The harder the work, the greater the sense of achievement and it's always nice to have scripts out there - regardless of the reception they will receive by readers. As Phill says we've got to go for everything. You've got to be in it to win it.
Commiserations to those whose couldn't crack their stories in time but I reckon Sheiky has it right. Competitions are motivational and look good on the CV, if we place, but the main thing is building the portfolio and deadlines whizzing by is irrelevant to that.
In the past, once I sent something off, I would just do nothing until I had heard back. Rather than count down the seconds until I hear the results I'm starting something new. But what?
My Deadlines Calendar does have a few to go for. If you didn't have time to finish your play for the Bruntwood then there's the International Playwriting Festival which has a deadline at the end of the month. The subject matter might even make it eligible for the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest with the same deadline.
If we're portfolio building, we need a half-hour, an hour and a 2 hours. Hopefully if we've started or completed Sharps that will do as our half-hours.
For my hour, I'm thinking about the Red Planet Prize, although it hasn't been announced yet.
And for those of us without an agent the Summer Challenge is a good excuse to finish that portfolio with the 2 hour film. Although the Calendar has plenty of film comps to be getting on with for those of us who are agented.
I will be blogging about my Sharps in full later.
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