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The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition

Killer Shorts Horror

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Email:
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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
64
$25.00
Regular October 1, 2024
125
$30.00
Final December 1, 2024
186
$35.00
Extended December 31, 2024
216
$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 Quarterfinalists

Killer Shorts has named their 2024 quarterfinalists from among more than 1,124 submissions.

Main Category Quarterfinalists:
JOSHUA DAVID MATTHEWS: …And Nothing On
SCOTT CARELLI & NICK JIMENEZ: A Better Place
ELIZA POWER: A Hand to Hold
VICTOR RIDAURA: A Holy Curse
MIGUEL TOLEDO: A Lamb Without Blemish
PHILLIP WALTON: A Manifestation
SUNNY KING: After Midnight
CLINT FORD: ALPHA OMEGA
JAKE WHITE: ANML
DEANE MCELREE: Anteater
ORLAGH BILLING: Back Bone
JULIA DIDDY: Beasts
KATE BERTASH: Betrothed
REN HSIEH: Black Puma
JACOB GALYON: Cactus
JOANNA DACK: Cam Girls
LEE BACON: CAN’T UNSEE
ALEX AYMARD: Cervid
ADISON OLIVERAS: Child of God
WILLIAM JEFFERY: CHIRKY’S
NATE KRIEGER: CHUM
JEFF SPEED: Clown Eyes
ERIC COOK: Crazy for Coco Chomps
VICTOR AGUILAR: Crimson Curse
JIM LOPEZZO: Cruising With The Undead
JULIO GAGNE: Decay
RICHARD DOYLE: Do Us Part
BEN WHITE: Don’t Pick Up
ANDREW MOOREHEAD: Don’t Read It
GINA DEANGELIS: Doors
AMANDA TORIGIANI: Duke
ALYCYA MAGANA: Earthling_Girl
SASHA DUNCAN: easybake
TONY HIPWELL: Erosion
KATHRYN WEBB: Essex Bird
WILLIAM MURRAY & NATHAN ALEXANDER: EX EX EX
MEL HORNYAK: Feel Better
SHANE HARBINSON: Freeborn
TONY AYALA FUENTES: Glass
PABLO CERVERA GUTIÉRREZ: Guess Who?
ALESSANDRO PULISCI: Hi I Just Moved Here
CARA MARSHALL: In With the Storm
SIMON LAURENCE DOYLE: Inpatient
BRIAN MENZ: It’s Okay. He’s Friendly.
JOE SAVAGE: Itch
KLARA CHMELAROVA: Jelloman
DURAN JONES: JULIA
PHILLIP MCSWEEN: Just Me
LACEY ANDREWS: Killer Marathon
JAY SLATER: Leave Our Kids Alone
BEN WOODIWISS: Linnea
DAVID HATFIELD: Midnight Oil
PAUL SHERIDAN: Midway
MELANIE ORTIZ: Motion Alert
MARQUES VILLARONGA: My Mother Says
GERARDO MARAVILLA: Niño de Vidrio (Child of Glass)
JESSE FOY: Nobody Knows
REBIN ZANGANA: North Dakota Rapture
KRISTEN MCNAULE: Nosebleed
R.J. LIAW: Offering
JESSICA MCLAUGHLIN: Pangs
ANOOP SINGH: Pareidolia
WALEY WANG: Passion of Ana
ETHAN EVANS & JESS BARTLETT: Pegs
STEPHEN KRESPEL: PET CEMETERY
EVAN PSENCIK: Phylactry
ELLA WEST: Pickles
NATHANIEL STOUGHTON: Pieces of a Man
MARYELLEN DEVIVO: Pinned
IAN SMART: Pitter and Patter
NINA DEVINE: Rat King
RYAN SCHWENNING: Saint Arnold
STEPHEN CHEN: Secret Admirer
LASHAWN KELLEY: She Comes To Me
KARINA DASILVA: Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God
RAMON PARADOA: Sinthwave
JEAN-PAUL DISCISCIO: Skin For Skin
CHRISTIANE LANGE: Stranded
MICHAEL ROGERS: Super Positive
NED THORNE: Swell
ANDREW KABERLINE: Tallahassee Twin
KIMBERLY DIVAD: Thank Mother
GUILLERMO ORTIZ & GEENA KARSAMA: The Avon Lady
SOPHIA PEASLEE: The Black Dog
MELANIE HAYWARD: The Blood That Binds Us
JESS C WHEATLEY: The Call Out
MERE WALTON: The Christmas Lottery
AARON LECK: The Coward
STEVE HANISCH: The Evil That Men Do
GARY SCOTT IRONS: The Fairchild Equation of Artemis Frost
MIKE LANGER: The Fluorescent Void
JOSH FOLAN: The Kilima Chain
NIKO BLANAS: The Killers on Ludlow Lane
SARA CALDWELL: The Knocker Upper
JOE KELLY: The Loo Leash
LOGAN DUNN: The Menagerie
RILEY SCOTT & MACKENZIE BREEDEN: The Praying Mantis
GUILE FEITOSAMOURA: The Rubudubles
MITCHELL BANKS: The Train Station
JASON WILLIAMSON: The Viewing
DAVID HATFIELD: The Visitor
LILLY SCOURTIS: Theodora and the Witch
JAKE MOSES: There’s Something Off About Gertrude…
TONY FRENCH: They Will Be Monsters
VICTOR RIDAURA: This Is Not The End
PAUL CLARKE: Through the Lens
CHRISTOPHER GUERRERO: TIMESHIFT
MARYELLEN DEVIVO: Tip Jar
JACK WARREN: Violent Delights
IAN BAASKE: Virginia Freyre
DAISY RYAN: Wax
CATRIONA DAVIDSON: What the Water Gave Us
KELLY ASHER: When the Bough Breaks
JOSHUA MATTHEWS & JASON SHEEDY: When the Flame Goes Out
MAX HALLAM: When The Stars Aligned
DAYNA NOFFKE: WhoDiedHere.Com
JADE JIAO: Wifey
MIMI LEE & VANESSA VO: YAOGUAI
TONI CUNNINGHAM: You’re Not There Yet
JOSHUA HEATON: You’re on Mute
JAMIE ALVEY: Your Husband Was a Good Man


1-Page Quarterfinalists:
GEORGE MORRIS: “Keep an Ear Out”
JOSHUA DAVID MATTHEWS: A Beautiful Dream
FRANCESCA PAZNIOKAS: Annunciation
AMELIA CLOVER: Another Mouth to Feed
JASON RICE: Breakfast with Bag Man
CHRIS MITCHELL: Check For Monsters
JOSHUA HEATON: D.O.A.
MATT GILBERT: DO-GOODER
JEREMY JACKSON: Don’t Bail
KELLY ASHER: Don’t Blink
VICTORIA HARRIS: Enjoy Your Stay
DAVE THORPE: Epilogue
COLE MCCABE: Fill ‘Er Up
TRAVIS WILLIAMS: Fish Special
BRADLEY AUSTIN: Garden of the Grafted
VICTORIA HARRIS: In the Depths of Dark Water
DARREN HINCHY: Joe’s End
SAM CARRUTHERS: Margaret’s Golden Birthday
CHRIS MITCHELL: Mirror Me
MOSES NEBRASKA: MUSCLE OUT THE DEMONS
NOËMIE MARTINEL: No Peeking
JEREMY WEINER: Not Again, Gary
FORREST LANGLEY: Paralyzed
PHILLIP DISHON: Reunited
EVAN BAUGHFMAN: Scary Larry
FRANCESCA PAZNIOKAS: Sea Child
JOHN ACQUAVIVA: Sheared Secrets
JANET LOFTIS: Shoe – Floating on Water
JOSEPH X CASILLAS: Ten Thousand
FRANCESCA PAZNIOKAS: Terminated
TONY HIPWELL: The Lure
MARKO PANDZA & JASON KERR: The Miracle
DEVI BHADURI: The Only Exit
EMMA HUANG: The Smile Room
JOSHUA HEATON: Tooth Fairy
NATHAN PATTON: TRAILER TRASH
STEPHEN CHEN: Uncle Roger’s Basement
KARELINE CASTOR: Watch This
LEE COTMAN: We Don’t Bite Our Friends
AIDAN KILPATRICK: Wet Dreamer

Short Story (Prose) Quarterfinalists:
DEREK LADD: A Shade of Scarlett
CHRISTINE RIFKIN: Alternates
GAVIN JOHN: Don’t Look Away
TIYAN NEWMAN: Eden
LARISSA ZAGERIS & LISA KROGER: Family Fun Night
KATHERINE SAINTE-MARIE: Fever Dream on Devil’s Lake
DEREK LADD: Flies
MARK RENSHAW: Ganglers
LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG: INTERVIEW
BRYAN DEMORE: Jeremiah
RODDY MCCANCE: La Cara Del Tiempo
ANDY FARRANT: lofi beats to kill to
DANIELA KRÁLOVÁ: Maryja
JACKIE FENN: Nurture
J. ALEXANDER GREENWOOD: Obsidian
SHAINUR ULLAH: our teacher doesn’t call us by our real names but by our future potential
ADAM NARIMATSU: Out of the Mouths of Babes
CURTIS MATZKE: Puppets
C. E. SIMON: Red River Valley
LARISSA ZAGERIS: Something In the Night
LARRY SOLIDARITY: Space Hurricane
JEFFREY FREEMAN: Spirits
SHAUN O’LOUGHLIN: Stay on Trail
MELISSA SWEAZY: The Beach House
VASANTHI VARADARAJAN: The Birdhouse
SURINA BELK-GUPTA: The Burned City
LEN FORGUES: The Cat’s Meow
JOSHUA HEATON: The Faded Man
JULIE ANN SLABY: The Final Spectacle
GOVINDA JONES: The Guest Room
JON DOUGLAS RAINEY: The Kitchen Drawer
C.T. ROEMER: The Mercy
LARISSA ZAGERIS: The Strand
AZZURRA ROWLAND: The Unconventional Tea Party
CHARLENE CLARKE-TODORUK: The Wood in the Window
JERRY SAMPSON: The Wood Sprites Made Me Do It
P.M. RAYMOND: Things Are as They Should Be
ALYSSA DIPALMA: Tilly’s Testimonies
DAVID SHARP: Under the Moonbow
ALEEZA BENYONA: When I Call Home

Updated: 02/12/2024

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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