The 2020-2021 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting is now closed for the year. 

The Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting is awarded to an emerging screenwriter (18-25) who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting. 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.

New this year, in partnership with the International Screenwriters’ Association (ISA), the Collyer Fellowship winner will also receive a 12-month ISAConnect membership, a 15-minute consultation, and a free Developmental Evaluation. The top five Fellowship finalists will also receive a 12-month ISAConnect membership!

The fellowship is open to students across the country and the winner will be announced in Spring, 2021. Note that this fellowship is for screenwriters between the ages of 18-25 who will be no older than 25 years of age as of December 31, 2020. 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.

For any questions, please contact us at, or the BlackList at



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  (Read an interview here)

Alishan Valiani (2020)  In Sects

Omid Iranikah (2021) Through the Mud


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