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Friday August 24, 2018

2019 Writers Guild Awards: Media Timeline


New York and Los Angeles – The 2019 Writers Guild Awards (71ST Annual) will be presented at concurrent ceremonies on Sunday, February 17, 2019, in New York and Los Angeles. The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, news, radio, videogame, promotional, and graphic animation categories.




Fri. Oct. 19                  Deadline for submissions: Drama / Comedy / New Series; TV-Radio/Audio-New Media Scripts and Paul Selvin Award


Thu. Nov. 1                 Preliminary Series online voting begins

Fri. Nov. 16                 Deadline for submissions: Theatrical + Documentary Screenplays and Videogames

Mon. Nov. 26              Deadline for Preliminary Series online voting


Thu. Dec. 6                Television, New Media, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominations Announced

Fri. Dec. 7                   Preliminary Screenplay online voting begins



Thu. Jan. 3                  Deadline for Preliminary Screenplay online voting

Mon. Jan. 7                Theatrical + Documentary Screenplay and Videogame Nominations Announced

Tue. Jan. 8                  Final Screenplay and Series online voting begins

Thur. Jan. 10 –             The Contenders: Writers Guild Award-nominated films screening series

Fri. Jan. 18                  Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills

Jan. TBA                     “And the Nominees Are…”: Writers Guild Award TV and New Media nominee panels – Venue: NYC (TBA)

Thu. Jan. 31                Deadline for Final Screenplay and Series online voting


Wed. Feb. 6                Deadline for 2019 WGA show reservations, sponsorships and ticket sales

Thu. Feb. 7                 Beyond Words – Writers Guild Award-nominated screenwriters panel

Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills

Sun. Feb. 17               2019 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS (71ST Annual)

New York:      Edison Ballroom
Los Angeles: Beverly Hilton

For more information about the 2019 Writers Guild Awards submission process, guidelines, and official entry forms, please visit or

For media inquiries about the 2019 WGA New York show, please contact Jason Gordon in the WGAE Communications Department at (212) 767-7809 or email:

For media inquiries about the 2019 WGA 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 For more information on the Writers Guild of America, West, visit


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