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The Emerging Writers Fellowship is an exciting program at Universal Pictures that is designed to identify and cultivate new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling. We are looking for talented screenwriters who have the potential to thrive, but don’t have access to or visibility within the industry.
Emerging writers who are chosen to participate in the program will work exclusively with the studio over the course of a year to hone their skills. During this program, fellows will be given the opportunity to work on current Universal projects as well as pitch original story ideas. In addition to working on writing assignments, the fellows will receive industry exposure by:
- Participating in filmmaking workshops and studio seminars
- Receiving mentoring from established filmmakers
- Networking with top literary agents and managers
- Meeting with production development executives
- Attending screenings and premieres
Fellows admitted into the program will be hired under a writing service agreement and must be committed to working full-time for one year. Additionally, Universal Pictures has the option to extend a fellows’ contract for a second year.
Any candidates who do not meet the aforementioned criteria will be disqualified.
Interested applicants should submit an original screenplay as well as additional application materials (listed below) in order to be considered. All semi-finalists will then be asked to submit a second screenplay and complete a phone interview with members of the admission committee. Ten finalists will be selected and interviewed in Los Angeles. Up to five fellows will be chosen to participate in the program.
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 eligible applications (whichever comes first). Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Universal Pictures reserves the right to close the application window at any time.
The program application period is currently closed. Please check this website for application and program updates.
Please review our Frequently Asked Questions document before submitting an application.
If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not submit applications to this email.
Please note that participation in the Emerging Writers Fellowship does not guarantee Writers Guild of America membership.