2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition Quarterfinalists Announced

by ScreenCraft on January 23, 2019

Listed below are the quarterfinalists of the 2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition, selected from roughly 1200 submissions. We’re excited to be exploring these excellent stories and to have received a slate of compelling works.

This year's jury is comprised of editors from The Paris Review, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Granta Magazine, as well as an O. Henry Award-winning novelist and short story writer.

Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of the semifinalists, finalists and winners here and on our Twitter and Facebook pages within the next few weeks!

If you’d like to receive a notification when this contest re-opens for entries in 2019, you can subscribe for updates via Coverfly here.

Here are the quarterfinalists:

1932 DC Diamondopolous
2004 Jonathan Christian
#deathies Jake Arky
120 Seconds Gordon Sun
17 Sheikh Hamza Street, Cairo - Avraham Bar-Av
A Breton Homecoming Peter James Quirk
A date with a bullet Romario Ashley
A Debt to the Dead Cary Christopher
A Good Funeral Craig Weeden
A Narrow Divide Sofia Ashdown
A Plain Silver Ring Derek Bowers
A Saturday Neville Dastoor
A Seat at The Window Herb  Jordan
A Story of Firsts Amy Whitaker
A Struggle for the American Dream Mary Vela
A Turn of Events John Tanner
A Walk in the Park John Laws
A.C.E. Scott Marshutz
Dženeta Means Heaven Nicole Starrett
Acting II Lorraine Martindale
Action and Reaction Joel Doty
Adelaide Amy Lambert
Afternoon Stroll Damond Fudge
Alligator Wrassling: The 90s Ann Cassin
Amethyst Kane Julie Garcés
Among The Women Selaine Henriksen
An Ophthalmologist and a Surgeon Duel with Sabers Austin Ratner
Another Statistic Travis Richardson
Arabian Knight David Anderson
Arachne Jason Huls
Attention Marianne Rogoff
Based on a True Story Paul A. Mendelson
Battle of the Four Seasons Lydia Conklin
Be Yours to Hold Nic Cohen
Best Kept Secret Julya Oui
Better Late Paul A. Mendelson
Big Country Anna Forsyth
Birth Day Amy Hogarth
Birthday Melanie Flores
Black Box Marina Hatsopoulos
Black Orchids: A David Milton Adventure Antoine Devine
Black Prince Jonathan Swords-Holdsworth
Blonde Noir DC Diamondopolous
Blue death Garth Scott
Bound Joe Pezzula
Brazil and Back Ben Hinshaw
Brothers Daniel Boucher
Buggy, A Fictional Account of Generational Family Abuse Timothy J Richards
Bury Me In The Garden Kevin Lavelle
Bus Ride to Minot Greg Stidham
But The Darkness Is For Our Imagination Michael Crame
Butterfly Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel
By the Light of the Fireflies Marjorie Florestal
Candy Juice is Okay With It Tracy Schumer
Captain Arnold and the Zantharian Invasion Arthur Doweyko
Cathy Jennifer Maimone
Charlie's Bridge Russ Meyer
Chasing Hyde Sven Safarow
Chastity Ellie Black
Choking on the Light Mark Zipoli
Chrome Bumpers Timothy J Richards
Citrus Seed Enrique Rosado
Collateral Damage David Burton
Conference of the Birds Huda Razzak
Consequences Emi Cohen
Continuance Irina Ivanova
Crossroads Diner #225 Pamela Canepa
Crowned Marjorie  Maddox
Cyndie's Star Hollow Stacey Parshall Jensen
Dani Soudhamini Soudhamini
Danny Jack Steeley
Dark as Hell Sheldon Woodbury
Day Dreamer and the Sleeping Giants Barbara Layman
Dear Ex Sheila Marbella
Deepwater Samsun Knight
Devotion Julia Winn
Dilemma on Mars Fred Shackelford
Doctor Terror R.J. Begiebing
Dot: A Mother's Story William Gilmore
Double Nickel Jackpot Mike Tuohy
Eastfield Svitlana Kochman
Emanuel's Trenches Alexander Sikarevich
eMiosis Peter F. Wolf
Entourage RoseMary Griffith
Eternal Recurrence on Waikiki Beach Michael Ostrowski
Expunge Harris Kauffman
Fake Pigs Jason Dennis
Family Tree Bruce Beresford
