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Nickelodeon Writing Program
231 W. Olive Avenue
Burbank, CA 91502
United States
[email protected]

Contact: Kate Blatchford, Creative Talent Development & Outreach
Description: The Nickelodeon Writing Program offers emerging television writers from around the world a paid opportunity to develop their craft and launch their careers.
Objective: While in the Program, writers hone their skills, build a professional network and gain real-world experience in writers’ rooms for our critically acclaimed live-action and animated shows. The General Track is a full-time commitment for up to 1 year.
Eligibility: No previous paid writing experience necessary. For eligibility requirements, visit:
Entry Fee: No fee
Type: TV Scripts
Promotes: Minorities
Originates From: United States
Occurrence: Yearly
Sponsored By: None
Start Date: 7/1/2020
Submission Deadlines: 8/1/2020
Winners Announced: Chosen writers announced November 30, 2020
Year of Origin: 2000
Rules: You must be 18 years or older to participate. If you have previously applied to the Program and were not selected, you are welcome and encouraged to apply again. However, you must submit a different spec script for each new submission period.

All applicants must submit a spec script and an original comedy pilot that adheres to the following guidelines:

*Must be based on a television series from the Accepted Shows List for either General or Preschool Track (spec script only)
*Typed in standard Final Draft (or equivalent) script format
*In black type
*In 12pt courier style font
*Do not upload a cover page with your script.
*The following information should be included in the header/footer of your spec script (it is OK if it appears on all pages):
*Name of the show (center of the header)
*Title of the episode (center of the footer)
*File name should only include only the name of your show and episode (Do not include your name or your submission will be returned to you.)
*Do not put your name anywhere on the script.

Your submission must include a spec script based on a show from the Accepted Shows List online (see Step 3) and an original comedy pilot.

Feature-length screenplays, reality-based comedies or dramas, treatments, outlines, plays, short stories, books, graphics, magazine/newspaper articles, poems, head-shots, audio/video tapes, or other digital media. If it's not on the Accepted Shows list or your comedy pilot, please do not submit it!

Please note: Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.
Prizes and Awards: General Track: A salaried position for up to one year (for Domestic writers) and up to six months (for International writers) and the opportunity to write for Nickelodeon’s live action and animated television shows.

Preschool Track: A salaried position for up to 6 months (for Domestic writers only) and the opportunity to write for Nick Jr.
More: Domestic (U.S.) applicants must possess and present evidence of identity and United States employment eligibility (valid for the duration of the Program). International applicants must meet J-1 visa requirements.




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