From the archives: May I be of some assistance?

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“Be with you folks in a minute.”

Seeing as how we’re in the season of giving, I thought this post from July 2019 regarding helping out other writers in multiple capacities was rather appropriate.


For the most part, working towards making it as a screenwriter is a solitary effort. You’re the one who has to write the script and get it out there. It’s a tough journey, but you don’t have to go it alone.

Hence – networking.

Making that initial contact is great, but you should also strive to make it worth the other person’s while as much as you are for yourself.

Once you start to build up your own personal community of Other Writers, and those relationships gradually develop beyond the “Hi. Nice to meet you” stage, you’ll naturally seek out some help in the form of feedback – your latest draft, a query, a logline, what have you.

And that’s all well and good, but it’s equally important, if not more so, for you to return the favor. Rather than just popping up and saying “Hey, would you read my script?”, try “Hey, we’ve known each other a while, and you seem to know what you’re talking about, so would you be open to reading my script? And I’d be more than happy to reading one of yours.”

Helpful tip #1 – don’t be the person who asks for notes but isn’t willing to give them.

Helpful tip #2 – even if you don’t like what their notes say, you still need to hold up your end of the bargain and give them notes – especially if you’re the one who asked in the first place.

Sometimes the best kind of help is when it’s unexpected – either from you or from somebody you know.

A few years ago, a producer friend of a friend was looking for a certain kind of project. I didn’t have anything that met their criteria, but offered to post the listing on a few social media platforms. At least 20 writers responded. I sent their info to the producer, who then contacted a few of them (as far as I know).

What did I get out of it? Just being happy to help and the appreciation from all the writers – even the ones the producer didn’t follow up with.

I’ve also been fortunate to be on the receiving end, with friends sending me emails and messages about listings seeking scripts like mine.

A little effort really does go a long way – anything from forwarding a script or job listing to a few words of encouragement, or even offering congratulations for somebody achieving some kind of accomplishment. Don’t you like when somebody does that sort of thing for you?

As much as we’re all working towards our own individual success, we’re also part of a community; one where each member should help support the others in whatever way they can.

Maximum Z Summer ’22 Script Showcase

The word was given, and the writing community responded. In force.

114 members of it, to be exact.

I wanted to give writers the opportunity to promote their scripts in one convenient and easily accessible location. This is their chance to shine a spotlight on their work and tell the world “Hey, check it out!”

More than a few scripts strike your fancy? Each writer’s email is RIGHT THERE for you to get in touch with them and ask to take a look (and feel free to mention that you read about it here).

The following is a list of 70 screenplays and 44 television scripts covering a vast range of genres. There really is something in here for just about everybody.

A huge thanks to each and every one of you who sent in their script’s info. This list simply could not exist without your participation.

So peruse to your heart’s content and enjoy.



Jeff Bower

Magical Realism Dramedy

After being cast as the lead in a controversial play, a reserved math major with a latent imagination must overcome death threats, a politician with a vendetta, and his crushing self-doubt to impress his brilliant co-star.

Based on the true story (loosely) of me receiving death threats for acting in a play.

Overall Top 2% on Coverfly

Top 1% in genre on Coverfly

Finalist – ScreenCraft Fellowship (pending)

Semifinalist – Emerging Screenwriter’s Drama Contest (pending)

Quarterfinalist – Outstanding Screenplay (pending)


Scott Sawitz

Crime Thriller, Dark Comedy, Action

After losing his medical license, a plastic surgeon with a criminal past winds up in deep with the Russian mob when his daughter’s medical bills threaten to bankrupt his family.


Ron Richman


After her actions lead to summoning the monster that took her brother as a child in Mexico, a Los Angeles immigration attorney must find a way to stop it before it destroys her loved ones and her own soul.


Phoenix Black

Coming-of-age, social thriller, horror

A stuntman’s son sabotages his father’s affair, a sex-addicted star falls in love and a grieving stagehand finally faces his demons – literally.

Three intertwining stories and genres explore masculinity amid anti-Asian racism, love, and loss, on the set of a martial arts horror show.


8 – The Black List

Second Rounder – Austin Film Festival 2021

Runner-up – Roadmap Writers Diversity Initiative 

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft Fellowship


Andrea Berting


A young breast cancer patient teaches her senior support group members to love their bodies again through the art of burlesque.

Winner – Best Comedy Screenplay, Richmond International Film Festival 2022

Finalist – Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship 2022 (awaiting Winner announcement)

Top 50 – Launch Pad Feature Competition 2021

Second Rounder – Austin Film Festival 2021

Top 10% – Nicholl Fellowship 2021


Nikki Larkins

Comedy, Short

A secret society of international hitmen gather for waffles, mimosas, and mayhem.


Mark Gunnion

Crime Thriller/Action

A bottoming-out Chicago bartender is the sole survivor of a botched gangland ripoff, and he skates with a cool two million. But his Florida beach-bum reboot is disrupted when the burned gangster’s “widow” shows up, looking for her piece of the action.

Finalist, Austin After Dark Film Festival

Finalist, Boobs and Blood International Film Festival (all-Female jury!)

Semi-Finalist, FADE-IN AWARDS Thriller Screenplay Contest

Semi-Finalist, Story Pros Awards Screenplay Contest

Official Selection, Vancouver Badass Film Festival


Adam Miller


A female metal band called Death Threat gets kidnapped by some ruthless human traffickers.  Things go downhill from there.


