Over the last week I suspect I have read over 500 two page scripts for our ‘50 Kisses’ competition – and the whole team (Steven, Vanessa, Tom, Alex, Sal, Gail, Michelle, Alli, Sam and Judy) have read all 1,870 scripts multiple times –and finally, one week late but full ‘re-read’, we will announce the winners tomorrow.
While excellence does jump off the page, it is also a subjective quality. This highlights one of the problems with creative competitions. Unlike the Olympics, you can’t run the fastest, jump the highest or lift the most weights. You can’t empirically PROVE your work is the best. You have to just hope that it stands out from the pile, that it chimes with the readers, that the judges see something special (or more special that the rest).
Of course some work stands out, but even then, it’s never cut and dried. Personal taste, mood, fatigue… all play a part in making the process that bit more difficult. I am planning a much longer blog to explain what we learned, to give you tips for future competitions you might enter. But that’s for another day.
So, we got there in the end, 50 scripts chosen for ‘50 Kisses’.
And finally, a reminder. The judges decision is final ;0)
Onwards and upwards!