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Writers FAQ - Letters of Recommendation

Are letters of recommendation mandatory? 

No.  Letters of recommendation from entertainment industry professionals are strongly encouraged, but not required.

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Is there a preferred format for letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation must be on business or personal letterhead and dated in the current calendar year.  It is recommended that those signing recommendation letters include either a title and/or a brief introduction indicating their position in the entertainment industry.

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How many letters of recommendation can I submit?

A maximum of two (2) letters of recommendation may accompany each submission. 

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How should I submit recommendation letters? 

Recommendation letters must be submitted online with the application.

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How is “industry is professional” defined? 

Industry professionals are persons who currently or previously worked in entertainment media (e.g. film, television, streaming services, etc.).  Positions include film or television industry, for example network, studio, and production company executives, writers/ producers, episodic and feature directors, and educators (e.g., professors or writing instructors) who have entertainment industry experience and/ or produced credits. 

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May I submit letters of recommendation from my literary representatives?

No.  We do not accept letters from agents, managers, attorneys, etc.

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To whom should letters of recommendation be addressed?

Letters of recommendation may be addressed to “Universal Writers Program” or “To Whom It May Concern.”

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