12 August 2014

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition awards the world’s largest cash prize for best short screenplay: $10,000, with three finalists each receiving a cash prize of $1,500.      

In keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis. All submissions entered by September 1st, 2014 will receive their written analysis by October 1st, 2014.

If you enter during our next submission period (September 2nd – October 15th), you will not receive your analysis until November 10th.


ENTRY FEES: $40 for short screenplays, $60 for feature length screenplays. Students will be eligible to submit their short screenplay at a discounted $35 rate for the duration of the competition.   


  • All screenplays submitted early, by September 1st, 2014 will receive their written analysis by October 1st, 2014. ($60 Features, $40 Shorts)

Read more at http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/rules-guidelines/#IHLkvhuZJdV4ZjJI.99

  • All screenplays submitted by October 15th, 2014 will receive their written analysis by November 10th, 2014. ($65 Features, $50 Shorts)
  • All screenplays submitted by November 15th, 2014 will receive their written analysis by March 1st, 2015. ($70 Features, $60 Shorts)
  • All analyses will be returned by March 1, 2015.

Short screenplays must be between 5 and 40 pages in length.

Check out these interviews with last year’s Short Winner and Finalists:

Interview with 2014 Short Screenplay Winner Jennifer Cui

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Wenonah Wilms

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Athenia Paris Mekarnia

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Jeremy Lerman

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.

Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:

  • Aaron Guzikowski’s #1 Film “Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo, was released in September 2013. He is also the creator of “The Red Road,” a Sundance Channel original series.
  • Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham,” a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
  • Ana Lily Amipour’s debut feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” premiered at 2014 Sundance.
  • Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell,” to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.




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