As you may have seen in Broadcast and selected blogs, the Red Planet Prize 2008 was launched on Wednesday at the Screenwriters' Festival, Cheltenham. For those of you who may be unaware, the Red Planet Prize was set up by writer/producer Tony Jordan (with a bit of help from little old me) to discover new writing talent. There's no other screenwriting competition like it. It's free to enter. You get £5k cash if you win plus agent representation (if you don't already have it). And here's the best bit. You get a commission on one of Tony's shows! Get in!
There's a slightly different set up to this year's competition so for the full run down, visit Red Planet's shiny new website or check out the blog. It's all very exciting, especially with the success of last year's winner, Sam J written by Joanna Leigh, which is currently being developed as a single drama for TV.
The Screenwriters' Festival was on top form with its cracking line-up of speakers and delegates, providing lots of insight, inspiration, debate and drink, not to mention networking, new friends, late nights and little sleep. I'll have a bigger report on the launch and the Festival once I get my bearings. Until then, get cracking with those first ten pages!