61st Writers Guild of America Awards

VOTE ONLINE!

Current members in good standing can determine the nominees and winners of Writers Guild Awards in the following categories: Outstanding Achievement in Writing for a Dramatic Series, Outstanding Achievement for Writing in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Achievement in Writing for a New Series. Voting begins on November 10, 2008 and will be conducted online at https://eballot.votenet.com/wga

Your log-in is your last name and your password is your six-digit member ID number. If you have any questions about your membership ID number, please contact the WGAE Membership Department at 212-767-7802. If you would like to request a paper ballot, please contact Nancy Hathorne at nhathorne@wgaeast.org or at 212-767-7812.

The deadline for casting your nominating votes for the three TV Series Awards is December 1, 2008.

Preliminary screen voting will be on December 4, 2008.

In addition, it’s not too late to enter the Documentary Screenplay and Videogame Award categories. Entries for the Documentary Screenplay Award must be received no later than Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Entries for the Videogame Writing Award must be received no later than Monday, November 24, 2008.

Award winners will be announced at the annual awards event on Saturday, February 7, 2009. Details about the awards ceremony will be provided online and in a future mailing.

Vote Online

Forms, Rules & Procedures

Documentary Screenplay Awards

  Videogame Writing Awards

Awards Timeline

2009 Awards Ceremony

Special Awards History

61st Writers Guild of America Awards

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel145 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036-4012

6:00 pm  Cocktails and Buffet

8:00 pm  Ceremony

Business Attire.

Please join the celebration.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.wgaeast.org/awards

To apply for press credentials, contact:Sherry Goldman, Goldman Communications Group, Inc.718-224-4133718-224-3475 (fax)

sherry@goldmanpr.net

61st Writers Guild of America Awards

TV eligibility period:

Longform, Episodic, Animation, and Children's script categories: First broadcast between Dec. 1, 2007, and Nov. 30, 2008

All other script categories: First broadcast between Oct. 1, 2007, and Sept. 30, 2008.

Screen eligibility period: Theatrically exhibited in Los Angeles for at least one week during 2008.

2008

OCTOBER

F – Oct 17 – Deadline for submitting TV, Radio, On-Air Promotion and Graphic Arts submissions.

NOVEMBER

M – Nov 10 – Preliminary TV balloting online begins (for Best Episodic Drama/Comedy/New Series)

DECEMBER

M – Dec 1 – Deadline for Preliminary TV Series online ballot voting

Th – Dec 4 – Preliminary Screenplay online balloting begins

M – Dec 8Television, Radio, and Promotional nominees announced

W – Dec 31 – Theatrical eligibility period ends (Screen and Documentary)

2009

JANUARY

T – Jan 6 – Deadline for Preliminary Screenplay online ballot voting

W – Jan 7 Screen nominees announced

F – Jan 9 – Final Screen and Final TV Series online balloting begins

FEBRUARY

M – Feb 2 – Deadline for Final Screen and Final TV online ballot voting

Sa- Feb 7 61st Annual Writers Guild Awards

61st Writers Guild of America Awards

FORMS

Download submission forms:

2009 Annual Awards Television in Radio Writing (.pdf)

2009 Annual Awards in Graphic Artwork (.pdf)

If you would like to receive submission forms in the mail, or request fax copies, please contact Nancy Hathorne at (212) 767-7812.

Writers’ representatives (e.g., agents, managers, and publicists) may submit scripts on behalf of their clients. Representatives’ submission must include a copy of the script, a completed entry form and the writer’s written permission for the entry. Online entry is not available to representatives.

Submissions will be accepted now until Friday, October 17, 2008 at 5:30 pm EDT. If you need any clarification on our rules, please contact Marsha Manns at (212) 767-7805.

RULES & PROCEDURES

Eligibility

To be eligible, long form, episodic, animation and children’s script category entries must have been broadcast for the first time between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2008. All categories, except animation, must have been produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA.

All other categories (comedy/variety, documentary, daytime, news, radio, on-air promotions, and graphic art) must have been produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA and must have been broadcast for the first time between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008.

Programs written under the Writers Guild of Canada Agreement pursuant to Working Rule #8 waivers and/or Sideletter Agreements are not eligible.

How to Submit Scripts and Graphic Art

Writers’ representatives (e.g., agents, managers and publicists) may submit scripts on behalf of their clients. Representatives’ submissions must include a copy of the script, a completed entry form and the writer’s written permission for the entry.

Writers or their representatives may submit only one script in a given category. You may submit in several or all categories, but not more than one script in any one category. Please see the paragraphs titled "Episodic Drama" and "Episodic Comedy" in Special Instructions for further clarification.

Submission guidelines for Graphic Art entries can be found in Special Instructions.

Full and accurate credits should be listed on the entry form.

The name of the submitting writer should appear ONLY on the title page of the submitted script.

Which Script Should be Submitted?

If two or more writers are credited, they may agree upon the draft to be submitted, but if they are unable to agree, then the "as broadcast" script will be the only one considered. If one writer is credited, he or she must submit a draft which contains substantially his or her own writing.

Online Submissions

Writers may now submit scripts online for competition in any category by going to www.wgaeast.org and clicking on the awards link in the spotlight section. Follow the instructions to complete the entry form online, then upload the script in either Word or PDF format where indicated. Upon successful completion of the submission, a receipt will be automatically sent to the preferred e-mail address.

Members who wish to submit multiple scripts for judging in different categories must complete separate entry forms for each script submitted online. Entry forms can also be downloaded at www.wgaeast.org.

