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The 2nd Annual Killer Shorts Screenwriting Competition


KillerShorts.logo.1The Screenwriters Network partners with literary managers, producers and executives to unearth the next visionary talent in horror with the 2nd Annual ‘Killer Shorts” Screenwriting Competition. The Top 10 scripts will be read by a star-studded panel of industry judges, with a further combined $5,000 worth of prizes up for grabs including copies of Final Draft screenwriting software, waived entry fees to multiple screenwriting contests, increased rank on Coverfly’s The Red List, free subscriptions to on-demand horror streaming service Shudder, and more.

The industry luminaries who will read the Top 10 finalists and select the winner include: 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), Sophie Carroll, Scott Carr (Management SGC), Jason Tamasco (Bad Idea Films), John Zaozirny (Bellevue Productions), Krista Sipp (First Friday Entertainment), and Jenn Wexler (The Ranger).

The winner of Killer Shorts could well be the next Hollywood success story. Feature films such as Lights OutMama, District 9 and The Babadook all originated as proof-of-concept shorts. Recent shorts Whisper (Julian Terry), Bedtime Story (Lucas Paulino and Ángel Torres), Meet Jimmy (David-Jan Bronsgeest and Tim Koomen), The Blue Door (Megan Pugh and Ben Clark), and Larry (now titled Come Play, from Jacob Chase), have since been discovered by major studios and are now in development as features.

KillerShorts.PosterThe second annual Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition is accepting entries from July 1st, 2020. Entry fees start at $20 for ‘Early Bird’ entries submitted by September 1 2020, with a final deadline of December 15, 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   

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