Jonathan Concepcion

Drama, Period

After the Second World War, the USSR censored all knowledge of the Jewish genocide. A self-hating Soviet Jewish survivor confronts her identity when her last relative, her photojournalist half brother, goes missing while exposing the truth.

Final 50 – UK Film Festival 2018

Quarterfinalist – Shepperton Screenwriting Festival 2020

Quarterfinalist – FInal Draft Big Break 2021


Joel McElvaney

Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy

When a reluctant sister joins her twin brother’s mysterious role-playing game, she and the other players accidentally get transported into the game world and have three days to discover a mystical castle and defeat a deadly dragon or be trapped in the game forever.

Top 5 – Save The Cat! Screenplay Challenge 2021

Semfinalist – Script2Comic 2021

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft Sci-Fi and Fantasy 2021


Michael Dean


When a Portland teen puts her trust into the wrong hands to escape a tumultuous home life, an estranged brother agrees to help her seek revenge against those who betrayed her.

Semifinalist – WeScreenplay Feature 2022

Semifinalist – Emerging Screenwriting 2022

Quarterfinalist – Outstanding Screenplays 2022 (pending)

Quarterfinalist – Filmmatic Inroads Fellowship Season 2022

Coverfly Red List – March 2022


Dan Sinclair


Following her younger sister’s tragic death, a craft beer enthusiast seeks the help of a ghost-hunting social media influencer, to rid her San Fernando Valley apartment of an evil entity.


Jamie Bircoll


During the Civil War, a black Union POW abandons his unit when they rebel against their Confederate guards, only to be recaptured by his comrades. Now, he must work with his former Confederate captors to survive his deranged Union commander and the ancient evil trapped in the prison with them.

Top 9% of all projects on Coverfly

Semifinalist – Screencraft Horror Competition 2022

Quarterfinalist – Austin FIlm Festival 2020


David Martin

Horror, Thriller

An emotionally stunted young man is consumed with finding his birth parents in order to help him uncover the truth behind the malevolent spirit he believes is haunting him.

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft Horror


Steve Looker


When a serial bomber targets a bomb disposal expert harbouring a dark secret. She must accept one of the greatest tests of her ability to stop the truth from being uncovered.


Tom I. Musinguzi

Crime, Drama

A kind, down-to-earth young female surgeon must outrun her arrogant husband and a tough police detective to rescue a13-year-old homeless boy after he is wrongfully accused of street robbery.


Mike Cilano


An orphaned young woman encounters a mystical sociopath who vaporizes his victims and keeps them in jars.

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft Horror


Unawu Joseph


After a hospital building collapses from an explosion, an unemployed financial consultant in one continent, encourages a trapped pathologist in another continent through her scariest moments beneath the rubbles of the hospital.


Tim Brennan


When an atheistic physicist dies, he and the Goddess of Safe Returns must determine why the dead are going to the wrong afterlives and prevent the destruction of reality.

Quarterfinalist – Final Draft Big Break 2021

Semifinalist – Table Read My Screenplay Genre Screenplay Competition Spring 2022


Mitchell P. Ganem

LGBTQ Romantic Comedy

A lesbian couple engages the services of a sex guru to spice up their love life, with hysterically touching results.

Platinum Award – LGBTQ Unbordered Film Festival 2021

Gold Award – WRPN Women’s International Film Festival 2019

Semi-finalist – Toronto LGBT Film Festival


Frank Burmaster, Andi Parker, and Tian Theron

Sci-Fi, Action

A traumatised scientist must lead a rescue mission to 65 million BC to prevent a temporal disaster.


Richard H. Moon


A young girl in war-torn 17th century Germany heads out over the hills and through the woods on a mission to save her family, only to face off against a hungry wolf, a dangerous hunter, and family secrets she never suspected.

2nd Rounder – Austin 2020

Semifinalist – Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards 2022

Quarterfinalist – Filmmatic Inroads Fellowship Season 5


Mehul Shah


After being wrongly arrested, a black transgender prostitute rediscovers her faith in God and humanity after she forges a friendship with the police officer who arrested her, culminating into the riot at Gene Comptons in 1966 San Francisco.

Semifinalist – Final Draft Big Break

Quarterfinalist – WeScreenplay Diverse Voices


Munsif Husami

Romance/Slice of Life, Short

A narrative take on what enduring love entails and involves, seen through the ebbs and flows of a couple’s daily lives.


Indra Dattagupta & Frances McCoy


A nerdy Indian woman gets hired by the FBI for her hacking skills and goes rogue with a trigger-happy FBI agent to save a kidnapped non-English speaking Bollywood actress.


Simon Grome

Sci-Fi, Action, Drama

A fearless Moscow journalist wakes up on a plane to Thailand with amnesia and extraordinary powers after a military experiment goes awry. Seeing his role in mitigating a global catastrophe, he gathers a motley tribe to execute a radical plan to save the planet, but first he must protect his newborn child from abduction.


Thomas Schrack

Coming-of-age Comedy

A rising high-schooler risks his life and sparks a national emergency trying to impress his older brother at a tie-up boat party before he leaves for college the next day.

