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Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting

Note that this fellowship is for current undergraduate seniors transitioning into the professional world of screenwriting only.

The Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting is a one-year fellowship that is awarded to an undergraduate student who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting upon completion of his or her undergraduate degree.  The winner receives a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay (not the script used to opt in to the fellowship) and is mentored during the course of the fellowship year by a prominent screenwriter.  This program, now in its 10th year, is a partnership between the Writers Guild Initiative and the King Family Foundation. This is its second year being hosted on blcklst.com.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for a graduating senior to develop an original screenplay and assist in transitioning into the professional world of screenwriting.  The Writers Guild Initiative is looking for diverse and emerging voices, and for projects that are character driven and personal in nature.  They are exclusively seeking feature films; no shorts or TV pilots at this time.

This year, the Black List will choose fifteen screenplays to send to the Writers Guild Initiative selection committee for consideration. The short list will be determined in early November, and the Fellowship recipient will be selected by WGI by calendar year’s end.  The winner may also have the opportunity to attend the Writers Guild Awards in New York City in February 2018.

The first 30 students to opt-in to the fellowship will receive a free month of hosting and two free evaluations. In order to qualify for this, applicants should do the following:

  1. Create an account at blcklst.com/register/writer.
  2. Upload a feature length screenplay.
  3. Opt the feature script into consideration for the fellowship -- you'll need to enter your .edu email address and graduation year.
  4. Writers will then receive an email letting them know whether or not they were one of the first 30 applicants. If they are, they will receive credit for 2 free evaluations that they can use by logging back into their account. If they are not, they may still purchase an evaluation if they'd like.

Please keep in mind that, upon opting in, we will verify your status as a current college senior with your school, so it does not benefit you to opt in if you are not currently a college senior. If we learn that you have claimed one of the coupon codes reserved for current college students and are in fact NOT a current college student, we reserve the right to charge you for the appropriate month(s) of hosting and/or evaluations on the site.

Additionally, please note that you will be writing a new script for this fellowship, not rewriting the script you submitted to this opportunity. The Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship provides the opportunity to write an entirely new script with a mentor. The submitted script is used to show your writing skills, voice, etc. and the potential for wanting to hear more of the stories that you’d want to write.

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