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Killer Shorts
Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition
Season 5
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Active Since 2019
Rare opportunity to have managers and producers reading your horror short screenplays and short stories.
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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 legendsPrizes include guaranteed industry reads, career consultations, Final Draft 12, a killer trophy, increased rank on Coverfly's The Red List, and so much more. Visit our website for more information.


Short Script Coverage is now available! You may purchase coverage before submitting to the contest. 7 day turnaround. Visit our website for more information. 


Read the loglines for our Season 4 semifinalists, finalists, honorable mentions and Top 3 winners!

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Benefits

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This year's jury includes:


  • Kane Hodder - Actor, Stuntman (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Jason X, Hatchet I, II & III)
    Xavier Burgin 
    - Director (Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror)
  • Gigi Saul Guerrero - Director (Culture Shock, The Purge, El Gigante)
  • Aaron B. Koontz - Film Producer (The Pale Door, Scare Package)
  • 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)
  • Sophie Carroll - Programming Manager - ALTER
  • Jason Tamasco  - Producer - Traction Pictures
  • Matthew Dartnell - Literary Manager - Writ Large


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. 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.
  4. Final Draft 12 Screenwriting Software.
  5. Waived entry to multiple other contests and festivals.
  6. A skull-shaped typewriter trophy, hand-sculpted and designed by celebrity FX artist Tyler Green (Syfy's Face Off).
  7. Increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List.
  8. Killer swag courtesy of Rue Morgue, Fright Rags, Ghoulish Gary, and Horror Pack.
  9. ISAConnect Memberships (6 months, 3 months, 3 months)
    1-Year Premium Subscription to ScriptHop
  10. 1-Year Rockstar Membership to Script Revolution
  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 industry 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, 20% off of Stage 32's 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 continue our new ‘1 Page Category’, with prizes geared towards helping you produce a horror micro-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.
  • 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

  • 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).

More Prize information Coming Soon!


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Announcements

Feb 26th
Semifinalists
Mar 11th
Top 10 Finalists
Apr 22nd
Top 3 Winners
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Rue Morgue
Script Butcher
Ghoulish Gary
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Stan Winston School
ScriptHop
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