Short Screenplay Competition

2014 Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay Competition


The Phoenix Comicon Short Screenplay Competition offers aspiring local screenwriters the opportunity to compete for professional script notes and table reads by established Valley screenwriters and actors as part of the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival.

This competition, now in its third year, is a great opportunity for writers to gain valuable feedback on their work from a filmmaking community who appreciates the various genres that encompass Phoenix Comicon.

Join us at the Phoenix Convention Center for Phoenix Comicon, June 5-8, 2014.

Submission deadline: April 7, 2014. | Download the application here.


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."


If this is your first crack at screenwriting and you're looking for additional screenwriting tips, we suggest checking out, The Writers Store,, Truby's Writers Studio and the Scriptwriters Network. There's a host of online screenwriting tools out there that are either free or offered at a reduced price.


  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