Youth Scriptwriting Competition



The first NZ Writers College Youth Scriptwriting Competition for young Kiwi writers is here!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we want you to tackle the theme of affirmative sexual consent.


Your task: Write a script for a 60-second video clip (a Public Service Announcement - PSA) illustrating the meaning of affirmative sexual consent.

We're looking for content that's engaging, Kiwi-centric, and has a clear message. What we don't want - explicit content (nudity and violence) and vulgar language. 



THEME:    Yes Means Yes

  • Script only
  • Script plus completed video

  • $1 000.00 for the winning script plus YouTube video (Category: Script plus Video)
  • $ 500.00 for the winning script (Category: Script only)


Midnight 31 July 2018



Friday 24 August 2018



Friday 31 August 2018



Need some inspiration?

Watch these samples from overseas PSAs: - Campus Clarity - Tea Consent (Copyright © 2015 Emmeline May and Blue Seat Studios)



  • Only e-mail submissions are acceptable, with scripts attached as PDF Documents. Mark your entry clearly with the subject line: NZWC Youth Scriptwriting Competition.
  • We recommend using the free scriptwriting software from Amazon to create a professional finished product:
  • Entrants in the 'Script plus Video' category must provide a URL to their uploaded YouTube video. The YouTube video title must include a reference to the theme 'Yes Means Yes'.

  • Entrants must be 15 to 20 years old, and residents of New Zealand.
  • Entrant(s) can enter as a group or as an individual. The prize money will be split equally among group members.
  • Prize payment is by electronic transfer.
  • Entrants can enter in one of two categories: 'Script only', or 'Script plus Video'. We are offering one prize only in each category: $500 (script) and $1000 (script plus video clip)
  • Only one script and/or video per entrant/group is allowed.
  • We only accept entries written in English.
  • Prizewinners will be notified via email as well as on our website; please ensure you supply a valid email address with your entry.
  • Material submitted must be original; we have zero tolerance for plagiarism. Entrants must thus own full copyright of the script.
  • Writers retain copyright, but give permission for their work to be displayed on our website.
  • The judges' decision is final; no disputes will be entered into.
  • All submissions and enquiries can be sent to Nichola Meyer:
  • If your entry has not been acknowledged within three working days, please contact us as your email may have got lost in transit.
  • NZ Writers College reserves the right to extend the competition deadline, or cancel the competition should the entries not be of publishable quality or up to the required standard.


The top five entries will be assessed by two judges.

Karen Jeynes Scriptwriting tutorKaren Jeynes is the head writer for Both Worlds Productions, overseeing ZANews: Puppet Nation (winner of 22 SAFTAs, two WGSA awards for Best TV Comedy, and two-time International Emmy Nominee for Best TV Comedy), as well as Point of Order (SAFTA winner for Best Game Show in 2017), Comedy Central News, and Parlement Parlement, and other projects in development.

Karen also freelances for online and print media, and lectures and consults in Digital Culture and playwriting.

Read more about Karen here.


Paul DunnPaul Dunn is a narrative designer - passionate about video games and the stories they tell.

Paul's writing background is diverse. He has worked in the communications industry for over a decade, creating video and digital media for not-for-profits, crafting online articles and blogs, and producing marketing content for software companies. He has a deep appreciation for how our digital culture shapes and employs narratives and sees the interactive nature of games as an exciting evolution of storytelling.

Paul has a BA in Media Studies from Massey University and is a freelance narrative designer in Auckland, New Zealand


More about Paul >
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