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Article: Military Story Showcase (2017 - 2024)

2024 Military Story Showcase - Image of airborne ranger with firearm

Military Story Showcase (2017 - 2024)

The Military Story Showcase recognizes scripts, books, short stories & stage plays in any genre that feature a story about warfare or the military experience.


2024 WINNER


SULTANA

written by James Beacham

When the steamboat Sultana explodes on the Mississippi River while transporting paroled Union prisoners, a Civil War veteran risks his life to save the men trapped on the ship. (Inspired by true events.)


2024 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


1074 WOMEN'S AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS by Chris Barnes, Tom Peterson, & Ted Vanos. During the height of WWII, three women face danger, discrimination, and death as pilots on the home front while serving their country and forever changing the role of women in aviation.

AUNT-JU by Heino Heimann. A clever but rebellious JU-52 flight instructor in WWII disobeys orders to carry out an execution and recalls missions in the mysterious Mediterranean while dealing with the consequences of his disobedience. | Website: HeinoHeimann.de | Film Freeway Profile

CUTTERMAN by Edward Gadrix. A 20-year veteran of the Coast Guard, with a childhood fear of leadership, considers retirement after his commanding officer forces him to take command of his own ship, where he battles drug cartels, hurricanes, and his crew.

GRANDPA AND SHORTY by John Rokosz (story by John Rokosz & Jeff Balmert). A grizzled old war veteran fights to reconnect with his soldier son and the civilian world, when he gets stuck babysitting his 7-year-old granddaughter for the day. | Website: GrandpaAndShorty.com | Facebook: @whiteballproductions | X: @whiteballprod

GRASS THROUGH PAVEMENT by Peter Trivelas. Seeking wisdom and world experience, a naive young man explores sex, war, love, and art around the globe until his PTSD-fueled self-medicating drags him to the bottom of his noble pursuit where he must get a grip or die. | Website: PeterTrivelas.com | Facebook: @trivelas

ME 262 by Carl Robinson. In late 1943, an American pilot attempts to steal an ME 262 jet fighter that mysteriously disappeared in neutral Switzerland, before Germans can destroy it.

ONCE A COLONEL by H. P. Shreve (based on "The Colonel's Way: The Secret Diaries of a POW" by H. P. Shreve and the life and times of Colonel Arthur Lee Shreve, Jr.) An American colonel, who was once a Japanese POW, bucks regulations to leverage an Intel Operation and becomes an "unkillable mustang" on a mission to save thousands and get justice for American GIs. | Website: Heather-P-Shreve.com | Instagram: @heather.p.shreve

PREACHER'S DAUGHTER: GIANT SLAYER by Gregory Bonds. Giants are discovered in Afghanistan and the U.S. military stands defenseless until a preacher's-daughter-turned-soldier discovers how to use her powers. | IMDb | Video | Facebook: @PreachersKidGiantSlayer

RALLY POINT by Ernesto Haibi. On a Memorial Day hiking trip with his old team, a severely injured former Special Forces captain must regain his confidence to help his men survive a killer, who has a unique connection to each member of the group. | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube

RANGER CREED by Travis J. Opgenorth. When a U.S. Army Ranger is taken hostage during a covert and illegal raid, his brother and estranged father, both former Rangers themselves, must work through years of distrust as they attempt to rescue him and come home together.

SIX BY SIX by G. L. Well & John D. (Chimo) Arnold. When his racist superior officers mistreat the Black men in his unit, a Jewish Lieutenant attacks them in midnight raids, during the Cold War in Germany. (Based on a true story.)

SNIPER HUNT by Hans Beerbaum. After a Ukrainian woman sniper succeeds in assassinating a German general, her commanding officer goes behind German lines to try to bring her back.

SONS OF A MAUFFEN KING by Jomo Merritt. In tumultuous pre-World War II Germany, Sergeant Erich Von Mauffenberg's twin sons face an ominous prophecy that entangles them in the looming storm of history. | Website: JomoMerritt.portfolial.com/screenwriting

THE CHALLENGE COIN (Episode One: Origins) by Steve Dini. From generation to generation, The Coin - forged in World War I for American pilots to honor their unit - has brought its bearer home. | IMDb

THE DARK GUIDE by Cédric Hémon. A soldier injured in combat deals with PTSD, exploring his most painful wounds and transforming each ordeal into a vibrant source of resilience. | Website: CedricHemonArt.com | Instagram: @lefilm.leguidenoir

THE JOURNEY OF DREAMS by Edward E. Givans. An Army combat veteran is haunted by dreams from his past and has trouble adjusting to the civilian world until he meets an exceptional kid who changes their lives on the road to the Olympic Games.

