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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Nick Announces Call For Entries For The 2018-2019 Nickelodeon Writing Program

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, has announced that they are looking for entrants for the networks 19th annual Nickelodeon Writing Program (2018 – 2019)!


Nickelodeon's global Writing Program, which receives over 1,400 applications each year, is one of the best in the biz, and offers aspiring television writers, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, the amazing opportunity to hone their skills while writing for Nickelodeon's live action and animation shows. Consider the facts: alum have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for all sorts of TV series and films.

While in the Program, writers meet Nickelodeon's series creators, story editors and showrunners, work in writers’ rooms, attend pitches, records, show tapings and more, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television. Basically, they write a lot and do lots of cool things, all while being provided a salary!

There are two creative avenues to pursue: the General Track (12-months) and the Preschool Track (6-months). The Preschool Track was created to develop writers specifically interested in writing and/or creating shows for the preschool demographic. Participants will bring the smart, funny, engaging stories and characters, and Nick will help them bring the preschool.

Each participant in the Nickelodeon Writing Program also joins an alumni group of people who have gone on to hold freelance and staff positions at various networks like Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, Kids' WB!, ABC, FOX, PBS, Cartoon Network and the CW. Notable graduates include creators, co-executive producers and writers Jonathan Butler and Gabriel Garza of Nickelodeon's hit live-action comedy series Bella and the Bulldogs.

For the fifth year running, Nickelodeon will also be looking to unearth new writing talent internationally in 2018. In tandem with the domestic branch of the Nickelodeon Writing Program, the international branch is well on its way to becoming one of the best in the biz.

The Nick Writing Program 2018 – 2019 submission period is now open and closes midnight on Wednesday 31st January 2018! This includes the Domestic and the International branches of the Program.

The Program, established in 2000, was developed to broaden Nickelodeon's outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year based in Los Angeles, California (Domestic) and a salaried position for up to six months based the UK (International).

Entrants to the 2018-2019 Nickelodeon Writing Program must be aged 18 years or older. If you have previously applied to the Program and have not been selected, you are welcome and encouraged to apply again. However, for consideration in the 2018-2019 Writing Program, you are required to submit a different spec script for each new submission period.

Nickelodeon will notify each semi-finalist of their 2018-2019 Writing Program by the end of July 2018, with finalists being notified by the end of August 2018. Nickelodeon's chosen writers will be notified by mid-September 2018, and all other applicants will be notified by the end of October 2018. (Notification dates are subject to change).

Have you got the WRITE stuff? You can find full submission guidelines, details on how to prep your submission, and how to apply for Nick's 18th annual Nickelodeon International Writing Program on the programs official website, www.nickwriting.com.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Follow the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship on Twitter and Facebook, plus, check out these fascinating videos featuring video interviews with participants of the 2013 - 2014 Nickelodeon Writing Program, in which Nick Writing Program alumni talk about their experiences in the program, how the program has helped develop their skills, prepare and inspire them, and to establish connections within the industry! #NickWritingProgram #NWP

Check out nickwriting.com to find out about the current writers in the 2017/2018 Nickelodeon Writing Program - Joanna Alpern, Josh Brown and Christine Schiefer - and Nickelodeon Writing Program alumni!
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