A younger Superbad in a coastal town.


Clint Williams


A combat vet forms an uneasy partnership with Russian mobsters to save his failing lakeside bar, but declares war when the Russians cross the line into human trafficking.

Coverfly Red List – #19 All-time Action Feature


Joseph Rhea

Sci-Fi, Drama

As the last descendants of Earth struggle to survive in an aging undersea colony, a troubled young cargo-sub captain must join forces with an untested crew to defeat an ancient enemy that has returned to destroy what’s left of the human race.

Second Rounder – Austin Film Festival 2021

Top 25% – Coverfly


Nicholas J. Philippa


A struggling miner and her brother win the opal mining lottery when they find a million-dollar opal, but they must escape an isolated outback mine and evade cut-throat thieves, who are hellbent on stealing the opal and ending their lives.

8 – The Blacklist

Quarterfinalist – Gold Coast FIlm Festival 2022


Tapan Sharma

Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi, Satire

After an African-American man wrongfully convicted of murder breaks out of prison during a mysterious “zombie” outbreak, he sneaks back in to decide where he’s better off.

Finalist/Official Selection – Script Summit 2022

Semifinalist – StoryPros 2021


Carlos Ontiveros

Sci-Fi, Action

In order to save his imprisoned father, a shamed outcast must claim a dragon and his rightful place in the Combat Dragon League to avenge his family and clear his father’s name.


Philip C. Sedgwick & Leslie Lilywhite


A TV food host at a festival discovers there’s something “special” in the corn chips that’s giving everyone around her a nasty hunger… and she might be on the menu. 

Official Selection – Burbank Film Festival 2022

Official Selection – Southeast Regional Film Festival 2022

Top Ten – Phoenix Film Festival 2013

Semi-Finalist – Rhode Island International Film Festival (Oscar-Qualifying festival) 2016


Bobby Alonzo

Psychological Thriller, Horror

Seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s, a devoted geriatrician-in-training acts on his morbid obsession of beheading elderly men and studying their brains for research.

Semifinalist – Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Fall ’21

Quarterfinaslit – WeScreenplay Feature Contest 2022

Quarterfinalist – Filmmatic Horror Screenplay Awards (Season 6)


Gerald Hanks

Faith, Family, Drama

A white pastor in a Black Atlanta church must face down a rival pastor who threatens to reveal a secret from his past.

Winner – Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays 2021

Coverfly’s THE RED LIST – 2021

Official Selection – Texas Faith and Family Film Festival 2021

Semifinalist – Faith Fest Screenplay Competition 2021


Sebastien Basset

Historical drama

In revolutionary Russia, a naïve young bureaucrat is assigned to oversee the collectivization of a remote Siberian village terrorized by bandits.


Adrian Prospero

Revenge Dark Comedy

After being betrayed by her ex-BFF, a cynical doomsdayer discovers the world is ending and decides to travel across the country to take revenge for total satisfaction before armageddon strikes.

If LADYBIRD was a revenge tale.

Winner – Roadmap Writers JumpStart 2021

Coverfly Top 1%

Semifinalist – Script Pipeline Competition 2021

Semifinalist – Shore Scripts Competition 2021


Steve Hanisch


In this parody of Apocalypse Now, an uber-macho soldier and his ragtag team of buffoons are sent upriver to find an intelligence operative.

Winner – 22nd LA Comedy Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Winner, Best Unproduced Screenplay – 6th Northeast Film Festival

Honorable Mention – 9th Los Angeles Film and Script Festival


J.C. Young


Father and daughter monster hunters pursue a fugitive vampire to the New World, but when pirates plunder the ship ferrying her coffin, they unleash her blood-thirst on the Caribbean.

Finalist – Coverfly Pitch Week – Spring 2022

3x Coverfly Red List Selection

Semifinalist – Filmmatic Horror Screenplay Awards, Season 6

Semifinalist – Pitch Now Screenplay Compettion, 3rd Season

Semifinalist – Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices


Christian Moldes

Neo-Western Crime Thriller

A midnight cattle robbery provokes a god-fearing rancher and his family to take extraordinary measures against corrupt officials who seek to sabotage the local cartel.

Top 20% Western Coverfly

Quarterfinalist – BlueCat 2019

Second Rounder – Austin Film Festival 2021

7 average score on The Black List


Mark Wesley

Comedy, Horror

Possessed by warring gods, a naive screenwriter’s heist script sends a gang of thieves into a terrifying underworld. Can she write a way out, or will each new page take them deeper into the land of the dead?


Kamran Ali

Horror, Thriller

When FARC militants kidnap his pregnant wife, a Bangladeshi refugee navigates the treacherous Darien Gap to rescue her, slowly descending into madness as he realises something more sinister stalks the murky shadows of the jungle…

Finalist – Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Winter 2021

Quarterfinalist – Industrial Scripts – The TITAN Awards 2021

Quarterfinalist – Final Draft – Big Break 2021

Quarterfinalist – Filmmatic Horror Screenplay Awards Season 6


Matheus H. Macedo

Romance, Comedy, Drama

A night of chance meetings between an ensemble of early-to-mid 30’s friends and strangers trying to move on, move ahead, some lost, some stuck, some masking. New and old love collide as confrontation, conversation, music, dance, and ultimately, transformation swirl in this neon-soaked, single-night story.


