Inkshares is running a contest with CryptTV, a video platform backed by filmmaker Eli Roth (Hostel, The Green Inferno, Cabin Fever) and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions (The Purge, Insidious and Ouija series), to find the next breakout writers in the horror genre!

The contest will start September 1, 2016 and run until Halloween, and the top 3 books in the contest (the 3 books with the most unique readers) will be published. Of those three, CryptTV will select at least one to be in their collection, receiving CryptTV branding and promotion. These books could also turn into TV deals.

The collection on Inkshares will help readers to discover new talent in the horror genre. It will include books published under the CryptTV name, the authors of which books will have opportunities to develop their work into other media, such as movies, TV series, and digital productions.

In the past, Inkshares has run several contests with Legendary Entertainment, via Nerdist and Geek & Sundry to find breakout authors in science fiction and fantasy. The Nerdist collection can be found on the Inkshares site and a few of the authors were brought to San Diego Comic Con 2016 – including Dave Barrett, who we had the chance to sit down with at the convention!

From the FAQs on the contest page:

How does the contest work?

Any writer can create a draft project and begin building a following on Inkshares anytime by clicking “submit” above or creating a new project using the “horror” genre, or any of the subgenres in horror.

The contest officially starts on September 1, 2016, and only projects that begin selling pre-orders on or after that date within the horror genre will be eligible for the contest. At 12:00 p.m. PST on October 31, 2016 Inkshares will announce the top three horror projects as determined by the highest unique reader pre-order counts, even if they haven’t hit their funding goal, and will publish all of them.

Crypt TV will then choose which of the top three they would like to add to their collection. All three projects will receive the same editorial, production, distribution, and marketing support as any Inkshares project, including distribution into independent bookstores as well as Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble.

What does it mean if I’m chosen for the Crypt TV Collection?

If you make it into the top three of this contest and you accept Crypt TV’s Collection invite, your book will carry the Crypt TV logo on the spine and back cover and Crypt TV will help market your book.

In exchange for these promotional efforts, Crypt TV will receive a percentage of publishing royalties and have an opportunity to co-develop your work into other media such as movies, TV series, and digital productions. Please review Collections Terms for more details.

How do you define the “horror” genre?

We consider “horror” to encompass any story in the genre of fiction which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle their readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror. This can range from the classic slasher story, to psychological thrillers, to zombies, aliens, witches, and everything in between. Crypt TV’s own Eli Roth said, “I like when you can take a classic thing and put your own twist on it.”

The intent of our platform is to democratize the process by which books get traditionally published. We trust our community to back the horror books they want published. If a title appears to be abusing the democratic spirit of this contest or may raise legal and copyright questions, don’t hesitate to let us know at

Read all the FAQs on the contest page.

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