Fanta Landa wo Landa wo
Feeding The Comebacks M.  Naomi Warner
Final Bell Damond Fudge
Flower Behind her Ear Andrew Stiggers
For the Dillettante Eric Mulder
Freeway of Love Alida Thacher
Frigid pines Joseph Vranas
Gardening for the Apocalypse K.F. Whatley
Genesis Sagar Jose
Girls and their Instincts Olivia Sulkowicz
Go Home Sohrab Homi Fracis
Hadal Kohl Jordan
Hauntings Sheila Thorne
Hidden Persuaders Peter Kettle
Higher Love R. Kerry
Hill 145 Ruth Edgett
Homelost Ones Mary Bergida DeLuca
Honesty Matthew Robinson
Honyockers Kelly Simmons
Hot Cockles Rachel O'Hara
I am/I said Paul A. Mendelson
I Think We're Alone Now David-Matthew Barnes
In Jesus I Trust Keith Jenkins
In the Blood Jack Halliday
Infinite L&G Shirley Petro-Timura
Injun Jessica Marsh
It's A Hard Cow Terry Jordan
Izzy Tells No Lies P James Norris
Joy Writing Esty Loveing Downes
Judging Solomon Mary Oleske
Juliette Taylor Sutton
Jump Susan Kim Campbell
Just Facts Sarah Mosseller
Karma Is a Large Flightless Bird Ryan Curtin
Killer by Moonlight Nicholas Yanes
Kist Marie Wilson
Leaving Maria Anderson
Let's Get Lost Gordon Neufeld
Let's Live in Crazy Town Jackie Bateman
Lieutenant Nakamora’s Third Kamikaze Mission Steve Hrehovcik
Life Inches P.D. Platt
Look Away Matthew Haynes
Lorelei Sabrina Mock-Rossi
Lost And Found Ray Clark
Machines for Singing Nick Wray
Madame Barbara Shulgasser-Parker
Mangrove Trunk Leea Glasheen
Marion's Marseilles Jack Mayer
Maris on a Mountain Will Silverman
Marked Sheila English
Mary Angela's Kitchen Karen Chase
Master of Rods and Strings Jason Harris
Me and Bobby Snow Carla Deterding
Me Too Jude McGee
Messin' with His Head Damond Fudge
Milk Justin Joyce
Moonshine Michael Aloyan
Mrs. Padgett's Pearls Joe English
My Double Dutch Girl Gila K.  Berryman
Naja Peter Kettle
Near Miss Carol Dines
Negotiating the Narrows Mike Tuohy
Night of the Full Moon Jack Mulcahy
Nobody's Child Marie Davidson
Oculus Janet Swinney
Of Aphids and Ants Narena Olliver
Of Ice and Snow Chloe-Lynn Russo
Offsides: The College Football Revolution Ron Turner
On the Properties of Things Mary Barnes Jenkins
On the Side of the Angels David Anderson
Once a Cellist Will Pei
One of Us David Tran
One Star Tim O'Leary
Onryo Travis D. Roberson
Our Lady of the Bass Boat Mike Tuohy
Ourwhere Tia Levings
Paintball Robert Morgan Fisher
Panopticon Kevin Kneupper
Paris Nocturne John Bateson
Peach Cobbler Deesha Philyaw
Pearl: You are Cleared to Land Deanna Edens
Penny Dan Finn
Perfect Trifecta Woman Stephen Leach
Phaedra Swerves, Jukes, and Dunks on Death Ron Austin
Pieces of Paradise Found Yvette Kromann
Pillow Talk with Pablo Helen Beer
Pink Marsha Rosenzweig Pincus
Pink Like Candy Floss Janet Ritchie
Plus The Universe Is Trying To Kill You Jim Foley
Primitive Emily Pease
Princess Pride Nori Nettleton
Pulp Noir #1  A Perfect Night for Redemption Chris Mata
Quality of Life Christine Sneed
Queen of the Zombies Alec Sillifant
Rachel Isum Robinson: Film Clips from My Life Marjorie Maddox
Remembrance Helen Beer
Requittal Peter Fernandez
Restricted Fantasies Kevin Kneupper
Return to Cinder Kristy Tate
Riding with James Dean David-Matthew Barnes
Roach Coach Confidential Jason Gelt
Road to Zanzica Phyllis Zimbler Miller
Rosegrove Recovery Kerry Broderick
Rugaru, Montana Harrison Demchick
Rumspringa Kevin Kneupper
Runner Elaine Dodge
Second Chances Jessica Wabler
Second Wife Tiffany Ezuma
Secrets James Gallahan
Seven-Pointed Star Heather MacDonald
Sharp Money Brian Condike
She's Really Quite Normal Melissa Benedict
Sheriff Bryce Berkowitz
Shine Donnelle McGee
Shoot Susan Lowell
Sick Robot D.C. Lozar
Silver Lake Terry Connell
Six Steps Sean Lester Durham
Snow Angels Mitch Wieland
Solomon's Choice Richard Geiwitz
Spectral Echoes Eric Frost-Barnes
Spiral Bound Tracy Schumer
Split Key John Rosenberg
