Psst, Writers! Inkshares Launches Horror Contest for the Next Big Horror Novelists

Inkshares is launching a global horror contest beginning next Monday, August 14th to discover the next major voices in horror. It will be co-sponsored by some of the biggest brands in horror, including The Blood List, Dread Central, HorrorTalk, and The Horror Writer’s Association of America.

Guest judges include Purge screenwriter-director James Demonaco and reviewers from nearly every major horror outlet, as well as Barnes and Noble. “We built Inkshares to surface the next generation of great storytellers. This contest is about the next generation of great horror storytellers.” says Inkshares CEO Adam Gomolin. “All of us at Inkshares feel tremendously lucky to have such amazing allies in The Blood List, Dread Central, HorrorTalk, and The Horror Writers Association.”

Inkshares has published heavily in horror since its inception in 2014. Star Wars: Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta’s debut novel Abomination received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and a Goodreads Award in horror. Mr. Holland’s Opus screenwriter Patrick Sheane Duncan’s Dracula v. Hitler received a starred review in Library Journal and The New York Review of Books called it “the true sequel to Dracula.” J.F. Dubeau’s A God in the Shed received the highest accolades including a five-star review from Horror Talk and is in development for TV at Skydance with Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman producing. J. Danielle’s Dorn forthcoming western-horror Devil’s Call has already received a starred review in Library Journal, and Inkshares will be publishing Scott Thomas’ Kill Creek and Zac Thompson’s Weaponized this October 31st.

The contest will run from August 14th through October 31st. As with prior contests on Inkshares, the top three books based on unique pre-orders will be green-lit for publication and representation by Inkshares. In addition to this, Inkshares as well as the co-sponsors and guest judges can nominate projects for publication and representation. Previous contest winner, Disney showrunner, and forthcoming Inkshares horror author Scott Thomas offered: “As a showrunner, I handle notes and rewrites every day, but as a first-time novelist, I had no idea what awaited me. Fortunately, my experience with Inkshares couldn’t have been more satisfying. The Inkshares team was with me every step of the way, giving thoughtful, insightful notes and pushing me to step outside my comfort zone in order to create the strongest, most compelling manuscript possible.”

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