13Horror.com is back with THE go-to contest for horror screenwriters and film-makers!

The categories for the contest are:
1) Feature-length screenplays
2) Short screenplays
3) Feature-length movies
4) Short movies

The contest includes the option for comprehensive feedback from one of our Hollywood judges explaining how screenplays or films did against the judging criteria. This is an extremely popular feature of our contest and is on of the reasons why our contest is recognized by screenwriters and film-makers as one of the best contests in horror.

Our Hollywood judges include Andrew Hannon, editor of the international best-selling 'Thirteen' horror anthologies and writer of the critically acclaimed sell-out stage show Stage Fright and writer and star of the horror film Creepy Hill.

FEATURE-LENGTH SCREENPLAY CONTEST
One grand prize winner will receive:
- $1,000.00
- Professional publication of their screenplay, including a professional cover design and royalties for life
- The coveted 13Horror.com Golden Skull award
- A letter of introduction from 13Horror.com
- A framed winner’s certificate
- A horror movie model
- A place in the 13Horror.com Hall of Fame

Second and third place winners will receive:
- $500.00 and $350.00
- Professional publication of their screenplay, including a professional cover design and royalties for life
- The coveted 13Horror.com Silver Skull award
- A letter of introduction from 13Horror.com
- A framed winner's certificate
- A horror movie model
- A place in the 13Horror.com Hall of Fame

10 x additional winners will receive:
- Professional publication of their screenplay, including a professional cover design and royalties for life
- A winner’s certificate including their laurels
- A place in the 13Horror.com Hall of Fame

SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST
One grand prize winner will receive:
- $500.00
- Professional publication of their screenplay, including a professional cover design and royalties for life
- A letter of introduction from 13Horror.com
- A framed winner’s certificate
- A place in the 13Horror.com Hall of Fame

Second place and third place winners will receive:
- $300.00 and $200.00
- Professional publication of their screenplay, including a professional cover design and royalties for life
- A letter of introduction from 13Horror.com
- A framed winner's certificate
- A place in the 13Horror.com Hall of Fame

10 additional winners will receive:
- Professional publication of their screenplay, including a professional cover design and royalties for life
- A winner's certificate
- A place in the 13Horror.com Hall of Fame

In addition to the above winners in both screenplay categories, entrants who score highly enough to qualify as Finalists will be eligible for exclusive discounted publishing packages and awarded Finalist laurels.

FEATURE-LENGTH FILM
Laurels will be awarded for: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor & Best Actress, Best Horror Baddy and Best Special Effects

SHORT FILM
Laurels will be awarded for: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor & Actress, Scariest Moment, Best Horror Baddy and Best Special Effects

Selected films will also be offered distribution via 13Horror.com's Amazon Prime distribution channel.

Winning screenplays and films will be chosen based on the following criteria:

(i) originality
(ii) story
(iii) characterization
(iv) presentation
(v) overall impression

If you opt for feedback, comprehensive feedback forms will be sent to each writer and filmmaker regarding their respective work as soon as a judge has completed their review. The deadline for entries is March 31st 2023. Screenplays and movies selected as finalists and winners will be announced on April 15th 2023.

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  • My feature screenplay was one of the top 10 selected winners and as part of the prize, it was published into a paperback/e-book version through an affiliate with the festival. Really super cool! I enjoyed the feedback that I had received from my script as well. I would certainly try another shot at this festival!

    November 2022
  • James Ryan

    Excellent communication. Would definitely recommend it.

    November 2022
  • Thank you so much to 13Horror.com Film & Screenplay Contest for judging my short screenplay, "Popsicle Death" a Finalist.
    Well done review of my screenplay. Thanks!
    Highly recommend this contest. Cheers!

    November 2022
  • The overall experience was excellent. The feedback they supply is well worth the price of submission. I will submit my next project to 13Horror.com for sure, and would recommend others to do the same.

    November 2022
  • Melanie Hayward

    The feedback I received on my short horror screenplay was really useful and highlighted a way for me to elevate my writing generally. Great communication as well. Super thankful for the finalist nomination, this has been a really wonderful contest to be a part of.

    November 2022