The Academy has announced the winners of its 2013 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. The winning four individual writers and one writing team, listed below, will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment to be distributed at an awards presentation on Thursday, November 7 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Selected from a record 7,251 submissions, the winners are as followers:
Frank DeJohn & David Alton Hedges, Santa Ynez, CA, "Legion"
Patty Jones, Vancouver, BC, Canada, "Joe Banks"
Alan Roth, Suffern, NY, "Jersey City Story"
Stephanie Shannon, Los Angeles, CA, "Queen of Hearts"
Barbara Stepansky, Burbank, CA, "Sugar in My Veins"
In a presentation directed by Rodrigo Garcia ("Albert Nobbs," "Nine Lives") and produced by Julie Lynn ("Albert Nobbs," "The Jane Austen Book Club"), the event for the first time ever will include live reads of individual scenes from the honored screenplays. Members from the Academy's Actors Branch will perform scenes from the five scripts. Last year's winners are here.