The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition for 2014 has begun. Up to five winners will be announced in November for a $35,000 screenwriting fellowship – competition is sure to be tough considering that last year alone saw 7,251 scripts for a record number of submissions.
Established in 1986, the competition is open to anyone who has not earned a total of more than $25,000 from the sale or option of screenplays or teleplays or received fellowships or prizes of more than $25,000 that include a "first look" clause, an option or any other quid pro quo involving the writer's work. Winners are required to complete a new feature-length screenplay during the fellowship year. The Academy does not acquire rights to or become commercially involved with any of the scripts.
Previous winners include Creighton Rothenberger ("Olympus Has Fallen"), Rebecca Sonenshine ("The Vampire Diaries"), Andrew Marlowe (creator of "Castle"), Terri Edda Miller ("Castle"), and Destin Cretton, who won in 2010 for his script for "Short Term 12."
To enter, writers must submit a completed application online, upload one PDF copy of their original screenplay in English and pay the entry fee before the regular deadline at 5:00 p.m. PT on April 10, 2014.
Entry fee schedule and deadlines are as follows:
Early deadline: 5:00 p.m. PT, February 28; entry fee US$35
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. PT, April 10; entry fee US$50
Late deadline: 5:00 p.m. PT, May 1; entry fee US$65
Online applications, rules and other details are available at www.oscars.org/nicholl.