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Writers’ Guild Awards to include musical theatre prize for first time

The new musical theatre bookwriting prize joins 14 existing categories at the Writers' Guild Awards. Photo: Shutterstock

A new accolade for musical theatre book writers will be incorporated into the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain’s annual awards from next year.

The musical theatre bookwriting award joins 14 existing categories at the Writers’ Guild ceremony.

They include TV, film, comedy, radio and video games, as well as a theatre prize. However, this is the first time musical theatre writing will be honoured as part of the awards.

Musicals writer Jenifer Toksvig, who is also co-chair of the Writers’ Guild’s theatre committee, said: “We are delighted to announce this new award for the crucial and often under-acknowledged craft of musical theatre bookwriting.

“We’re excited to see a broad range of nominations in style and form, and can’t wait to get reading.”

Nominations for the musical theatre category are open until October 26, 2018 [1]. Writers must be British citizens or residents to qualify, with their work having been first produced between October 1, 2017 and September 29, 2018.

The 2019 awards will take place on January 14, 2019 in London.