Well, August was a bit of a blur of Courier pt12 and opening sequences but - we made it! - and the second round shortlist of this year's Red Planet Prize is in the bag. We think everyone's been notified about their submission but if you haven't heard anything yet, let me know.
Between now and December, a final shortlist will be chosen from the 2nd round scripts. This final shortlist will then be considered by Polly Hill (BBC), Ben Stoll (C4), Tony Jordan (Red Planet) and Jane Featherstone (Kudos). We ask that you do not call or email about your entry's progress or to talk about your submission. The winner will be notified in December. In addition to the grand prize winner, Red Planet and Kudos will also mentor selected writers from the second round shortlist.
The standard of entries gets better and better every year (honestly), so second round selection was particularly difficult, brutal and subjective. Plenty of close calls, near misses and hard line decisions, meaning we had to say 'no' to a lot of good stuff. Very sorry to those who didn't get shortlisted but at least you have a brand new script to send out and show off. I think the competition's a great motivator, if anything else, and I'm absolutely thrilled at how it's established itself into the UK screenwriting calendar, especially with Kudos now involved. I'll give a rundown of this year's entries when the dust has settled a little bit.
Until then, maybe catch you at the London Screenwriters Festival in October (tickets still available, use discount code dannystack for £37 off ticket price). Also, episode 3 of me and Tim's UK Scriptwriters podcast will be coming soon. If you haven't checked it out already, you'll find all the details here.