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ScreenCraft wants to read (and develop) your horror screenplays

Dust off your screenplay and join the contest!

ScreenCraft wants to read (and develop) your horror screenplays

Been sitting on an idea for a horror film? Now may be your chance to make that idea real.

Our friends at ScreenCraft is holding a horror screenplay contest to all horror screenwriters wanting to have their ideas developed into real features, series pilots, and short films.

From ScreenCraft:

“Horror allows us to experience our fears in safety. Whether it’s supernatural, psychological, apocalyptic or comedic. As one of the industry’s proven genres for breaking in new talent, this competition is especially effective for new screenwriters with great scripts. If you’re writing a great horror script, we’d love to read it.”

The contest is going to be judged by prominent figures in horror cinema:

  • Ryan Turek, VP of Development at Blumhouse Pictures (“Insidious”, “The Purge”);
  • C. Robert Cargill, screenwriter of “Sinister”;
  • Brittany Klesic, creative exec at Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions (“Get Out”, “Us”);
  • Crystal Holt, Director of Scripted Programming at AMC Networks (“The Walking Dead”); and
  • Sarah Christine, Development Executive at Goalpost Pictures (“The Invisible Man”).

Screenplay submissions start from April 30 through June 30, 2020. The announcement of finalists happen from July 29 to October 7, 2020.

Everyone who feels they have a strong horror screenplay can submit (it will cost you anywhere from $49 to $79 depending on how early you turn it in) — that is regardless of your location.

However, though native languages in occasional dialogues are accepted, screenplays must be mostly in English to be accepted. Also, to give aspiring screenwriters a better shot, more established writers are not eligible to join. More about eligibility on ScreenCraft’s website.

As for the winners, the grand prizes for the three winners (in feature, TV, and short categories) include personal introductions to key figures and top literary agents, entry to the ScreenCraft Development Program, $1,000 cash award, a complimentary badge for the 2021 ScreenCraft Summit (with a stipend for travel), and a license to the winners’ screenwriting software of choice (FinalDraft or WriterDuet Pro).

Runner-ups get $500 cash awards, entries to the ScreenCraft Development Program (except for the Short Film runner-up), and 50% discount on the 2021 ScreenCraft Summit.

Click the button below to submit your horror screenplay.

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