Posted by Jason Mirch

The most respected genre screenwriting competition of the year is back! Never before has a genre screenwriting contest brought together judges from the five leading horror production companies in the business!

Stage 32 is bringing in the biggest names in genre film production and distribution to judge horror and thriller projects! This is the first time these powerhouse companies, executives, and filmmakers have been assembled together for one screenwriting contest!

Stage 32 is looking for scripts in all areas of horror, thriller, and suspense. We welcome all feature screenplays in the horror / thriller genre. All micro-budget, low budget, mid level budget, and blockbuster screenplays welcome. We’re looking for the next The Invisible Man, Halloween, Us, Brightburn, Midsommar, Crawl, Escape Room, The Dead Don't Die, The Lighthouse, A Quiet Place, The Purge, Truth or Dare, Get Out, Hereditary, or whatever horror or thriller concept your twisted mind can dream up.

This year's Grand Prize winner will be flown to Hollywood to meet with Blumhouse Productions (GET OUT, HAPPY DEATH DAY), Fully Formed Entertainment (A QUIET PLACE, THE PURGE), Sam Raimi Productions (CRAWL, THE GRUDGE), Eli Roth's The Arts District (CABIN FEVER, THE LAST EXORCISM), & Universal Pictures (THE INVISIBLE MAN)!

In addition to meeting industry-leading judges, the winner will receive one-on-one mentorship from Darren Lynn Bousman the writer-director-producer of the SAW-franchise, including the upcoming installment SPIRAL starringSamuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock!


Learn more about the 7th Annual Search for New Blood Contest here. 


Over the last 6 years, Stage 32’s screenwriting contests have gained a reputation as one of the “most worthwhile screenwriting contests to change your career.” No other contest provides their winners and finalists with the same level of direct access to industry leading professionals who can take your career to the next level! Over the last 8 years, Stage 32 has become an incubator for finding talent and material across the globe.

2018's Grand Prize Winner - Christina Pamies - was signed by Jake Wagner off of her winning script, A Good Deed. She has just been hired to write the Horror Thriller BAGHEAD for StudioCanal!



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