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

In 2003, HUMANITAS created The David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Fellowship in honor of David and Lynn Angell, who were aboard Flight #11 when it crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. David was a writer on the staff of Cheers and co-creator of Wings and Frasier; his wife Lynn supported him during the early years of his career in her work as a librarian. Together, the Angells focused their philanthropic efforts on the ideal that all people are entitled to develop to their fullest potential. 

The David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Fellowship was created to recognize and financially reward young writers. In doing so, we hope it encourages them to create works that enrich the lives of others through comedy that entertains with humor and captures the human spirit.

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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