Scriptwriting competition: The Red Planet Prize 2020


31 January 2020
The winner of the bi-annual competition for emerging drama scriptwriters will get a script commission

The focus of this year's award, which is from independent production company Red Planet Pictures and ITV, is on finding original voices to bring into the mainstream.

This year's contest invites scripts for four-part contemporary thrillers (crime, psychological, conspiracy, relationship, political) and returning procedural series (crime, medical, legal).

Emerging scriptwriters from the UK and Ireland are invited to submit an existing original full-length spec script for TV, radio, film or theatre, a one to two-page pitch for an original TV series or returning serial, and a brief CV mentioning writing credits if applicable.

Up to ten shortlisted writers will be invited to a one-day pitching masterclass and then will have three weeks to write up their pitch and series outline. The runner up will get development opportunities with ITV and the winner will get a script commission.

The submission window opens on 27 March 2020 and closes on 3 April 2020.

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