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Monday August 17, 2015

2016 Writers Guild Awards: Documentary Screenplay – Call For Submissions

Awards Logo 2016 squareNEW YORK and LOS ANGELES – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) have announced the submission period is now open for the 2016 WGA Documentary Screenplay Award, honoring outstanding achievement in documentary feature writing. Submissions will be accepted from August 17 through November 13, 2015.

Qualifications for WGA Documentary Screenplay Award eligibility include:

  • Theatrical documentaries must have been written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild, New Zealand Writers Guild, La Guilde Francaise des Scénaristes (France), Scriptwriters Guild of Israel, or the Société des Auteurs de Radio, Télévision et Cinéma (Quebec), i.e., “affiliate Guilds.”
  • Documentaries must contain an on-screen writing credit and have been exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for at least one week during 2015.
  • The deadline for submissions is 8:30 p.m. (EST), Friday, November 13, 2015.
  • Scripts must be feature length (more than 40 minutes).
  • Documentaries that received their first public exhibition via broadcast or cable television are not eligible for WGA awards consideration.
  • Foreign-language films are eligible, provided they feature English-language subtitles.

WGA Documentary Screenplay nominees, as well as Original and Adapted Screenplay nominees, will be announced on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

The WGA Documentary Screenplay Award will be presented – along with film, TV, new media, radio, news, videogame, promo, and graphic animation awards categories – at the 2016 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at simultaneous ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

Further inquiries regarding the WGA Documentary Screenplay Award may be directed to Dana Weissman in the WGAE Awards Office at (212) 767-7835, email: or to Jennifer Burt in the WGAW Awards Office at (323) 782-4569, email:

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. The awards will be presented jointly at simultaneous ceremonies on Saturday, February 13, 2016, in New York City at the Edison Ballroom and in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. For more information about the 2016 Writers Guild Awards, please visit or

For media inquiries about the 2016 Writers Guild Awards New York City show, please contact Jason Gordon in the WGAE Communications Department at (212) 767-7809 or email:

For media inquiries about the 2016 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Department at: (323) 782-4651 or email:

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW)  are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The Guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of their members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit more information on the Writers Guild of America, West, visit


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