Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Nicholl Fellowships

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Objective

To identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 05/01/2020

Notification: By August 1 for quarterfinalists. Near October 1 for winners.

Rules

No applicant may have earned more than $25,000 writing for film or television. Scripts should be in standard form, approximately 90-120 pages. Only PDF screenplays submitted through online application are accepted. Equal collaborations by exactly two writers are eligible. Adaptations of another person's work are not eligible, even if that work is in the public domain or if the entrant has acquired rights to the work.

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Awards

Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters. From the program’s inception in 1986 through 2019, $4.58 million has been awarded to 176 writers.

Nicholl Fellowships

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Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

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1313 N. Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028-8107
310-247-3010 (voice)

Web:
http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/index.html
Email:
nicholl@oscars.org

Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

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Contest News

Academy Announces 2019 Nicholl Fellowship Finalists

The 2019 Nicholl Fellowships finalists are (listed alphabetically by author): Aaron Chung, "Princess Vietnam", Gary Patent, "Cosmonaut", Jack Zafran, "Justice, Justice", Joel Sinensky, "The Lie Factory", Karen McDermott, "Lullabies of La Jaula", Lynn Esta Goldman, "On the Wing", Matthew Fantaci, "Scandalous!", Paul Ashton, "Slater Berricks is a Dead Man", Renee Pillai, "Boy with Kite", Sean Malcolm, "Mother", Toy Styles, "Concrete Beach", and Walker McKnight, "Street Rat Allie Punches Her Ticket." [Updated: 09/08/2019]

Nicholl Fellowships Now Open for Submissions

The Motion Picture Academy's Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is now accepting submissions. Early deadline in March 7, 2019, with a $45 entry fee. [Updated: 02/05/2019]

Academy Names Nicholl Fellowship Winners

Three individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 8, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. [Updated: 09/19/2018]

Academy Announces Nicholl Fellowships Shortlist

Eleven individual screenwriters and one writing team have been shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee will meet later this month to select up to five winners to receive year-long fellowships. A total of 6,915 scripts were submitted for this year’s competition. [Updated: 09/13/2016]

Academy Names Nicholl Fellowhip Winners

Five individuals have been selected as winners of the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The Academy is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the global competition which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. [Updated: 09/28/2015]

Winners Announced For Academy Nicholl Fellowships

Three individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. [Updated: 10/03/2014]

Academy Announces Nicholl Finalist Loglines

Loglines have been announced for the 2014 Nicholl finalists. [Updated: 09/25/2014]

Academy Announces Nicholl Fellowship Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships In Screenwriting. [Updated: 09/23/2014]

Academy Announces Nicholl Fellowship Winners

Four individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Each winner will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on Thursday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. For the first time, the event will also feature a live read of selected scenes from the fellows' winning scripts. [Updated: 10/22/2013]

Academy Announces Nicholl Finalists

Nine individual screenwriters and one writing team have been selected as finalists for the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $35,000 fellowships. [Updated: 09/27/2013]

Nicholl Screenwriting Competition Underway

Several past Nicholl fellows have recently added to their achievements. Destin Cretton directed "Short Term 12" from his fellowship-winning screenplay; the film will premiere in competition at South by Southwest® next month. Creighton Rothenberger co-wrote "Olympus Has Fallen," which opened recently with Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett. [Updated: 03/29/2013]

Winners Announced for Academy Nicholl Fellowships

Five writers have been selected as winners of the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Each writer will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 8. [Updated: 10/24/2012]

Nicholl Fellowship Finalists Announced

Ten finalists, consisting of nine individual screenwriters and one writing team, have been selected for the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $35,000 fellowships. [Updated: 10/04/2012]

Record Number of Entries in Academy's 2012 Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition has received a record 7,197 entries for 2012, up from last year's record of 6,730. The Academy will award up to five fellowships of $35,000 each in November. [Updated: 05/17/2012]

Nicholl Fellowship Deadline Approaching

The regular deadline to submit entries for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowships is Tuesday, May 1, 2012. [Updated: 04/27/2012]

Nicholl Fellows Announced for 2011

Seven writers have been selected as winners for the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Updated: 10/18/2011]

