The Black List and Google Assistant Team for Storytelling Fellowship

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Five fellows will be selected to receive financial and creative support for projects that tell a contemporary story from the perspective of historically underrepresented communities.

Aspiring writers now have another shot at making their Hollywood dreams come true.

The Black List has teamed with Google Assistant to launch the 2020-21 Black List and Google Assistant Storytelling Fellowship. The program will provide financial and creative support to five writers in the development and execution of a new original feature film script or TV pilot under the condition that the project tells a contemporary story from the perspective of historically underrepresented communities.

Each of the five scribes will be awarded $20,000 for their pitch with the purpose of supporting themselves for six months as they type it out. During that time, the Black List and Google Assistant will pair each fellowship recipient with a screenwriting mentor. Only writers who have never been compensated for screenwriting work will be able to opt in on the Black List website, which is taking submissions through Jan. 15.

Once all the applications are in, a total of 15 finalists will be selected. Their work will be shared with Google and executives there will make the final call on fellowship honorees with an eye to announce in February. The partnership was negotiated by UTA Marketing, which represents Google.