What is it?


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 on completion of his or her undergraduate degree.  The winner receives a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay and is mentored during the course of the fellowship year by a prominent screenwriter.  This program, now in its 9th year is a partnership between the Writers Guild Initiative and the King Family Foundation. 
This is the first time it will be hosted by the Black List.

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 December 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 2017.
Special Note: The first 30 opt-ins for 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
  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.

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