Academy announces 2006 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship winners

Oct 26, 2006 by Ian Evans

Congratulations to the six new screenwriters, two who wrote collaboratively, that have been selected as recipients of the 21st Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer or writing team will receive the first installment of the prestigious fellowship’s $30,000 prize money at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 16.

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by writer):

  • Alfred E. Carpenter, Alexandria, Virginia, and Mark A. Matusof, Woodbridge, Virginia, 38 Mercury
  • Arthur M. Jolly, Marina del Rey, California, The Free Republic of Bobistan
  • Stephanie Lord, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Palau Rain
  • Josh D. Schorr, South Pasadena, California, 10 Day Contract
  • Scott K. Simonsen, Hermosa Beach, California, Tides of Summer

The winners were selected from 4,899 scripts submitted for this year’s competition. The competition is open to any individual who has not sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay for more than $5,000 or received a fellowship or prize that includes a “first look” clause, an option, or any other quid pro quo involving the writer’s work.