The regular deadline to submit entries for the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is 2:59 a.m. ET Tuesday, April 19. In November, as many as five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded to emerging screenwriters. The entry fee is $60.
The final deadline is 2:59 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. The entry fee is $85.
Online applications and complete rules are available at www.oscars.org/nicholl.
Since 1986, 142 fellowships have been awarded. Nicholl fellows have written or co-written projects that have generated more than $7.1 billion in box office revenue. Recent accomplishments of Nicholl fellows include:
Other notable fellows include Allison Anders ("Gas Food Lodging," "Things behind the Sun"), Doug Atchison ("Akeelah and the Bee"), Jacob Estes ("The Details"), Jeffrey Eugenides ("The Virgin Suicides," "Middlesex"), Ehren Kruger ("The Ring," "Transformers: Age of Extinction"), Andrew Marlowe ("Air Force One," "Castle") and Terri Edda Miller ("Castle").
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is open to any individual who has not earned a lifetime total of more than $25,000 from the sale or option of screenplays or teleplays. To enter, writers must submit a completed application online, upload one PDF copy of their original screenplays in English, and pay the required entry fee before the regular deadline or the final deadline.
Fellowships are awarded with the understanding the recipients will each complete a new feature-length screenplay during the fellowship year.
Last year's competition drew 7,442 submissions.