Writers Guild of America Awards

The Writers Guild of America Awards for outstanding achievements in film, television, radio and video game (added in 2008) writing, including both fiction and non-fiction categories, have been presented annually by the Writers Guild of America, East and Writers Guild of America, West since 1949. In 2004, the awards show was broadcast on television for the first time.

Writers Guild Awards
Writers Guild of America Awards 2019
Awarded forExcellence in cinematic achievements
CountryUnited States
Presented byWriters Guild of America West
Writers Guild of America, East
First awarded1949 (1949)


The screen awards are for films that were exhibited theatrically during the preceding calendar year. The television awards are for series that were produced and aired between December 1 and November 30, regardless of how many episodes aired during this time period.

Additionally, scripts must be produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.[1]

Lifetime achievement award

Each year at the awards, two lifetime achievement awards are presented. One is for screenwriting and the other is for TV writing:


Current Categories

Discontinued Categories



A * denotes a film that also went on to win an Academy Award.


Current Awards

Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Documentary Screenplay

Discontinued Categories

Best Written Drama
Best Original Drama
Best Adapted Drama
Best Written Comedy
Best Original Comedy
Best Adapted Comedy
Best Written Musical
Best Written Film Concerning Problems with the American Scene
Best Written Western


Video Games

Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing

See also


  1. McNary, Dave (December 3, 2013). "'12 Years a Slave,' 'Fruitvale Station' Excluded From WGA Awards". Variety. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
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