2019 WGSA Muse Awards Guidelines

1. THE AWARDS

1.1

Fully paid up WGSA Members in good standing may enter both Produced and Unproduced work.

1.2

The Muse Awards Committee may from time to time add, subtract or change both the guidelines and the categories at their discretion. They may also decide not to grant an award in a category if, for any reason, they deem it reasonable not to do so.

1.3

The Muse Awards Committee may also confer additional special awards if they believe there are deserving recipients, but these are not necessarily given each year:

a) The WGSA Special Service Award.

b) Other specifically sponsored awards may be given at the discretion of the Muse Awards Committee.

PLEASE NOTE: A seperate entry form and fee must be submitted for each script or screenplay.

2. ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility to enter the WGSA Muse Awards is subject to the following rules:

2.1

Screenplays and Scripts may be submitted in any one of the official South African languages. Screenplays for FAS entries will only be accepted in English or French.

2.2

Only fully paid-up members of the WGSA are eligible to enter the WGSA Muse Awards, with the exception of the FAS category. (See Clause 3.)

2.3

Entrants may enter more than one work per category, but only one episode per TV series. They may submit entries from more than one TV series.

2.4

For the 2019 WGSA Muse Awards, Produced Work must have received first public exhibition or distribution between 30 September 2016 and 1 May 2019.

2.5

Public exhibition and distribution includes, but is not limited to;

a) Commercial theatrical distribution

b) Non-commercial “venue” distribution

c) Broadcast, cable and pay television

d) Pay Per View (PPV)

e) Video on Demand (VOD)

f) DVD distribution

g) Internet or mobile device transmission

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2.6

All unproduced scripts must be registered with the WGSA Script Registry before submission.

2.7

Eligibility is contingent on the receipt by the WGSA of the entry fee, a correctly completed WGSA Muse Awards Entry Form and the required supporting documentation. A .PDF copy of the script or screenplay, which does not identify the name of the author, either on the cover page or on any of the screenplay or script pages.

2.8

Entry Forms can be accessed online at the WGSA website.

2.9

If an entrant no longer owns the screenplay or script rights, the writer must obtain written permission from the current owner or his co-owners to enter their script. This permission document must be attached to the entry form.

2.10

Screenplays and scripts must conform to internationally accepted industry formatting and presentation standards. Entries that do not will be disqualified. There will be NO REFUND of the entry fee if a work is disqualified.

2.11

Screenplays and scripts must be submitted “blind”, that is without the author’s name on it. This is to facilitate fair, impartial and unbiased judging. Any screenplay or script submitted with the author’s name on it will be disqualified.

a) Screenplays and Scripts submitted must only be identifiable by the Title (in capitals) in the header at the top left of every page.

b) Every page must have a page number in the header on the top right, in line with the Title of the work

c) The Footer of each page must be centred and must read:
“WGSA Muse Award Entry for … [fill in the relevant category name]”

d) Unproduced work must have a second line in the Footer which reads: “WGSA Script Registration Number [fill in the relevant registration number]”

2.12

Unproduced works which have been substantially changed – more than 25% – may be entered for the WGSA Muse Awards for a second time, two years after the first date of entry. To qualify for this re-entry, entrants must include a letter of motivation from a suitably qualified expert, which verifies the percentage of change. Failing this, the work will be disqualified.

2.13

In the event of any dispute, the Muse Awards Committee reserves the right to mediate and resolve the dispute in any way they see fit. All decisions made by the Muse Awards Committee shall be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

NEW AWARD FOR FAS WRITERS

3. FEDERATION OF AFRICAN SCREENWRITERS (FAS)

3.1

This category is for screenwriters who are not resident in the Republic of South Africa, but who reside on the African continent or off-shore territories like Mauritius, Zanzibar and Madagascar. Residents of the Republic of South Africa may NOT enter this category. Entrants will be required to upload proof of residence when submitting their work online.

3.2

Entrants who qualify for this category are not eligible to enter for any other WGSA Muse Awards categories.

3.3

Entries are for original feature film screenplays only. No episodic works for television or any other format will be accepted. The running time for screenplays must be no shorter than 80 minutes, and no longer than 120 minutes in running time.

