The Black list and the Writers Guild Initiative have entered into a partnership to open WGI’s Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting to all American college seniors for the 2017 fellowship.
“We’re so pleased to partner with the Black List on the Fellowship, so we can make it available to all college seniors nationwide for the first time,” said Weller in a statement. “Until now, the Fellowship has only been open to students attending select schools. With The Black List’s support, we can now greatly expand the reach of this Fellowship, which has been won by many who are now successful screenwriters themselves.”
The application process started today and will run through November 28, with the short list determined by early December and the recipient selected before the start of 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by industry professionals and all entrants will receive feedback on their work. Submissions can be made at the The Black List’s Collyer Fellowship page with a $100 fee per entry for paying costs of hosting and evaluation.
The winning student may also have the chance to attend the Writers Guild awards in New York City this February.
Now in its 9th year, the fellowship provides a recent college graduate with a $10,000 stipend for a one-year opportunity to develop and original script under guidance from an established screenwriter. Past Fellows include Sara Van Acker (2009) who was named a 2011 semi-finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting and is currently the co-producer of the independent short Sunday’s Mother; and James DiLapo, who was mentored by Richard LaGravenese for his script Devils At Play which was on The Black List (2012) and won the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting the same year.