WHOOSH! There it goes. If Douglas Adams was a new writer, he would have missed the deadline for this year's Red Planet Prize. But you didn't right? Right?
It certainly wouldn't seem so, as there were a grand total of 1,574 entries! We're already immersed in the reading and the standard is proving to be very high indeed, making the 2nd round decisions all the more difficult. Still, we hope to remain on target to request full scripts by the end of August. We don't know how many we'll be shortlisting but we're typically very tough on what gets through. In previous years, it's been around 20% of the entries, so inevitably there will be some disappointments and possibly even some wrong decisions. A pass on a script's first ten pages doesn't mean much beyond that it didn't grab us enough to make us want to read any further. It doesn't mean the writer can't write, or the script is rubbish (it will in certain instances, I'm sure! :0). Originality (of concept and dramatisation) and impressive writing/storytelling technique are usually the key qualities that grab our attention.
In other news, thanks to all who have listened, downloaded and subscribed to the all-new UK Scriptwriters podcast, which is hosted by me and Tim Clague. We've had a great response so we'll definitely do another. We're thinking once a month, so the next podcast will be towards the end of August where I can come up for air from all the Red Planet reading, and maybe even discuss the art and craft of a script's first ten pages. Until then, you can listen to the podcast below, or subscribe using one of your preferred outlets. Now, back to the scripts!
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