Universal Pictures is Seeking New Writers 2017

Image: The 2016/2017 Emerging Writers Fellowship Writers (L to R) Juel Taylor, Josephine Green, Brian Buccellato, Leon Hendrix and Roseanne McAleese

Applications are now open for the Universal Writers Program, a year-long paid fellowship program for up-and-coming screenwriters. The program seeks to identify writers with unique, global perspectives and to develop storytellers with the intent to incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.

The primary goal of the one-year program is for the selected writers to create material for development consideration; however, concept development is not guaranteed.  In addition to penning two feature-length scripts, writers will participate in a curriculum designed to strengthen their creative approach, personal presentation skills and overall knowledge of the studio production process.

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Popular news and entertainment website BuzzFeed is accepting applications for its third annual fellowship program for emerging writers.

The program aims to provide writers with the support, mentorship and experience necessary to “take a transformative step forward in their careers.” The writers selected for fellowships in 2018 will each receive a US$14,000 stipend and spend four months working with the senior editorial staff at the New York City office of BuzzFeed News.

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Literary journal SmokeLong Quarterly is inviting applications from new and emerging flash fiction writers for the 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship.

Established in 2003, SmokeLong Quarterly aims to publish the best flash fiction to the web, whether written by widely published authors or those new to the craft. Flash fiction published by SmokeLong has been recognised by the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, Best Small Fictions and the Wigleaf Top 50.

The winner of the Kathy Fish Fellowship 2018 will act as a writer-in-residence, with their flash fiction appearing in every issue of the magazine next year. The successful writer will receive a total remuneration of US$500; $100 per story plus $100 when the fellowship is announced.

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Literary magazine Kenyon Review is inviting applications for a two-year post-graduate residential fellowship at Kenyon College, located in Gambier, Ohio.

The fellowship program commenced In 2012. It was as inspired by the great tradition of Kenyon Review literary fellowships awarded in the 1950s to writers such as Flannery O’Connor and W.S. Merwin in their formative years. The fellowship aims to provide qualified individuals with time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. The fellowship provides an annual US$35,150 stipend, plus health benefits.

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Our Opportunities for Writers list for May and June is below. As always, don’t forget that deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest details.

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Electric Literature
is open to submissions of personal and critical essays, as well as humour that reflects on the world of reading, writing, literature, and storytelling in all its forms. The editors are particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary world and other creative disciplines: film, fine art, music, video games, architecture etc. Closes 1 May.

The O. Henry Prize Stories
is an annual collection of the year’s twenty best stories published in American and Canadian magazines. Entries must be submitted by the magazine’s editors and should reach the series editor, Laura Furman, by 1 May. The 20 stories selected for the 2016 O. Henry Prize collection are available here.

Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 
is an international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. The final entry deadline for the 2017 competition is 1 May.

Jack Jones Literary Arts
is hosting its first annual writing retreat at SMU-in-Taos in Taos, New Mexico. This two-week retreat will be held from 12 to 26 October and is open exclusively to women of color writing in any genre. Eleven fully-funded fellowships are available. Applications close 1 May.

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