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WGA Awards Announce Dates for This Year's Awards, Deadline for Submitting

It's only July, but the behind-the-scenes of the awards world has already begun. The Writers Guild of America has announced that its bicoastal simultaneous awards shows will happen on February 19, 2012. The full release with submissions deadlines is below.

2012 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS

Los Angeles and New York – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced the 2012 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation awards categories.

2011-2012 WGA MEDIA TIMELINE

TV eligibility period:
Long Form, Episodic, Animation, and Children’s script categories:
First broadcast between Dec 1, 2010 and Nov 30, 2011
All other script categories:
First broadcast between Oct 1, 2010 and Sep 30, 2011

Screen eligibility period:

Theatrically exhibited in Los Angeles for at least one week during 2011

2011

OCTOBER

Fri. Oct 14 Deadline for submissions: TV-Radio and Paul Selvin Award scripts

Fri. Oct 14 Deadline for submissions: Drama, Comedy, and New TV Series

Tues. Oct 25 Preliminary Drama/Comedy/New TV Series online voting begins


NOVEMBER

Fri. Nov 18 Deadline for submissions: Theatrical and Documentary Screenplays

Fri. Nov 18 Deadline for submissions: New Media Writing

Tues. Nov 29 Deadline for Preliminary Drama, Comedy, and New TV Series online voting


DECEMBER

Thurs. Dec 1 Deadline for submissions: Videogame Writing

Fri. Dec 2 Preliminary Screenplay online voting begins

Wed. Dec 7 Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation nominees announced

Sat. Dec 31 Theatrical eligibility period ends (Original/Adapted/Documentary Screenplays)


2012

JANUARY

Tues. Jan 3 Deadline for Preliminary Screenplay online voting

Thurs. Jan 5 Theatrical and Documentary Screenplay nominees announced

Fri. Jan 6 Final Screenplay and Drama, Comedy, and New TV Series online voting begins

Tues. Jan 10 – Thurs. Jan 19 The Contenders – WGA-nominated films screening series Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills

Wed. Jan 11 New Media and Videogame Writing nominees announced (Tentative)

Fri. Jan 27 Deadline for Final Screenplay and Drama/Comedy/New TV Series online voting


FEBRUARY

Wed. Feb 8 Deadline for reservations and ticket sales for 2012 WGA L.A. ceremony

Thur. Feb 16 Beyond Words – WGA-nominated screenwriters panel & reception Writers Guild Theater – Beverly Hills – 7:30 p.m.

Sun. Feb 19 2012 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS (64nd Annual) Los Angeles: Hollywood Palladium, New York: TBD

Sun. Feb. 26 Academy Awards


For more information about the 2012 Writers Guild Awards submission process, guidelines, and official entry forms, please visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

For press inquiries about the 2012 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Department at: (323) 782-4574, email: gmitchell@wga.org, or visit online at: www.wga.org.

For press inquiries about the 2012 Writers Guild Awards New York show, please contact Sherry Goldman in the WGAE Press Office at (718) 224-4133 or email: sherry@goldmanpr.net; or visit online at: www.wgaeast.org.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and 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 www.wgaeast.org. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, West, visit www.wga.org.

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