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 31 July 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 June 28th, 2020. Screenplays and movies selected as finalists and winners will be announced on 31 July 2020.

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

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  • Top Notch festival organized by awesome people! It was an honor to have been part of 13Horror.com Film & Screenplay Contest

    March 2020
  • Derron Myles

    Awesome contest! Andrew and the gang are top-notch! Excellent feedback! I highly recommend this contest for any aspiring horror screenwriter!

    March 2020
  • Jennifer Milne

    I had a great experience. The feedback was professional and helpful. Communication was excellent.

    February 2020
  • It was a great experience. I’m glad I was able to be a part of it. The judges feedback was really on point and was very helpful.

    January 2020
  • Theresa Wilson

    I appreciated how the judges encouraged me with pointers on how to improve my content. Writers get excited when we know someone is actually reading our work. I am now awaiting the "trailer" and script ebook that l can use to promote this film project, as a result of becoming a finalist in the festival. I am entering 2020 with excitement and great expectations.

    January 2020