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Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship 2022/2023: What Is It?


Note that this fellowship is for screenwriters between the ages of 18-25 who will be no older than 25 years of age as of December 31, 2022.

The Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting is a one-year fellowship that is awarded to an emerging screenwriter who intends to pursue a career in screenwriting. 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 15th year, is a partnership between the Writers Guild Initiative and the King Family Foundation, and this is its seventh year being hosted on blcklst.com.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for an emerging screenwriter to develop an original screenplay and assist in transitioning into the professional world of screenwriting.  The Writers Guild Initiative (WGI) is looking for diverse and unique 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 30, 2023. The winner of this year’s Fellowship will be announced in Spring 2023.

Please keep in mind that, upon opting in, we will verify your age, so it does not benefit you to opt in if you are not within the age bracket of 18-25. Any writers who do not fit into the age requirements for this partnership will not be considered.

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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