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“Game of Thrones” executive producer teams up with Puerto Rico Comic Con in ambitious talent search for writers

  • Vince Gerardis, of entertainment company Startling, Inc, Seeking World Builders + Planet Killers, comes to the show to fund the next great Puerto Rican fantasy/sci-fi/fiction writer

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Attention aspiring screenwriters and storytellers: Emmy-winning television professional Vince Gerardis, best known for his work as a co-executive producer on the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones”, will hold the Island’s first script/story writing competition at Puerto Rico Comic Con 2017, from May 26-28, at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan.

The winner earns a contract writing job for Gerardis’ entertainment company, Startling, Inc. and will have his or her story developed in sequential art form, as well as the opportunity for the story to be optioned into derivative media, including film, TV, video game, virtual reality, augmented reality, books, etc.

“One of Puerto Rico Comic Con’s objectives since day one has been to be a crucible of local talent in the arts. The event has become an important platform for Puerto Rican creators to showcase their work. Through Startling’s initiative, local writers will have a chance to gain crucial industry exposure beyond our shores,” said Ricardo Carrión, executive producer of Puerto Rico Comic Con.

For his part, Vince Gerardis noted, “Hollywood is not blind to the incredible creative output on the Island. This is why Startling was established here, and we chose to hold the contest at Puerto Rico Comic Con because of the incredible work they have done over the past fifteen years for the local artist scene. Our goal with this and future endeavors is to foster local talent and get them through to industry professionals.”

How to participate

The script/story writing competition will take place during Puerto Rico Comic Con; therefore, event ticket purchase is required. Participants can submit their story/script outline online at www.startlinginc.com, starting May 19, or they may bring their outline to the Startling, Inc. booth at Puerto Rico Comic Con from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28 until 11:00am.

Story/script outline format

The outline must have a maximum of eight (8) pages and can be typed in English or Spanish, double spaced, courier font, size 12. If submitting online, please use PDF format. The following genres are accepted: comic book, superhero, science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, thriller, epic, or speculative fiction. The story must be wholly original and wholly owned; not based on any other work of any kind, written or visual, etc. 


A panel of judges will read the submissions, evaluate, and declare a winner on Sunday, May 28. The winner must present his or her story in person. Stories will be judged on the following merits: grammar; style & voice; plot; character; dialogue; situation and circumstance; syntax; world-building sophistication; prose; imagination; originality; other additional merits.

The prize

The author of the winning story will receive a three-month contract with Startling, Inc. as a for-hire writer. Plus, he or she will be guaranteed to have Startling fund a comic or graphic novel based on their story. And to top it off, Startling will have the right to option the winning story into other media.

For more information and complete details, visit www.startlinginc.com or www.prcomiccon.com

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