AMPAS competition attracts 6,380 entries

Don and Gee Nicholl screenwriting fellowships awarded in Nov.

A record 6,380 scripts have been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 24th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in screenwriting competition. The Academy will award up to five fellowships of $30,000 each in November.

The competition is open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original work of a sole author or of two collaborative authors. Entries must have been written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible.

Last year's competition drew more than 5,000 entries. Since the program's inception in 1985, 108 fellowships have been awarded.