Setting self up for Disappointment: Nicholl

When Finalists were announced:
October 13, 2008
October 6, 2006
October 21, 2005
October 15, 2004

They said early October, but most of those look mid-October. Eek. Can’t find any more dates than those 4.

Q: What are the prizes?

A: Up to five $30,000 fellowships are awarded to new screenwriters each year. From 1986 through 2008, 108 fellowships totaling $2,775,000 have been awarded.

Q: Some people say all competitions are a scam of one sort or another, considering all the money they take in from entry fees.

A: In recent years, the Nicholl Fellowships program has received between $150,000 and $170,000 in entry fees. In a typical fellowship year, it distributes $150,000 to the fellows. Considering administrative and other costs, it’s clear that the program is not remotely close to being a moneymaking operation.


About ashleyfmiller

I write, give occasional speeches, and am currently getting my PhD in Mass Communications from South Carolina. Before going back to school, I worked in Los Angeles in reality tv, web series, and film.

Posted on September 30, 2009, in nicholl, nicholl fellowship, screenwriting, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hello Ashley…

    I was looking around for the same thing and came across your blog. I too am a semi-finalist. Don’t set up for disappointment. It can happen!! Hang in until the last second. You have as good a chance as anyone : ) Obviously you are a good writer or you wouldn’t have made it this far. I have read here and there that they call the finalists. The calls I’ve read about came a few days before the official announcement. I’m crossing my fingers for us both. Good luck!

    • I’m keeping the fingers crossed, of course, but I’m trying not to invest too much into it. Just statistically, it’s only a 1 in 10 chance. Eeek.

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