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Nicholls Fellowships in Screenwriting: Deadline is May 2

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 25, 2011 at 5:12AM

The 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is accepting entries until May 2. So get writing if you haven't earned more than $5,000 from the sale or option of a screen or teleplay, or haven't received another fellowship or prize of more than $5,000.
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The 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is accepting entries until May 2. So get writing if you haven't earned more than $5,000 from the sale or option of a screen or teleplay, or haven't received another fellowship or prize of more than $5,000.

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).

Eligibility Details:

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]

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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.