THE REAPER by Pedro Juan Fonseca. When his younger brother commits suicide, an Iraq War veteran's PTSD returns, and he is forced to revisit the roots of his trauma and face questions about sacrifice and self-love. | Instagram: @pedrojuanfonseca

THE ROMMEL GAMBIT by John Doble. Shortly before D-Day, an American spy plants false intelligence to convince Hitler that Erwin Rommel, in charge of Nazi defenses against the upcoming invasion, is a traitor. | Website: JohnDoble.com

THE TRUE COST OF WAR by Tony Hindhaugh. The true cost of war is explored on the day of a Ukrainian military funeral.

TILL I'M OLD & GRAY by Alysha Nunez. When a couple's infant dies, three friends must confront what it means to love and provide. | Instagram: @tillimoldandgray_official

VICTORY DISEASE by Andrew D. TePas. After being placed into witness protection, a disgruntled veteran who can't seem to adjust back into society, must do what he can to survive attacks from underworld criminals, while making peace with his past mistakes.

VOYAGER by Damien Mulvany. A young Australian naval officer endures the loss of five classmates in a training accident, only to be assigned to the destroyer HMAS Voyager on her tragic last mission. (Based on true stories.)

WAKE ISLAND by Marshall Ferrin (based on the memoir "Wake Island Pilot" by Brigadier General John F. Kinney USMC (Ret.) with James M. McCaffrey). A Marine pilot fights to survive the Battle of Wake Island, and endure the horrors of a Japanese prison to make a daring escape. | Website: MarshallFerrin.com


2024 SUBMISSIONS STATISTICS


Writer Gender
Male: 88%
Female: 12%

War/Military Sub-Genre
Action/Adventure: 38%
Drama: 33%
Thriller: 25%
Fantasy & Science Fiction: 4%

Submission Location
United States: 81%
UK/Europe: 12%
Australia: 4%
Other or Not Specified: 3%

Format
Feature Screenplay, Television Script or Short Script: 92%
Book, Manuscript or Short Story: 8%
Stage Play: 0%


2023 WINNER


Montford Point Marines

by Eugene Allen King

The first Black American Marines train at segregated Montford Point, before seeing combat on the shores of Okinawa during WWII.


2023 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


A FATHER'S WAR by Steven Jon Whritner, story by James W. Williams (based on the book "In His Stead" by Judith Sanders)

A PATRIOT FOR IVANOV by C.L. McGinnis

A SIREN'S SWEET WHISPER by Fred G. Stemme

ANSWERING THE CALL by Chase "Ski" Myers

ASH by Dave Stockwell (based on the nonfiction book "Route 9 Problem: The Battle for Lang Vei" by Dave Stockwell)

BOOTS by Raymond Urrutia

CAMDEN STREET STATION by Dennis L. Snider

DOGFACE by Beanie Barnes

DOOMSDAY SOLDIERS by Michael Yorke

END OF SERVICE by J.D. Jordan

FAIRLYLAND AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE by A.S. Templeton (suggested by "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hoffman)

FIRE AND WIND by Carl Robinson 

HARDSCRABBLE: THE RISE OF ULYSSES S. GRANT by William Ray

IF THE GODS ARE GOOD by Ralph Segman and Seamus Sullivan (based on the book "If the Gods are Good: The Epic Sacrifice of HMS Jervis Bay" by Gerald Duskin and Ralph Segman)

JODY by Corey Shield.

MAGGIE'S DRAWERS by Gideon Rabin

PURSUIT OF PARADISE: THE STORY OF AN EAST TEXAS FARM BOY, THE PACIFIC WAR, AND LOVE by Thomas N. Smith

REVEILLE by Michael Akkerman

ROUND EYE OVER by Darius Averill (pseudonym for four Vietnam-era friends) 

STEALING THE MOON by Eric W Carlson

STOP-LOSS by Ramona L. Taylor

THE LETTER by Barry Cole

THE MILITARIZED ZONE by Wayne Johnson

THE NINE LIVES OF WALKER HARRIS by Vaughn Roste, story by Derek Harris

THE VOLUNTEER by Robert Nelson & Jason Morwick

TIPPY by Michael Gerald Uva


2022 WINNER


TARAWA

by Caleb Billings

A group of Marines test their mettle at the Battle of Tarawa during World War II.


