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Academy's 2014 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Competition Now Underway

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2014 at 11:42AM

The 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is now underway. In November, as many as five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded.
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Academy Nicholl Fellowship

The 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is now underway.  In November, as many as five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded.

The annual Fellowships 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. 

But the competition is steep -- last year drew a record 7,251 entries.

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 the regular deadline at 5:00 p.m. PT on April 10, 2014.

Here’s how the entry fee schedule and deadlines break down:

       Early deadline:  5:00 p.m. PT, February 28; entry fee US$35

       Deadline:  5:00 p.m. PT, April 10; entry fee US$50

       Late deadline:  5:00 p.m. PT, May 1; entry fee US$65

More info is here.

This article is related to: Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Screenwriters


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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.