Working for Canadian Screenwriters: The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on our televisions, movie screens, radios and digital platforms.

Call for Entries: 21st WGC Screenwriting Awards

Members, it's time to submit your scripts for the 21st annual WGC Screenwriting Awards! Login to the members' website to nominate a script, and get full details on the 2017 Awards Nominations page. This year the special awards include the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize, the Showrunner Award, and the Sondra Kelly Award. There's also a new awards category, "Best Script from a Rookie Series." The complete category list is as follows.

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Save the Date: WGC Holiday Parties

Members, the WGC holiday party dates are set for Toronto and Vancouver. Save the date, and come out and celebrate with your fellow screenwriters, industry invitees, and WGC council and staff. The details:

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Pacific Region Membership Meeting: Nov. 3

Members are invited to come to an important Pacific Region membership meeting in Vancouver on Thurs. Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Topics of discussion will include the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canadian Content in a Digital World” consultation. WGC council and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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Canadian Content in a Digital World Consultation

The next phase of the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canadian Content in a Digital World” consultation has begun, and will continue until  Nov. 25, 2016. The WGC has reviewed the materials, and has emailed information and suggestions to members. That information is also available by logging into the WGC members' website with your user name and password. Meanwhile,  members are encouraged to respond to the consultation questions, which you will find at the "Have Your Say" page on the consultation website.

Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize Accepting Entries

The call for entries for the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize is now open to both WGC members and non-members. Entrants must be Canadian citizens residing in Canada, and possess a writing credit on a produced drama (including shorts) or webseries. Screenplay entries must be unproduced longform, feature-length screenplays; an original work of the applicant and not based, in whole or part, on another author’s work; and not be under option prior to, or during, the competition.To see further entry criteria, and to access the entry form please click here. Deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. EST.

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Canadian Screenwriter summer 2016 (celebrating the WGC's 25th anniversary) is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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