Rules for WGAW Paul Selvin Award

The Board of Directors has established the Paul Selvin Award to be given “to that member whose script best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties which are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere and to whose defense Paul Selvin committed his professional life.”

Entries are now being accepted and must be received no later than 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2017. Members may enter as many scripts in each field as they believe are appropriate.

TELEVISION/NEW MEDIA

To be eligible for entry, scripts must have been produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA and broadcast or exhibited as follows:

Long form, episodic, animation, children’s and short form new media script categories first broadcast between December 1, 2016, and November 30, 2017; all other script categories (comedy/variety, quiz and audience participation, documentary, daytime, news, radio/audio and on-air promotion) first broadcast between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017.

Programs written under the Writers Guild of Canada agreement pursuant to Working Rule #8 waivers or Sideletter Agreements are not eligible.

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

To be eligible, entries must have been exhibited theatrically in LA for at least one week during 2017 and must have been written under the WGA MBA or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Writers Guild of Canada, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Writers’ Guild of Ireland, Writers’ Guild of South Africa, New Zealand Writers Guild, Film Writers’ Association (India), La Guilde Francaise des Scénaristes (France), Scriptwriters Guild of Israel, the Société des Auteurs de Radio, Télévision et Cinéma (Québec) or Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (VDD/Germany) (collectively, “affiliate Guilds”). Submissions for films written under the jurisdiction of an affiliate Guild must include a letter from the affiliate Guild verifying awards eligibility. Please note that an affiliate guild may impose additional requirements for a writer to be considered covered by its collective bargaining agreement. 

ALL SCRIPTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ENTRY FORM WHICH INCLUDES A ONE-PARAGRAPH STATEMENT ON HOW THE SCRIPT EMBODIES THE PRINCIPLES OF THE PAUL SELVIN AWARD.

Previous winners of the Paul Selvin Award and two members of the Board of Directors comprise the Paul Selvin Award Committee. The credited writers of eligible scripts and members of the Committee may nominate scripts for the award. The Committee may recommend one winner from among the television and theatrical motion picture scripts submitted or declare a tie. The Board of Directors will approve or reject the recommendation in whole or in part. (If no script is recommended, or if the Board rejects the Committee’s recommendation, no award will be given.)

The winner will be announced at the Guild’s 70th Annual Awards on February 11, 2018.

WRITER REPRESENTATIVES' SUBMISSIONS

Writer representatives (e.g., agents, managers and publicists) may submit scripts on behalf of their clients. Representatives' submissions must include a copy of the script, a completed entry form and the writer's written permission for the entry.

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS

Scripts may be submitted online to be judged for the WGAW Paul Selvin Award. Go to www.wga.org and click on the awards link in the spotlight section. Then click on the Paul Selvin link, complete the entry form including the one-paragraph statement on how the script embodies the principles of the Paul Selvin Award, and then upload the Word or PDF script where indicated. A receipt will be sent automatically to the preferred email address confirming the submission.

Download a printable version of the eligibility rules and submission form here. (pdf)

Or submit online:

2018 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS PAUL SELVIN AWARD SUBMISSIONS