Deadline near for tyro scribes

May 1 AMPAS fellowships applications due

Fledgling scribes are reminded that May 1 is the application deadline for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

Up to five tyro scripters will be awarded the $25,000 honor.

Competish is open to anyone who hasn’t sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay for more than $5,000 or received any sort of “first look” opportunity for their work.

Each entrant must submit an application form, a copy of his or her script and $30. Scripts previously submitted are still eligible.

Many successful scribes have won Nicholl fellowships. Recipients include Ehren Kruger (“Scream 3”); Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”); Andrew Marlowe (“Air Force One”); Allison Anders (“Gas Food Lodging”); and Michael Rich (“Finding Forrester”).

Fellowship winners are expected to finish a feature screenplay in 12 months. The Acad acquires no rights to the work and doesn’t involve itself commercially.

For more info on the Nicholl program, go to http://www.oscars.org/nicholl.

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