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

Congratulations to our 2017 grant awardees, Samuel Dabbs and R.J. Harbour

Sam Dabbs and R.J. Harbour connected over their mad passion to create original content and unhealthy appetites for fantasy, anime and bad action films. They love pitching their ideas to anyone who will listen, which more often than not, is only each other.

They met while working long hours as visual effects artists on dozens of films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Tropic Thunder and Mad Max Fury Road. They have credits as VFX compositors, production designers, motion graphics artists and editors. Their experience also includes writing, directing and producing, short films, graphic novels and music videos. Their first feature script Monsters Under the Bed won best horror genre script as well as best overall script at the 2016 International Horror Hotel Film Festival.

After completing a pilot script for their original concept, Road to Pandemonium, they are currently focused on developing it into an animated series. Drawing on their diverse experience across the entertainment industry, they hope to bring their ideas to life on the screen and share their stories with the world.

The New Mexico Film Foundation is very proud and happy to be able to offer this grant for the fifth 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.