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Last year’s feature winner, The Odds by Bob Giordano, touts his Poe Contest laurels in his film production. The official trailer for “The Odds” can be found on our website.

In addition, our shorts winner, “I’ll Have Another” by Bill Brock, has been produced to rave film festival reviews. His trailer is on our website as well.

The Poe Films group nurtures writers with a modern-day Poe voice and story-telling style.

In this year’s competition, we offer something greater. Writers will have the chance to be honored and celebrated with their peers and industry professionals at next year’s Poe Film Festival in Richmond — with a party that Poe could only dream of!
But there’s more: The Poe Contest will award a cash prize of $100 to the highest scoring feature or shorts script submitted on Halloween. Submit your most suspenseful, mysterious, thrilling, romantic, heart-pound, comedic, dramatic, and/or fantastic feature or short script. Win at Poe and languish nevermore!

Feature Screenplays
Screenplays of any genre of up to 140 pages.

Short Screenplays
Short screenplays of any genre up to 40 pages.


Winners from the Burning Love contest ended September 2017:

Travis Opgenorth: Aurora. Grand Prize winner. A love poem in Poe style.

Robert J. Rogers: The Salt Box. Winner feature drama. The secret to longevity is the desire for eternity.

Howard Schwartz: Rule of Love. Winner comedy feature.

Dan Tomasulo: Rock, Paper, Sister. Winner shorts. Mommie Dearest meets the Tell Tale Heart.

Randy Gross: Son of Kolchak. Winner teleplays. Revival of the 1974 series Kolchak: the Night Stalker.