Entries are open for the inaugural Writers' Guild of South Africa's Muse Awards. In its continued endeavour to unleash the potential of South African writers, WGSA has launched the Muse Awards to honour its members. With the growth in the South African film and television industry it is critical that credit is given where credit is due. Often it is an overlooked fact that it is the writers who are the backbone of the Film and TV industry, as without their vivid imaginations there would be nothing to watch on our screens.

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"WGSA has created the WGSA Muse Awards to recognise the hard work done by our members in the SA film, TV and entertainment industry. It is an award by writers for writers, which finally shines the spotlight on the often forgotten custodians of SA arts and culture," says Harriet Meier, Chairperson of the WGSA.

There are six categories for which entries will be accepted for the 2013 WGSA MUSE AWARDS:

•Feature Film

•TV Drama

•TV Comedy

•Documentary

•Stage Play

•Unproduced in any genre

While the main language of the entries should be English, short dialogue sequences in other SA official languages are acceptable as long as English translations are supplied.

As the Muse Awards grow, more categories will be added, including new media, gaming, animation, shorts and a category for student writers.

The WGSA Muse Awards forms part of the WGSA's schedule of initiatives to strengthen the writing profession by offering skills development programmes as well as protecting the interests of South African writers.

Entry for WGSA members is R100 per entry and R425 for non-members, which includes automatic membership to the Guild for the 2013/14 membership cycle. Terms and Conditions apply.

Entries close on the 31st of October and the winners will be announced at a gala event in February 2014.

For more information or to submit entries, please visit www.wgsamuseawards.co.za or contact the WGSA office on admin@writersguildsa.org, Tel: 011 888 4349 or mobile 082 575 6901.