The Writers’ Guild annual Awards will be presented on Monday 14 January 2019, at a special ceremony to mark WGGB’s 60th anniversary at the Royal College of Physicians in central London.
Nominations in the following 15 categories are now closed.
- Radio – Best Drama
- Radio – Best Comedy*
- Games – Best Writing in a Video Game
- Comedy – Best Online Comedy*
- TV – Best London Running Series*
- TV – Best Long Form Drama*
- TV – Best Short Form Drama*
- TV – Best Children’s TV Episode
- TV – Best Situation Comedy
- Theatre – Best Play
- Theatre – Best Play for Younger Audiences
- Theatre – Musical Theatre Bookwriting*
- Film – Best First Screenplay
- Film – Best Screenplay
- Books – Best First Novel
All work is eligible for nomination if first broadcast/published/performed or released between 1 October 2017 and 29 September 2018, with additional eligibility criteria for some TV, theatre, radio and comedy categories*
Writers must be British citizens or residents. If there are joint writers and only one writer qualifies, then he/she must have written over 50% of the work (except Theatre – Musical Theatre Bookwriting; see additional eligibility criteria, below).
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*Additional eligibility criteria:
COMEDY – BEST ONLINE COMEDY
Qualification requires a scripted comedy production of 10 minutes or less featured on the British Comedy Guide, Chortle or Beyond The Joke websites. Sketches, mini-series, sitcoms and animations are eligible. The following are not eligible: stand-up, wholly improvised shows, trailers, prank shows, audio-only shows or shows that rely on interaction with the general public.
RADIO – BEST COMEDY
This year the Radio – Best Comedy Award will be for sitcom only. This includes audience and non-audience 15-minute and half-hour shows, and performance pieces with a strong narrative element, but not sketch shows, panel shows, stand-up sets or programmes of 45 minutes or one-hour length.
THEATRE – MUSICAL THEATRE BOOKWRITING
Qualification does not require professional performers: youth and community theatre productions are eligible if led by a professional production team, and for a minimum of three public performances. ‘Musical theatre book’ is defined as the overall structure of the show, which can be sung-through. Everyone identified by the writing team as ‘bookwriter’ or ‘librettist’ meets the criteria for nomination, regardless of percentage contribution.
TV – BEST LONG RUNNING SERIES
Qualification requires a minimum of 13 episodes per year
TV – BEST LONG FORM DRAMA
Qualification requires 4-12 episodes per year
TV – BEST SHORT FORM DRAMA
Qualification requires a maximum of 3 episodes a year
Above photo: Caryl Churchill is honoured for Outstanding Contribution to Writing at the 2018 Writers’ Guild Awards (Matt Writtle)