Friday, November 09, 2007

Red Planet Prize: Notified

Right, as far as I know, all of the writers have been notified for the second round of the Red Planet Prize, so if you haven't received an email, then alas, you didn't get through.

Sorry about the agonising wait but it was equally agonising for us to pick a shortlist, as a lot of the scripts were of a very high standard. I'll do a post soon about some general observations from the submission pile, so stay tuned.

32 comments:

Lucy said...

Thanks for putting us out our misery Danny. I didn't get through - did any other peeps?

Lucy said...

PS. Well obviously PEOPLE got through (unless it was a competition for Martians of course, being the Red Planet Prize), I meant peeps I know/have seen around in The Scribosphere.

Anonymous said...

bum.

JB

John said...

Just out of interest, Danny, how many people got through to the second round? Can you say?

Anonymous said...

Danny

It would be great to know how many got through to the second round - it sounds like you pruned the entries down quite hard

Paul Campbell said...

Dear Danny...

kool g murder said...

Bah. Fucking humbug.

Uh, that is to say, didn't make it this time, must try harder next.

Man I suck.

William Gallagher said...

I've said it before, but this was a great contest. Not least because of all those people on the judging panel: people I admire like Julie Gardner.

Mind you, rejection's a lot easier to handle when it's from a faceless producer or a never-heard-of-them panel.

Danny, I trust all this means you can get back to a normal workload now. But could you also keep us informed with what happens with the finalists?

Whoever they are, congratulations to them and I'm looking for the HTML to let me write this in special jealous-green ink.

William

Dom Carver said...

BUM indeed, JB!!!

Next time, Gadget, next time.

Danny Stack said...

We're not saying how many got through at the moment; "a little bit of mystery is good for the soul"...

Anonymous said...

Rejection has made me even more determined. It's Diwali (Indian festival) today, guess what I'm about to fire up? Final draft.

Lucy said...

Kool G: you don't suck, else I do too...So does everyone else on here, the rest of the blogs and everyone sitting at home on their own crying into their cups of tea. We're just the 90%ers that DID NOT ADVANCE.

We don't suck! We rule.

SK said...

Well, you know what they say about 90% of any slush pile.

Anonymous said...

oh well. The waiting was exciting anyway. Nice dream. Will have pity party this evening then start again tomorrow. Well done to all finalists;keep the faith to all rejectees

Hg

Sheikspear said...

Ah, well, at least we tried...

Commiserations to all who didn't get through, congratulations to those who did!

Next year, Rodney...

Anonymous said...

Just wondering - if we did get through, how long have we got to get the full script in?

Danny Stack said...

For the 2nd round peeps, we need the scripts immediately. ASAP. Like, now.

Anonymous said...

well the wait was awful but at least that's done with. all i find difficult to deal with, after the initial disappointment, is not knowing how your work was received. i appreciate that they cannot possibly provide feedback but am i alone in wishing for a teeny bit of constructive criticism? friends and family telling you its great is heart-warming but ...

any thoughts?

Anonymous said...

yes, it would be nice to know a) how many were shortlisted, and b) why your really wonderful script didn't make it through

Paul Campbell said...

Anonymous

They had 2000 scripts. In a free contest.

Asking for feedback is being a tad optimistic, I feel.

Lucy said...

SK, rejects in a slush pile *could* be good. There are thousands of reasons why scripts aren't received well and it doesn't always depend on the quality of the writing, talent or story. I've seen fantastic scripts sink without a trace. Seeking to slag off yourself and/or others for being rejected is not constructive IMHO.

Anon - I agree with Paul. We paid no money for this. If you want feedback, there are plenty of readers who will gladly take you on as a client, YES including me but it's not an advert 'cos there's also Lianne, Fun Joel, Scott the Reader etc - or try a Power of 3 for free.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I've just found this page whilst scouting around for who did and didn't get through to the next round of Red Planet. Just one question, and excuse my ignorance if the answer is obvious, but why does Danny Stack, who did get through, keep using the royal "we" when refering to the prize? E.g. "we" need the scripts a.s.a.p.? or "we're" not saying who got through at the moment? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

Danny's one of the judges ...

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Danny, for the time and effort you put in to the first round.

'n' Good luck to those who made it through.

Shell

Lucy said...

Danny is not just "one of the judges" he is MAJOR TOM!(Had to get that in) : D

Well said Shell.

Anonymous said...

All quiet. I guess everyone's out either drowning their sorrows or toasting their good fortune. Either way, don't drink alone!

Dom Carver said...

Lucy: Danny is more than Major Tom, he is THE DUDE. There is no one else I'd rather eat noodles for lunch with.

When I found out I didn't get through I had a cup of tea and changed a nappy...the nappy wasn't mine you understand, and it was a particularly smelly one too.

Anonymous said...

Im in denial. lol. Have convinced myself that my entry was a maverick bounceback and is now adrift in cyberspace. See how I just lied to myself. Its so easy and so comforting.

What next? was my 3rd competition entry. Am clueless. Want to learn and share.
Any ideas?

Lucy said...

Well Anon, I found a short story competition that may interest you if you like that sorta thing. Details over at my blog.

Alternatively Blue Cat have opened for early submissions. The competition round-up queen Lianne has a whole host of opportunities listed for your contest-entering pleasure over at her blog too called "Dates For your Diary":

www.lightandshadeblog.blogspot.com

Jon Peacey said...

Major Tom? The Dude? Nay, The Guru...

...and remember, Slush is merely water in need of a little purification.

Anonymous said...

thankyou Lucy.

spent evening listening in to other people's conversations. got lots of ideas. Short stories are no really my cup of cha. Anything t.v. orientated is where I feel joy.

Thankyou

helen (denial anonymous)

Nick said...

Any idea when we might hear if we got through to the last 6?