Attention feature writers! The Universal Emerging Writers Program, now in its second year, is open for submissions.
From the program's website:
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.
To be eligible for the program, you must be 18 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident without professional produced credits or attachmnt to third-party projects in development.
You must submit an original feature screenplay (no adaptations, biopics or scripts based on underlying materials), an application, release form, statement of purpose, resume and two letters of recommendation from industry professionals.
For more information, click here. You can also follow the program on Twitter and check out its FAQ. Good luck!