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The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition

Killer Shorts Horror

Contact

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

Contact: Alison Parker, Contest Director

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Objective

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

Our Top 10 finalists will be read by a jury of over a dozen literary managers, producers, filmmakers, and absolute horror legends. Prizes include guaranteed industry reads, career consultations, mentorships, increased Coverfly score, a killer trophy, and so much more.

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Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date
Days till:
Entry Fee
Early August 1, 2024
37
$25.00
Regular October 1, 2024
98
$30.00
Final December 1, 2024
159
$35.00
Extended December 31, 2024
189
$40.00

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Notification: February 9, 2025

Rules

Screenplays entered must 20 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:
  • John Zaozirny - Literary Manager // Producer - Bellevue Productions
  • Gregory Nicotero - Director // Producer // Special FX Make Up Creator (The Walking Dead, Creepshow, The Hateful Eight)
  • Xavier Burgin - Director (Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror)
  • Gigi Saul Guerrero - Director // Co-Founder Luchagore Productions (Satanic Hispanics, Culture Shock, El Gigante)
  • Aaron B. Koontz - Producer // CEO Paper Street Pictures (Shelby Oaks, Scare Package I&II, The Pale Door)
  • Melody Cooper - Producer // Writer (Beasts of Prey, Two Sentence Horror Stories, Law & Order: SVU)
  • Seth M. Sherwood - Screenwriter (Leatherface, Hell Fest)
  • 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
  • Barbara Crampton - Actress // Producer (You're Next, From Beyond, Chopping Mall, Re-Animator)
  • Jenn Wexler - Filmmaker (The Sacrifice Game, The Ranger, ABC's of Death 2)
  • Sophie Carroll - Programming Manager - ALTER
  • Jason Tamasco - Producer - Traction Pictures
  • Matthew Dartnell - Literary Manager - Writ Large
The Top 3 Winners Receive:
  • Circulation and recommendation to our network of Hollywood managers, agents, producers and development executives.
  • Final Draft 13 Screenwriting Software.
  • 1:1 30 minute Crowdfunding Consultation call with Seed & Spark's Head of Creator Success
  • Waived entry to multiple other contests and festivals.
  • Career consultations with Coverfly's Head of Development, & a 60 minute Career Development call with a Stage 32 industry professional.
  • Access to Robert Mckee's 3 Part Horror Webinar Series, including three 90-minute lessons where McKee teaches the sources of horror, the hidden worlds within reality, and the secret to writing a monster that will terrify your audience.
  • Waived entry to multiple other contests and festivals.
  • A skull-shaped typewriter trophy, hand-sculpted and designed by celebrity FX artist Tyler Green (Syfy’s Face Off).
  • Killer swag courtesy of Rue Morgue, Fright Rags, Ghoulish Gary, and Horror Pack.
  • ISAConnect Memberships (6 months, 3 months, 3 months)
  • 1-Year Premium Subscription to ScriptHop
  • 1-Year Rockstar Membership to Script Revolution
  • 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
  • 1:1 30 minute Crowdfunding Consultation call with Seed & Spark's Head of Creator Success
  • Stage 32 short script coverage from an industry professional
  • Plus, your script will be read by our panel of industry judges.
Semi Finalists Receive:
  • Semi Finalist Laurels
  • Stage 32 Next Level Webinar of your choice
  • Plus your screenplay will be made available by request to potential producers and filmmakers.
Quarter Finalists Receive:
  • Quarter Finalist Laurels
  • Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List
  • 20% off of Stage 32's Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest

1 Page Script Category

We recognize that shorter scripts have a slight disadvantage when it comes to impressing literary managers, so we are thrilled to continue our new ‘1 Page Category’, with prizes geared towards helping you produce a horror micro-short film.

Can you tell a horror story in just one page?

The Best 1 Page Script Will Receive:

  • An all-access 1 year subscription to Stan Winston School, including their Course library by The Masters of FX.
  • Final Draft 13 Screenwriting Software.
  • A QWERKYWRITER® Best-In-Class Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard. $500 Cash.
  • Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List.
  • 6 Month ISAConnect Membership.
  • 1-Year Premium Subscription to ScriptHop
  • 1-Year Rockstar Membership to Script Revolution
  • A skull-shaped typewriter trophy, hand-sculpted and designed by celebrity FX artist Tyler Green (Syfy’s Face Off).
Short Story Category
  • Publication on Website
  • Chris Hicks Career Mentorship Call
  • Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List.
  • Scrivener Writing Software
  • A skull-shaped typewriter trophy, hand-sculpted and designed by celebrity FX artist Tyler Green (Syfy's Face Off).
MENTORS

The winner of the Short Story (Prose) category will receive a 30 minute, one on one zoom meeting with Chris Hicks, professional screenwriter and author of I Am Not Alone. Chris will answers general questions about the business, how to take your career to the next level, and navigating Hollywood.

