The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition

Killer Shorts Horror

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West Hollywood, CA 90046-9734

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https://www.killershortscontest.com
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Contact: Alison Parker, Contest Director

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Objective

Got a horror short screenplay? We want to read it.

Our winners will be read by a jury featuring over a dozen literary managers, producers, development executives, filmmakers, and even an iconic horror actress.

Prizes include guaranteed industry reads, Final Draft licenses for all Top 10 finalists, Shudder subscriptions, Creepy Co gift cards, rare horror memorabilia, and so much more.

Visit our website for more information.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early September 1, 2020 $20.00
Regular October 31, 2020 $25.00 12
Final November 25, 2020 $30.00 37
Extended December 15, 2020 $35.00 57

Free entry is available for VIP members of the Screenwriters Network Discord Server or those who have earned enough tokens. Learn more at https://thescreenwritersnetwork.com

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Notification: Quarterfinalists – February 15th, 2021; Semifinalists – March 1st, 2021; Top 10 Finalists - March 15th, 2021, Winners – April 26th, 2021.

Rules

Screenplays entered must 25 pages or under, be written in English, and adhere to industry standard screenplay format. For a full list of rules, please visit the official website.

Awards

This year's jury includes:
  • Joe Bob Briggs - Film Critic, Performer
  • Scott Stoops - Literary Manager - Good Fear Content
  • Julian Terry - Filmmaker (Whisper, The Nurse, They Hear It)
  • Chelsea Lupkin - Senior Programmer at Short of the Week, Filmmaker (Flagged, Lucy's Tale)
  • Glenn Cockburn - Literary Manager - Meridian Artists
  • John Zaozirny - Literary Manager / Producer - Bellevue Productions
  • Barbara Crampton - Actress (You're Next, From Beyond, Chopping Mall, Re-Animator)
  • Jenn Wexler - Filmmaker (The Ranger, ABC's of Death 2, Slumber Party)
  • Scott Carr - Literary Manager - Management SGC
  • Jason Tamasco - Producer - Bad Idea Films
  • Matthew Dartnell - Literary Manager - Writ Large
  • Zack Zucker - Literary Manager / Producer - Bellevue Productions
  • Krista Sipp - Literary Manager - First Friday Entertainment

The Top 3 Winners Receive:

  • Circulation and recommendation to our network of Hollywood managers, agents, producers and development executives.
  • Final Draft Screenwriting Software.
  • Waived entry to multiple other contests and festivals.
  • Framed Winner’s Certificate.
  • Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List.
  • Killer swag courtesy of Shudder, Final Draft, Creepy Co, Rue Morgue, Slasher TV, 1313 Mockingbird Lane Toys & Collectibles, Trick or Treat Studios, Fright Rags, Waxwork Records, Ghoulish Gary, and more.
  • Shudder subscriptions (1 year, 6 months, and 3 months, respectively)
  • VIP Platinum Memberships on Screenwriters Network (1 year, 6 months, and 3 months, respectively)
  • Tokens for use on Screenwriters Network (100, 75, and 50)
  • Plus, our 3rd Place Winner will receive 5 pages of in-depth analysis and actionable advice from The Script Butcher!

Top 10 Finalists Receive:

  • Finalist Laurels, Final Draft license, Creepy Co. Gift Card, Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List, plus, your script will be read by our panel of industy judges.

Semi-Finalists Receive:

  • Semi Finalist Laurels, Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List, plus your screenplay will be made available by request to potential producers and filmmakers.

Quarter Finalists Receive:

  • Quarter Finalist Laurels, 10 Tokens on Screenwriters Network, Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List, and 5 Coverfly Tokens for use on Coverfly’s free peer-to-peer notes exchange.

Killer Shorts Horror

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PO BOX 461734
West Hollywood, CA 90046-9734

Web:
https://www.killershortscontest.com
Email:
info@killershortscontest.com

Contact: Alison Parker, Contest Director

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The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition

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Contest News

Screenwriters Network Launches 2nd Annual 'Killer Shorts' Horror Short Screenplay Competition

Calling all horror writers! The second annual Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition is accepting entries from July 1st, 2020.

The Screenwriters Network has partnered with literary managers, producers and executives to unearth the next visionary talent in horror. The Top 10 scripts will be read by a star-studded panel of industry judges, with a further combined $5,000 worth of prizes up for grabs including copies of Final Draft screenwriting software, waived entry fees to multiple screenwriting contests, increased rank on Coverfly's The Red List, free subscriptions to on-demand horror streaming service Shudder, and more.

The industry luminaries who will read the Top 10 finalists and select the winner include: Julian Terry (Whisper, They Hear It, The Nurse), Chelsea Lupkin (Short of the Week, Lucy's Tale), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond, You're Next), Joe Bob Briggs (The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs), Scott Stoops (Good Fear Film + Management), Glenn Cockburn (Meridian Artists), Lee Stobby (Lee Stobby Entertainment), Scott Carr (Management SGC), Jason Tamasco (Bad Idea Films), John Zaozirny (Bellevue Productions), Krista Sipp (First Friday Entertainment), and Jenn Wexler (The Ranger).

The winner of Killer Shorts could well be the next Hollywood success story. Feature films such as "Lights Out", "Mama", "District 9" and "The Babadook" all originated as proof-of-concept shorts. Recent shorts "Whisper" (Julian Terry), "Bedtime Story" (Lucas Paulino and Ángel Torres), "Meet Jimmy" (David-Jan Bronsgeest and Tim Koomen), "The Blue Door" (Megan Pugh and Ben Clark), and "Larry" (now titled "Come Play", from Jacob Chase), have since been discovered by major studios and are now in development as features.

"We're looking for writers ready to take the next step in their career" said Alison Parker, Contest Director and founder of The Screenwriters Network. "Savvy writers will get a head start on a feature version of their short, so that if they end up speaking with a literary manager they're in the best possible position to sign."

Killer Shorts very proudly works alongside female-led film groups to provide heavy discounts for submissions to their female-identifying and non-binary writers.

"In Season 2 we are focused on providing even more opportunities for women and POC," says Alison Parker, "We hope that by being proactive, we will see more female-identifying and non-binary writers, as well as people of color, represented in our list of finalists in 2021."

Finally, when asked for advice on what kind of scripts Killer Shorts is looking for, Alison responds, "Give us something we haven't seen before. We received 765 submissions in Season 1. We read a lot of werewolves, vampires, serial killers, and zombies. There must be something unique about your story and how you tell it. Whether that's how the killer kills, a location we've never seen before, a new type of monster, or a strange point of view, push yourself to be different and give us something new."

The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition is possible thanks to the esteemed sponsors: Shudder, Final Draft, Rue Morgue, Creepy Co, Script Butcher, Coverfly, FilmFreeway, Screenwriters Network, ISA, Slasher TV, 1313 Mockingbird Lane Toys & Collectibles, Ghoulish Gary, Trick or Treat Studios, Waxwork Records, and Fright Rags.

Entry fees start at $20 for 'Early Bird' entries submitted by September 1 2020, with a final deadline of December 15, 2020. VIP members of The Screenwriters Network can enter for free. Entries can be submitted via Coverfly, FilmFreeway or ISA Network.

Updated: 07/01/2020

The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition

Contact

PO BOX 461734
West Hollywood, CA 90046-9734

Web:
https://www.killershortscontest.com
Email:
info@killershortscontest.com

Contact: Alison Parker, Contest Director

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