A quick glance at the nominee list reveals a diverse and passionate mix of stage and screen writers producing work that challenges and entertains us at home and abroad.
In a strong year for theatre, works by some of the top names in the industry remind us that some of our most unique and exciting creative work happens on stages around the nation every day. Award-winning playRice by Michele Lee, along with Atlantis by Lally Katz, Mark Colvin's Kidney by Tommy Murphy,The Rasputin Affair by Kate MulvanyandCaravana collaboration between powerhouses Angus Cerini, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves and Wayne Macauley all nominated for best stage play.
Music Theatre also shines, with blockbusterMuriel's Wedding the Musical by PJ Hogan nominated alongside Stephen Vizard'sVigil and Alana Valentine and Ursula Yovich's impassionedBarbara and the Camp Dogs.
Awards will be presented across 18 individual categories including feature film, television, documentary, theatre, radio, animation and interactive media, with a individual category winners then eligible for the Major Award, given to the most outstanding script of the year.
Individual theatre category winners are also eligible for the David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing for Australian Theatre.
AWGIE recipients will be announced at the 51st Annual AWGIE Awards on Thursday 30 August 2018 at the City Recital Hall, Sydney.
Find the full list of nominees for the 51st Annual AWGIE Awardshere