Horror Award 2023

We’re very excited to announce the Horror Award 2023!

WriteMovies.com Horror Award 2023As the nights draw in, darker thoughts come forward… welcoming our Horror Award 2023!

Mark the occasion by submitting your script to us, with Early Bird Entry for just $49 for screenplays and TV pilots and just $59 for novels or video game scripts, until December 6th! The contest closes on January 8th 2023.

The winner of this contest will receive the following:

  • Guaranteed pitching to industry
  • Two sets of development notes to help take your script to the next level
  • Further advice to fine-tune your script from our experts
  • An exclusive InkTip prize including a free listing for your project to promote it to the industry on a platform they use to find scripts!


ALL your submissions will receive FREE feedback on your crucial first ten pages, with a one-page summary of their strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement! Yes, you read that correctly – FREE FEEDBACK! And what’s more – once you’ve received that feedback you have the chance to update your script and RESUBMIT YOUR NEW VERSION FOR FREE too! That’s open to you until the contest you’ve entered, comes to a close!

You’ll also receive FREE, automatic entry to the upcoming WriteMovies 2023 Screenwriting Contest which launches January 16th, giving you the chance to win the Grand Prize of $3500!

Cinema is still a massive industry, and nothing shows this more than the recent box office success of the new blockbuster TOP GUN: MAVERICK. People across the globe are enjoying heading back to movie theatres. And streaming services are making massive movies themselves, that come straight to our homes. Horror works great on both!

Especially at Halloween, nothing excites filmgoers more than a spine-chilling horror movie – both the critical success of SISSY and the commercial success of SMILE this year show that the genre is flourishing and dynamic. Films like A QUIET PLACE and US have shown that horror can consistently smash the box office no matter what their budget.

So before the most terrifying night of the year is out, fix up that horror script and enter!

Use the Entry Form in the sidebar on the right to enter today!

Prizes for the winner...

The winner will receive:

  • Guaranteed pitching to industry
  • Two sets of Development Notes to help take their script to the next level
  • Further advice to fine tune their script from our experts.

Free entry to the WriteMovies 2023 Screenwriting Contest...

All submissions to the WriteMovies Horror Award 2023 also receive free, automatic entry to the WriteMovies 2023 Screenwriting Contest – giving them the chance to win the Grand Prize of $3500!

Free feedback on your first 10 pages and resubmission...

All submissions receive a quick one-page summary of the strengths and weaknesses of your entry’s crucial first ten pages, judged relative to the current international market for scripts and script option agreements – free of charge! AND, you can resubmit your new draft of the same script before the end of the contest, free of charge, once it’s ready!

Free entry and resubmission when you buy a script report...

Buy a consultancy report and you’ll get automatic entry to the contest, with Studio Coverage for $99 or full Development Notes for $149. You can resubmit your new draft of the same script before the end of the contest, free of charge, once it’s ready.

Results dates...

The winner of the WriteMovies Horror Award will be announced on 10th February. The results dates for the WriteMovies 2023 Screenwriting Contest are:

  • Quarter-Finals: July 14th 2023
  • Semi-Finals: July 21st 2023
  • Winners and Honorable Mentions: July 28th 2023

Deadlines and fees...

Standard Deadline: February 13th

  • Submission fee for screenplays, TV pilots, and stageplays is $49 and books and video game scripts are $59.

Late Deadline: March 20th

  • Submission fee for screenplays, TV pilots, and stageplays is $59 and books and video game scripts are $69.

There is an additional cost of $0.5 for each additional page over 130 for feature scripts and stageplays, and an additional cost of $0.5 for each additional page over 200 for books.

Since 1999, WriteMovies’ screenwriting contests guarantee to develop our winners’ projects at our own expense and pitch them to producers with the power to make them happen. Our contests are designed to show you exactly how well your script currently competes in the market, and a clear ladder to success.

Our results – with up to 50+ Quarter-Finalists, 25+ Semi-Finalists, 7+ Honorable Mentions and 5 winners – show you where your project currently sits in comparison to others, and our studio-quality tiers of script mentoring and script consultancy show you its potential and how to remove the obstacles to that success without compromising on the things that matter most to you about your script.

Because we’re serious about selling our winners’ scripts, and we can prove we have the contacts and meetings to put them in front of decision makers at the heart of the international entertainment industry, our contests are designed to give all writers a clear sense of where their script currently stands in the market – and the clear answers you need about all that your project could achieve and how to fulfil it.

There is an additional cost of $0.5 for each additional page over 130 for feature scripts and stageplays, and an additional cost of $0.5 for each additional page over 200 for books.


Results dates – WriteMovies Horror Award 2023 – February 10th!


Entry terms and prizes for the WriteMovies 2023 Screenwriting Contests:

  • We no longer accept checks due to issues with fraud. Please use the PayPal options when participating. Please ensure you can send AND receive payments via PayPal.
  • There are no physical items deliverable under our services – all reports will be provided by email in standard document formats.
  • Once a project has been processed, there is no refund.
  • Cancellations must be requested within 48 hours before any public announcement of winning entries and/or before receipt of any completed.
  • Entries MUST have a cover sheet/titlepage with contact info in order to be considered.
  • Grand Prize: $3500 cash prize and guaranteed representation. 1 Full year of script mentoring for the top three winners, including development notes on all re-writes of the top 5 winning scripts; pitching to industry; InkTip prize; invitation to lunch in Los Angeles with an industry executive.
  • Up to $1 million in option monies from the A-List producers we work with. If an established studio/production company makes an offer on your script, we will fly you to Los Angeles and cover your flight & hotel costs for three days. We will pitch the top five projects to relevant production companies. You keep ALL the option/sales money (unless you commission an agent, manager or attorney to represent you). The Grand Prize winner is also pitched to several literary agencies and management companies as well as non-US companies to increase the chances of a sale. The names of the top five winners and their projects are mentioned in press releases and on the web.
  • InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you’ll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.


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