In my focus and excitement on the writers strike, I missed that the Nicholl Fellowship winners were announced yesterday. A total of 7 screenwriters were selected for the prize.

This year’s winners are Amy Garcia and Cecilia Contreras for “Amelia Earhart and the Bologna Rainbow Highway,” Michael L. Hare for “The Fly Fisher,” Sidney King for “Kalona,” David Mango for “Kissing a Suicide Bomber” and Andrew Shearer and Nicholas J. Sherman for “Holy Irresistible.”

I’m not sure what the big deal is about this fellowship though. It’s like slave trade for screenwriters.  These 7 winners get a stipend of $30,000 to work for a year as a Nicholls fellow. Um, can anyone survive in Los Angeles by themselves on a measly $30,000 a year?

Anyways, kudos to these screenwriters  slaves that were selected out of 5,050 scripts that were submitted.  Have fun working for less than an office assistant, chumps.