2024 Writers Guild Awards Pushed Out of Oscar Season

2024 Writers Guild Awards Pushed Out of Oscar Season

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The Writers Guild of America’s 2024 WGA Awards have been pushed out of the Oscar season, the guild announced on Wednesday, in a surprising move that was ostensibly made to allow guild members greater time to submit work following the guild’s recently resolved months-long strike against the AMPTP.

The WGA Awards, even in normal times, are only tangentially connected to the rest of the awards season — unlike the other major guilds, their awards only consider work made under WGA terms, thereby disqualifying many indie and international productions. But the fact that the guild is moving its 76th annual ceremony to April 14, more than a month after the 2024 Oscars, which will be held on March 10, further disincentivizes studio lobbying of the guild and talent attendance at its awards, sources in those camps tell The Hollywood Reporter.

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Here is the new timeline for the 2023-2024 WGA Awards season.

2023

NOVEMBER

Wed. Nov. 1                Submissions Open in ALL Categories: Screenplays (Original, Adapted, Documentary), Series (Drama, Comedy, Limited, New), TV-Radio/Audio-New Media Scripts and Paul Selvin Award (WGAW)

DECEMBER

Fri. Dec. 22                 Deadline for submissions: Series (Drama, Comedy, New, Limited);

TV-Radio/Audio-New Media Scripts and Paul Selvin Award (WGAW)

2024

JANUARY

Mon. Jan. 22               Preliminary Series (Drama, Comedy, New, Limited) and Screenplay (Original and Adapted) online voting begins

FEBRUARY  

Fri. Feb. 9                   Deadline for Preliminary Series (Drama, Comedy, New, Limited) and Screenplay (Original and Adapted)

Wed. Feb. 21              Screenplay (Original, Adapted, Documentary) and Television, New Media, News, Radio/Audio, and Promotional Writing Nominations Announced

Fri. Feb. 23                 Final Series & Screenplay online voting begins

MARCH

Thur. Mar. 7               Beyond Words: Writers Guild Awards-nominated screenwriters panel

Fri. Mar. 8                   Deadline for Final Series & Screenplay online voting

TBA                             “And the Nominees Are…” Writers Guild Awards nominees panel

APRIL

Sun. April. 14             2024 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS (76TH Annual)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

TV-Radio/Audio-New Media Script Submissions

Submission deadline: 5 p.m. (PT) on Friday, December 22, 2023

Drama, Comedy, Limited and New Series

Submission deadline: 5 p.m. (PT) on Friday, December 22, 2023

Paul Selvin Award

Submission deadline: 5 p.m. (PT) on Friday, December 22, 2023

Original and Adapted Screenplay

Submission deadline: 5 p.m. (PT) on Friday, December 22, 2023

Documentary Screenplay

Submission deadline: 5 p.m. (PT) on Friday, December 22, 2023

For specific questions about the Writers Guild Awards submissions process, including which category to submit your program in, please contact WGAW Senior Awards Administrator Jennifer Burt at 323-782-4569 or email: jburt@wga.org.

AWARDS ELIGIBILITY PERIODS

TV & New Media eligibility period: First broadcast or exhibited between Jan. 1, 2023 and Dec. 31, 2023

News & TV Documentary categories only (6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 10, 11, 12, 16): First broadcast or exhibited between Nov. 1, 2022 and Oct. 31, 2023

Theatrical Screenplay eligibility period: Exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles for one week between Jan. 1, 2023 – Dec. 31, 2023

Documentary Screenplays: Exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for one week between Jan. 1, 2023 – Dec. 31, 2023