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Walt Disney Television Writing Fellowship: New Guidelines & Submission Dates Announced

Walt Disney Television Writing Fellowship has new guidelines this year. Don't miss the chance to get discovered!

Walt Disney Television Writing Fellowship has new guidelines this year. Don't miss the chance to get discovered!

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Staffing season—the season from about mid-April to late May when television shows hire their writers—is in full swing. Maybe you’re out there, pitching, applying and working, or maybe you’re sitting there, reading this and scratching your head, wondering just how to jump into the fray and be noticed or get to a staffing meeting.

Understanding how a writer’s room works and getting some legit experience can propel you to the front of the pack (assuming you also have killer writing samples, which we’re sure you do), but it can be difficult for new writers to figure out how to get that experience, without experience.

Fellowships are a coveted and useful way to get your foot in, learn from professionals, network and improve your craft. Most of them are unpaid, but it’s like going to school for free with some great perks. However, the Walt Disney Television Writing Fellowship Program pays a salary of about $50,000 for the year of your life that you must dedicate to them, if accepted.

They just announced their new guidelines and deadline Friday. See below:

Walt Disney Television Creative Talent Development & Inclusion: Writing Fellowship Program

Submission Dates: Now through 11:59 p.m. PST June 3. Program Dates: February 2020 through January 2021 Entry Fee: None

Every year, you have to watch their Facebook page, waiting for them to release the exact submission dates and updated guidelines. They just announced Friday that submissions are open for their paid-for-your-time fellowship.That’s right.

New as of this year: BOTH scripts must be original pilots (No specs accepted), and all submissions are online: No email, fax or snail mail accepted. Keep in mind both scripts must be in the same genre and be a fit for live action Walt Disney Television programming.

1) Read the Application Instructions.

2) Read the FAQs.

3) Complete the online application.

Want to submit to more fellowships? Check out this great list of screenwriting and television contests and fellowships separated by type.

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