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. 

Our Collyer Fellows often go onward to bigger and brighter successes. Past winners have received accolades such as the Nicholl Fellowship and the Bahamas International Film Festival residency.

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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 

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