It’s official. My TV pilot, written in just three weeks, is a finalist in the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. I’m a little bit late in announcing. I wasn’t sure if I was going to write a blog about it either, such is the power of jinxing. When I got the email (I was on the toilet, go figure) I quickly fired back an email asking for confirmation, because the email wasn’t specifically addressed to me i.e. didn’t have my name on it. I waited for an agonising 10 hours or so before finding out, happily, that yes it was meant for me.
If any other aspiring screenwriters happen to read this and haven’t heard about the competition before, here’s a quick run down of the details. It’s open to non-US writers under the age of 30, and is free to enter. The winner is flown to New York where they’ll be presented with $2,500 and have their script read out by professional actors at the International Emmys Festival. They’ll also be invited to the red carpet International Emmys gala in November this year.
I’d actually never heard of it until just over three weeks before the deadline. And man, did I work hard trying to pull something together. Can’t even remember how much caffeine was circulating in my system. And I’m not a coffee drinker, so it was pretty much energy drinks, sweets and coca-cola. I had a terrible sugar-crash afterwards. Worth it though.
Really, really pleased, and whether I win or don’t win, I’ll always be a 2014 finalist. Which isn’t bad for my very first script.