Prize: $20,000
Applicants: Undergraduate and graduate students from participating universities.
Requirements: Students must be enrolled at the time of submission.
Entry Fee: None.

HUMANITAS created The Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Fellowship in 2017 thanks to a generous endowment from acclaimed television writer and producer Carol Mendelsohn, best known for her work on the crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which was once ranked as the top-watched TV show in the world.

The Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Fellowship exists to recognize and reward the talents of young writers with financial support to empower them to tell meaningful stories.

entry details

Student scripts can be

  • 30-minute (22 to 38 pages)
  • 60-minute (44 to 60 pages)
  • 90-minute (75 to 90 pages)
  • Feature Film (105 to 120 pages)
  • New Media (submissions must include 3 scripts–5 to 12 pages each)

Pilot scripts for original series are welcome, as are scripts for current or past series.

 Please note

  • Plays and short stories are not accepted.
  • Submitted scripts must be original work.
  • Students may be contacted for interviews as part of the selection process.


Submission period: May 2018

Judging: June-August 2018

Announcement of semi-finalists: September 2018

Announcement of finalists: January 2019

Annual awards event: February 2019

Submission Materials

  • Name, email address and phone number
  • Brief synopsis of script (.pdf)
  • Script (.pdf)

2017  Winner



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