The most popular horror and thriller contest in the world is back! 8 of our contest finalists have been signed, optioned, placed in development or staffed!

If you have the next Annabelle:Creation, It Comes at Night, Split, Conjuring, Saw, 47 Meters Down, Kidnap, The Cabin in the Woods, Atomic Blonde, The Shallows or Get Out ready to be unleashed, you need to submit your script to our 4th Annual Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest.

This is the contest that has launched the careers of writers of horror, thriller and suspense. We welcome all feature script screenplays in those genres. Micro-budgets, low budgets, medium budgets, blockbusters, it doesn't matter! Just bring the scares and thrills!

Our 2 top winners will have meetings with executives working in the horror/thriller/suspense genre. ALL finalists will have their loglines sent to a list of hundreds of industry executives Stage 32 works with including managers, agents, producers, development execs and more. The goal, as it is with all of our contests, is to provide access to executives who can move the needle on your career!

OUR TRACK RECORD

Over the last 3 years, our New Blood contest winners and finalists have been signed, optioned, put in development, and secured high level meetings with some of the top executives and companies in the film industry.

Winners Alyssa & Griffin Devine have met with Dino De Laurentiis Company, The Asylum, Crypt TV, Good Deed Entertainment, Samaco Films, Chris Sparling, and HG5 Entertainment.
Winner Glenn Forbes signed with manager Infinity Management International. His script is now set up with Glider Films
Winner Frank Ponce signed with 3 Arts Entertainment and now has a mini-series in development with Atlas Entertainment (American Hustle) and Universal
Finalist William Jeffrey's script is now under consideration at the Safran Company
For year 4 we're casting an even wider net for our finalists and winners in an effort to make sure that each one is given the ultimate chance at success!

WHAT YOU'LL WIN
The Grand Prize Winner will meet with the Stage 32 judges: Daniel Bekerman (Producer, Scythia Films, The Witch, Rememory), Korey Pollard (DGA, Halloween, Salem, Deadwood), Dan Ingram (Executive, Dino De Laurentiis, Hannibal, Dune, Red Dragon), Rudy Scalesce (Producer, New Nightmare, 6 Souls, Ritual), Christian Taylor (Producer, Taylor Lane Productions, Shaun O'Banion (Producer & Crew, Scream 3, The Matrix Reloaded)
The 2nd Place New Blood Winner will receive exclusive online meetings with executives, managers and/or producers
Thirteen New Blood Finalists will have their loglines shared with over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers
This is an opportunity not to be missed. Let’s scare up some success!

WHAT KIND OF SCRIPTS CAN I ENTER?
Stage 32 is looking for scripts in all areas of horror, thriller, and suspense. If your script fits in with any of these examples below, it’s a fit for this contest! **Please note this contest is for full-length screenplays only. No short scripts or teleplays will be accepted.

Psychological Suspense: Split, Shutter Island, Green Room, Se7en, Silence of the Lambs, The Game, The Usual Suspects, American Psycho
Crime Thrillers: John Wick, The Snowman, Wind River Fargo, Prisoners, The Counselor, No Country For Old Men, Blood Simple
Contained Thrillers: 47 Meters Down, The Shallows, Buried, Phone Booth, Open Water, Hard Candy, Panic Room
Destruction Thrillers: Geostorm, The Wave, San Andreas, Godzilla, Jurassic Park, Independence Day
Revenge Thrillers: Blue Ruin, The Handmaiden, 13 Assassins, Kill Bill, Taken, Oldboy, Death Wish
Sci-Fi Thrillers: Children of Men, Gravity, Interstellar, Alien, Inception, The Matrix, Blade Runner, Minority Report
Spy Thrillers: Atomic Blonde, November Man, Safe House, The Bourne Identity, Ronin, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, True Lies
Horror: The Babadook, The Witch, It Follows, Saw, Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Exorcist, Annabelle: Creation
Ironic Horror: Get out, Scream, The House in the Woods, Scary Movie, Zombieland
Found Footage Horror: Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, The Last Exorcism, Alien Abduction

Awards & Prizes

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS

January 10th 2018: quarter-finalists announced on Stage 32

January 17th 2018: semi-finalists announced on Stage 32

January 24th 2018: Top 13 finalists announced on Stage 32

February 7th 2018: Winners will be announced on Stage 32

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

The Grand Prize Winner will meet with the Stage 32 judges: Daniel Bekerman (Producer, Scythia Films, The Witch, Rememory), Korey Pollard (DGA, Halloween, Salem, Deadwood), Dan Ingram (Executive, Dino Di Laurentiis, Hannibal, Dune, Red Dragon), Rudy Scalesce (Producer, New Nightmare, 6 Souls, Ritual), Christian Taylor (Producer, Taylor Lane Productions), Shaun O'Banion (Ravenwood Films, Scream 3, Dark Wall)
Script title and logline listed on Stage 32
Free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar
Logline sent to over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers

2ND PLACE / RUNNER UP

Two Skype meetings with an industry executive
Logline sent to over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers
Script development notes from a Stage 32 executive
2 Stage 32 Happy Writers online pitch sessions
Free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar
Script title and logline listed on Stage 32

THIRTEEN FINALISTS

Will have their loglines shared with over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers

The Stage 32 Search for New Blood contest is not associated with The Blood List.

Rules & Terms

Void where prohibited by law.

Adults only can enter.

Entrant agrees to Stage32.com terms and conditions.

The Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest is not a game of chance. All material is read and reviewed by industry professionals.

All quarterfinalists, semi-finalists, finalists and winners are subjectively determined by our judges.

Entrant must not have received compensation totaling over $25,000 USD for television or motion picture writing, options or sales.

There is no limit to the number of screenplays an Entrant can enter. The same screenplay cannot be submitted multiple times under different names. If so, you will be disqualified.

Entrant must not be an immediate family member or friend of any of the judges or their respective companies.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

SCREENPLAY RULES

Screenplays should be written in English and in standard industry format.

Screenplays must be in .pdf format, no exceptions.

Screenplay must be the original work of the Entrant and may not be based whole or in part on any fictional or non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced for which the Entrant does not have rights.

The rights to the Entrant’s screenplay should not have been previously optioned or sold.

Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced or have won any contests.

After a screenplay is entered, no new drafts or corrected pages can be made by the Entrant. No exceptions.

Entrants must submit screenplays and payment online.