Interview with Greg Beal: An Inside Look at the Nicholl Fellowships

by Barri Evins

Greg Beal Greg Beal has been the director of the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting since 1989. Those of us privileged to know Greg are well aware of the enormous integrity he brings to every aspect of the contest, from application to awards ceremony, his ceaseless striving to improve the competition experience and the extra effort he puts into personally encouraging writers. I've heard from many writers how much it meant to them to receive Greg's handwritten postscript to their official semi or quarterfinalist letter letting them know how close they came to the next level and encouraging them to keep at it. Greg's empathy is no accident; he understands what it means to be in your shoes. Once a screenwriter himself, Greg won a WGA East fellowship and went on to write several scripts on assignment. [Updated: 02/03/2011]

Academy Announces Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Winners for 2010

Five writers have been selected as winners of the 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 4. [Updated: 10/21/2010]

Academy Announces Nicholl Finalists for 2010

Ten writers have been selected as finalists for the 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy's Nicholl Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $30,000 fellowships. [Updated: 09/30/2010]

AMPAS Announces 2009 Nicholl Fellowship Winners

Six writers have been selected as winners of the 24th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer or writing team will receive a prestigious $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 12. [Updated: 10/29/2009]

AMPAS Announces Nicholl Fellowship Finalists

Eleven writers have been selected as finalists for the 24th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy's Nicholl Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $30,000 fellowships. [Updated: 10/09/2009]

Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition Now Underway

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now accepting entries for the 2009 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. As many as five $30,000 fellowships will be awarded through the program later this year. [Updated: 03/24/2009]

Academy Announces Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Winners for 2008

Six new screenwriters have been selected as winners in the 23rd Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer or writing team will receive a prestigious $30,000 prize. [Updated: 11/11/2008]

Academy Announces Nicholl Finalists for 2008

Thirteen writers have been selected as finalists for the 23rd annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy's Nicholl Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $30,000 fellowships. [Updated: 10/14/2008]

Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition Now Underway

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now accepting entries for the 2008 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. [Updated: 03/04/2008]

Academy Announces Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Winners for 2007

Seven new screenwriters have been selected as recipients of the 22nd Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Updated: 11/05/2007]

Academy Announces Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Finalists for 2007

Ten scripts have been selected as finalists for the 22nd annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Updated: 10/05/2007]

Academy Announces 2006 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Winners

Six new screenwriters, two who wrote collaboratively, have been selected as recipients of the 21st Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer or writing team will receive the first installment of the prestigious fellowship’s $30,000 prize money at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 16. [Updated: 10/27/2006]

Nicholl Finalist Sells 'Armored' Spec to Screen Games

James V. Simpson, whose script "Armored" was announced last week as a finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship Competition, has sold the project Screen Gems, where it will be produced by Buckaroo Entertainment executives Sam Raimi and Josh Donen, and Dan Farah of Farah Films. [Updated: 10/13/2006]

Academy Announces Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Finalists for 2006

Ten scripts have been selected as finalists for the 21st annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The scripts will now be read and judged by the Nicholl Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $30,000 fellowships. [Updated: 10/06/2006]

Academy Announces 2005 Nicholl Fellowship Winners

Six new screenwriters, two who wrote collaboratively, have been selected as recipients of the 20th anniversary Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Updated: 11/03/2005]

Nicholl Screenwriting Competition Announces 10 Finalists

Ten scripts have been selected as finalists for the 20th anniversary Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The scripts will now be read and judged by the Nicholl Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $30,000 fellowships. [Updated: 10/20/2005]

Winners Announced for Academy's 2004 Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

Six new screenwriters, two of whom wrote collaboratively, have been selected as recipients of the 2004 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Updated: 10/29/2004]

Academy’s Nicholl Screenwriting Competition Reaches Finalist Round

Ten scripts have been selected as finalists for the 2004 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Updated: 10/14/2004]

Winners Announced for Academy's 2003 Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

Six new screenwriters, two of whom wrote collaboratively, have been selected as recipients of the 2003 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Updated: 10/30/2003]

Finalists Announced for Academy's 2003 Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

Ten scripts have been selected as finalists for the 2003 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The scripts will now be read and judged by the Nicholl Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $30,000 fellowships. [Updated: 10/17/2003]

Academy's Nicholl Fellowships Screenwriting Competition Receives 6,045 Entries

The Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has received 6,045 entries this year, topping last year's entries by one. [Updated: 06/19/2003]

2002 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting – 171 Quarterfinalists