Judging

Awards are based strictly on your written material. The preliminary judging will be done by panels of volunteer Guild members. Scripts will be coded and anonymity maintained. Each script will have three readings during the preliminary judging. Each reader awards "points" on a scale of 0 to 5, for a maximum total of 15 points.

Each script that qualifies for final judging will be read by an additional panel of three members selected for their experience in the particular fields of competition.

Similarly, graphic art and promotion writing entries are viewed by two separate panels of judges and awarded points on the same system. Nominations will be based on "outstanding achievement." If no script or graphic in a category is deemed outstanding, no nomination or award will be made. If there are insufficient entries in any category, those entries may be placed in another category.

Animation Judging

The preliminary judging will be done by panels of volunteer Animation Writers Caucus members and/or Guild members with established television animation writing credits. The final judging will be done by special panels of Guild members selected for their experience in the animation field.

Nominations will be based on outstanding achievement. If no script is deemed outstanding, no nomination or award will be made. If a script is chosen to receive the award, all credited writers on the episode will receive the award.

Animation

To be eligible for entry, television animation scripts must be broadcast for the first time between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2008.

Work that was not produced under WGA jurisdiction may be submitted. A writer who wrote the script and received credit on the episode may submit a script for consideration. At the time the script is submitted, all credited writers on the episode must be or apply to become members of the WGA East Animation Writers Caucus. To join, please call Karen Young at (212) 767-7810.

The submitted script must be in a standard teleplay format -it need not be the final script. A recording script may be submitted for consideration if it is a full script of the episode. In addition, the episode as broadcast from which the script is submitted must have had a writing credit (i.e., a "written by" or a "story by" and "teleplay by" credit, as appropriate) related to the writing of the episode. While there is no limit on the number of credited writers a particular episode may have, gang credits- not specifically tied to the writing on the episode- are not acceptable.

A writer (or each member of an established team) may submit only one (1) script in the TV Animation category. The script may be of any length or type (i.e., long form original, long form adaptation, specials or episodic). Scripts produced and initially exhibited in the made-for-video market will be eligible if they are next shown on television (i.e., there has been no previous theatrical exhibition).

If two or more writers are credited, they may agree upon the draft to be submitted, but if they are unable to agree, then the "as broadcast" script will be the only script to be considered. If one writer is credited, he or she must submit a draft containing substantially his or her own writing.

Anthology Episode/Single Episode

Scripts (one hour or less- one part, one airing time) must be entered in category #3 or #4.

Comedy/Variety

5(A) Series (including Talk)

(1) The head writer(s) will submit five sketches and/or monologues that best represent a series’ overall quality of writing.

(2) Include with the entry form the names of all writers who participated in at least 25% of all programs telecast during the eligibility period and those who were credited on the shows from which the submitted sketches were selected. Do not include the writers’ names on the individual scripted segments.

Daytime Serials

(1) The head writer must provide a précis (covering an integrated period of time) which describes what has been happening on the program and the relationships of the characters. This should not exceed 1,000 words.

(2) Submit three scripts which the head writer and any additional writer(s) agree should be submitted for the award. Include an outline for each script. The scripts do not have to be in sequence.

(3) Include on the entry form the names of all writers who participated a minimum of 13 weeks in writing the show during the eligibility period. Do not include the writers’ names on the scripts themselves.

Episodic Drama and Episodic Comedy

No writer may submit a script if his or her credit does not reflect at least 50% of the on-screen credit. In the case of three or more credited writers, they may "pool" their percentage of the script to arrive at 50% if they have not submitted another script. Each member of an established two-member team may submit one team-written script (or one sole-credit script) in each category.

Multi-part Episodic Dramas originally broadcast as more than one hour must be entered in category #3; and Episodic Comedies originally broadcast as over 30 minutes must be entered in category #4.

Made-for-Video

Scripts produced and initially exhibited in the made-for-video market will be eligible if they are next shown on television (i.e., there has been no previous theatrical exhibition).

Mini-Series

Scripts over one hour must be entered in category #1A or #1B; scripts one hour or less must be entered in category #3.

Four-hour mini-series (two parts, two airing times) may be submitted in the Long Form Original and Adaptation categories in their entirety, or in part, i.e., one part, one airing time, synopsis permitted for remainder. In the case of mini-series over four-hours (more than two parts, more than two airing times) one or two parts, up to four hours, may be submitted, synopsis permitted for remainder(s).

On-Air Promotion

Submit the scripts and a VHS or DVD copy (for radio, a CD); include no fewer than three parts nor more than eight; or one or two parts, each being a minimum of two minutes in length.

Pilot Script

A pilot script (not to exceed one hour in length) must be entered in category #3 or #4. A pilot script exceeding one hour must be entered in category #1A or #1B.

Radio News

Submit up to five scripts and a CD with a cumulative airtime of not more than fifteen minutes. Please delete all written and audio references to the name of the submitting writer.

Sequels and Remakes

These entries are to be considered adaptations.

Television Graphic Art, Graphic Animation and Graphic Design for Package/Campaign/Series

One artist or team may submit one entry only with up to five spots per entry. Submit a VHS or DVD copy with the entry form. The entry form should include credits for graphic artists only. The artist’s name may not appear on the tape.

For Graphic Design for a package/campaign/series, one artist or team may submit one entry with at least three different design elements from the total graphic look. Each element can be selected from any of the following areas: logo design, open animation, internal graphics and/or animations, bumpers, lower third designs, coordinating elements of the set, and virtual set elements. Graphics are entered in category #14 and animation is entered in category #15.

61st Writers Guild of America Awards

SUBMIT ONLINE

Submissions for the 61st Annual Writers Guild of America Awards are now open.

ENTRY FORM: Television and Radio Writing 

ENTRY FORM: Graphic Artwork