2022 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


AIN'T NO GRAVE by Jaime Conti

ANOTHER 5 MINUTES by Nilesh Yagnik

ASH by Dave Stockwell (based on the book "Route 9 Problem: The Battle for Lang Vei")

COLD DEAD HANDS by Michael Dunker (story by Michael Dunker & Chris Messina)

DAS BAYOU (aka "The Prisoners") by Craig Gary Phillips

DREADNOUGHT by Nick Wray

GOD WILLING, AND THE RIVER DON'T RISE by Martin C. Arnest

HEROES OF THE BULGE by Ronald Pralgo

JUTLAND by Craig Chapin Reed (based on the book "Jutland from the Decks")

LAST OUT: ELEGY OF A GREEN BERET by Lt. Colonel Scott Mann (ret.)

MINOTAUR by Tim Auld

OPERATION VENGEANCE by Mike Ross

ORDINARY COURAGE by Richard Stansell-Gamm

ORPHAN MOUNTAIN by Steve Dini

RITCHIE BOY by Alan J. Field

SAVAGE WILDERNESS (Episode 1 "Distant Shores") by Harold Coyle (based on the book)

SERGEANT FREEMAN by Gloria Browne-Marshall

SGT VAZQUEZ'S PLAYLIST by Yerania Del Orbe

SHELL SHOCKED by Kevin Overton

SREBRENICA by David Kaneen

STRONGER WHEN SHE'S BROKEN by SherLann D. Moore

THE FENCE by Bill Morales

THE LAST SQUADRON by Bryce Hatch

THE YOUNGEST DOUGHBOY by Steve Sterling

THEY ALSO SERVE by John McCarney

TWO MILLION STEPS by Tommy Anderson


2021 WINNER


JUNETEENTH

by Richard Rock Rone

A young runaway slave joins the Union and with the aid of a Major, sets free the last slaves of the Civil War.


2021 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


A SHERIFF'S WAR by Jermaine Jones

BUI DOI ("The Dust of Life") by Bill Morales

DEATH OF A REVOLUTION ("Episode 1") by Marshall Ferrin

FOR ALL THE ROSES by Steven B Newman

GOODBYE TO GALAHAD by Joe Warwick & Oliver Arscott

GUNNER ("Hangfire") by Justine Browning

HABOOB WIND by Tommy M. Anderson

JUNGLEBALL (Front Toward Enemy) by Steve Dini

KILLER OF MEN (El Soldado de Marbach) by Arturo Mireles

MISSION 22 by Gunnar Garrett

ONE MAN ARMY by Lawrence Whitener

PREACHER'S DAUGHTER: GIANT SLAYER by Gregory Bonds

RAG DOLL by John Kestner

SABERFISH by Richard P. Alvarez

SKYFOXES by Marisa Forrest

SOUND OF SILENCE by Mark LeClair

SUAGOTHEL by Duncan Putney

THE BALLOON BUSTER by Mark Perlick & Steven Pripps

VIRTUAL MAGICK by A.S. Templeton

WAR BONDS by Mike McCarthy


2020 WINNERS


BATTLE CRIES

by Karen M. Walker

A military veteran uses her love of the game to rise above tragedy to lead Marines on the battlefront once again.


CHATTER BOX - CORNHUSKER HERO

by Donnie Dodge

Army Air Corp Pilot Captain Bob Chatt faces the battle of his life in the South Pacific in 1943.


HUMAN TERRAIN

by Christopher Willis

Seeking revenge for the 9/11 death of his mother, a newly minted Lieutenant must reconcile with his estranged father and the unorthodox methods of the counter-insurgency team he commands.


