Jenny Lecoat Screenwriting Award


Jenny Lecoat announces the award winning entries


[Moxie’s] “Kid”. This screenplay catapults you into an environmental dystopia of frightening conviction and imaginative detail, and manages to convey an epic yet character-led story within a very short time. In the year that Greta Thunberg has shown us the power and potential of female youth, the film’s child protagonist, beginning as victim then arcing into a courageous warrior, is particularly apposite. A worthy winner.


Linda Duncan McLaughlin’s “Boots to Die For” combines a punchy story with strong visual images, combining themes of mysticism with modern social commentary, while leaving the reader space for their own interpretation.

Patrick Swan’s “Sensational” is a charming, funny tale of female friendship and adventure that effectively exploits the format with a confident sense of filmic storytelling.

With thanks and appreciation to all the 16 wonderful submittees from around the Channel Islands who contributed to the competition. We look forward to hearing from you again next year.


Original Call for Submissions


The Jenny Lecoat Award is for the best short screenplay representing women.This award, open to all Channel Island writers, is for the best short film script telling a singularly female story, either by featuring lead female characters, following a female-driven narrative, or exploring themes relevant to women.

We’re looking for innovative or untold stories, between 5 and 15 minutes long, that raise or challenge women’s issues, or that show female characters in a light not usually seen in mainstream cinema and television.

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

This award has been kindly sponsored by the Jersey branch of Soroptimists International.


Jenny Lecoat was born in Jersey and studied Drama and Theatre Arts in Birmingham. She made her name in the UK stand-up comedy scene of the 1980's and this developed into writing and presenting for TV.  She became a full-time screenwriter in 1994, producing scripts for Eastenders, Birds of a Feather, and the Dutch show Double Trouble, before moving into screenplays for film. Jenny has since written for international documentaries and historical feature films. Her most recent success was Another Mother's Son (2017) which told the story of her own family's resistance to the occupation of the Channel Islands. She is now working on a her first novel, which is also set in the occupation.



  • Writers must be over 16 years old and a Channel Island resident, born in the Channel Islands or with a strong connection 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.
  • Two entries maximum per writer.
  • Entries must be submitted by email to by midnight April 29th 2019 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 10th May and will be welcome to attend the award ceremony at Jersey Arts Centre on the weekend of May 18/19th.
  • 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.