This year, as we enter our third season, The Magic of Horror is moving from an online festival to a live venue and shining its spotlight on short screenplays. 
All screenplay finalists will be competing against each other at our event on December 7, 2019 at the historic Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Virginia.

Attending screenwriting finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to the festival. There will be vendors and libations for filmmakers, writers, and film-goers to meet, greet and connect with one another.

The event ends with the awards ceremony where the winner of the screenwriting competition will be announced.

The Magic of Horror celebrates all kinds of films in the horror genre. Creepy creatures, psychological thrillers, gothic tales, supernatural terrors, or even good old-fashioned slasher films, we think they all have the magic to scare the pants off of movie-goers!


Only the writer may submit a screenplay. The writer with the submission of the screenplay affirms that he/she has all the rights to the story and he/she remains responsible before the law.

Multiple submissions are accepted, but each screenplay must be submitted with a separate fee. There are no discounts for multiple submissions.
All entries must be sent via FilmFreeway.

Entry fees must be in U.S. dollars. All entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of disqualification or withdrawal of an entry. There are no exceptions to this policy. Films that do not follow the rules will be disqualified, so please ask any questions before submitting.

In the spirit of fairness to all, we do not offer student discounts or hardship waivers for the submission fees.

The judges decisions are final and may not be disputed.

You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any claim made by you or any third party due to or arising out of project(s) you submit to this contest. You understand that there are thousands of writers and the similarities in story, plot, characters, etc... of two or more scripts are certainly a possibility. The contest directors and judges will not knowingly share your submission with any third party.


Screenplay Finalists may be asked to submit a short synopsis of their screenplay along with any promotional materials they have available such as a poster, writer biographies, etc... The Writer grants MoH the right to use any and all promotional materials in any manner they see fit for publicity purposes related to the festival. All requested materials must be received by the festival no later than November 15, 2019 to be included in the event.

Attending screenwriting finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to the event and must RSVP at least one week before the event date. Winners will be announced live at the festival. Award-winners who are unable to attend the festival will have their awards sent to them either digitally (certificate awards) or via postal service (trophies).

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