Stage 28 Ray Clark
Stepping Out Mandy Vicsai
Still Billie Urabazo
Stitch Bryce Berkowitz
Stop! Sevgi Ikinci
Sub Night Gina Mulligan
Swamp Girl Ruth Knafo Setton
Swimming and Fucking Kerry Russell
Tears for Lucifer John Laws
The App S.T. Ranscht
The Ark Lori Stansal
The Battle of Melcher Hall andrew orillion
The Beach at Narbonne Nick Wray
The Blaming Heart (Or: Love in the Time of Nixon) Emily Pease
The Brass Ring Alle C. Hall
The Bucket Jonathan Escoffery
The Cabin Matthew Roderigues
The Canadian Sergeant Unnamed
The Caregiver Jim Gourley
The Case for Psychic Distance Jennifer  Hanno
The Children of Niobe Cynthia Millen
The Choreographer Will Pei
The Clever Chamberlain Petra Winters
The Closet Monster Kristina Banks
The Coach Keith Elias
The Commander David Altman
The Copenhagen Incident Herb  Jordan
the day the guinea pigs went missing... Chad Broughman
The Deer's Cry Sally Younger
The Devil's Proof Kelly Fordon
The Disappearance G.G.  Silverman
The Driver Matthew Kaler
The Education of a Naval Officer Kevin Arnold
The Flowers Are Dead Reva Santo
The Game Mark Havlik
The Golden Arowana Will Pei
The Good Parent Dustin Grinnell
The Grass Oceans Beyond Anthony Howcroft
The Healing Tree Theresa Williams
The Horses Sheila Thorne
The Inheritance Raymond Warrillow
The Keys Bob Bowersox
The Last Fare Sam Beach
The Last of Rita Margarita Lisa Reily
The Lord of Misrule Ray Clark
The Man Who Struck Out Joe DiMaggio Richard Geiwitz
The Many Deaths of Thurgood Marshall Christian Waugh
The Meal Carl  Innes
The Mirror Faisal Azam
The Monster's Girlfriend R.C. Goodwin
The New Pantheon Stan Werse
The Nothing Man Ken Hanson
The Owl Girl of Myrddinswood A. Roz Mar
The Profiler Chris Ossman
The Purification Tim OLeary
The Road So Black and Narrow Kat Lewis
The Russian & Aunt Sophia Rita Moreau
The Safety of His Gun Alexander Sikarevich
The Salvation of Theron Connor Bob Bowersox
The Sarajevo Plan George Mano
The Shadow of Destiny Melissa Benedict
The Shore Maximino Diaz
The Son You Bore for This (or Goodhenge) Porter Huddleston
The Starmaker  or The Adventures of Poka Marc Aronoff
The Story Sam Herzog
The Sundowner Danny Yang
The Tale of Roxy Shell Melanie Brown
The Taste of Memory Tristan Marajh
The Third  Woman Miriam Kuznets
The Trouble Thomas O'Rourke
The Universal Balance Patrick Finley
The VIP Club Sheldon Woodbury
The Waiting Room Keely Kalirai Cairns
The Wedding Photographer Robert Guffey
The Wiring Michael Long
The Witch of Burgess Ave. J. Patrick Henry
This Sword for Hire Gregg Chamberlain
Those Who Leave Michael Choi
Threadbare Mandy Vicsai
Through a Broken Window L.F. Falconer
Together: Forever and Always Autumn Riddle
Tredecim Devon Mattys
Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning Deborah Riley
Twenty-Seven Mood Swings To Moab Hal Ackerman
Twin Threat Jared Cappel
Twitcher Blake McCallister
Two Heads are Better than One Mark Robyn
Two Point Oh Austin Ratner
Uncle Tom Dolores Smith
Under Attack Dennis Michael McNamara
Underneath It All Sarah Lane Davidson
Unthinkable John David Taylor
Until We Close Our Eyes Nina Roselle
Uriah's last rite... Chad Broughman
Vermont Rocks Guy Prevost
Virtues of the Robin Riley Helm
Waiting for Spiro T. Ciro Scotti
Waiting For The Big One Catherine Shorr
Wake Up Micki Voisard
Walker Leonard Dawson
Waterloo Richard Hoffman
We Live Here Jarrett Kaufman
Weightless Tracy Schumer
What the eyes see Kevin Longfield
What You See Is What You Get Amisha Patel
What's The Worst That Could Happen? Jude Lutz
Wild Beasts Richard de Forest
With Special Guests Seamus Heffernan
Wonderland DownUnder Corinne MacKenzie
World Without End Siobhan Barry-Bratcher
Yagruma Rosa Soy
Yoyo and Toothman Erni Johnson
Zei Gezunt, Hammerin' Hank Chanan Beizer

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