Ryan Malik

Horror, Mystery

A forgotten 1980s Scream Queen is shoved back into the limelight when she helps solve a series of murders based on the horror movie that ended her career.


T.J. Peters & KayDee Kersten


Two marketing executives for the holiday movie industry find themselves lost in an endless loop of Christmas cliches and can only escape once they’ve found true love.

Semifinalist – The Script Lab

Second Rounder – Austin Film Festival

Quarterfinalist – Filmmatic

Top 5% on Coverfly


Bradford N. Smith


Production of Hollywood’s first summer blockbuster steers a future film legend into troubled waters.

Finalist – Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Finalist, Emerging Screenwriters – Genre Screenplay Competition

Quarterfinalist – Shore Scripts Feature Contest


Matthew Rodgers

Christmas Kids Action Comedy

After being told by her mother she’s not ready to lead Santa’s elite North Pole special ops team, a maverick hotshot is desperate to prove herself by single-handedly defeating a threat the North Pole hasn’t faced in a thousand years.


Adrienne Thorne

Comedy, Romantic Comedy

A gorgeous twenty-something must fight through sexism to keep her job in the male-dominated world of bull stud sales, while falling for the macho new-hire brought on to replace her.

Quarterfinalist – Academy Nicholl Fellowship

Semifinalist – Scriptapalooza

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship


Suzanne Lutas

Action, Thriller

Inspired by true events, this is the story of an illegal immigrant whose uncanny resemblance to the mistress of a ruthless London-based Chinese Triad boss makes her the perfect candidate for a MI5 mission: infiltrate the gang and bring them down.

Winner – Wiki Screenplay Contest October 2020

Semifinalist – PAGE Awards International 2015

Semifinalist – Creative World Awards

Semifinalist – Screencraft Action & Thriller


Lewis Leslie

Psychological Thriller

As he struggles to adapt to a new family, young Melvin is tormented by the monster that murdered his parents. He must find a way to defeat the beast, and convince his foster parents that he hasn’t completely lost his grip on reality.


Joseph Bianco


When a random act of ride-share violence destroys his life, a man in recovery struggles to choose between faith and forgiveness or a past life of violence and retribution towards the industry he holds responsible.

My novel of the same name which the screenplay is based off of, won week 9 in Taleflicks Discovery contest –


Robert Ward


An indestructible, wisecracking demon terrorizes and kills the parents of a farm girl who hides in a bolted cellar… but after the demon extricates her, he falls in love with her while she figures out the way to kill him.

Finalist – Script Summit 2019

2nd Place – Best Feature Script – Hollywood Horrorfest 2019

Winner – Filmmatice Horror Screenplay Award 2019

Nominee – Best Horror Screenplay – iHorror 2017

Grand Prize – Horror – Hollywood Screenwriting Contest 2016


Brian Mulligan

Drama, Faith-based

Berlin 1938. The Catholic Church makes a deal with the devil and a reluctant priest must either comply with the church’s appeasement of Hitler’s government or rise up against two powerful forces to become the hero the world needs.

Semifinalist – ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship 2021

Top 15% – The Academy Nicholl Fellowship 2021

Quarterfinalist – The Script Lab – TSL Free Screenplay Contest 2021



Darrell McGregor

Action, Adventure

When an intrepid archaeologist on the hunt for a mythical artifact is kidnapped by a ruthless billionaire, her estranged husband assembles a motley team and crosses the globe to save her, but gets more than he bargained for when pursued by an elite team of mercenaries on the way to uncovering an ancient mystery.

Quarterfinalist – Nicholl Fellowships 2021

Quarterfinalist – PAGE International Screenwriting Award 2021

Quarterfinalist – Final Draft Big Break 2021

Quarterfinalist – ScreenCraft Action & Adventure 2021


Scott Carroll


In the magical but troubled Land of Ambrosia, a teenage farm-boy must save the mythical night-sky unicorn from a tyrant King hunting the creature and who wants to use its powers to raise the dead and conquer the world.


Eileen Montague


After surviving an abusive relationship, a lonely chef meets the new guy in town and finally starts dating again, but when dead bodies start turning up, she worries her new beau might be a serial killer.


Phillip E. Hardy

Character-Driven Dramedy

A young male rocker plays with local bands, works a white-collar job, consults a therapist, and dates multiple women until two of his girlfriends collide at a party, and one pulls a gun.

Winner, Honorable Mention – Best Comedy Screenplay, Los Angeles Film Awards

Winner – Best Feature Screenplay, Florence Film Awards

Winner – Best Unproduced Screenplay, New Filmmakers Austin

Winner – Best Action Screenplay, Mount Fuji International Film Festival

Winner – Best Screenplay, Waikiki Beach International Film Festival


Anthony Mariani

Supernatural Thriller

After her murder, an Irish woman takes on the role of the dreaded Dearg Due, a time-traveling vengeful supernatural creature who stops perverse men from committing crimes against women.


Jeremiah Lewis


Haunted by her sins and the death of her sister, a disgraced London socialite returns to her family’s country manor only to find her guilt has conjured something terrifying deep in the woods–and in herself.

