I know I'm probably the last person to mention the Red Planet prize, but I just want to chip in. Now, there are plenty of cash prize competitions. This one gets you cash, sure - but the big prize is representation, mentoring, a script commission, along with a workshop with Tony Jordan himself. Fuck the money. It's just a bonus on top of all the other cool stuff. If you're *not* entering, and you're an unproduced spec monkey with no agent, you better have a damn good reason. Do you want to get an agent? Do you want help getting your career moving? Do you want to get paid to write a script? Do you want a one day session with Tony Jordan (worth entering for alone)? Then what are you waiting for? It's free, and you can even enter by email. If that's not good enough for you, what is? You want oral sex thrown in too? I'd have killed my own mother for a chance like this when I was starting out. In fact, I might just kill her anyway, as an example to others. I'm coming for you, Ma. Everybody else - you have less than a month to get your 10 pages in sparkling shape. So snap to it. Get your ass to Mars.
Okay, crazy deadline looming on Monday morning, so I'm in seclusion for the rest of the weekend. Hopefully I can get my work done while I'm here - the dog keeps staring at me, and it's freaking me out. Got a big post about pitching coming next week, and - yay! - the return of the Scary Internet People and their weird search terms. Can't say fairer than that.