Samuel Goldwyn Foundation president Samuel Goldwyn Jr has announced its three judges for the 2009 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards Competition.

Producer and former HBO Films president Colin Callender, Hilary Swank, who stars in the upcoming awards vehicle Amelia, and CAA story editor Catherine Tarr have been handed the honours.

Samuel Goldwyn, Sr launched the awards in 1955 to encourage young film, stage and television writers.

The $15,000 first prize, $7,500 second prize, $4,000 third prize, $2,000 and $1,000 honorable mentions will be awarded on November 2 at UCLA in Los Angeles.