Friday, February 01, 2008

Red Planet: Winner!

We have a winner folks! Simon Winstone (Head of Drama, Red Planet) and Tony Jordan have just made the announcement on the Red Planet website:

"Joanna Leigh is the inaugural winner of the Red Planet Prize for her vivid story behind the creation of the first English dictionary 'Sam J'.

Tony Jordan says, "Joanna's script had everything the competition was trying to find, a unique voice, great characters and a remarkable story well told."

Though Joanna is the Prize winner, all the finalists set a very high standard, and over the next few days we will be offering some the chance for workshops and mentoring. We will also try to offer feedback to all finalists if required. The Red Planet Prize will return this summer, so get writing!"

Huge congratulations to Joanna, a really big achievement. Along with the feedback, I think there's going to be a couple of workshops (initially thought to be just one with the final shortlist), which is amazing: the prize really has outreached my expectations, and the generosity and passion of Tony Jordan and Red Planet has been truly inspiring.

This is also my 400th post so it comes with a small amount of pride as, essentially, there would be no Red Planet Prize if it weren't for the blog or the blogging community. To quote a certain Fat Boy Slim: "We've come a long way, baby". And lots of busy and exciting things spinning away, so currently pretty pleased with the way things are going (and yesterday, I found out that I, along with co-writer Sam, have been shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Book Prize: down to the last 5 out of 2,000! Oh my God! I mean... oh my God!)

I'm beginning to like the sound of 2008...

20 comments:

far away said...

Well done - you and all!

Helen Smith said...

Good news about Red Planet winner Joanna Leigh - sound like an interesting script. Tony Jordan seems like a lovely bloke and the prize is a wonderful thing.

And what fantastic news about being shortlisted for the prize for the children's book.

It's gonna be a good year...

Dom Carver said...

Nice one, Danny. Proud of you :-)

William Gallagher said...

Congratulations! On everything! And may there be plenty more everythings for the rest of the year.

Fingers crossed for the book,
William

Berns said...

Come on Danny and Sam! Am rooting for you!

Oli said...

Congrats to Johanna, you and Sam! Bonza!

SHEIKSPEAR said...

Well done Joanna Leigh, the Red Planet prize winner.

And well done Danny on your 400th post…all of ‘em scriptwriting gold, sir!

And of course best wishes for book prize and congratulations to you and Sam for being shortlisted out of so many!
Regards, Sheiky

mattowski said...

A big heartfelt well done to Joanna, and also to you Danny (and Sam) for your good news.

Danny, regarding the Red Planet Prize: the second round saw people being asked to submit full scripts, but are these second rounders classed as finalists? Or was there a further pass at those second round scripts to come up with the final shortlist?

And now the comp is over, are you able to tell us how many made the second round / final shortlist?

Cheers Danny for all the work you and Red Planet put into the contest, and best of luck with the Children's Book Prize!

Stephen

Lisa said...

As a RRP finalist may I add my hearty congrats to Joanna on her win.

Congrats to Danny and Sam, also

Danny Stack said...

Thanks, everyone!

The 2nd round were indeed whittled down to a final shortlist. Once RP themselves announce the numbers, then I will too, although I don't know if they ever will... sorry!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Joanna. Sounds like a very interesting script.

Congrats to Danny. Hope you enjoy your 400th birthday, er, I mean 400th post.

mattowski said...

So were those second round writers who went through to the final shortlist announced / notified Danny? Cos if so, I feel a bit of a tool for constantly checking the RP website for updates in the misguided belief I was still in with a shot! Ha!

Stephen

Danny Stack said...

I think they're the ones for the workshops... but no-one's been notified yet except for the winner, as far as I know.

mattowski said...

Cheers Danny! I'll leave you in peace now! :-)
Stephen

Rach said...

Congratulations to Joanna. That's a big achievement with all the competition.

And fingers crossed for the Chicken house (isn't that a coop) book competition Danny.

Jason Arnopp said...

Awww, bless you sir, for mentioning your own tremendous achievement at the end of a blog-post about something else! What a light/bushel interface. Congratulations to you, and indeed Joanna!

Jon Peacey said...

Congratulations to your good self, and to Joanna for the RPP, and fingers crossed for the Book Prize.

Lianne said...

Congrats on Chicken House and your 400th post Danny! And well done to Joanna.

Paul M said...

Buk, Bwark. This chicken's a bit late but conbukgratulationsbwark to you Danny!

Bourne resident

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