Semifinalist – Table Read My Screenplay Genre Screenplay Competition, Spring 2022

Stage 32 OWA pick – May 2022


Brian Smith

Teen Drama

After discovering that her ambitious mother is going to make her kill a man in order to complete her training, a teenage witch devises a dangerous plan to escape her mother’s clutches.


Allison Hanna

Horror, Drama

After renting out some rooms to make ends meet, a bereaved horror author must venture into a world of his own stories when an ominous monster from his worst nightmares kidnaps his new tenants.


Stephanie Bianca

Sports Drama

When a young boxer paralyzes a former world champion, both lives are nearly destroyed until a stunning moment of violence inspires an unlikely friendship that pulls them from the brink.


Evan Garrone

Historical, Drama, War

In 1603 an intersex person is born in Newcastle England. They were raised as a girl, went to war as a man, and were persecuted in Jamestown Virginia for being both. Based on a true story.

Semifinalist, ScreenCraft True Story & Public Domain Competition 2022

Top 15% – 2021 Nicholl Fellowship

Semifinalist – Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Summer 2021

Quarterfinalist – ScreenCraft True Story & Public Domain Competition 2021


Daisy Eagan

Comedy – short

An aging cabaret duo finally get discovered…by Gen Z.

Best Short Comedy Script – Hollywood Shorts Festival

Best Short Script – Royal Wolf Film Award

Best Short Script – Pinnacle Film Awards

Finalist – Pasadena Film Festival

Finalist –  The Monthly Film Festival


Ryan Greenwood


When the master tapes of an indie rock band’s sophomore album disappear, lead singer Anna must overcome mutiny in the band’s ranks and find a way to deliver a follow-up album to the record label or face embarrassment and emotional ruin.


Logan Shaw

Crime, Drama, Thriller

After a bank robbery goes wrong, an ex-cop-turned-thief carjacks a down-on-her-luck transgender woman and holds her hostage in a desperate escape attempt… until they become partners. 

8 on the Blacklist

Finalist – SWN Screenwriter’s Network 2022

Semifinalist – ISA Table Read My Screenplay 2022

Semifinalist – Outstanding Screenplay Contest 2022

Top 50 – Roadmap Writer’s Top Tier Competition 2022


David Rattray

Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

When a fast food worker discovers that his favourite video game is ‘real’ and he’s been unwittingly controlling deadly assassins for a secret government agency, he must become the ultimate secret agent to stop the villains, save the world and find love.

Quarterfinalist – Scriptapalooza

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft Action/Thriller 2021

Quarterfinalist – Table Read My Screenplay Action


Leah Simmons


A career-driven woman is dragged by her husband to an exclusive couple’s retreat where she discovers their relationship is the center of a charismatic cult leader’s plot for political domination.



Simon Josiffe

Action, Dramedy

A working single mother struggles to raise her daughter and run her business, as she is also the exiled queen of an alien reptile people. It’s a busy life.


Michael Samonek

Family, Adventure, Comedy

When a dysfunctional family gets lost on a road trip in Florida, mom and dad accidentally drink from the lost fountain of youth and wake up the same age as their tween kids! Now they have to learn to work together to survive the swamps, gators, giant bugs, and a creepy weirdo who is out to get them.



Porsha Addison

Dark Comedy

A suicidal man, fed up with his own mediocrity, receives an opportunity to gain purpose when he agrees to help the stranger who saved his life plot revenge on those that ruined hers.

Top 10 Genre Finalist – Comedy, Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices

Finalist – Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards

Finalist – The Breakk Competition 

Semi-Finalist – Fade In TV Awards


Rachel Aparicio

30-minute Dramedy

A mid-30s couple trying to get pregnant impulsively have a threesome with the husband’s best friend and must deal with the fall-out long after.


John Kirkman

Historical, Musical Drama

Los Angeles 1941, a young radio writer and wannabe actress leverage a lucky break into their own radio show, all while struggling against their growing feelings for each other and the chaos of world events.

Top 50 – Roadmap Writers Top Tier Competition


Sophia Baratti

Drama, Thriller

A group of freshmen selected for their prestigious university’s secret society are put to the test by its egotistical leader and the increasingly dangerous tasks they must complete in order to gain admittance.


Philippe Bowgen

30min comedy, LGBQTIA+, workplace

It’s not fitness, it’s life. Except when fitness IS your life. So when three group fitness instructors are suddenly fired from a celebrity Manhattan gym chain, they decide to conquer the very industry that’s paid their bills with hilarious consequences in this comedy about entrepreneurship and identity.

Finalist – Sundance New Voices

Top 3 – Nashville Film Festival

Finalist – Willamette Writers TVLab


Zack Morrison

Comedy, ½-hour single-cam

In a small town absurdly cut in half by the Canadian border, a jaded US Border Patrol agent solves local cases while engaging in a rivalry with her overachieving counterpart in the Canadian Mounties: her twin sister.

Best Comedy Teleplay – Catalyst Content Festival (formerly known as “ITV Fest”)

Finalist – Nantucket Screenwriters Colony

Finalist – Richmond International Film Festival


Kathryn Orwig

Historical Crime Mystery, 1-hour serialized TV, premium cable

In the midst of WWI, when the head of the Vincenzio Mafia is murdered by an inside man, his squeamish younger brother must uncover the murderer among them – the only catch is, he’s gotta suss out the killer on the battlefield as the mafiosos have been drafted.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE on the battlefields of WWI

Winner – Best Crime TV Script – Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival 2021

Top 50 – Roadmap Top Tier 2021/2022

Top 50 – ISA Fast Track 2022

Quarterfinalist – WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Fall 2022

Quarterfinalist – The Script Lab – TSL Free Screenplay Contest 2022


Eric La Febre

Sci-Fi, Adventure, Comedy

A coming of age mystery about a conspiracy obsessed teenager who suddenly unlocks a secret to the universe.

