Upcoming Contests

Autumn Suspense Screenplay Contest:
Opens September 20, 2017

Deep into that darkness peering.
Long I stood there, wondering, fearing.
Doubting, dreaming dreams
No mortal ever dared
To dream before.

Poe Films is proud to announce the opening of our second annual suspense and mystery screenwriting competition, The Poe Contest! Features and shorts of all genres are welcome. To our writers, we dare you to stun us with your voice and keep us on the edge of our seats as Edgar Allan Poe thrilled readers in his time.

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.

Poe Films is excited to team with Film Freeway, Withoutabox, Moviebytes, InkTip, and iPitchTV to give our writers a pathway to film production like our 2016 winners.

In this new 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!

Early deadline – November 21, 2017
Regular deadline – January 2, 2018
Late deadline – February 2, 2018
Finalists announced on March 15, 2018

But there’s more! The Poe Contest will award a cash prize of $100 to the highest scoring script submitted on Halloween – October 31, 2017 (your time).
Check our pages on Withoutabox and Film Freeway, review the Rules, and submit your most suspenseful, mysterious, thrilling, romantic, heart-pounding, comedic, dramatic, and/or fantastic feature or short script.
Win at Poe and languish nevermore.


Submissions, details and contest rules through:

Prizes offered by our new partners: