Save the Cat! Screenplay Challenge

Our approach is simple, a screenplay competition that uses the same language the writer, reader and the decision makers use.

A novel idea, right? Get everyone working off the same page, literally! 😊

We are fortunate enough that Save the Cat! and the 15 story points (our beat sheet) is part of creative culture and has become the shared language between the creator, the reader and the decision maker. 
We are going to put this to use to increase your odds of selling your work. Plain and simple.

Introducing…. “Blake Snyder’s, SAVE THE CAT! SCREENPLAY CHALLENGE”

All writers will receive 
• A review by readers and judges trained in the Save The Cat Methodology 
• A Save the Cat! script coverage report 
• Meaningful Feedback grounded in structure and marketability

• 3-day trip to LA 
• 3 Night hotel stay 
• Live table read to bring your work to life 
• Poster/key visual development 
• In-room pitch practice sessions with industry executives 
• An real pitch to a production company in LA 
• The Black List – Hosting of your script for one year 
• The Black List – A filmed reading of your pitch by a trained actor

Your Submissions 
• Screenplays that are entertaining, that grab the audience, after all if it ain’t on the page it ain’t on the screen 
• See all details below

It’s going to be a wild and fun ride. But most importantly, we are here because we believe that you’ve got potential to develop and sell your work.

The winners will win critical tools to help sell their scripts

• 3-day trip to LA 
• 3 Night hotel stay 
• A table reading of your screenplay 
• Poster/key visual development 
• In-room pitch practice sessions with industry executives 
• An actual pitch to a production company in LA 
• The Black List – Hosting of your script for one year 
• The Black List – A filmed reading of your pitch by a trained actor

All writers from all countries are welcome to submit; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and application fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. 
Script must be the original work of the submitting writer and may not be encumbered by any third party. 
Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible. 
Original full-length feature screenplays only are accepted. Anything else, including but not limited to short scripts or web series, novels, short stories, stage plays, musicals, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, documentaries, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. 
Script submissions must be an original screenplay. Screenplays adapted from the submitting writer's own self-published books, plays, or other source materials are eligible if the writer retains all rights to the work. 
Adaptations from other works are permissible provided the writer has written permission by the owner to adapt the material. 
Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible. Multiple authorship is acceptable. If the screenplay wins an award, that award will be divided among the writers, by the writers. 
Multiple submissions are accepted by one writer, however if one or more screenplays of the same writer tie only one screenplay (the decided “best”) will be selected to determine the chosen "Fellow." 
The writer understands that script feedback can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the final application deadline. 
Applicants must submit materials and payment online only. 
Once a script has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts or corrections may only be accepted within 24 hours of the original application. A revised draft of a script may be accepted after 24 hours if it is entered as a new application with the appropriate fee. 
Promotional discounts or waivers offered may only be utilized at the time of submission. Promotional discounts or waivers offered may not apply on all submission platforms (i.e. FilmFreeway) 
Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate. 
Fellowship applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges. 
The writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register material to be submitted with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country. 
Applicants awarded a place in the Top 50 or chosen understand and accept that SAVE THE CAT! will be free to use his/her name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration. Writers retain the rights to their screenplay. 
Applicants are non-exclusive and may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization. 
No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent for prizes is allowed. 
Length requirements are Full-Length Features: 70-120 pages. 
Standard title pages should be included: listing the script title, name of author(s), telephone number, and email address. Applicants will not be disqualified if it is not included. 
Under no circumstances should the writer include name or contact information within the body of the script. 
SAVE THE CAT! is not responsible for any applicant errors or omissions on any submitted application materials. Synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes and photos will not be considered. TV Pilot submissions may include standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes. 
You accept without reservation that the submitted logline and screenplay will be reviewed by SAVE THE CAT! staff and/or panel of Industry Judges for evaluation and that any one of these employees, or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to the submitted material, and the applicant hereby waives any claim that the staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of the submission, logline or screenplay. 
There are no refunds for any reason after 24 hours from submission. The writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that SAVE THE CAT! Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal. 
To submit your materials and be considered you must agree to the Rules.