Best Television Script – Prague International Film Awards 2022

Best Television Pilot – Chicago Script Awards 2021

Official selection – Bloodstained Indie Film Festival 2021


Michael Malone & Wolfe McReady

Drama, Thriller

What happens when the Grim Reaper wants to retire? Mort has been taking souls since the beginning of time. Finding himself overworked, under-appreciated, and emotionally drained, he decides to find a replacement and a way to escape the great beyond without The Council finding out.


Georgia Cooney


Being a primary school teacher is meant to be easy! However, Lottie quickly finds out the meaning behind the saying “Never work with a children or animals!”


Marquis Carter

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama

Born and raised in the state of New Xerica Matteo suddenly finds himself forced to live in a secret village, home to magical creatures after a fight with the Army Generals son. While trying to find answers to why his mother relocated him Matteo uncovers his connection to the village.


Jeff Carpenter

Dark Fantasy, Weird War, Mystery

In 1942, when a Tokyo fortune-teller foresees the destruction of Japan at the hands of American atomic warfare, he must find a way to convince the Imperial Navy to investigate ancient ruins on a remote Pacific Island to uncover a counter-weapon. But what he doesn’t predict may unleash something far worse.


Francisco Castro

Crime, Suspense

In a small Arizona town, a mysterious double-homicide reconnects two women — a Filipina deputy and a Caucasian store owner, high school nemesis back in the day — and throws them into a massive conspiracy led by a reclusive billionaire who plans to alter the fate of the planet.

Finalist – Stowe Story Labs/New Mexico New Voices

Quarterfinalist – Emerging Screenwriters Sci-Fi & Fantasy


Chip Riggs

Spy Thriller/Action

One cul-de-sac in a small Southern town hides the CIA’s most dangerous killers, but when they’re betrayed by one of their own, the wives of Foxglove Lane will have to use all their deadly skills to save everything they hold dear.


Asante Ace Robinson


During the opioid drug epidemic, the small USA fictional town of Doughville becomes a hotspot for “out of towners” from city to sell drugs for high prices, sending Doughville and its residents into some place never seen before.


Adriana Laplanche

Fantasy, Action

Years after being smuggled into the brutal nation of Elysia, a young woman joins the hunt for a missing girl with the hopes of buying her way home – but discovers all is not what it seems.


Stephen Saleh

Magical Realism, Drama

A team of occult consultants face a battle for their very existence when they are targeted for their enigmatic leader’s centuries-old alchemical research by a sinister character from his past.

Runner-up – Scriptwriters and Co International Festival


Phil Norris

Buddy Heist, Drama, Urban Fantasy 

When you’re down on your luck planning to steal a super yacht probably isn’t your first choice solution. Especially if you’ve never done a dishonest thing in your life.

Full script reading for BBC Writers Academy


Paul Kitala

Comedy, Drama

Five toxically co-dependent and selfishly motivated friends get into various misadventures in Nairobi, Kenya.


Katie Canty

Single Camera Comedy

A workplace comedy about the office production staff of a network television show. The PA’s and production staff must strive to overcome the challenges of working on location in the rural outskirts of Hollywood while struggling to appease the high-maintenance writers and VIP’S of the show.

Based on my real-life experience working as a PA in the 90’s for a top-rated CBS show.


Collin Lieberg

1-hour Drama

After the death of her superstar ex-boyfriend, an ambitious political reporter must investigate by returning to the small hometown that shunned her, navigating the simmering tensions of a community in mourning, a corrupt politician, and a secret that could scandalize it to the core.

Second Round – ISA Fast Track Fellowship


Adeleke Kayode


Vowing to fulfill the dying wish of his mentor, an adventurous man journeys to find his place in the world as he searches for a mysterious book with connections to mythical warriors that may be more fact than fiction.


Hank Isaac

Drama, Historical, Action-Adventure

A twelve-year-old girl is the pampered pigtailed daughter of a respected surgeon by day and, by night, a WWII Resistance fighter who is quickly becoming the scourge of the Third Reich.

Winner – Best TV Pilot – Wiki: The World’s Fastest Screenplay Competition

Coverfly – Top 2%

Winner – Best Script – North American Film Awards

Finalist – Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship

2nd rounder – Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition


Lauren Schwein

½-hour Comedy

Best friends, Mike and Lauren (gay and straight respectively), decide to get married as a joke to mock the institution of marriage and celebrate their unique friendship after their friends harangue them about their lack of focus on their futures.

Winner – Stage 32 TV Comedy Screenwriting Contest 2021

Finalist – Script Summit Screenplay Contest 2021

Quarterfinalist – Creative Screenwriting Unique Voice Screenplay Competition 2022


Abi Hindle


After Irene Quarrington, a philanthropic socialite, learns of a viral infection altering her body, she and her similarly affected friends set out on a quest to figure out what is going on, navigate life with their newfound abilities, and manage their brand new metamorphoses.