[Updated: 11/08/2002]

2002 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting – 119 Semifinalists

Of the 6,044 entrants in the 2002 Nicholl Fellowships competition, 300 advanced to the quarterfinals. Of those 300, 129 entrants advanced to the semifinals. Of those 129, 10 entrants advanced to the finals. [Updated: 11/08/2002]

Five Selected to Receive Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

Five new writers have been selected to receive the 2002 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Updated: 10/28/2002]

Finalists Selected for Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

Ten finalists have been selected for the 2002 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The scripts will now be read and judged by the Nicholl Committee, which may select as many as five of the writers to each receive one of the prestigious $30,000 fellowships. [Updated: 10/11/2002]

Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition Now Underway

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program is underway and applications are now available. As many as five $30,000 fellowships will be awarded through the program later this year. [Updated: 02/20/2002]

Nicholl Distributes Complete List of Semifinalists

Here are the 118 Nicholl entries that reached and remained at the semifinal level. [Updated: 11/29/2001]

Nicholl Distributes Complete List of Quarterfinalists

Here are the 156 Nicholl entries that reached and remained at the quarterfinal level. [Updated: 11/29/2001]

Winners Selected for Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

Five new writers have been selected to receive the 2001 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Updated: 10/29/2001]

Finalists Selected for Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

Eleven finalists have been selected for the 2001 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Updated: 10/18/2001]

More MovieBytes Readers Named Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalists

Several more MovieBytes subscribers have been identified among the quarterfinalists for the Nicholl Fellowships, which this year attracted more than 5,000 entries. [Updated: 08/15/2001]

MovieBytes Readers Named Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalists

MovieBytes readers Brendan Foley, Doug Solter, Zoje Stage, and James Morganelli have been named quarterfinalists in this years Nicholl Fellowships. [Updated: 08/09/2001]

Academy's Nicholl Fellowships Writing Program Demolishes Entry Record

The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting has received almost 5,500 entries this year, shattering the previous record of 4,446 set in 1998. [Updated: 06/12/2001]

Academy's Screenwriting Competition Underway

The 20001 Nicholl Fellowships deadline is May 1st. [Updated: 04/20/2001]

Five Winners Announced for Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

[Updated: 10/23/2000]

Ten Finalists Announced for Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

[Updated: 10/05/2000]

Nicholl Fellowships Writing Program Receives Over 4,000 Entries

[Updated: 06/17/2000]

Some Last Minute Nicholl Fellowships Entry Suggestions

[Updated: 05/01/2000]

Nicholl Fellowships Deadline Approaching May 1st

[Updated: 04/11/2000]

Academy's Screenwriting Competition Now Underway

[Updated: 02/18/2000]

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Announces 15th Annual Nicholl Fellowships

[Updated: 02/04/2000]

Nicholl Fellows Update

[Updated: 02/04/2000]

Motion Picture Academy honors unknown scribes

[Updated: 11/19/1999]

Nicholl Fellowship Winners Announced

[Updated: 10/26/1999]

Finalists Announced for Nicholl Fellowships

[Updated: 10/06/1999]

Nicholl Letters, Notes and the 1999 competition

[Updated: 07/27/1999]

Nicholl Fellowships Update

[Updated: 04/18/1999]

The 1999 Nicholl Fellowships

[Updated: 01/13/1999]

Academy Selects Five to Receive Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

[Updated: 10/15/1998]

Nicholl Fellowship Finalists Announced

[Updated: 10/01/1998]

Three Weeks Remain for Nicholl Fellowships

[Updated: 04/14/1998]

Nicholl Fellows -- Productions, Sales and Work for Hire in 1997

[Updated: 11/22/1997]

Ten Writers Named Finalists in Nicholl Competition

[Updated: 10/29/1997]

Five Screenwriters to Receive Academy's $25,000 Fellowships

[Updated: 10/16/1997]

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Ken Kristensen

An interview with screenwriter Ken Kristensen regarding the Nicholl Fellowships Writing Competition. [Updated: 12/03/2008]

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter James Foley

An interview with screenwriter James Foley regarding the Nicholl Fellowships Writing Competition. [Updated: 06/17/2008]

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

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1313 N. Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028-8107
310-247-3010 (voice)

Web:
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Email:
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Contact: Academy Nicholl Fellowships staff

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