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barsm logo2 Screenplay ContestsThe Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is a fellowship program founded in 1986 to aid screenwriters. It is administered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Since 1991, more than 3,500 writers have entered the Nicholl Fellowships each year. A record 6,730 entries were received in 2011. All scripts are read at least twice in the competition. About 15 percent are read a third time. About 5 percent of entries advance to the competition quarterfinals, about 2 percent advance to the semifinals and about 10 entries reach the finals.