Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards Winners Unveiled

Dean Teri Schwartz (center) with this year's Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award winners

The screenwriting prizes were handed out at a ceremony at UCLA.

The winners of the 61st annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards recognizing excellence in dramatic writing were announced Tuesday at a ceremony at UCLA’s Faculty Center by John Goldwyn, president, and Tony Goldwyn, vice president, of The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation.

The first prize, worth $15,000, was awarded to Eric Mallory Morgan of UCLA for the screenplay Tonya; second place resulted in a tie between Bennett Fisher of UCSD for Damascus and Nicholas Adams of UCLA for Falling; third prize was presented to Dominic Abeyta of UCLA for 100 Degrees; and an honorable mention was given to Meedo Taha of UCLA for Other People.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, AMC and SundanceTV exec Joel Stillerman and Empire co-creator Danny Strong judged the competition.

“In keeping with the tradition my grandfather started in 1955, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation and the University of California are proud to support rising young writers," said John Goldwyn. "We are happy to note that our winners have been able to use this award to launch their careers and make significant contributions to the industry."

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