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Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting

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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 12th year, is a partnership between the Writers Guild Initiative and the King Family Foundation, and this is its fourth 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 ten screenplays to send to the Writers Guild Initiative selection committee for consideration. The short list will be determined in early December, and the Fellowship recipient will be selected by WGI no later than January 15, 2020.  The winner may also have the opportunity to attend the Writers Guild Awards in New York City in February 2020.


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.


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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