The George R.R. Martin Science Fiction/Fantasy Screenwriter Grant

Submissions are now closed for the 2017 George Martin grant. We had 42 submissions this year. Thanks to all who participated

Congratulations to our 2016 grant awardee, Michael Chase Walker
Michael Chase Walker headshot

Michael Chase Walker is an actor, author, producer, lecturer and screenwriter. His first motion picture was the animated classic,”The Last Unicorn”. He was an in-house television writer for such hit series as, He-Man, She-Ra, Voltron and V, the television series. In 1985 he was appointed Director of Children’s programs for CBS Entertainment where he creatively shaped and supervised the entire 1985 1986 Saturday Morning line-up, including: Wildfire, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Galaxy High School, Teen Wolf, and over 100 hours of network programming.

His screenplays and development projects include, Cupid, for Steven Spielberg, After Man, The Court Jester, Galaxy High School (the Movie), Catch a Fire, The Bob Marley Story, and The Poet and The Tsar: The Life and Times of Alexander Pushkin.

The New Mexico Film Foundation is very proud and happy to be able to offer this grant for thefourth year through the generosity of screenwriter and executive producer of Game of Thrones: George R.R. Martin. This grant is meant to help aspiring screenwriters and should be used in such a way as to allow the screenwriter to write.


You must be at least 18 years of age to enter.
You must be a New Mexico resident to enter.
Members of the WGA are not eligible
Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s).
Submission must be for: 1) a feature length film or 2) a pilot episode of an original television series.
Submission must be in the Science Fiction or Fantasy genre.
All entries must be in English.
You must submit a complete story treatment (maximum 5 pages, double spaced) and the first 5 pages of the script.
Treatment and script sample must  have a properly formatted filename ([treatment] by [Author First Name Last Name]  and ([script] by author First Name Lastname]) For example: treatment by Jane Doe  and script by Jane Doe
Do NOT put your name on the treatment or sample script. You and your submission will be assigned a unique ID number so that the submissions to judges will be anonymous.
Only one submission per person.
You can submit in .doc, .docx or .pdf file formats
No substitutions of submitted material.
Submissions open July 1st, 2017
Deadline for submission 11:59 pm (MST) August 31, 2017
Winner will be announced November 15th, 2017
All submissions that meet the requirements will be considered.

Any submission that does not meet the requirements will be immediately dismissed

Science fiction film is a film genre that uses science fiction: speculative, fictional science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial life forms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar space travel or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition. In many cases, tropes derived from written science fiction may be used by filmmakers ignorant of or at best indifferent to the standards of scientific plausibility and plot logic to which written science fiction is traditionally held.

Fantasy films are films with fantastic themes, usually involving magic, supernatural events, make-believe creatures, or exotic fantasy worlds. The genre is considered to be distinct from science fiction film and horror film, although the genres do overlap. Fantasy films often have an element of magic, myth, wonder, escapism, and the extraordinary.