As a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, David-Matthew Barnes writes in multiple genres, primarily young adult.
David-Matthew Barnes is an author, playwright, poet, and screenwriter. He writes in multiple genres, primarily young adult. His award-winning screenplays have earned many international accolades, including awards at the New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam, the Play Film Festival in Paris, the Sunday Shorts Film Festival in London, the Changing Faces International Film Festival in Sydney, and the Prisma Independent Film Awards in Rome. For his scripts, he has received two Los Angeles Film Awards, a New York Film Award, and a European Independent Film Award. He was named the Grand Prize Jury Winner at Film Invasion L.A. for Best Screenplay. To date, he has written more than fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eleven countries. His scripts and monologues are available from Blue Dasher Press, Brooklyn Publishers, Drama Notebook, Performer Stuff, Playscripts, and Smith and Kraus. He is the author of twelve novels, available from Blue Dasher Press and Bold Strokes Books, including two young adult novels that were recognized by the American Library Association for their inclusion and diversity. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, The Magnolia Review, Memoryhouse, New Plains Review, Review Americana, The Southeast Review, 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, and three collections in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He is the recipient of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award, the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award, the Slam Boston Award for Best Play, and two Elly Awards from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. He is a member of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, the Dramatists Guild of America, International Thriller Writers, the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, the Romance Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He loves tacos, board games, pinball, white carnations, koalas, all things Disney, Nancy Drew, and everything written by Dorothy Parker, Tennessee Williams, Norma Fox Mazer, and Judy Blume. He lives in Denver.
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    Baby in the Basement
    Short Script
    The Truants
    Stage Play
    Baby in the Basement2020
    Student, Short
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    Baby in the Basement2020
    Student, Short
Official Selection - Screenplay Competition
Baby in the Basement
MedFF
Siracusa, Italy (Sicily)
2019
Semi Finalist - Best Short Screenplay
Baby in the Basement
Rome Independent Prisma Awards
Rome, Italy
2019
Semi Finalist - Short Length Screenplay Competition
Baby in the Basement
Omaha Film Festival
Omaha, Nebraska
2018
Finalist - Short Screenplay
Baby in the Basement
London Cinematic International Film Festival
London, England
2018
Official Selection - Best Script (Short)
Baby in the Basement
Play Film Festival
Paris, France
2018
Current Official Selection, Best Short Film Script
Baby in the Basement
The European Independent Film Award
2017
Official Selection, Best Short Film Script
Baby in the Basement
Mindfield Film Festival - Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2017
College
Queens University of Charlotte
Creative Writing
20062008
College
Oglethorpe University
Communications and English
20042006
Birth Date
September 3, 1970
Birth City
Torrance, California
Current City
Denver, Colorado
Hometown
Sacramento, California
Height
5'11"
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Caucasian
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Virgo
Married To
Edward Castillo Ortiz
As a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, David-Matthew Barnes writes in multiple genres, primarily young adult.
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