L.E. Coleman

Sci-Fi, Action, Drama

After finding out the Agency lied to him about his mother’s death, a confused and angry CIA agent with strange paranormal powers goes rogue to find her and must evade his former team, who stop at noting to keep the two apart.

Quarterfinalist – StoryPros Awards 2022

Quarterfinalist – Filmmatic Inroads Fellowship – Season 5

Official Selection – Script Summit 2022 (still in consideration)


Jason Schuster, Chrystopher Smith, Bailor Ellison


Los Angeles, 1994; a disconnected teen, rocked by the economic demise of his family’s animatronic business, seeks solace in a used record store.

Quarterfinalist – ScreenCraft TV Pilot Script Competition 2021


Gilbert X. Hernandez

Comedy, Drama

A young Puerto Rican from the Bronx, that is being raised by a single teenage mother realizes that his scholarship to a fancy elite Manhattan private school causes a lot more problems than it solves.


John Dorsey

Action, Adventure

Israel Rhone, a small time magician and conman stumbles onto a Golden Tablet that will lead him to founding his own religion and maybe unleash Lovecraftian Gods.

Winner – San Francisco International Screenwriting Festival

Quarterfinalist –  Final Draft Big Break 2020

Top 100 (Feature or TV Pilot) – Table Read My Screenplay Genre Screenplay Competition Austin 2021


Ronald V. Micci


A tarot-reading young secretary attempts to guide the failing architectural firm for which she works back to prosperity after it fires its workforce and merges offices with a lingerie company whose female head has the hots for her boss.

#1 in top 100 TV scripts on




When her hated rival is beating her to the most valuable assets, a cynical insurance agent pushes the boundaries to sign high risk/high reward clients and save her struggling superhero insurance agency.

Quarterfinalist, The Script Lab – TSL Free Screenplay Contest 2022


Erick Buckley

Fantasy, Comedy

A hapless, middle-aged, comic book store owner on the verge of losing his business, his home, and his kids, must deal with suddenly becoming the Avatar of Eris, Greek Goddess of Chaos and being thrust into a world he has no business being in.

Quarterfinalist – Emerging Screenwriters SciFi/Fantasy


Charlie Newell


A middle son must navigate the throes of adolescence in a hyper-religious environment where the holy and the profane threaten to tear his family apart.


Kitanya Harrison


When a former executive at a lucrative investment bank is accused of stealing their high-speed trading software, a group of journalists and  FBI agents struggle to expose the deep web of fraud and corruption at the heart of one of America’s most powerful institutions.

8 & 9 on The Black List


Cat Muir

Psychological Thriller

When a child is found dead in the woods, a 70 year old, retired detective must revisit her last, unsolved case and face the woman who almost destroyed her before time runs out for them all.


Alex Seligson

½ hour comedy

An LGBTQ Family sitcom- The Chosen Family is a glimpse into the lives of Ron and Sanjay Chosen, their children, and their new friends as they raise their families in sunny, heterosexual Florida.

Finalist – Nickelodeon Writing Program

Quarterfinalist – Inroads Fellowship

Quarterfinalist – TSL Free Screenplay Contest

Quarterfinalist (pending) – Scriptation

Quarterfinalist – WeScreenplay Diverse Voices


Guy Crawford


After her daughter is shot, father arrested, a biracial single mother takes control of her family’s empires on both sides of the law to protect not only their lives but also their fortune from the FBI who wants to throw them in prison and the good old boys’ network who wants to steal it all.


Lynsey Cullen

Historical Drama

Grieving the death of her fiancé, the first hospital social worker in Britain Miss Mary Stewart thinks she’s lost everything, until she’s faced with those who have nothing. London, 1895.


Jaye Blohm, J.R. Blomberg, & Michael G. Willis

Action, Thriller. Drama

Two arch enemies, both assassins, must put aside their deadly past to defeat a greater evil, an elusive entity known only as The Peacemaker…that is if they don’t kill each other first.

Based on characters and events from The Peacemaker series created by best-selling author Blair Howard.


Melissa Price

Sociopolitical farce, dramedy, LGBT

Archenemies, a famous Latino drag queen and a loathsome anti-LGBT congressman survive a plane crash only to awaken with amnesia as best friends and allies determined to transform the world for the better—together.


Jason Inman

Drama, Neo-Western

After returning home to his family’s farm after he’s discharged from the U.S. army, a man discovers there’s a human trafficking operation being run out of a nearby ranch so he uses his military expertise and the help of an old friend to put it out of business.


Zanna Cardash

Drama, Thriller

Despite discovering she’s the star of an incriminating sex film, a vulnerable teenager vows to save her narcissistic film director lover after she reveals her desire to take a stranger’s life – then her own.

Finalist/Top 50 – ISA Fast Track Fellowship

Winner – Best Pilot Screenplay, Olympus Film Festival LA

Winner – Best TV Series Pilot Screenplay, New Renaissance Film Festival

Winner – Best Pilot Screenplay, Out Of The Can Festival

Semifinalist – Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition


Alex Vaz

Drama, 30-minute

An orphaned daughter of the Vietnam War travels to America in search of her estranged mother, where she must defeat the forces of evil that have enslaved the local Vietnamese community with drugs and sex trafficking, in order to create that bond with the woman she never knew.


