Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Contest Now Open; Judges Include Barbara Crampton & Joe Bob Briggs!
Time to dust the cobwebs off that short horror script you've been keeping locked up in the basement...
...KHC has learned that the Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition is now accepting entries, and there are some incredible judges involved that make this competition one where everyone wins just by having these judges even put eyes on their script!
The Screenwriters Network has partnered with literary managers, producers, executives and more to unearth the next visionary talent in horror.
The top ten finalists in the competition will have their scripts read/judged by Julian Terry (Whisper, They Hear It, The Nurse), Chelsea Lupkin (Short of the Week, Lucy’s Tale), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond, You’re Next), Joe Bob Briggs (The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs), Scott Stoops (Good Fear Film + Management), Glenn Cockburn (Meridian Artists), Lee Stobby (Lee Stobby Entertainment), Scott Carr (Management SGC), Jason Tamasco (Bad Idea Films), John Zaozirny (Bellevue Productions), Krista Sipp (First Friday Entertainment), and Jenn Wexler (The Ranger).
Now THAT is a list of great judges!
Killer Shorts also very proudly works alongside female-led film groups to provide heavy discounts for submissions to their female-identifying and non-binary writers.
Said Alison Parker, Contest Director and founder of the Screenwriters Network, “In Season 2 we are focused on providing even more opportunities for women and POC...We hope that by being proactive, we will see more female-identifying and non-binary writers, as well as people of color, represented in our list of finalists in 2021.”
As for what the competition is looking for in these scripts? Alison says, “Give us something we haven’t seen before. We received 765 submissions in Season 1. We read a lot of werewolves, vampires, serial killers, and zombies. There must be something unique about your story and how you tell it. Whether that’s how the killer kills, a location we’ve never seen before, a new type of monster, or a strange point of view, push yourself to be different and give us something new.”
The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition is sponsored by Shudder, Final Draft, Rue Morgue, Creepy Co, Script Butcher, Coverfly, FilmFreeway, Screenwriters Network, ISA, Slasher TV, 1313 Mockingbird Lane Toys & Collectibles, Ghoulish Gary, Trick or Treat Studios, Waxwork Records, and Fright Rags.
Entry fees start at $20 for ‘Early Bird’ entries submitted by September 1st 2020, with a final deadline of December 15th, 2020. VIP members of The Screenwriters Network can enter for free. Entries can be submitted via Coverfly, FilmFreeway or ISA Network.
For more information, including further information on the judges, full details on qualifying criteria, competition rules and deadlines visit: KillerShortsContest.com
To any writer submitting, we at KHC wish you the best of luck and hope that we'll one day be reporting on one of your films!
By Matt Konopka