Writers Guild Awards Ceremony Pushed Back to April Because of Strike

The Writers Guild Awards will be held in April next year in order to allow members more time to submit movies and TV shows for consideration following the nearly five-month strike that ended on Sept. 26.

The WGA issued its 2024 awards timeline on Wednesday, setting April 14 as the date for its traditional simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

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“This year’s Writers Guild Awards are being held in April to allow for a full awards submissions process to occur after the strike,” the WGA said in a statement.

The submissions window in all categories opens today. Deadlines for submissions in key categories are set for Dec. 22 (for drama, comedy, new and limited TV series) and Feb. 9 (for screenplay original and adapted).

Nominations will be announced Feb. 21, well after the Oscar nominations are revealed on Jan. 23, meaning that the WGA’s picks won’t have as much influence as usual on the Academy Awards competition. The 96th annual Academy Awards are scheduled to take place March 10.

Here is the full calendar for the 76th annual Writers Guild Awards:




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)


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

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



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


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


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


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

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