2020 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


ACES BEYOND by Michael Pogorelsky

ANGELINA'S FEATHER by Stuart Schulz

APOLLYON'S GOLD by Robert J. Rogers

BLOOD & ROSES by John McCarney

CAMOUFLAGE by Christopher Willis

COLLISION OF DUTY by Jermaine Jones

GOLIATH COMPANY by Silas Dunn

KAITENS (The Heaven Shakers) by Richard Guimond

MARKS IN THE SAND by Johnny Arnold

MYSTERIOUS BLACK GOLD by Martin Mahle

THE AMERICAN by Luis Quiroga

THE BUNKER by Gregory Tomlin

THE WOMEN OF BADASSERY by Keith Leu

THOREAU'S TAXES by Charlie Canning

UP COUNTRY by Bill Larkin

WEEKEND WARRIORS by Brian McDevitt Jr.


2019 WINNER


SOL

by James Fox

In the year 2242, citizen and soldier alike are plunged into a dark and violent interplanetary civil war, the scale of which is unprecedented in Human history. Desperate for survival, leaders emerge to protect their families, friends, and futures.


2019 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


A GOOD MARINE by Tracey Thompson

IN ENEMY TERRITORY by Mary Anzalone

IRONCLAD by J. Alan Hostetter

PATHFINDERS by Martin Arnest

RIGGERS by Dane Krogman

ROGUE’S COWARD by Robert J. Rogers

SHEEAN by Patrick Gillespie

SPY SUB by Parker Smith

THE NEW WINE by Matt Pinard

THE NIGHT WITCHES by Steven Prowse

UNDER FIRE by John Garofolo


2018 WINNER


ARMOR

by Bryant Daluz

Based on the gripping original true events of the first African-American U.S. Army 761st Combat Tank Battalion to serve under General Patton and fight in World War II. Nicknamed “Patton Panthers”, these courageous men face tremendous odds in their efforts to crush Hitler’s German forces to end the war.


2018 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


BLOOD AND VENGEANCE by Ron Chepesiuk

BROTHER’S KEEPER by Jacqueline Wright

CHILDREN OF THE DUST by John McCarney

CLASH OF IRON by Richard Reed

CONTROLLED INSANITY by Randy Cruts

FORCES OF DECADENCE by Phil Hollins

INFERNO: NEW ORLEANS by John E. Bias

INSIDE by Bob Bowse

MIRACLE MAN by Michael O'Rourke

MISSING LOVE by Ronald Marchand and Rhonda Dee-Ewing

MONTEREY by John Clubb and Jacqueline Robotham

SOUNDS OF FREEDOM by Holly Chadwick and Nick Stonehocker

STAND IN THE DOOR by Michael Yorke

THE CALVARY INCIDENT by James Sladack

THE HANDLER by Lawrence Whitener

THE LIBERTY CLUB by Marianne Aleck

THE NEW WAR by John E. Bias

THE THURSDAY WHALER by Damien Mulvany

TODAY THE TIGER SMILED by Randy Cruts


2017 WINNER


THE ACE OF ACES

by Geoffrey Breuder

The true story of Richard Bong, a rookie WWII pilot who makes a brazen bet to beat the kill record of America’s top-scoring Ace. But as the deadly competition spirals out of control, he is forced to confront the bitter realities of war and what it means to be a real hero.


2017 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


BANDIT DAY OPERATION SANDMAN by Shell Walker-Cook

CHOPPER by James Mabrey

COLBY BUZZELL FIGHTS THE WAR by Vincent Masson

FIRE & WIND by Carl Robinson

FLEET WEEK by Theodore Soderberg

FROGMAN by David Brichetto, Luigi Sperduti and Anthony J. Sperduti

GHOSTS by Nader Hobballah

HELL ON NEPTUNE by Robert J. Rogers

HOLLYWOOD MARINES by Kevin Flint and Brian Flint

IT’S A LICK by Robert Kozick

LOST CAUSE by David J Schroeder

MAGGIE AND THE FOUR WISEMEN by CarrieAnn Lee

ME 262 by Carl Robinson

MEKONG: Vietnam's Answer to MASH by Ray Funderburk

PEACE AND WAR by David Brichetto

PEN PAL by Devone Jones and Frank Floyd

RESPONDER by Alan R. Baxter

SARDIS THE MERCIFUL by Christian Thomas

SO CAL GUARDIANS by Ruthie Marlenee

THE CREED by Leslie J. Wood

THE DRAVA by Ronald McQueen

THE SALT BOX by Robert J. Rogers

TRITON by Marc DeLamater

USNB-22 by Warren Hull