Deadline: Your entry must be received by Friday, October 12, 2012. If you have any questions, please email Nancy Hathorne at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dana Weissman at email@example.com.
All entries must have been first broadcast between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012.
(See Eligibility, Rules and Procedures for further guidelines on eligibility).
Please check one: *
Category 14 - Graphic Art and Graphic Animation (see note below)
Graphic Design for Package/Campaign/Series Title(s) of Spot(s) in entry
(include length of each spot)
By checking this box you indicate that this entry represents substantially my/our own graphic design. *
Upload your document here (supported formats: doc, txt, jpg, pdf). *
Note: Graphic Art Categories - Media required in these categories should be sent to: WGAE, Attn: Awards, 250 Hudson Street, Suite 700, New York, NY 10013
Download the entry form here (pdf).
Entries are now being
accepted for the Writers Guild of America Annual Awards for Outstanding
Achievement in Television and Radio Writing and Graphic Art. Entries
must be received no later than Friday, October 12, 2012. Award
winners will be announced at the Annual Awards event on Sunday,
February 17, 2013. Details about the awards ceremony will be announced at www.wgaeast.org.
To be eligible, long
form, episodic, animation and children’s script category
entries must have been broadcast for the first time between December 1,
2011 and November 30, 2012. 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,
graphic art, and graphic animation) must have been produced under
the jurisdiction of the WGA and must have been broadcast for the first
time between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012. Programs written
under the Writers Guild of Canada Agreement pursuant to Working Rule #8
waivers and/or Sideletter Agreements are not eligible.
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.
You may submit in one,
several or all categories, but not more than one script in any single
category. Please see the paragraphs titled “Episodic Drama”
and “Episodic Comedy” in Special Instructions for further
A television project is not eligible if it had a previous theatrical exhibition.
(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. Online entry is not available to
Writers may now submit
scripts online for competition in any category by going to www.wgaeast.org and
clicking on the awards link on the homepage. 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
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 for your convenience.
How to Submit
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
#1 (A) LONG FORM - ORIGINAL and
#1 (B) LONG FORM
A long form television
motion picture is a motion picture, over one hour in length, including
MOWs and mini-series. A pilot script exceeding one
hour will also be considered a long form television motion picture.
An original long
teleplay is a teleplay that is not based on any source material of a
story nature. An adapted long form teleplay is a teleplay that
is based on previously exploited material of a story nature (e.g. a
novel, a produced play or a series of published articles) or any other
material written outside of the Guild's jurisdiction. Sequels and
remakes will be considered adapted teleplays.
A mini-series is
defined as two or more episodes with a total running time of at least
three broadcast hours that is based on a single theme or story line
which is resolved within the piece. A limited run series with a
"Created by" credit cannot be entered as a mini-series.
Mini-series that are
four hours or less may be submitted in their entirety or in part (i.e.,
one part, one airing time), and a synopsis, if any, may be submitted
for the remainder. In the case of mini-series over four hours, up to
four hours may be submitted and a synopsis permitted for the remainder.
Scripts produced and
initially exhibited in the Made-for-Video-/DVD market will be eligible
if they are next shown on television (i.e., there has been no previous
Long form animated
motion pictures must be entered in Category #2. Long form children's
scripts must be entered in Category #9B. Long form animated children's scripts must be entered in category #2.
Multi-part episodes of
Episodic Drama and Episodic Comedy series must be entered in Category
#3 or #4.
- Any length, one airing time
To be eligible for
entry, television animation scripts must be broadcast for the first
time between December 1, 2011 and November 30, 2012. 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 Justin
Molito at (212) 767-7808.
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). Animated children's scripts must be entered in category #2.
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
- 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
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.
#3 EPISODIC DRAMA and
#4 EPISODIC COMEDY - Any
length, one airing time (synopsis, if any, permitted for remainder)
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.
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.
Episode/Single Episode scripts (one hour or
less−part, one airing time) must be entered in category #3 or #4.
A Pilot Script
(not to exceed one hour in length) must be entered in category #3 or #4.
COMEDY/VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) - SERIES
(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
#5 (B) COMEDY/VARIETY - MUSIC,
AWARDS, TRIBUTES AND SPECIALS
- Any length
Submit one script, (no special
#6 (A) DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT -
CURRENT EVENTS and
#6 (B) DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT - OTHER
THAN CURRENT EVENTS -
Any length, one part, one airing time (synopsis, if any, permitted for
#7 (A) NEWS SCRIPT - REGULARLY
SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT and
#7 (B) NEWS SCRIPT - ANALYSIS,
FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
- One air date
produced for the internet will be eligible only if it was produced
under Guild jurisdiction and a Guild contract, even if the material
subsequently is broadcast in any other media, including radio and
television. If you have questions, please contact your business agent.
# 8 DAYTIME DRAMA
(1)The head writer must
provide a pre´cis (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.
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.
#9 (A) CHILDREN’S SCRIPT -
EPISODIC AND SPECIALS Up to one hour, one part, one airing
time, intended primarily for children. Animated children's scripts must be entered in category #2.
#9 (B) CHILDREN’S SCRIPT -
LONG FORM OR SPECIAL Over one hour, one or two parts, one or
two airing times, intended primarily for children. Long form children's scripts must be entered in category #9B. Long form animated children's scripts must be entered in category #2.
If the submission is
part of a series, submit no more than five parts. Include scripts and a
CD along with a total of four copies with the submission.
#11 NEWS SCRIPT - REGULARLY
SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
#12 NEWS SCRIPT - ANALYSIS,
FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
Submit up to five
scripts, and include four copies of each submitted CD, with a
cumulative airtime of not more than 15 minutes. Please delete all
written and audio references to the name of the submitting writer.
Material originally produced for the internet will be eligible only if
it was produced under Guild jurisdiction and a Guild contract, even if
the material subsequently is broadcast in any other media, including
radio and television. If you have questions, please contact your
TELEVISION AND RADIO CATEGORIES
Submit the scripts and
include four copies of each submitted DVD, or CD, for radio; include no
fewer than three parts nor more than eight; or one or two parts, each
being a minimum of two minutes in length. Material originally produced
for the internet will be eligible only if it was produced under Guild
jurisdiction and a Guild contract, even if the material subsequently is
broadcast in any other media, including radio and television. If you
have questions, please contact your business agent.
GRAPHIC ART and ANIMATION
For Graphic Art the artist or team may submit one entry only with up to five spots per entry. Submit a DVD (include four copies of each submitted DVD) with the entry form. The entry form should include credits for graphic artist only. The artist's name may not appear on the tape.
Graphic Design for a package/campaign/series and Animation
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.