As a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, I write in multiple genres, primarily young adult, romance, thriller, and horror. I create stories about ordinary people experiencing extraordinary circumstances.
David-Matthew Barnes is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, three collections of poetry, seven short stories, and more than seventy stage plays that have been performed in three languages in twelve countries. To date, he has written six produced screenplays, including the coming-of-age indie drama Frozen Stars and the award-winning Dutch film Wagon. He writes in multiple genres, primarily young adult, romance, thriller, and horror. 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 Best 10-Minute Plays, 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, and several collections in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. For his work, he has received the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award, the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award for playwriting, the Slam Boston Award for Best Play, and two Elly Awards for playwriting from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. He was named a finalist for the Sundance Institute - YouTube New Voices Lab. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He was nationally selected to serve as the Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Pennsylvania State University. He graduated with honors from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He is a graduate of the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in Sacramento, California.
Second Place
Passengers
Filmocracy Scriptwiter Showdown (Drama Edition)
Online
2022
Winner, Luis Buñuel Memorial Award
A Sort of Madness
L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival (LIAFF)
Kolkata, India
2022
Finalist, Feature Script
The Everlasting Gift
Hamburg Fim Awards
Hamburg, Germany
2022
Honorable Mention, Short Script
Tagged
Art Film Awards
Skopje, Macedonia
2022
Winner, Short Script
Tagged
Hamburg Film Awards
Hamburg, Germany
2022
Best American Writer
Dummy
Stanley Film Awards
London
2022
Winner, Best Horror Short Screenplay
Dummy
Golden Wings International Film Awards
Online
2022
Semi-Finalist, Best Short Script
Tagged
Prix Royal Paris Screenplay Awards
Paris, France
2021
Best Short Script
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Oz Indie Film Festival
Melbourne, Australia
2021
Honorable Mention, Best Short Script
Tagged
New York Movie Awards
New York City, New York
2021
Finalist, Best Short Script
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Hollywood Gold Awards
Los Angeles, California
2021
Official Selection, Best Unproduced Script
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Chicago Indie Film Awards
Chicago, Illinois
2021
Best Super Short Script
Tagged
Best Script Award
London
2021
Screenplay Short - Best Horror
Dummy
LA Under the Stars: Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2020
Best Horror Screenplay - Short: Creepy Characters & Dialogue
Dummy
Creepy Tree Film Festival
2020
Best Horror Screenplay - Short: Creepy New Series
Dummy
Creepy Tree Film Festival
2020
Best Short Screenplay
Tagged
Universe Multicultural Film Festival
Rolling Hills Estates, California
2017
Best Screenplay Short
Tagged
Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles, California
2017
Best Screenplay Short
Tagged
Changing Faces International Film Festival
Sydney, Australia
2017
College
Queens University of Charlotte
Creative Writing
20062008
College
Oglethorpe University
Communications and English
20042006
College
UCLA Professional Program
Screenwriting
20202021
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
“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” - Willa Cather
As a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, I write in multiple genres, primarily young adult, romance, thriller, and horror. I create stories about ordinary people experiencing extraordinary circumstances.