Caitlin McCarthy's writing has collectively won awards and nominations in over 60 international film festival screenplay competitions and labs, most notably:

  • WONDER DRUG2017 Bitch List honoree. The Black List's Real Time Top List (December 2013). Top 10% of all entries (7,197 total) for the 2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Nicholl Fellowship. Selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation script for the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab and chosen for a live staged reading of select scenes at the 15th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, sponsored by the Sloan Foundation. Reading starred Steve Guttenberg (THREE MEN AND A BABY) and Alysia Reiner (SIDEWAYS).  Also winner of "Most Likely To Be Produced" Screenplay Award at the Action on Film International Film Festival.
  • RESISTANCE: Accepted into the exclusive Squaw Valley Screenwriters Program, which is made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The intensive week-long program focuses on work in progress and individual attention by award-winning writers and writer/directors. The goal is to bring the screenplays closer to production.
  • FREE SKATE: Named one of the "Top 100 Pilots of 2016" by The Tracking Board.  "One to Watch" by 2016 WriteHer List. Top 25 in 2016 Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots CompetitionAdvanced to the Second Round with distinction at the 2015 Austin Film Festival - "Teleplay: AMC One-Hour Pilot." Out of a field of 1,459 submissions in this category, FREE SKATE was selected by AFF's team of readers as 1 of 30 that they "deemed worthy" to send to AMC for consideration. Matt Dy, AFF's Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director, said to Caitlin McCarthy, "I would be happy to vouch for you if needed."  
  • CAPE COD LITE: Winner of the "Best Drama" screenplay award at the Action on Film International Film Festival. A five-minute scene was shown as a "mini-movie" during the festival.
  • THE GOOD WIFE: "Those Who Can't, Reform": Winner (1 Hour Spec Category) in Stage 32's first annual TV Writing Contest.  Finalist (one of three scripts) at the 2015 Austin Film Festival - "Teleplay: One-Hour Spec." Semifinalist in the 2014 Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Contest (Hour Spec category).

Caitlin McCarthy is #10 in "The Top 100 Indie Writers In the World," now available on iTunes.

In May 2017, Caitlin received the "Service To Community" Alumni Award from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts for her DES (diethylstilbestrol) activism and writing. This award recognizes an alumna/us who has dedicated and demonstrated service to her/his community and who has distinguished herself/himself by improving the quality of life for others.

Caitlin wrote an essay about the legendary Ralph's Rock Diner for the Worcester Historical Museum. Her essay and Ralph's photo shoot by Pure Style Photography are part of the museum's Spring 2017 featured exhibit.

Caitlin was awarded a scholarship by the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) to attend the “Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Conference: English/Language Arts” at the USHMM in July 2017. Her scholarship will be funded by a special grant set up to help Boston-area teachers attend the three-day conference, through a partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. 

Caitlin was the Red Sox Most Valuable Educator for July 9, 2016.  She was recognized for her teaching, screenwriting, and DES activism on the field at historic Fenway Park during the pre-game ceremony

The script information for FREE SKATE will be featured in special announcement sections of The Tracking Board's Top 100 Pilots of 2016 (scroll to page 15), Hit List (scroll to page 55), Young & Hungry List (scroll to page 32), and the Launch Pad Alum website.

Caitlin was a speaker at the TV Writers Symposium 2016, held in association with the Woods Hole Film Festival and Woods Hole Inn, and hosted by TV drama veteran P.K. Simonds (former executive producer of "The Ghost Whisperer" and "Party of Five"). 

Caitlin was invited to participate in the 2016 New York Television Festival (NYTVF) as an Official Artist, as part of the NYTVF+ Alumni Program.

Caitlin gave a one-hour presentation and Q&A about screenwriting at the Orange Beach Library in Alabama on February 17, 2016.

In 2015, Caitlin was honored on the prestigious "40 Women To Watch Over 40" list, which celebrates women who are upending the perception that 40 is past your prime and reinventing, leaning in, and creating momentum that will be felt by those beyond their community and field. View media coverage HEREHERE, and HERE.

Caitlin won a 2014 MTA Human and Civil Rights Award, which honors those who have shown extraordinary dedication to civil rights and human relations. Caitlin received the Kathleen Roberts Creative Leadership Award for demonstrating creativity in improving conditions and opportunities for particular individuals and/or groups through her DES (diethylstilbestrol) activism; her efforts to raise awareness about DES through her WONDER DRUG screenplay; and her work with then US Senator John Kerry and then US Senator Scott Brown on obtaining the FDA acknowledgement of DES as a "tragedy."  

She was accepted into the exclusive 2013 Norman Mailer Center Screenwriting Workshop with David Black in Brooklyn Heights, NY.

She was also accepted into the 2013 Squaw Valley Screenwriters Program, which is made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy Foundation of
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Caitlin was nominated twice - in 2012 and 2011 - for a Presidential Citizens Medal for her work on the DES (diethylstilbestrol) issue.  

IMAGINE Magazine named Caitlin a "Woman to Watch" in 2011.

The Pulse Magazine named Caitlin one of the "People to Watch in 2011."

Caitlin was a 2008 Fellowship Grant Recipient from the Worcester Arts Council (WAC), formerly known as the Worcester Cultural Commission. WAC falls under the umbrella of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

She was also a finalist for the 2011 Artist Fellowships Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), receiving a financial award.

Caitlin received an Official Citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate in November 2011.  Language reads: "Be it known, that the Massachusetts Senate hereby extends its Congratulations to Caitlin McCarthy for recognition of 'your being award an artist fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for your exceptional work in playwriting.' Be it further known that the Massachusetts Senate extends best wishes for continued success; that this Citation be duly signed by the President of the Senate and attested to and copy hereof transmitted by the Clerk of the Senate."

To view the full list of honors for each screenplay, please visit WONDER DRUGPASS/FAIL,  RESISTANCEFREE SKATE, and CAPE COD LITE on Facebook.




Caitlin McCarthy dedicating WONDER DRUG's "Most Likely To Be Produced" screenplay award to her mother in the audience at the 2010 Action on Film International Film Festival's Writers' Awards ceremony.