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Academy Accepting Entries for 2013 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Competition

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 11, 2013 at 2:26PM

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November. During the fellowship year participants will complete a new feature length script...
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Short Term 12
Brie Larson in 'Short Term 12.'

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  Up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November. During the fellowship year participants will complete a new feature length script, to which the Academy will hold no rights. Past winners include Destin Cretton's "Short Term 12," pictured above, which is now set to premiere at SXSW.

The criteria and deadlines are below:

The competition 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 writer's work. 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 11:59 p.m. PT on May 1, 2013.

Entry fee schedule is as follows:

Early deadline: March 1; entry fee US$35

Regular deadline: April 10; entry fee US$50

Final deadline: May 1; entry fee US$65

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.