Steven M. Cross

Steven M. Cross

Screenwriter and Playwright

Poplar Bluff, Missouri

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April 2015
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About Steven

I am a semi-retired educator and freelance writer. Before 2018, I published seven plays, two middle-grade novels, and one Young Adult Novel. 2018 and 2019 have been pretty good years. One of my screenplays reached a quarterfinalist status in the Bluecat competition. I've written 16 screenplays, five of which are good. I've had four quarterfinalists finishes in contests and one top 100. I have three novels that have or are shortly going to be published. At least one more, possibly two for 2020. These include YA and fantasy. In nonfiction, I've done everything from Sunday school materials to working on a Daily Newspaper to doing questions for a testing company to publishing an article in the English Journal, "Dead Poets Do Tell Tales," which was inspired by my favorite movie. I live in Poplar Bluff, MO, (home to the creators of Designing Women), so I'm not really in the screenwriting mainstream, and I suspect that might help deter me from ever really succeeding as a screenwriter, but I can dream. It would be nice to get an agent. Most of the screenplays I write are character-driven. They range from a mentally ill teenager to a teacher who has trouble with reality to a Tweener who lives and dies for baseball. I won't be the type of screenwriter who creates the Hollywood blockbuster, but I do believe that a script can't be that good if the characters aren't in some way interesting. I'm 61 at the moment. I've been married for almost 40 years and I love spoiling grandchildren and watching St. Louis Cardinals' baseball. I've made a lot of connections here but would love to make more.


  • Moments: Hindsight 2020

    Moments: Hindsight 2020 Budget: $100K - $1M | Sci-fi Drama A disgruntled man haunted by "what might have been" thinks it is too late for him to find meaning in his life until a mysterious show called Hindsight 2020 gives him the opportunity to go back to that one moment in his life that could have changed everything and make a different decision, but he learns that sometimes what you have is better than what you missed.

  • Coffee and a Cupcake

    Coffee and a Cupcake Budget: $0 - $100K | Romance Comedy When a talented marketing manager eats the best cupcake and drinks the best cup of coffee in the mall she schemes to bring two shop owners together even though they can't stand each other.

  • Crazy S.O.B.

    Crazy S.O.B. Budget: $100K - $1M | Other In this dramedy, a bipolar sufferer, Manfred Smith pisses off a parent which leads to his firing and a descent into drinking and breaking the law. Only one person tries to help him, a colleague who loves him, but whom he doesn't care about until it is too late.

  • In Sight

    In Sight Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama With her newly acquired gift of reading minds, a teenage poetess does more harm than good but tries to redeem herself before she does irreparable damage to the most vulnerable people in her lives ... including herself.

  • Heavenly Light

    Heavenly Light Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy Family Three outcasts befriend one of the girls from the local residential care facility, and when she disappears, they have to uncover the town's dark secret to rescue their lost friend and to prevent other kidnappings.

  • Freak

    Freak Thriller A mentally ill teenager, who has been such a loser his entire life that he can't even kill himself correctly, moves to a new school with a new parent and battles the same old depression and bullies (and hallucinations) he has always battled in an effort to start a new life, but it is only when he nearly dies that he succeeds.

  • Cut Off

    Cut Off Thriller After his vengeful wife ruins his career, a screenwriter moves to a remote cottage and has every intention of killing himself, but the very actress who starred in his most successful film steps back into his life and gives him fresh hope. The only problem is she's supposed to be dead and he's the one who murdered her.


  • Freak (Quarterfinalist Fresh Voices Screenplay)

    Freak (Quarterfinalist Fresh Voices Screenplay) (2015)
    Film by Fresh Voices Competition Writer

  • Fall Of Knight

    Fall Of Knight (2015)
    Print by Book Trope Writer

  • Walt Michaels Is A Weenie (top ten comedy category screenplay competition)

    Walt Michaels Is A Weenie (top ten comedy category screenplay competition) (2012)
    Film by Exposurama Screenplay Cont. writer

  • Haunted Hamlet

    Haunted Hamlet (2004)
    Theater by Brooklyn Publishers Writer


  • Quarterfinalist 2018 Bluecat competition.

  • Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Quarterfinalist

  • Fresh Voices Special Spotlight Award Finalist

  • Top ten comedy category in Exposurama second annual competition


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