Following several months of submissions, reading, and re-reading entries from 24 countries around the world, we, along with our partners Ridley Scott, Inkshares publishing, and Energy Entertainment, are thrilled to announce the first 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 initial announcement of finalists include a few recognizable names, including NY Times bestsellers, writers who have appeared on the annual ‘best of’ lists such as the Black List, Hit List and Young & Hungry List, writers who have placed in prestigious competitions such as the Nicholl Fellowship, Sundance Labs, NBC/Universal’s Writers on the Verge, WGA’s Reading Series, the Austin Film Festival, writers who have seen their work in print in places such as O Magazine, The New York Times, and Esquire, writers who have seen their work on screen in shows such as Happyland or Trip Tank and video games such as Telltale’s The Walking Dead, and even a few who have earned a few Emmy Nominations along the way.
This year’s finalists not only share an incredibly diverse spectrum in terms of experience and geography, but they also come to us from an incredibly wide spectrum of careers. Stemming from Fortune 500 companies to startups, college professors to college students, architects, political analysts, playwrights, lawyers, artists, farmers, journalists, directors, bartenders, staff writers, moms, dads, and everything in between. Collectively, these writers and their stories truly are presentation of what storytelling means to the world.
So, without further ado, we are incredibly excited to announce the first ever finalist round 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.