The shortlist for the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting has been released, and in a surprising twist, the female writers outnumber the male writers. Seven out of the 13 writers are women, which is just over half, although in the greater field of screenwriting, women are still outnumbered by more than three to one. The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee will choose up to five recipients of year-long fellowships, and winners will receive $35,000 each.


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