February 15, 2014

Want a Consultation with Scott Derrickson? Then Enter Screencraft's Horror Script Contest

Scream CraftScreenCraft has partnered with ShockTillYouDrop.com this year to bring you the 2nd annual Scream Craft Horror Script Contest, and  the jury they have lined up is so good it's scary. Of course, the prizes (one of which includes a phone consultation with writer/director Scott Derrickson) are well worth a submission, but even if you don't win -- you still kind of do, because your screenplay has the opportunity to be read by judges that not only know horror, but are also extremely influential. So, if you've got a script and you want to submit, continue on to find out how.

This year's Scream Craft will be judged by Hollywood's top agents, managers, and producers in horror cinema. Here's a list from the contest's site:

  • Ryan Turek: founder and editor of popular horror website ShockTillYouDrop.com
  • Scott Henderson: agent at Paradigm Talent Agency, represents renowned horror filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Wannell
  • Andrew Wilson: manager at Zero Gravity, represents acclaimed horror writer Clive Barker
  • Amotz Zachai: manager at Echo Lake Management, represents legendary filmmakers including master horror writer-director John Carpenter!
  • Jessica Hall: Senior Vice President at Blumhouse Productions, the company behind micro-budget horror hits including The Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge and Sinister franchises
  • Lucy Mukerjee: Vice President of Production and Development at After Dark Films

ScreenCraft has also upped the ante and doubled their 1st place cash prize to $2,000, which also includes a one-on-one phone consultation with Scott Derrickson, writer/director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinisterand most recently, Deliver Us from Evil, which is in post-production. But, don't fret if you don't get the top spot. The second place winner gets $200 cash and a phone call with a  top literary manager, the top 10 finalists receive a page of development notes from one of the judges (invaluable), as well as a copy of Final Draft 9, and finally, the quarter-finalists gets year-long membership to ISA Connect.

Submissions are now open and close on June 1st. If you've got a horror screenplay ready to go, you might want to enter sooner rather than later, since the entry fee is $29 until April 15th. After that, it'll cost you $49. The contest is open to anyone in the world that is 18 years and older. Scripts shouldn't exceed 140 pages. Be sure to read ScreenCraft's rules and eligibility for the contest before you enter to make sure everything is copacetic. Good luck!

By the way, if you need a little extra help on your horror screenplay, here are some tips on how to make them more effective (summed up from a horror screenwriting panel hosted by ScreenCraft, Dread Central, and The Blood List).

Are you planning on entering Scream Craft this year? Sound off in the comments below.

Link: Horror Screenplay Contest -- ScreenCraft

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6 Comments

Thanks Renee!
Now I have to choose between Slamdance 2014 screenplay competition and this one.
Decisions. Decisions.

February 15, 2014 at 2:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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VinceGortho

That's a good quandary to be in!

February 15, 2014 at 3:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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V Renée
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Writer/Director

is this for feature length scripts only, or shorts too?

February 15, 2014 at 8:35PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Tyler

The only thing you'll get out of sending in your scripts to this will be for these assholes to steal it and fuck you over. That's why they have these bullshit scam send me your script contests. It's basically to lift ideas and then re-work them. They prey on your ignorance of the business. So if you really do have a unique and original idea, keep it close and make the film yourself. Sending it to these fuckfaces is just asking for trouble.

February 15, 2014 at 10:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Jeremy C

We welcome all feature length scripts (less than 140 pages) that are in the horror or dark thriller genre.

We are looking forward to discovering some talented writers this year! Let's get somebody represented at one of these top companies!

February 16, 2014 at 12:48AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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FWIW, they have just announced the seven winners of the action/thriller contest.

February 18, 2014 at 1:47AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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