and eligibility


You further represent that you are authorized to submit the submitted material and, if selected, will have the option to have your work published in our anthology (under a separate agreement).By submitting an entry or entries, you agree to the Official Entry Rules and acknowledge that the decisions of the adjudicators shall be binding and final.

To Enter: Scripts, pitches, and other submissions must be submitted via FilmFreeway. Videos must be submitted as a link to a site such as Vimeo. Entries must be submitted in English. Each entry must also be accompanied by an entry fee in US dollars. The application fee is non-refundable.  

Eligibility: The competition is open to individuals who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, or, if under the age of eighteen (18), entries must be accompanied by written parental consent. 

Judging: The official judging panel, consisting of individuals selected by the Steelkilt Media Festival, at its sole discretion, will make a number of official selections from all eligible entries received. From these official selections, winner(s) may be selected and announced at an awards ceremony (or online). The judging may be based on the following criteria: originality, creativity, and adherence to formatting and style as appropriate. The judging will be conducted in mid-August.

Award Categories: The Steelkilt Media Festival reserves the right to award a number of competitive prizes and/or awards, in categories selected by the Steelkilt Media Festival in its sole discretion, as it may deem appropriate.

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You hereby grant the Steelkilt Media Festival all rights necessary to exhibit and promote the submitted script, art, or submission at the 2021 festival. You represent that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, or contract right) of any person or entity. You acknowledge that you are authorized to submit the submitted material and, if selected, will have the option to have your work published in our anthology (under a separate agreement).


good to know

In our first year, the Steelkilt Media Festival and Awards is committed to supporting creatives and empowering storytellers of all walks of life. First and foremost, we are a narrative festival that supports storytellers with bold vision and unique voices. You don’t have to know someone to get your script or story read. The submission process is open to all through FilmFreeway. We particularly seek hidden gems, unknown and unpublished writers and creators, first-time writers and newcomers to comics.

Transparency and fairness are at the heart of our core values. We understand that producing a comic book can be prohibitively expensive for many writers. Most comic book companies won’t read comic book submissions without completed pages of sequential art – putting the writer in the financial-challenging position of having to fund the pitch. Likewise, producing an entire comic book or graphic novel is not economically feasible for most writers, and a financial risk that many are unwilling to take. That’s why our script competition is the heart and soul of our competition. Our student and early bird submission fees are priced as low as $5 to allow anyone to enter the competition. Nothing more than a passion for sequential art and a killer script is needed for those who want to have their work seen. And our ultimate goal is to highlight forward leaning and innovative creators, putting new work into the hands of as many readers as possible through our printed and digital anthologies.