The Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize, presented biennially at the WGC Screenwriting Awards, was created to continue the work of the late Jim Burt in recognizing and nurturing new longform talent. The WGC is now accepting unproduced, longform, feature-length original script entries. The deadline to enter is Friday Jan. 15, 2021 , 5:30 p.m. EST.
In a 20-year career at the CBC, Jim’s championing of Canadian writers and their stories resulted in the production of some 75 longform dramas including Big Bear, The Boys of St. Vincent, Little Criminals and Million Dollar Babies.
The winning screenplay is determined by a jury, which selects the best unproduced longform script, which will be announced at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on April 26, 2021. The total prize is worth $5,000 - a $3,000 cash prize, and $2,000 will be allotted for an experienced story editor approved by the jury in order to further develop the winner’s script.