Academy Nicholl Fellows 1986–Present


Frank DeJohn & David Alton Hedges, “Legion”

Patty Jones, “Joe Banks”

Alan Roth, “Jersey City Story”

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Stephanie Shannon, “Queen of Hearts”

Barbara Stepansky, “Sugar in My Veins”

In 2013, there were 7,251 entries.


Nikole Beckwith, “Stockholm, Pennsylvania”

Sean Robert Daniels, “Killers”

James DiLapo, “Devils at Play”

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Allan Durand, “Willie Francis Must Die Again”

Michael Werwie, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile”

In 2012, there were 7,197 entries.


Chris Bessounian & Tianna Langham, “Guns and Saris”

Dion Cook, “Cutter”

John MacInnes, “Outside the Wire”

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Matthew Murphy, “Unicorn”

Abel Vang & Burlee Vang, “The Tiger's Child”

In 2011, there were 6,730 entries.


Destin Daniel Cretton, “Short Term 12”

Marvin Krueger, “And Handled with a Chain”

Andrew Lanham, “The Jumper of Maine”

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Micah Ranum, “A Good Hunter”

Cinthea Stahl, “Identifying Marks”

In 2010, there were 6,304 entries.


Matt Ackley, “Victoria Falls”

Vineet Dewan and Angus Fletcher, “Sand Dogs”

John Griffin, “Dream Before Waking”

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Nidhi Anna Verghese, “Jallianwala Bagh”

Jeff Williams, “Pure”

In 2009, there were 6,380 entries.


Jeremy Bandow, “Hive”

Ken Kristensen & Colin Marshall, “Out of Breath”

Jason A. Micallef, “Butter”

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Eric Nazarian, “Giants”

Lee Patterson, “Snatched”

In 2008, there were 5,224 entries.


Amy Garcia & Cecilia Contreras, “Amelia Earhart and the Bologna Rainbow Highway”

Michael L. Hare, “The Fly Fisher”

Sidney King, “Kalona”

David Mango, “Kissing a Suicide Bomber”

Andrew Shearer & Nicholas J. Sherman, “Holy Irresistible”

In 2007, there were 5,050 entries.


Alfred E. Carpenter & Mark A. Matusof, “38 Mercury”

Arthur M. Jolly, “The Free Republic of Bobistan”

Stephanie Lord, “Palau Rain”

Josh D. Schorr, “10 Day Contract”

Scott K. Simonsen, “Tides of Summer”

In 2006, there were 4,899 entries.


Morgan Read-Davidson, “The Days Between”

Seth Resnik & Ron Moskovitz, “Fire in a Coal Mine”

Michael D. Zungolo, “No Country”

Colleen Cooper De Maio, “Pirates of Lesser Providence”

Gian Marco Masoni, “Ring of Fire”

In 2005, there were 5,879 entries.


Sean Mahoney, “Fenian's Trace”

Daniel Lawrence, “The Gaza Golem”

Doug Davidson, “Letter Quest”

Whit Rummel, “The Secret Boy”

John Sinclair & Nova Jacobs, “Split Infinity”

In 2004, there were 6,073 entries.


Andrea R. Herman, “Augmentation”

Tejal K. Desai & Brian C. Wray, “Linda and Henry”

Annie Reid, “Revival”

Bragi Schut Jr., “Season of the Witch”

James N. Mottern, “Trucker”

In 2003, there were 6,048 entries.


John Ciarlo, “Bend in the River”

Matt Harris, “Moon of Popping Trees”

Pamela Kay, “Nude and Naked”

Kurt Kuenne, “Mason Mule”

Creighton Rothenberger, “The Chosin”

In 2002, there were 6,044 entries.


Patricia Burroughs, “Redemption”

Greg M. Dawless, “One Hour Development”

Robert S. Edwards, “Land of the Blind”

Albert Letizia, “The Northern Lights”

Cameron B. Young, “Saint Vincent”

In 2001, there were 5,489 entries.


Doug Atchison, “Akeelah and the Bee”

Alfredo Botello, “The Crasher”

Gabrielle Burton, “The Imperial Waltz”

Christine R. Downs, “Victory Road”

James M. Foley, “Powder River Breakdown”

In 2000, there were 4,250 entries.


