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Academy Accepts Entries for 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 14, 2012 at 4:22PM

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2012 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November, and participants will each complete a feature-length script during their fellowship year. In 2011, a record 6,730 entries were submitted.
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The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2012 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November, and participants will each complete a feature-length script during their fellowship year. In 2011, a record 6,730 entries were submitted. The deadline is 11:59 pm on May 1. Submission details and entry requirements below:

The Nicholl Fellowships competition is open to any individual who has not earned more than $5,000 from the sale or option of a screenplay or teleplay, or received a fellowship or prize of more than $5,000 that includes 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, 2012. The regular entry fee is US$52; an early-bird entry fee of US$35 is available for those who enter by 11:59 p.m. PT on March 15, 2012.

Online applications, rules and other details are available here.

Among the recent achievements by Nicholl fellows: Destin Daniel Cretton wrote and directed “I Am Not a Hipster,” which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; Andrew Marlowe created and executive produces and Terri Miller serves as a writer-producer on the ABC series “Castle”; and Jeffrey Eugenides published his third novel, The Marriage Plot, which is a National Book Critics Circle award nominee.

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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.