Chris is the author of I Am Not Alone – the record breaking short story sold to Netflix. Misha Green has attached to write the script, direct and produce. Jessica Chastain attached to star and produce. Simon Kinberg producing. His story “All You Can Eat” is currently in development as a television series by Wonder Worldwide and Big Light Productions. His stories have been read by millions of readers on Reddit’s NoSleep where they are among the most popular stories of all time. As a screenwriter, he made the quarterfinals of the 2022 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship and was selected to the 2020 Bloodlist. Chris Hicks is a #killeralum with his script "THE BUTTER STREET HITCHHIKER" coming in 3rd Place in Season 1. Chris is represented by Peter Katz of Story Driven.

Killer Shorts Horror

Contact

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

Contact: Alison Parker, Contest Director

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: Less than 5  
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The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition

Contact

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

Contact: Alison Parker, Contest Director

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: Less than 5  
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Contest News

Killer Shorts Names Screenplay Contest Semifinalists

The Killer Shorts Screenplay Competition has announced their semifinalists from more than 1,000 submissions.

Main Category Semifinalists
SARAH WARD ’97
MARYELLEN DEVIVO All the Rage
JENESSA RIVERA Amor de Mi Vida
JACK CAREY Blood Trench
DANNY ROGERS Buck’s Big Break
JAMES PATRICK FURLONG Clean Kill
JULIA DIDDY Cooking Lessons with Baba Yaga
RACHEL CYLIE GROSS & STANLEY SWINDLING Dispose
BRIAN BARNES Do Not Open
PHILLIP WALTON Don’t Eat From The Machine
SHAUN O’LOUGHLIN Drinkwater
KARELINE CASTOR Dust
TIYAN NEWMAN Eden
JEREMY WEINER Get It!
CHARLENE CLARKE-TODORUK Heads
VICTOR RIDAURA Identidad Raza
JOSH SCHENKKAN AND MICHAEL MOUNT Incognito Mode
MAYANKA GOEL Is Your Husband Home?
BRIAN MENZ It’s OK. He’s Friendly.
JON PLATT Just the Three of Me
BEN WOODIWISS Lady Midday
ARIEL MCCLEESE Lady Parts
LUCY FOSTER Lovely Girl
JOSHUA DAVID MATTHEWS Memories of a House
ALEXANDER SELTZER Merrow
ERIC ROBINSON MUSKREALM.JPG
LEE BACON New Dog
CHRISTIAN GREEN Night Of The Living Vacuum
GWENDOLYN HULET Nothing’s Final
ADAM SANTA CRUZ People Die
SIMON DOYLE Retrograde
ERIC WARREN Sampson & Delilah
JACKIE PEREZ & ELISE SALOMON Self Image
MIYAKO FUQUA Shelf Life
JOHAN SPIROLAZZI Sing The Fucking Song
APRIL ROUVEYROL Starlight
JASON RICE Stray
JED WOODS Stud Muffin
JUSTIN MORITZ & PARKER FOREMAN Take 177
LIA BERGER Teller
JESS C WHEATLEY The Call Out
ALEXANDER SELTZER The Door
DOMINIC HART The Night Runner
PATRICK MEDIATE & AARON MCLANE The Unwrapping
DANIEL ALAN KIELY The Whisper Tree
YVETTE ROSS There’s A Monster in My Room
GLENN FORBES To Live Again a Butterfly
PATRICK LOVELAND Too Many Eyes
ASH LAZER White Noise
ZOE BULLOCK Witch Hunt
JOSHUA HEATON You’re on Mute

1-Page Semifinalists
PATTY PAPAGEORGIOU #milk
JOSHUA HEATON A Confession
WENZLER POWERS A Little Prick
CHELSEA SPIRITO After the Storm
CHRISTIAN CURRY AKUNA Bookworm
ANDREW WILCZAK Bubbles
RENE CLAVEAU Cluck Cluck
JESS BARTLETT Duck Duck Goose
CHRIS VANDERHORST Followers
CC MCLOUGHLIN Gourmandise
EVAN BAUGHFMAN Killer in Tent
KATHERINE COX & MATT MCCARTHY Kitty’s Like…
YVETTE ROSS Love Is in the Air
SANDRA WADE MRI
SANCHEZ TAYLOR No Life Detected
TRACI LOPER Pastime
ALISON PRINGLE Phantom Crying
JOSEPH X CASILLAS Plateau
SPIKE BLACK Snip
AR UGAS Storage Room
JACKIE PEREZ The Ballerina
ARRAN CRAWLEY Watch My Baby, Please

Updated: 02/28/2023

The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition

Contact

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

Contact: Alison Parker, Contest Director

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: Less than 5  
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