Climate Change

Deadline: 30 November, 2022

The Black List has announced a call for applications for the 2022 Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) Climate Storytelling Fellowship.

The fellowship is expected to support the mainstreaming of climate stories in entertainment as most stories depict extreme weather disasters, societal breakdown, and apocalypse.


  • Three successful writers will each receive $20,000 to support revision of a feature screenplay or pilot that engages with climate change in a meaningful way through events, actions, character, emotions, plot, and/or setting
  • In addition, NRDC will connect each fellowship recipient with top professionals for feedback and guidance on their scripts
  • Each fellowship recipient will retain complete ownership of their work


  • The script can be in any genre but climate change and solutions must drive action and affect choices made by characters.
  • Climate story should be one in which climate change affects characters, influences choices, and drives action.
  • Climate story should acknowledge that people already live in a climate-altered world
  • The story and genre options are limitless because climate can touch every aspect of life, from food, health, and relationships to justice, jobs, and national security.
  • For TV pilot submissions, applicants who make the short list must also provide a long synopsis or treatment describing the primary story arcs and how the climate themes will be developed throughout the show

To apply and for more information, click here.

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