If you are out there striving to become the next Hollywood hit-maker as a screenwriter, Universal wants to give you a chance.
Universal Studios has initiated a screenwriting fellowship called the Emerging Writers Fellowship where they are searching for talented writers who do not have the access to break into the industry.
"[The fellowship] is designed to identify and cultivate new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling.
"During this program, fellows will be given the opportunity to work on current Universal projects as well as pitch original story ideas. Fellows will also attend workshops, receive mentoring, interact with top literary agents and sit in on Universal’s executive meetings. Fellows admitted into the program will be hired under a writing service agreement and must be committed to working full-time for one year."
To read about the qualifications and how to apply see below. Visit here for more links and additional information.
How to Apply:
The Emerging Writers Fellowship Application and Legal Release Forms will be available here beginning at midnight on Sept. 3.
Applicants must submit all of the following materials in order to be considered. Only online submissions will be accepted. The submission window will only be open for 30 days or until we receive 500 applications (whichever comes first). Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as only a limited number of submissions will be accepted. Universal Pictures reserves the right to close the application window at any time.
1. Original Feature Length Script – Applicants are eligible to submit one original feature length screenplay through the online process. Applicants who submit more than one original screenplay will be disqualified. Submissions must meet the following requirements:
*Genre – Comedy/Romantic Comedy or Action/Adventure/Thriller (other genres not accepted)
*Length of screenplay – Must be between 85 – 125 pages
*Must be sole owner of any original material submitted
*Screenplay submission must adhere to industry standards (i.e. font, spacing, format)
*Scripts must not have previously been sold, optioned, or otherwise exploited
*Scripts must have been registered at the WGA prior to submission (date to be determined upon opening of application cycle) and applicants will be required to acknowledge that any written materials submitted is the sole work of the applicant. Candidates who advance to the semi-final round will be required to submit a second script within a specified period.
The Emerging Writers Fellowship Application and Legal Release Forms will be available here beginning at midnight on Sept. 3. Emerging Writers Fellowship Application
Legal Release Form – applicants must complete and sign a release form in order for their submitted scripts to be considered Resume
*Two letters of recommendation from industry professionals. Each letter must be no longer than two pages and address the following:
1.) Comment on the context of your interaction with the applicant and your relationship to the applicant
2.) Explain why you feel this candidate will be a good fit for the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Program and his/her potential to become a successful screenwriter
*Statement of Purpose – applicants must answer the following questions
1.) How will you contribute a diverse voice that is unique to the screenwriting industry? (300 words)
2.) Why are you interested in this program and how will this program help you succeed as a Hollywood screenwriter? (250 words)
If you have questions about this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not submit applications to this email.