|THE PAUL IAN JOHNSON FOUNDATION AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING WRITER
The Paul Ian Johnson Foundation is the creation of Lynne Johnson, a widow of the late Paul Ian Johnston, a beloved muse award-winning WGSA member. The award is presented to an emerging (WGSA candidate or student member i.e. a writer who has not had their work produced at the time of entering the competition), with the highest score in any category. The prizes, sponsored by the foundation, included a cash prize of R 10 000.00 (for a laptop/computer and software), a 1-year mentorship with access to at least 5 hours facetime per month with an industry professional, a two-week screenwriters course, a free copy of the latest Final Draft version and a signed copy of Robert McKee’s book, Story. The two runners-up received a free copy of the latest Final Draft version and a signed copy of Robert McKee’s book, Story. The inaugural award was introduced and presented by Lynne Johnson:
DEAN RAVELL AND STEPHEN NAGEL – DAY ZERO
SHIVANA NAIDOO – THE PALACE FOR LOST DAUGHTERS (WINNER)
STEPHEN NAGEL – WORLD WITHOUT END
|The WGSA also paid tribute to its founding chairperson, Ms Thandi Brewer and former WGSA council member, Clinton Marius, who passed away this year.
A huge thank you to all our judges and our sponsors:
First Round: Prof Adelle Gascoyne, Dr Anna-Marie Jansen van Vuuren, Ayanda Halimana, Bafana Khumalo, Ben Johnson, Dylon Ben-Israel, Dyllon Campbell, Francois Le Pere, Gerhard Ehlers, Gershwin Fritz, Ian Walters, Julie Hall, Jürgen Hellberg, Makganwana Mokgalong, Margaret Goldsmid, Nick Cloete, Pat van Heerden, Peter Goldsmid, Sir Peter Okafor, Raffaella Delle Donne, Renè van Rooyen, Richard Nosworthy, Sean Drummond, Steven Pillemer, Thabiso Tshabalala, Thamsanqa Mthiyane, Theoline Maphutha, Tracey-Lee Rainers, Ty Skosana, Vicki Bawcombe.
Final Round: International Judges – Pamela Jaye Smith (USA), Yinga Ogun (Nigeria), Nathan Kiwere (Uganda). South African Judges – Prof Adelle Gascoyne, Dries Scholtz, Elsa van Schalkwyk, Elsje Stark, Fidel Namisi, Dr Janet van Eeden, Lynn Johnson, Neil Brandt, Pamela Powers, Dr Phyllis Dannhauser, Renè van Rooyen, Thamsanqa Mthiyane, Thandi Sebe, Vicki Bawcombe.
The results of the judging process have been audited by Vaughan Jones, Corporate Accountant / SAFREA Treasurer.
The WGSA would like to thank all 2019 Muse Awards sponsors, the NFVF, GFC, Veronica Stewart and the Paul Ian Johnson Foundation.