The Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting is awarded to a graduating college senior who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting on completion of his or her undergraduate degree. The winner receives a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay and is mentored during the course of the fellowship (one-year) by a prominent screenwriter. It is underwritten by a grant from the King Family Foundation, and hosted by The Black List.
The fellowship is open to students across the country. The submission window opens in the fall, and the winner is announced at the Writers Guild Awards, usually in February. Entrants must be current undergraduate seniors with a demonstrated interest in, and talent for, screenwriting as a profession. Emphasis is placed on feature film projects that are character driven and personal in nature (no TV pilots at this time).
The award honors Michael Collyer, a distinguished entertainment attorney in New York City for four decades, who practiced primarily at his namesake firm Kay Collyer & Boose and specialized in television financing and production.
COLLYER FELLOWSHIP WINNERS
Sara Van Acker (2009) Bloodlust
Antal Zambo (2010) When the Sparrows Come Home
James DiLapo (2011) Devils At Play
Hailey O’Brien (2012) Losing Grace
Heather Dunoon (2013) Remember Me
Hennah Sekandary (2014) 48 Hour Fire
Megan Rico (2015) Ned
Bo Shim (2016) Sister of a Goddess
Joseph Walters (2017) Hazzard
Nicole Landau (2018) The Carpet from Kunduz
Ariella Carmell (2019) Fathers & Daughters
Alishan Valiani (2020) In Sects