Short Screenplay Competition

2014 Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay Competition

2014 Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay Competition Concludes: Semifinalists, Finalists Announced

After two rounds of scoring more than 30 genre submissions, the 2014 Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay Competition has concluded. The Top 3 Finalists will attend Phoenix Comicon's Film and Web Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 8, where the First, Second and Third Place winners will be officially announced.

Following the ceremony, the Grand Prize winner will participate in a table read of the winning script, read by local actors and filmmakers. Readers and audience members will offer constructive critiques, and the winner may join in a brief Q&A about the screenwriting process and future plans for the script.

Other prizes to be presented during the ceremony include one-on-one sessions for all of the Top 3 Finalists with skilled screenwriters in-person, online and by phone, including long-time script consultant, Dr. Linda Seger. Dr. Seger, who will provide her coaching services to the Grand Prize winner, has consulted on more than 2000 screenplays. Her clients have included TriStar Pictures and Ray Bradbury. (We appreciate one of our final round judges, Bree Brouwer, for putting us in touch with this acclaimed industry leader!)

Linda Seger has consulted on more than 40 produced features and 35 produced TV projects. Photo credit:

Each of the Top 3 Finalists will also receive a free workshop voucher to any one (1) industry seminar hosted by the Phoenix Screenwriters Group. Founded by Carlo DallOlmo in 2009, the group has hosted fee-based training sessions on pitching, story mapping, feature writing, financing and the business of screenwriting – all led by industry professionals.

Thanks to fantastic members of our local film industry, we have a few other cool prizes that will be announced at the awards ceremony – so stay tuned.

We also want to thank our wonderful team of judges for their contribution to the competition this year, many of whom are repeat participants: Bree Brouwer, Megan Calcote, Anne Gentry, Matthew Himlin, TJ Houle, Paul Huffman, Drea Magwood, Jessica Seck Marquis, Kristen Mozaffari, Ejiro Osilama, Jacqueline Rushing, Jill Schiefelbein, Yong Tak and Michelle Fish Ullmann.

Below are the 2014 Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay Semifinalists and Top 3 Finalists. We appreciate everyone’s submissions this year, and hope you’ll continue honing your craft and pursuing your creative passions.


SEMIFINALISTS (in alphabetical order by title)

  • Among Gods (Fantasy) by James A. L.
  • Death Grip (Horror) by Brian Keith M.
  • Diabolism (Fantasy) by Jon B.
  • Marked (Horror) by Erin B.
  • Shift (Sci-Fi) by Victoria R. & Sierra G.
  • Silverwood (Horror) by Jeremy B. & Dan A.
  • Talos (Sci-Fi) by Stuart J.

TOP 3 FINALISTS (in alphabetical order by title)

  • Give Up The Ghost (Horror) by Kyle O. – 2013 Grand Prize Winner
  • The Seventh Defense (Sci-Fi) by Brett H.
  • Vault of Souls (Sci-Fi) by DaVaun S.

Visit next February for details about the 2015 Short Screenplay Competition, and connect with this year’s competition coordinator, Cassandra Nicholson, on Twitter @WriterWarrior.


In 2012, Matthew Himlin won First Place in the Steampunk category and First Place Overall at the Phoenix Comicon Short Film Competition for his script, "The Anachronist" Formerly called "The Loop," Himlin's winning script was also a finalist in the 2011-2012 IFP Phoenix Script to Screen Challenge.

"The Anachronist" caught the eyes of former IFP Phoenix members Timothy D. Allen and John Thomas, who later optioned the short steampunk project.

"Local screenwriting competitions are great for local writers because you actually get to interact with the judges, contestants and other support people," Himlin says, "and those are all great networking opportunities."

Himlin went on to serve as one of the final judges of the Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay Competition in 2013.

The Top 3 Scripts in 2013 were:

  • FIRST PLACE — "Everything to Everyone" by Kyle O. (Category: Superhero/Villain)
  • SECOND PLACE — "The Picture" by Patric A. (Category: Horror) 
  • THIRD PLACE — "I'm Not Who You Think I Am" by Jacqueline J. P. (Category: Sci-Fi)

The six semifinalists in 2013 are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • "Anathema" by Tracey M. (Category: Horror)
  • "Body Mass" by Felix B. (Category Horror)
  • "Culture Shock" by John L. (Category: Sci-Fi)
  • "Dex" by JP F. (Category: Superhero/Villain)
  • "Missing" by Erin B. (Category: Superhero/Villain)
  • "Murder House" by Vaughan G. (Category: Horror)
2013 Short Screenplay Competition First-Place winner Kyle O. listens to a table read of his winning script, 2013 Short Screenplay Competition First-Place winner Kyle O. listens to a table read of his winning script, "Everything to Everyone."


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  1. Writing teams of no more than two will be accepted.
  2. All entrants must currently live in Arizona. In the case of writing teams, at least one member must live in Arizona.
  3. Writers and teams may submit up to two (2) scripts total.
  4. Submissions may only be emailed as PDFs to No paper copies or non-PDF documents will be accepted.
  5. Scripts must not have been previously optioned, purchased, or produced.
  6. Scripts must be in standard format and in English.
  7. Page count must be between 10 and 20 pages. Scripts that fail to meet this requirement will be disqualified from judging.
  8. No anonymous submissions will be accepted.
  9. Although not a requirement to enter, we recommend that you register your work with the U.S. copyright office or the Writers Guild of America.
  10. Writers do not need to attend the convention to be eligible.

Download the 2014 Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay Competition Entry Form here.

Submission Deadline: April 7, 2014


Once you're done, you may want to ship it to a trusted grammar-lover to make sure your script is at top form. If you know an experienced writer, even better!

The Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay Competition is for all kinds of writers at all levels of skill, but the more polishing you can do before submitting, the greater your chances of standing out amongst the competition.


For questions or to submit your short script and scanned entry form, please email