Cody James Ong & Mark Gonzales

Comedy, Dark Comedy, Slapstick

A young Boston detective can’t catch a break and lives at home with his mother who’s secretly a serial killer.

Serial Mom meets Frasier.

Finalist – Writer’s Duet 48 Hour Contest 2021

That last burst of adrenaline

A few weeks ago, I ran my first in-person half-marathon in just over two years. Despite the fact that it was raining for a good part of it, it was fun and I had a good time.

Added bonus: I always tend to get caught up in the energy and excitement of an in-person race, and this time was no exception. I even ran at a pace a smidge faster than I’m used to; faster than I ever expected to.

So when I got to the home stretch and saw the finish line up ahead, I kicked it into high gear and pushed myself to cross it as soon as possible.

Which I did, I’m happy to say. I’d beaten my expected finish time by about 12-15 minutes.

Suffice to say, I spent the rest of the day feeling pretty good about it.

(I also have a strong suspicion I won’t be able to duplicate that feat anytime soon, but you never know…)

This brings me to my current writing project: a rewrite of my animated fantasy-comedy.

Although progress has been a little slower than I would have liked, I’m currently working my way through Act 3, and making what I consider to be some solid strides. If I can keep my output steady, there’s a good chance I could be typing FADE OUT by early next week.

Even now as I develop, plot, outline, and then actually write each scene, the excitement of “Almost there!” continues to build.

There’s definitely something be said for how a writer feels as they wrap up a draft. I’m already aware of changes/edits/tweaks that will have to be made, so when I’m done, I’ll stash it away for a few weeks and shift to another project (of which there is always a few). Then come back to it with fresh eyes and a red pen, read it through, marking it up as I go.

All part of the process.

-Shameless self-promotion: my book GO AHEAD AND ASK! VOLUME ONE is available in both print and ebook. Want a signed copy? Let me know.

From the archives: Lattes, lunches & kindred spirits

“And then he actually asked, “But what’s your Save the Cat moment?””

Had a really nice in-person get-to-know-you coffee chat with a writer this week, which are always a pleasant experience. I highly recommend doing them, whether you’re the inviter or the invitee. (Iced sugar-free vanilla latte with oat milk for me, please.)

I’ve written about these more than a few times, including this classic post from August 2016.

(And a friendly reminder that my book is now available)

It’s been a busy week around here, and not just in terms of writing.

I’ve had some great in-person meet-ups with three other local writers over the past couple of days. Two were first-timers, the third was someone I’ve known for a couple of years. Each one was great in its own way. This really is one of my favorite parts of networking – actually meeting somebody else and getting to know them.

Because of my work schedule, lunch or early afternoon coffee are ideal. I prefer a nice little cafe because it always makes for a better one-on-one environment: quiet, sociable, pleasant. Larger networking events, usually at bars, tend to be pretty crowded and noisy, which makes it tough to establish a solid rapport. I’m not too keen on having to continuously shout and not be entirely sure either of us can hear the other.

The first meeting usually involves the exchanging of “here’s my story” mini-bios, and then moves on to what’s going on for both parties. Over the course of about an hour, we’ll share and discuss our individual journeys as writers. Everybody’s journey is different, and I always find each one quite fascinating.

We often share many similarities: our constantly working in the hopes of eventually succeeding as a writer (or filmmaker), the noticeable excitement while discussing our latest project(s), wondering how it’ll go and how it’ll be received.

We are also allowed free rein to vent our frustration about whatever’s currently sticking in our respective craws. Bad experiences, lack of funds for a project, feeling stuck with developing a story, dealing with lousy notes, and so on. One of my new connections even stated, “It’s nice to know I’m not the only one this has happened to!”

That may be what’s at the heart of all of this: knowing you’re not the only one trying to do this, and that somebody else totally understands what it is you’re going through. Simply being able to chat about it in a casual social setting can do wonders; one might even call it therapeutic.

I also make a point of offering to help out in any capacity I can, which tends to usually be either giving script notes or suggesting potential contacts and strategies, and just about everybody is more than happy to reciprocate. Who can’t use a little help?

If you haven’t done so already, I heartily recommend reaching out and connecting with somebody in your area, especially if both of you are within close proximity to each other. Chances are they’re seeking to do the exact same thing.

You know the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? Well, this not only applies to breaking in, but also to helping you work your way towards that. Building up your personal network of fellow creatives is easy, won’t cost you that much (just what you’d spend on a cup of coffee or a meal), and is a definite plus for all involved.

Now available for your reading enjoyment

Well, today’s the day.

My book – GO AHEAD AND ASK!, VOLUME 1 – is officially available.

It contains 42 interviews with script consultants, and offers a wide variety of helpful advice that could benefit any screenwriter, no matter how much or how little experience they have, as well as each person’s contact info (where applicable), and of course, their favorite kind of pie.

And as the title indicates, this is the first volume. The second and third, featuring interviews with not only more consultants, but also screenwriters, filmmakers, and writers in other mediums, are slated for release in the late June/early July and mid-September timeframes, respectively.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll be interested enough in wanting to take a look at this one.

Thanks for reading, enjoy the book, and have a piece of pie with my compliments.