Chris E. Balibrera, “Harvest”

T. J. Lynch, “The Beginning of Wisdom”

Annmarie E. Morais, “Bleeding”

Jaime David Silverman, “Last Meals”

Rebecca A. Sonnenshine, “Mermaid Dreams”

In 1999, there were 4,150 entries.


Jacob A. Estes, “Mean Creek”

Robert H. Gyde, “Jelly-Babies”

Donna McNeely, “Julia's Child”

Karen M. Moncrieff, “Blue Car”

Michael A. Rich, “Finding Forrester”

In 1998, there were 4,446 entries.


Glen Craney, “Whisper the Wind”

Scott Ferraiolo, “The Palace of Versailles”

Anthony J. Jaswinski, “Interstate”

Karen O'Toole, “Wild Horses”

Michele Sutter, “This Place in the Ways”

In 1997, there were 4,006 entries.


Will Chandler, “Cyrano of Linden View”

Ehren Kruger, “Arlington Road”

Carlton Proctor, “Sommerville”

Brian Teshera, “...In a Heartbeat”

Craig von Wiederhold, “Dead Eyes”

In 1996, there were 4,181 entries.


Richard Cray, “Love, Squid & Pavarotti”

Scott Fifer, “Starstruck”

Patrick Gilfillan, “G.U. (Geographically Undesirable)”

Robley Wilson, “Land Fishers”

In 1995, there were 3,695 entries.


Max Adams, “My Back Yard”

Steve Garvin, “Status Quo”

Charles Henrich, “Joshua Tree”

Glenn Levin, “Spano and the Kid”

In 1994, there were 3,934 entries.


Victoria Jennings Arch, “A Terrible Beauty”

Bob Bridges, “Doniphan of the Americas”

Myron E. Goble, “Down in the Delta”

Jodi Ann Johnson, “Mama & Me”

Dawn O'Leary, “Island of Brilliance”

In 1993, there were 3,854 entries.


Robert N. Cohen, “The Good Ole Boy”

Susannah Grant, “Island Girl”

Andrew W. Marlowe, “The Lehigh Pirates”

Terri Edda Miller, “Bedwarmer”

Michelle Wollmers, “Infidels”

In 1992, there were 3,515 entries.


Len Alaria, “War Cry”

Peter Crow, “Trace”

Raymond De Felitta, “Begin the Beguine”

Ronald Emmons, “By Bread Alone”

Brian Reich, “Baubles”

In 1991 and thereafter, the competition was open to writers in English who had not sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay. There were 3,814 entries.


David Gordon, “Rocketman”

Robert Gregory-Browne, “Low Tide”

Kent Rizley, “The Gentlemen”

Thomas Smith, “Slings and Arrows”

Wanda Warner, “Chief to Chief”

In 1990, the competition was open to United States citizens who had not sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay. There were 2,888 entries.


Radha Bharadwaj, “Closet Land”

Mark Lowenthal, “Where the Elephant Sits”

James McGlynn, “Traveler”

Deborah Pryor, “Briar Patch”

Laverne Stringer, “The Cotton Gin Athletic Club”

In 1989, the competition was open to United States residents who had not sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay. There were 1,395 entries.


In 1988, no fellowships were awarded. The competition was open only to college students; there were 223 entries.


Christopher Bishop, “Swampers”

Kevin Coffey, “Fadeaway”

Sallie Groo, “Daughters of Music”

Marie Angela Kellier, “Solita's Rise”

Randall McCormick, “Giant Steps”

Warren Taylor, “In the Dark”

Priscilla Waggoner, “Mother's Nature”

The 1987 competition was open to college students in nine states and to residents of Texas. There were 459 entries. From 1987 on, all entrants were required to submit a feature screenplay.


Allison Anders, “Lost Highway”

Dennis Clontz, “Generations” (play)

Jeff Eugenides, “Here Comes Winston, Full of the Holy Spirit” (fiction)

In 1986, the initial year of competition, the 99 entrants were not required to submit screenplays; they could submit a screenplay, a teleplay, a TV series episode, fiction or a stageplay. The competition was limited to California college students.

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