" 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. "
Congratulations to those that got through and commiserations to everyone that didn't, especially me.
I've read a few comments about the result and I think the temptation to say "I must be shit" should be resisted. One of the scripts I entered had gone all the way to the final stage with the BBC writersroom. So it might not have been good enough to be shortlisted for the Red Planet Prize but it doesn't mean the script was crap or I'm crap. Other writers who didn't get anywhere had sent in scripts that got them agents.
After a brief session of self-pitying and slagging off the script readers, I will move on. I did my best and that's all I can do. If I went about it half-arsed then I would have been more gutted.
As I said before, I've learnt a lot writing my new script which will hopefully stick in the memory for the next script and for my entry for the 2008 comp.
Of course, it's the first time they've run the competition so allowances have to be made for the admin hiccups and shifting deadlines but I think overall it has been more of a positive experience than a negative one and Danny's observations should prove very useful.