I got an email today in regards to the 2008 BlueCat Screenwriting Lab competition. The final deadline is October 1st and the cost is $40. Here are the full details:

Now accepting pitches, short scripts and feature length screenplays.
Final Deadline: October 1st

Entry Fee: $40

GRAND PRIZE

Three writers will be chosen from all submissions (pitches, shorts and features) and invited to one week of screenplay development at the BlueCat Screenwriting Lab, held in Los Angeles on March 16-23, ALL EXPENSES PAID, including a $1000 cash award.

LAB AWARDS

The following awards will be given to writers not selected for the Los Angeles Lab:
Feature Development Awards
Three writers will receive $1000 each to underwrite further development of their feature length screenplay.

Pitch Development Awards
We are offering these awards to four writers to spur development of their idea into a screenplay.

Best Video Pitch $2500
Runner-up $500

Best Written Pitch $2500
Runner-up $500

Short Screenplay Production Awards
We are offering these awards to four writers to spur production of their screenplays.

Best Comedic Short Screenplay $2500
Runner-up $500

Best Dramatic Short Screenplay $2500
Runner-up $500

Final Deadline October 1st

SUBMIT NOW: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/screenplay_lab/call_for_entries.php

Hrm. Ever heard the saying “those that can’t do teach?” Let’s make an addition to that. Those that can’t do start contests and teach.

The BlueCat Screenwriting Lab competition was started by one Gordy Hoffman whose credentials include:

  • Teacher of screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival
  • Directed his own movie – once
  • The founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Well, in that case, let me send him my hard earned $40!

The interesting thing is that he puts on workshops throughout the year (remember his credibility as listed above) and from the looks of things makes hella cash. The BlueCat Workshop actually has 2 different workshops for you to purchase. The art of screenwriting is $75 and the advanced script intensive is $95. In one day this man can make well over $1000. It takes me two weeks at my day job to bring home that kind of cash. And this hack is making it in a day with credentials that are a joke.

Stay tuned for more info on the Screenwriting MoFo screenwriting workshops, coming to a podunk town near you.