The finalists (below) were selected from a pool of more than 250 submissions from eight University of California campuses. The top three prizes (which award $15K, $7.5K and $4K, respectively) and the two ranked honorable mentions (receiving $2K and $1K) will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 8 at UCLA.
The writing awards were started in 1955 by Samuel Goldwyn Sr. (née Goldfish), who was key in creating both Paramount and MGM studios, though left both mergers early on to rough it as an independent producer for his own Samuel Goldwyn Productions. Previous recipients of the Writing Awards are Francis Ford Coppola, Allison Anders and Eric Roth.
Kathleen Coggshall UCSF Seventeen
George Larkin UC Berkeley Bastard Son of William Shakespeare
Marissa Matteo UCLA Lions and Men
Alaric Smeets UCLA Life on Mars
Stephen Wolf UCLA Emperor Watson
This year's competition judges are two-time Emmy nominee Debra Martin Chase, producer and 2011 Oscar nominee Mike Medavoy and LA Times film critic Betsy Sharkey.