BlueCat is now accepting submissions for our 2023 Competition!

For 25 years, BlueCat has sought to discover and develop the storyteller.

When you submit to BlueCat, you’re guaranteed a complete read of your script, as we provide a written analysis of your submission at no extra fee.

Our Winners and Finalists often find valuable connections within the industry, which help them begin professional careers.

In addition, our cash awards total $18,500!

Please send your feature screenplay, tv pilot and short film script when you’re ready—-we look forward to reading your work!

- Every script submission will receive written analysis at no extra charge.

- The Grand Prize Winner will receive $7,500. All scripts submitted (features, tv pilots and shorts) are eligible.

- The Feature Screenplay Winner will receive $3,000.

- The TV Pilot Winner will receive $3,000.

- The Short Script Winner will receive $3,000.

- The Fellini Award will be awarded to the Best Screenplay from any category (features, tv pilots or shorts) by a writer residing outside the USA and will receive $2000.

- All submissions must be original, and the sole property of the applicant(s).

- All ages are eligible.

- Feature screenplays must be between 65-125 pages.
- Pilot scripts must be between 20-75 pages.
-Short screenplays must be between 1-29 pages.

- There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.

- Scripts, including outlines, treatments, pitches, log lines or any developmental material related to the script, that has previously won any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.

- Screenplays that have been submitted to any competition or contest prior to December 13th, 2019 are not eligible.

For a complete list of our Rules & Guidelines please visit our website:

Overall Rating
  • I paid for feedback and reader did not "phone it in." He/she demonstrated a crystal-clear understanding of the script’s intentions. (Responses I've received from other festivals were riddled with factual errors about characters and made me wonder if I'd received someone else's feedback.) This can only result from sincere engagements. More importantly, I respect (and agreed with) the criticism. I recommend the BlueCat Screenplay Competition without hesitation.

    July 2022
  • Alia Zeid

    I enjoy the complimentary feedback, most festivals don't give that out.

    May 2022
  • Thank you most sincerely for being there in these somewhat challenging times. BlueCat is the best screenplay competition on the planet imo. The feedback is continually helping us improve our project over the years.

    May 2022
  • Valerie McCaffrey

    I am so excited to be among the chosen for the quarter-finalists!!

    May 2022
  • I submitted my work to BlueCat to get professional feedback as a new writer, with no expectations of getting selected. I am so honored that my project was chosen as a quarter finalist in this highly reputable competition. I am appreciative of constructive advice provided by the judge. This experience has given me a true desire to keep on writing!

    May 2022