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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  • I submitted two shorts. Very thorough feedback. And I won finalist for my short, Tough Love, so they delivered the publishing. Great contest!

    November 2020
  • Crystal Rivers Badeaux

    Very easy to communicate with. It’s a bummer with Covid there are no networking opportunities or anything but that’s not the festival’s fault so I am still giving it 5 stars!

    September 2020
  • Christine Stevens DeLorenzo

    Highly recommend 13Horror.com not because I was one of the winners; because I received top-notch, professional feedback on my script. Wish the larger contests provided the same stellar and useful feedback. Also, like that the winning scripts are placed on Amazon for sale with highly creative covers. If you are a horror writer, you must enter 13.Horror.com

    September 2020
  • Jason Morillo

    They were very informative and gave really good in depth coverage of my screenplay.

    September 2020
  • Patrick Mediate

    This is a wonderful fest. They were great at communicating with us, provided excellent FREE feedback and we were honored that our screenplay "Soul Passage" was chosen as a finalist. Can't wait to submit next year with a new offering!

    September 2020