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Calling all authors! HorrorTalk has proudly joined forces with Inkshares to find the next big horror novelist. We're big fans of the titles Inkshares publishes, so it was only natural that we were excited to take part in this contest when they reached out. And if you look at the other names participating, we are in great company. That, coupled with Inkshares' publishing history, co-sponsoring was a no brainer.

The contest starts on Monday, August 14th, 2017 and more info can be found here. Best of luck to the entrants!

Inkshares is pleased to announce a global horror contest beginning next Monday, August 14th. The aim of the contest is 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 HorrorTalk 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."

About the contest partners

Founded in 2009, The Blood List is a platform for discovering new, amazing talent within horror via an annual list and popular website highlighting the most liked screenplays, pilots, books and shorts in the horror, thriller, and sci-fi genres. The Blood List principal Kailey Marsh offered: "So many iconic horror films and shows have been based on books. The Blood List is excited to work with Inkshares to shine a light on the yet-to-be-discovered authors in the horror genre."

Founded in 2006, Dread Central Media is one of the most well respected horror news sites on the Web and offers the most up-to-date information on the latest horror projects, including trailers, stills, video interviews, and audio podcasts. Dread Central Media co-founder and editor-in-chief Steve Barton offered, "We are thrilled to be teaming up with Inkshares to help find the next generation of horror authors and look forward to joining the other judges for this contest. Our philosophy embraces the indie spirit in not only films but also literature, and we can't wait to see what untapped talents await discovery in that arena."

Founded in 2002, and with a worldwide staff of reviewers, is truly a global website dedicated to bringing you all things horror, from movies to books, comics to music, festivals to conventions, and everything in between. Steve Pattee, US Editor of HorrorTalk offered: "Inkshares has shown nothing but commitment and consistency in publishing quality horror novels, and is very honored and excited to take part in such a great opportunity for up-and-coming authors."

The Horror Writers Association is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. Brad Hodson offered: "The Horror Writers Association is always looking for ways to expand opportunities for established writers within the genre and to especially help new writers get started. We're proud to partner with Inkshares, a passionate team who loves and understands the genre and have made it their mission to bring quality new work to readers and fans."

About Inkshares

Founded in 2014, Inkshares is a reader-driven publisher and producer based in Oakland, California. Our books are selected not by a group of editors, but by readers worldwide. Previously unknown authors have received starred reviews and been featured on the front page of The New York Times. Their books are on the front tables of Barnes & Noble and hundreds of independents nationwide. They've been licensed by publishers in other major markets alongside six-figure advances. And they're being adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriters at the biggest studios and networks.



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