29th Writers’ Guild Awards open for nominations 


After the cancellation of last year’s awards, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are delighted to open nominations for the 29th Writers’ Guild Awards.

We have 15 categories this year, spanning TV, theatre, film, audio, books, comedy and videogames (you can view the full list of categories below and in the categories drop-down menu in the online nomination form).

In addition, an Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award will be presented at the ceremony, which will take place in February 2022 (further details will be announced nearer the time)..

We have extended the eligibility period from one to two years, to cover the cancelled awards last year.

All work is eligible for nomination if first broadcast, published, performed or released between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2021.

Nominated writers must be British citizens or residents. If there are joint writers and only one writer qualifies, then they must have written over 50% of the work.

There are additional eligibility criteria for Theatre, TV, Comedy, Radio and Videogames.

The Writers’ Guild Awards would not happen without the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you to lead sponsor ALCS, and our other sponsors BBC Studios and Script Angel.

To find out more about the Writers’ Guild Awards, which have been celebrating the cream of British writers and writing since 1961, view our special web page, which features a potted history and full archive of winners.

For queries about the awards, including the guest list, please email awards@writersguild.org.uk

For media enquiries, email sarah@writersguild.org.uk

29th Writers’ Guild Award categories

Radio – Best Radio Drama

Radio – Best Comedy

Games – Best Writing in a Videogame

Comedy – Best Online Comedy

TV – Best Long Running Series

TV – Best Long Form Drama

TV – Best Short Form Drama

TV – Best Children’s TV Episode

TV – Best Situation Comedy

Theatre – Best Musical Theatre Bookwriting

Theatre – Best Play

Theatre – Best Play for Younger Audiences

Film – Best First Screenplay

Film – Best Screenplay

Books – Best First Novel

Photo of guests at the 2020 Writers’ Guild Awards ceremony: Matt Writtle