3.4

Entries may be of any genre, but must be original. No adaptations will be considered.

3.5

Screenplays in this category may be submitted in either ENGLISH or FRENCH. No other languages will be accepted.

Writing teams only qualify for entry if all members of the team are WGSA members.

4. ENTRY SUBMISSION

4.1

The WGSA will only accept online entries.

4.2

All Entry Forms and the required accompanying documentation must be submitted to the WGSA on or before the closing date, which is 31 May 2019.

4.3

Entry fees for 2019 are as follows:

a) R 150.00 – Early Bird Entry (on or before 30 April)

a) R 250.00 – Standard Entry (on or before 15 May)

c) R 400.00 – Closing Deadline Entry (on or before 31 May)

4.4

Late entries will not be considered.

4.5

No changes will be allowed after an entry has been submitted.

4.6

The WGSA and the Muse Awards Committee take no responsibility for the loss of any material for any reason whatsoever.

4.7

By submitting an entry, each entrant warrants that they:

a) Are the author of the work.

b) Will accept and abide by all the rules, guidelines, entry requirements and terms and conditions as established by the Muse Awards Committee.

c) Will accept that all decisions made by the Muse Awards Committee are fair & final.

d) Are eligible to enter their work into the selected category in accordance with all the WGSA Muse Awards rules, guidelines, entry requirements and terms and conditions.

e) Indemnify the WGSA, the Muse Awards Committee and all their agents against any claims arising from the entry for any reason whatsoever.

4.8

Submissions from writing teams only qualify for entry if all members of the team are members of the WGSA. (Please note that only one trophy is awarded in each category, regardless of the number of co-writers. Each co-writer, however, will receive a certificate.)

4.9

By submitting an entry, entrants grant the WGSA and the Muse Awards Committee the right to:

a) Use excerpts from their entry – no longer than two pages each – to market and publicise the WGSA Muse Awards,

b) Use excerpts from their entry at the awards event,

c) Use video clips from produced works at the awards event.

4.10

The entrant authorises the Muse Awards Committee to approach the producer and/or license holder for clips from the produced work to be used for publicity and any other purposes connected with the WGSA Muse Awards.

At no point in the process do the judges know who the author of the work they are judging is.

5. JUDGING

Judging is jury based and multi-phased, and is done “blind”.

5.1

In stage one and two every script is evaluated by three judges, who mark it according to the competition judging criteria as established by the Muse Committee. Scores are then averaged to reach a final mark for every script.

5.2

A minimum average score of 60% or more is required for a script to advance from stage one to stage two in each category.

5.3

The three finalists in each category are those who score the highest points on average in stage two.

5.4

If there are no entries with a score of 60% or above, no award will be made in that category.

5.5

The three finalists in every category proceed to stage three. Stage three judges are typically selected for their reputations as internationally recognised writers and producers.

5.6

The work with the highest average score in stage three will be the winner in every category.

6. THE AWARDS CEREMONY

6.1

The WGSA Muse Award Ceremony will take place on 23 November 2019 in Johannesburg. (The Muse Awards Committee reserves the right to change both the date and venue if necessary for any reason.)

6.2

Entrants agree to make every effort to attend the awards ceremony should they become a finalist in a category. If it is impossible for them to attend, they agree to ensure that a suitable stand-in is in attendance to accept the award on their behalf if necessary.

6.3

The Muse Awards Committee will inform nominees and finalists of their selection as a finalist at the e-mail address provided on their entry form. Entrants not selected as a finalist will receive no communication to that effect.

6.4

The WGSA will do their best to provide travel and accommodation for the nominees who live outside of the greater Gauteng area. All further costs, including travel and accommodation of partners, are for the account of the nominee.

6.5

The finalists in every category will receive a personalised “Certificate of Nomination” at the awards ceremony.

6.6

Every winner will receive a personalised “Winner’s Certificate” and a WGSA Muse Awards Trophy.

7 QUESTIONS AND QUERIES

All questions and queries regarding the 2019 WGSA Muse Awards must be submitted in writing to;

admin@writersguildsa.org

Please remember to include all your contact details in the correspondence.

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