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News Release: January 27, 2014
What Is the Secret to Great Writing? 

WGAW Launches “Mighty Pen” Competition For This Year’s Awards Show 

LOS ANGELES -- As the Writers Guild of America, West ramps up toward its annual celebration of outstanding writing this weekend, the Guild is inviting the general public – fans and followers alike – to participate in the WGAW’s first-ever “Mighty Pen” competition, starting today through this Friday, January 31 via Twitter.

One winner will be named during the WGAW’s West Coast awards program, which will be streamed live on latimes.com/wga this Saturday, February 1, from the JW Marriott Hotel at L.A. LIVE in downtown L.A. Pre-show coverage begins at 5:00 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by “Meet the Writers,” featuring interviews with several of this year’s WGA nominees. The awards presentation starts at 6:00 p.m.

To enter the Guild’s “Mighty Pen” competition, participants are asked to finish the sentence, “The secret to great writing is…” and include the hashtag #mightypen in their Tweet posted via Twitter.

Five finalists will be announced during the show. Online viewers will be able vote on the five #mightypen Tweets while the program is in progress. Voting will take place in an online poll during the live stream at latimes.com/wga. The entrant who receives the most votes will be announced during the show, earning the WGAW’s first-ever Mighty Pen commendation.

“Mighty Pen” Competition Rules & Guidelines
  1. Post a Tweet offering your thoughts on the prompt during the submission period from Monday 1/27/2014 through Friday 1/31/2014 at 5pm PST.
  2. You must include #mightypen in order to be officially submitted.
  3. Be original, be creative, be constructive, be inspiring, be hilarious.
  4. A panel of judges, including members of the WGAW Awards Committee, Executive Producer and social media experts will review all submissions and select five nominees based on originality and quality of thought demonstrated within the medium.
  5. The five nominees will be announced at the beginning of the 2014 Writers Guild Awards live stream at latimes.com/wga.
  6. The live stream audience will be invited to vote during the Writers Guild Awards program to determine the top vote-getter.
  7. The top vote-getter will be named during the 2014 Writers Guild Awards live stream.
  8. The WGA, West will contact the winner on Twitter from @WGAWest via direct message or reply to coordinate delivery of an official certificate of commendation.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. The awards will be presented at simultaneous ceremonies on Saturday, February 1, 2014, in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE and in New York City at the Edison Ballroom.

For more information about the 2014 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

For media inquiries about the 2014 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Department at: (323) 782-4651 or email: Gregg Mitchell.

For media inquiries about the 2014 Writers Guild Awards New York City show, please contact Jason Gordon in the WGAE Communications Department at (212) 767-7809 or email: Jason Gordon

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.