. By entering you are confirming that this script is your own intellectual property.
  • Entries must be original work that has not yet been performed or screened in public.
  • Two entries maximum per writer.
  • Entries must be submitted by email to
  • by midnight MAY 9th 2020 and must be accompanied by name, address and contact details. Please submit formatted scripts in PDF
  • 13th Parish Festival will arrange all publicity surrounding the competition winners and prize-giving.
  • 13th Parish Festival reserve the right to use entries for promotional purposes
  • Winners will be notified by 9th June 2020.
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

* Industry format software such as Final Draft or Fade In can be purchased online, or programmes such as Celtx, Trelby or Writer Duet can be downloaded for free.