Feature length original works, written in English and from up to two authors are eligible. Each year, the Nicholl Fellowship awards up to five $30,000 awards. Starting in 1985, 118 fellowships have been awarded. Among the past recipients are Oscar® nominee Susannah Grant (The Soloist, Erin Brockovich, Pocahontas), Doug Atchison (Akeelah and the Bee), Mike Rich (Secretariat, The Rookie, Finding Forrester), Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Ring, Arlington Road) and Andrew Marlowe (ABC's Castle, Hollow Man, Air Force One).
The Nicholl 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 online application, upload one PDF copy of their original screenplay in English and pay the US$45 entry fee before 11:59 p.m. PT on May 2, 2011.
[Pictured: 2010 winners, courtesy of the Academy]