This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition. It was announced earlier today that this year’s competition has received 6,304 scripts, including first-time entries from Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Uganda and Uruguay. In November, the Academy will award up to five fellowships of $30,000 each.
The competition is open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television. Each entry script must be feature length, must be an original work and must have been written originally in English.
Past Nicholl fellows that have gone on to great success include: Oscar-nominee Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”), Doug Atchison (“Akeelah and the Bee”), Mike Rich (“Finding Forrester”) and Ehren Kruger (“The Ring”).