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Sep 3rd
Early
Oct 31st
Regular
Nov 26th
Final
Dec 17th
Extended
Killer Shorts
Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition
2021
Rare opportunity to have agents, managers and producers reading your horror short screenplays. Sponsored by Shudder and Final Draft. Submit today!
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Got a horror short screenplay? 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, Final Draft 12, Shudder subscriptions, a killer trophy, increased rank on Coverfly's The Red List, and so much more.

Visit our website for more information.

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Prices & Deadlines

Sep 3rd
Early
Oct 31st
Regular
Nov 26th
Final
Dec 17th
Extended
Horror Short
$20.00
$25.00
$30.00
$35.00
1 Page Horror Short
$5.00
$5.00
$5.00
$5.00

Benefits


This year's jury includes:


  • Xavier Burgin - Director (Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror)
  • Gigi Saul Guerrero - Director (Culture Shock, The Purge, El Gigante)
  • Joe Bob Briggs - Film Critic, Performer
  • Scott Stoops - Literary Manager - Good Fear Content
  • Daniel Seco - Literary Manager - Empirical Evidence
  • 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
  • Sophie Carroll - Programming Manager - ALTER
  • Jason Tamasco  - Producer - Bad Idea Films
  • Matthew Dartnell - Literary Manager - Writ Large
  • Zack Zucker - Literary Manager / Producer - Bellevue Productions


The Top 3 Winners Receive:

  1. Circulation and recommendation to our network of Hollywood managers, agents, producers and development executives.
  2. Career consultations with Coverfly's Head of Development & a 60 minute Career Development call with a Stage 32 industry professional.
  3.  Final Draft 12 Screenwriting Software.
  4. Waived entry to multiple other contests and festivals.
  5. A skull-shaped typewriter trophy, hand-sculpted and designed by celebrity FX artist Tyler Green (Syfy's Face Off).
  6. Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List.
  7. Killer swag courtesy of Rue Morgue, Slasher TV, 1313 Mockingbird Lane Toys & Collectibles, Fright Rags, Waxwork Records, Ghoulish Gary, and more.
  8. Shudder subscriptions (1 year, 6 months, and 3 months, respectively)
  9. ISAConnect Memberships (1 year, 6 months, 6 months)
  10. VIP Platinum Memberships on Screenwriters Network (1 year, 6 months, and 3 months, respectively)
  11. 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, Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List, Stage 32 short script coverage from an industry professional, 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, 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, 1 free month of the Stage 32 Writers' Room, 20% off of the 9th Annual Stage 32 Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest and 5 Coverfly Tokens for use on Coverfly’s free peer-to-peer notes exchange.

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 introduce the new ‘1 Page Category’, with prizes geared towards helping you produce a 1-minute horror short film.

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 12 Screenwriting Software.
  • A QWERKYWRITER® Best-In-Class Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard.
  • $500 Cash.
  • Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List.
  • 1 Year ISAConnect Membership.
  • A skull-shaped typewriter trophy, hand-sculpted and designed by celebrity FX artist Tyler Green (Syfy's Face Off).


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Announcements

Feb 28th
Semifinalists
Mar 14th
Top 10 Finalists
Apr 25th
Top 3 Winners

Official Sponsors

Final Draft
Shudder
Rue Morgue
Script Butcher
Ghoulish Gary
1313 Mockingbird Lane Toys & Collectibles
Slasher TV
Screenwriters Network
Fright Rags
Waxwork Records
Coverfly
ISA Network
Filmfreeway
Stan Winston School