Amazon WriterSlam Finalists Announced!



We’re very excited to announce our four finalists for our Amazon Prime Video WriterSlam!

The four writers were selected following a nationwide call out for original ideas, with writers invited to submit a synopsis and 15 pages of script for an audio drama or comedy, after TriForce Creative Network once again joined forces with Amazon after a successful WriterSlam in 2019. With over 1500 submissions, it was a mammoth task!

The final script extracts will be performed by actors for a new online version of the WriterSlam Final on Tues 15 December which will be hosted on Twitch for an industry audience.

The winner will receive a paid development and will be mentored by Jonathan Lewsley, UK Head of Scripted for Amazon Studios, over 3-6 months to develop their idea into a full episode script.

Previous WriterSlam participants have enjoyed great success including paid development commissions with ITV, Tiger Aspect and BBC Radio 4 and mentoring placements with ITV, Tiger Aspect, Hat Trick and TriForce Productions. The writer behind new Irish drama Blood, Sophie Petzal, took part in Triforce’s very first writing competition at the start of her writing career.

The selected writers and their projects are:

Tarek Yassin Skylar – Don’t Kill Anyone

The stepdaughter of a low-level Barnsley criminal is forced to choose between her daughter, her future and her family after a forbidden relationship sets off an irreversible chain of events.

Tumi Belo – The Philadelphia Hope

A drama following the crack team of ambitious journalists behind an African American newspaper in 1920s Philadelphia.

Joyce Datiles – Moonfight
An original fantasy series about young archaeologist HEN ARCLIGHT who develops celestial and lunar powers on her 25th birthday, a day which also conjures up a strange, full moon as well as several Time Travelers who have been waiting centuries for her.

 Mwansa Phiri – Killing Time
How would you live if you knew the exact date you would die? In a world where death certificates are assigned at birth, a young woman is forced into hiding when she survives her expiration date.

Jonathan Lewsley said “It was very tough to choose the final four writers but we’re really pleased to with the final selection of projects, they’re so original and varied. I’m really looking forward to seeing them performed at the event before we decide on the winner!

Fraser Ayres (CEO, TriForce Creative Network), who will also be directing the extracts, said “We’ve had our largest number of submissions ever for this WriterSlam and we can’t wait to bring the finalists’ extracts to life for the event.”