November 16th: quarter-finalists announced on Stage 32
November 23rd: semi-finalists announced on Stage 32
November 30th: Top 13 finalists announced on Stage 32
December 7th: Winners will be announced on Stage 32
The loglines of all finalists will be posted in a special section of Stage 32 where any of the 300 industry executives we work with will be able to view them. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer.
Dark. Twisted. Scary. Creepy. Suspenseful. Psychological mindf***. Bring it.
We want it.
Stage 32 and the Stage 32 Happy Writers are thrilled to bring back our (now 2nd annual) Search for New Blood Contest. We are looking for the darkest, scary, creepy, suspenseful, mind-boggling, most twisted scripts from undiscovered writers from all over the world. We are searching for NEW blood. We are looking for the top 3 unrepresented horror/suspense/thriller writers that come from Stage 32. That means you.
You know that we pride ourselves on creating opportunities that give our talented members access beyond the gatekeepers and this contest is no exception. Last year, our grand prize winner Glenn Forbes was flown to Los Angeles for numerous meetings we arranged and immediately signed with Seth Nagel from Infinity Management International. We set our second place winner, Frank Ponce, with Atlas Entertainment (American Hustle) and he was quickly offered and signed an option agreement. In all, our top three winners met with some of the biggest companies in the industry including Relativity, Revolver Picture Co. and Benderspink. This year we have more incredible judges who work for major management firms, agencies and production companies ready to read your scripts.
But wait, there's more. In addition to our prizes (including direct access to the judges and other industry executives), this year, we're creating even more opportunity. The loglines of all finalists will be posted in a special section of Stage 32 where any of the 300 industry executives will be able to view them. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer.
Also new this year, all writers submitting scripts will receive a scorecard outlining how their script was judged in every category. You will not just submit and be left in the dark.
So bring us your best and we'll give you ours! The search for New Blood is on!
Stage 32 is looking for scripts in all areas of horror, thriller, and suspense. If your script fits in with any of these examples below, it’s a fit for this contest! **Please note this contest is for full-length screenplays only. No short scripts or teleplays will be accepted.
Oh, about those judges, you ask? Yeah, we don’t mess around with that, either. We’ve brought in some of the top executives specializing in the suspense, thriller, and horror genres. Take a look at the Judges tab above to see which executives we are working with.
"I have signed with a management company in LA, Infinity Management International. I met them when Stage 32 flew me down to LA, and now the deal is done. I'm so thrilled to have Stage 32 Happy Writers in my corner for this ride. I've been plugging away for more than 10 years to secure representation. My message is never give up on your dream, and surround yourself with people who can help you get there. For that, Stage 32 has become my lynchpin."
- Glenn Forbes, Grand Prize Winner, Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest, 2014; Signed with Infinity Management International
"My only wish was to find this site sooner for the sake of saving time, discovering in-depth educational value, and making legitimate connections. I have to tip my hat at RB, Joey and the gang for changing the game and helping shape my future in filmmaking. I’m honored to be swimming in a community of like-minded individuals. I’m proud to be Stage 32’s HAPPIEST WRITER right now!"
- Frank Ponce, 2nd Place, Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest, 2014; His script has been picked up for development by Atlas Entertainment (The Dark Knight, American Hustle)
The Stage 32 Happy Writers Search for New Blood contest is not associated with The Blood List.
Our 2nd Annual Stage 32 Happy Writers Search for New Blood screenwriting contest was a record breaker! We received thousands of scripts from all over the world looking to compete in what has become one of the most highly respected screenwriting contests in the industry. Nearly every one of our screenwriting contest winners has been signed, staffed or put into development!
In this year's Search For New Blood we received an amazing amount of quality scripts. Our judges repeatedly told us how impressed they were by the creativity and imagination of the material and how difficult it was to cut the list down to those listed below.
Today we announce the winners of the 2015 Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest. A heartfelt congratulations goes out to the winners!
THE INTRUDER - Robert Rhyne
After moving into an isolated farm with a strange history of suicides, a newly-single mother discovers a ghostly intruder living there, and must protect her troubled teenage son from becoming his next victim.
GENTLEMAN CALLER - William Jeffrey
After her sister is kidnapped by a psychopath claiming to be the long-dead serial killer known only as The Gentleman Caller, Detective Wendy LaSalle enlists the help of Calvin Roe, the man who hunted down & killed the original psychopath 30 years prior, in a race against time to save her.
THE DARK ROOM - John Rice
When adventurous strangers at a psychic party accidentally contact the spirit of a young murdered girl, they discover their host's intentions are much darker than anyone first believed.
A heartfelt congratulations goes out to all who advanced to this round, which was not easy. All finalists below will be posted in a special section of Stage 32 where any of the 400 industry executives we work with will be able to view them.
This group of scripts was judged by executives and producers from some of the biggest companies in the industry including:
Adam Baker - WARHEAD
Alexandra Boyd - WIDOW’S WALK
Andrew Hamer - THREE SKELETON KEY
Brien Kelly & Mike Green - REVERSION
Bryan Holm - THE LEVIATHAN COVENANTS
Carol Sabik-Jaffe - SAFE HAVEN
Chris Regan - HE’S INSIDE
Coltrane - THE TANK
Danny Baram - WYLDE
Dave Merlino & Dustin Sweet - AS THEY DO UNTO YOU
David Scullion - BROKEN HOME
Dennis Coleman - ALATHEA
Doug Dilg - DEATH HUNTERS
Kemo, E. Grant - FEEDER
Eduardo Soto-falcon - DHAMPIRA
Edward Goree - ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL
Freddy Boutros - ZOMBIE CRUISE
Gabe Evans & Taurus Lowe - WHO’S THERE
Geoff Holder - A SIX-GUN FOR THE DEVIL
Gerry Greaney - SCHIZO
Guillermo Machado - MIRACLE FARM
Jay Sharron - LIVING NIGHTMARE
Joe Mcgarvey - THE COMMODE MONSTER
Joel Karlinsky - ZOMBIE COP
Joey Ernand - HYBRIDS
John Rice - THE DARK ROOM
Johnny B. Dunn - CUTS OF FEAR
Jon James Miller - SLUG LINES
Julie Merrick - SHADOWMEN
Kyle Piereth - BORN TO DIE
M. Assip, M. Lancucki - DEATH CONVENTIONS
Mark Cerulli - INVASIVE SPECIES
Michael Bordigioni - GUNPOINT
Michael Ryan Assip and Peter Lancucki - IT HAS US
Michelle Lindsay & Rob Baharie - RED VIPER
Natalie Hanson - SAFE AND SOUND
Paul Corricelli - INKED IN BLOOD
Paul Hennessy - HYPNOPHOBIA
Rick Bourn - SK HERO
Robert Dorian - THE KILLING OF KINGMUSTANG
Robert Rhyne - THE INTRUDER
Robi Michael, Gal Katzir - SARA
Ryan Lee - THE DARK PATH
Shelley Reid - PARASITE
Steve Dawson - CUT
Stewart Fergus - THE VERBALEK
Stuart Wright - DEAD SOUL MUSIC
Thom Lonardo - THE BRIDGE
Thom Lonardo - THE TENANTS
Tony Elwood and Michael Prevette - COLD CHILL
William Jeffrey - GENTLEMAN CALLER