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.


  1. scriptgirl says

    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!

  2. ashleyfmiller says

    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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