Several past Nicholl fellows have made news recently with their achievements. Destin Cretton won the Grand Jury and Audience awards at SXSW earlier this year with "Short Term 12," which he directed from his fellowship-winning screenplay. Creighton Rothenberger co-wrote "Olympus Has Fallen," starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett, which ppened near the top of the box office last month.
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships competition is open to any person who has not earned a total of more than $25,000 from the sale or option of screenplays or teleplays. The amount for 2013 is an increase from the previous $5,000 limit. To enter, writers must submit a completed application online, upload one PDF copy of their original screenplay in English and pay the appropriate entry fee before the deadline. The entry fee is $50 through 11:59 PT on April 10, and $65 through 11:59 PT on May 1.
For online applications, rules and other details, visit www.oscars.org/nicholl.
Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a new feature-length screenplay during the fellowship year. The Academy requires no rights to the works of the Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with the completed scripts.
Last year's competition drew a record 7,197 entries. Since the program's inception in 1985, 128 fellowships have been awarded.