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

Winning entrants will receive some truly awesome prizes, including:

- Cash
- Publishing deals
- Movie distribution offer
- Award certificates
- Laurels
- Film-making classes
- Contacts with horror movie industry insiders
- Horror merchandise
- And much more

Each screenplay and movie entrant receives a comprehensive feedback form from one of our Hollywood judges, explaining how their screenplay or film did against the judging criteria. This is included as part of your entry fee and is extremely popular with submitters.

Screenplays and movies selected as finalists and winners will be announced on 30 December 2020.

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.'

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

2 x second-place winners will receive:
- $500.00
- 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

In addition to the above winners, entrants whose screenplays score highly enough will be awarded the status of Finalist, meaning they are eligible for exclusive discounted publishing packages and awarded Finalist laurels.

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 winner will receive:
- $300.00
- 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

Third place winner will receive:
- $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, entrants whose screenplays score highly will be awarded the status of Finalist, meaning they are 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 Supporting Actor & Actress
- Best Horror Baddy
- Best Special Effects

Selected films will also be offered distribution via 13Horror.com's brand new online film distribution channel. We are excited to be able to offer successful film-makers an incredible distribution deal where we'll engage in promotion of your movie and film-makers will be paid extremely competitive royalties on sales made via our horror channel on Amazon Prime Video.

SHORT FILM

Laurels will be awarded for:
- Best Film
- Best Director
- Best Actor & Actress
- Scariest Moment
- Best Horror Baddy
- Best Special Effect

Selected films will also be offered distribution via 13Horror.com's brand new online film distribution channel. We are excited to be able to offer successful film-makers an incredible distribution deal where we'll engage in promotion of your movie and film-makers will be paid extremely competitive royalties on sales made via our horror channel on Amazon Prime Video.

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

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

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 December 13th, 2020. Screenplays and movies selected as finalists and winners will be announced on 30 December 2020.

Please see 13Horror.com for full Rules & Terms.

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  • First time I was ever a Finalist :) I didn't win but it just felt so great being a Finalist and they even sent a certificate. Thank you!

    August 2020
  • Dana Hammer

    This is a fantastic contest, and we were honored to be winners. They give you thorough feedback, which is rare in contests like these, and a publishing deal is also a very cool perk. Highly recommend.

    August 2020
  • What a great fest! Very communicative and truly passionate film enthusiasts. An honor to be a part of it.

    August 2020
  • Just thought I'd post some positive feedback on 13Horror.com's screenplay competition for anyone wondering whether or not to submit their screenplay. As a novice screenwriter - and not knowing any 'insiders' - I researched many competitions and found that some offer written feedback from readers. Personally I found nothing worse than entering a competition on filmfreeway only to be told you're not being considered. In order to improve my writing I found that feedback would be essential and friends and family aren't always the best people to ask. For my horror screenplay 'The Golden Mile Gauntlet' I thought 13Horror.com would be perfect to submit to and I wasn't wrong. My feedback from DS pointed out some obvious mistakes I've been making and given me some much needed confidence. Thank you Andrew Hannon (and team) for running the competition, and good luck to all who have entered!

    August 2020
  • Great feedback on my short screenplay which gave me an opportunity to reflect, revise and resubmit. I will be submitting new content again!

    August 2020