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“The industry’s #1 horror screenplay contest.”  – IndieWire

2019 judges from Monkeypaw Productions, Blumhouse Productions, Good Fear, XYZ Films and the filmmakers behind HEREDITARY and MIDSOMMAR!

Our Hollywood judges love good horror movies – and they’re looking for the next fresh voices in horror screenwriting.

1st PlaceGrand Prize

$ 1,000

  • An introductory phone call with top Hollywood managers and/or agents.
  • Introduction of winning project to top studio development executives and producers – starting with this year’s judges.

2nd Place

$ 500

  • A phone call with a top literary manager.
  • Circulation of your project’s logline and title to our network of over 60 producers, managers, agents and development executives.

Top 3 Finalists

Development Notes 99

Per Month
  • In-depth development notes from a professional Hollywood script reader.
  • Complimentary lifetime license to WriterDuet Pro v4 screenwriting software – with free upgrades for life.


We’re excited to introduce the 2019 jury:

Ryan Turek

VP of Development at Blumhouse Productions (company credits include PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, INSIDIOUS, SINISTER, OCULUS, THE PURGE, OUIJA, THE GREEN INFERNO, Academy-award nominee WHIPLASH and UNFRIENDED).

Pip Ngo

Director of Sales and Acquisitions at XYZ Films (company credits include MANDY, THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK, APOSTLE, and IN DARKNESS.

Brittany Klesic

Creative Executive at Monkeypaw Productions, Jordan Peele’s production company behind such iconic horror titles as GET OUT and US.

Juan He

Manager at Good Fear, a management production company whose clients’ credits include IT FOLLOWS, CLOVERFIELD, DONNIE DARKO and THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Ari Aster & Lars Knudsen

Writer-Director Ari Aster and Producer Lars Knudsen are the filmmaking team behind such acclaimed recent horror films as as HEREDITARY and the upcoming MIDSOMMAR!

Concept Category Prize

Have a great horror movie idea and don’t have a completed screenplay yet? Submit a description of your idea to the Concept Category!

Winner will receive:

  • Concept development meeting with Brittany Klesic at Monkeypaw Productions.
  • $500 cash award
  • Complimentary access to all screenwriting courses from ScreenCraft
  • Complimentary annual membership to TSL 360 screenwriting education library, courtesy of our friends at The Script Lab
  • Fee to enter: $19 early (before April 30) / $29 final (before June 30)

Enter Horror Concept Pitch

You may enter a 1-5 page PDF describing your movie concept. Accepted entries include: a written pitch, a logline, a synopsis, an outline or beat sheet. ScreenCraft will provide ongoing assistance to develop the pitch and/or help the winning writer to polish a draft of the screenplay. Monkeypaw Productions executive Brittany Klesick will help develop the project via a phone call and/or in-person meeting. Writers are welcome to submit their finished screenplay in the script category, as well as a log line or synopsis in the Concept Category.

Official Sponsor


  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only, between April 1st, 2019 and June 30th, 2019.
  • Entry fee for each screenplay is $49 until the early deadline on April 30th, and then $69 until final deadline on June 30th, 2019.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s).  All writers must be credited on title page.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  • Substitutions of new drafts are allowed via a special link you will receive in your entry confirmation email.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 


  • All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)
  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
  • Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.
  • Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  • We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  • The recommended length for feature film scripts is 100-120 pages. Scripts over 120 pages will be accepted, but there is a small page overage charge to compensate the judges for the extra time invested in reading longer scripts.
  • Feature screenplays longer than 150 pages will not be eligible.
  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

The judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft or its representatives in its sole discretion, will include one screenplay development professional from each of these studios and production companies listed on this year’s jury, however these studios and companies are in no way official sponsors or endorsers of this contest. The top 10 finalists will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) story; (iii) characterization; (iv) visual inventiveness; and (v) overall impression. The finalists and winner will be notified by email and may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft. Quarter-finalist, semifinalist, and winner announcements will begin 4-6 weeks after the final deadline. Finalists may be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and any other documents that ScreenCraft or any other partner may require before receiving prize payment. Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10) days or return of notification will result in disqualification. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.


ScreenCraft or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made..


Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to ScreenCraft and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


All entries are non-refundable.


BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless Red Ampersand Inc, Industry Arts LLC, ScreenCraft, ScreenCraft.org, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the ScreenCraft.org and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of ScreenCraft and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s).