Fellowship Recipient Will Receive:

  • Attend an online Robert McKee Story Seminar.
  • 6 month mentorship with a producer.
  • Access to over 90 producers thru Scriptapalooza's network.
  • We will offer advice, guidance and direction on your script.

5 Recipients Will Receive:

  • 3 month mentorship with producer.
  • Access to over 90 producers thru Scriptapalooza's network.
  • We will offer advice, guidance and direction on your script.

Fellowship Fees:

  • Fellowship entry only $45
  • Fellowship entry with 4-5 pages of feedback $155

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application and fee.
  • Your screenplay or pilot emailed to us in PDF format.
  • Applicant must answer the following essay question:
    Why are you interested in this fellowship and what do you hope to gain from it? (1 page maximum)


  • Deadline is October 7, 2024.
  • We announce the top 20 Fellows on October 21, 2024.
  • We announce the Fellowship Recipient November 4, 2024.
  • Recipient attends the McKee Story Seminar in 2024.

The system of reviewing the applicants is anonymous. The reviewer will not know the applicant’s gender, name or address.

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So, if you're a writer, attend the STORY seminar and reach out to Scriptapalooza, for their competition and other services.
—2020 Recipient Neal Wiser

While I applied for the Scriptapalooza Fellowship in the hopes that it would be a step towards a career, I didn't anticipate that it would lead to me feeling rejuvenated as a writer with more confidence and purpose.
—2022 Recipient Chris Bell

Accepting feature film screenplays and tv pilots only.

Meet Our Mentors

Hallie Shepherd : Fireshoe Productions

Produced the film Bayou Caviar, the directorial debut by Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding Jr., starring Oscar Winner Richard Dreyfuss, Famke Janssen, and Katharine McPhee.

John Schulte : Pangea

An intellectual property development firm — John wrote for Garry Marshall and cowrites with Fred Fox Jr. Properties include Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

Travis Bell : The Seven Bridges Group

With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Barcelona, The Seven Bridges Group offer sports and entertainment industry clients unsurpassed representation, branding and endorsements.

Alexandra Shields : Citizen Skull

Our production side specializes in developing and producing documentaries, television, features, animation, and digital content dedicated to compelling narratives, no matter where they come from.

Shannon Pierce : Pierce Entertainment

Pierce Entertainment is an management company. They work with a number of A-list talent, and have a strong outreach to independent and studio producers/investors for full feature films.

Chad Ridgely : Full Auto Films

Based in Los Angeles, Full Auto Films is an award-winning full service production company specializing in feature films and digital content.

Apply for the Scriptapalooza Fellowship


  • You must be 18 or older to apply.
  • Your script must be in English. All genres are accepted.
  • We accept feature film screenplays and pilots only.
  • Your script must be in PDF format.
  • This is an international Fellowship, we do accept scripts from around the world.
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • We do accept writing teams. If a team wins the Fellowship, one (1) prize is awarded.
  • Your script cannot be under an option when submitting.
  • Once you submit your script, we do not accept revisions or replacements.
  • You may submit more than one entry, but they must be submitted separately with their own application and fee.
  • Adaptations are eligible if the work is in public domain or writer has the rights to it.
  • All entries are non-refundable.
  • Any candidate who does not meet the aforementioned criteria will be disqualified.

Past Fellowship Recipients

  • 2024 Murray Kaley
  • 2023 Danielle Berrin
  • 2022 Chris Bell
  • 2021 Sean Slater
  • 2020 Neal Wiser
  • 2019 Paula Dixon
  • 2018 Lyn Pinezich
  • 2017 Jonathan Ammon & Natasha Paris
  • 2016 Inger Dietrichs

About Scriptapalooza

The Scriptapalooza Fellowship was founded in 2016 and was developed to honor dedicated writers and to help accommodate their creative process and skills. Helping as many writers as possible has always been the foundation and heart of Scriptapalooza, and this mission will be furthered with the Fellowship.

Copyright and Ownership

Scriptapalooza Inc. or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this Fellowship claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this Fellowship. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this Fellowship remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.