The end of the application period for the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is just on the horizon, with the regular deadline coming up at the end of this week on April 10 and the final deadline a few weeks out on May 1.
To enter, writers must complete an application online, upload a PDF of their script (in English) and pay the entry fee. Fellowships are awarded with the expectation that the recipients will each complete a new feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.
Those who have received other types of grants and/or prizes should pay careful attention to the Academy’s stipulations. Per a release issued earlier today, the Nicholl Fellowship “is open to any individual 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
Last year’s competition drew a record 7,511 submissions. Previous fellows include writer-director Nikole Beckwith, whose feature “Stockholm, Pennsylvania” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year; Andrew Marlowe, creator and executive producer of ABC’s “Castle;” and Destin Daniel Cretton, writer-director of the acclaimed “Short Term 12.”
Click here for the online application and rules.