Winner, selected from more than 2,300 submissions, was announced Wednesday night in ceremonies at the Writers Guild of America West.
“Jug Face” tells the story of a teen, pregnant with her brother’s child, who tries to escape from a backwoods community when she discovers she must sacrifice herself to a creature in a pit. Kinkle has been awarded $7,000 in cash prizes.
Frederic Richter’s “Appearances” won the features prize. “Dearborn Hotel,” by Peter Gaffney, took second place, and “Motor City,” by Matthew Kohnen and Sean Kohnen, took third.
“Harold’s Bad Day,” by R.J. Buckley, won the shorts category. Second place went to “He Knows,” by Stuart Creque, third to “Six Years, Four Months and Twenty Three Days” by John Mawson.
First place in teleplays went to Adam Aresty’s “Uncivilized.”