The Launch Pad Manuscript Competition in Partnership with Ridley Scott is Thrilled to Announce the Top 50 Manuscripts of 2016


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Following several months of , , and re- entries from 24 countries around the world, we, along with our partners Ridley Scott, Inkshares publishing, and Energy Entertainment, are thrilled to announce the second round of finalists in our inaugural Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.

With Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions onboard to option one winner, Inkshares set to publish three winners, and Brooklyn Weaver’s Energy Entertainment set to sign at least one winner, the competition drew an audience from all around the world, with entries coming from countries as close as Canada and Mexico, to as far as Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Singapore, Belarus, and New Zealand amongst others. The Top 50 finalists hail from the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, and Australia.

This second round of finalists includes a few recognizable names, including NY Times bestsellers; writers who have appeared on annual “best of” lists such as The Black List; writers who have placed in prestigious competitions such as the Nicholl Fellowship, Sundance Labs, and the Austin Festival; writers who have seen their work in print in places such as Gemini Magazine and HOW Magazine; writers who have seen their work on screen in shows such as Happyland and video games such as Telltale’s The Walking Dead; and even a few writers who have earned Nominations along the way.

This year’s finalists not only represent a spectrum in terms of experience and geography, but they also come to us from an incredibly wide range of careers. Stemming from Fortune 500 companies to startups, college professors to college students, architects, political analysts, playwrights, lawyers, artists, farmers, journalists, , bartenders, staff writers, moms, dads, and everything in between. Collectively, these writers and their stories truly are a representation of what storytelling means to the world.

So, without further ado, we are incredibly excited to announce the second round of finalists for our inaugural Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.


If you selected the Scott Free, Energy Entertainment, or Mentor packages at time of entry but did not advance to the Top 75, you are still in contention to win these prizes. In fact, every competition since we began featuring add-on partner packages has featured a winner who did not make the initial finalist round.


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