Scotland Writes - the results continued

Following on from yesterday's announcement, I'm pleased to be able to say that Neil Hepburn has grabbed a well-deserved runner-up prize of £500 for his script "From Plato To Pinkerton". So many congratulations to Neil.

We asked Neil and overall winner Erica Munro their thoughts on Scotland Writes.

Neil told us "Aspiring to build a career as a writer requires the sort of confidence and momentum that competitions like this help build. Having self-belief is only the beginning of a challenging journey, but hearing that other people have read your screenplay and liked it helps to validate a difficult career path."

Erica says "This means such a lot not only to me but also to the hero of my script, who, in my mind, is alive and well and bursting to tell his story. I can't wait to hear about next steps. It's absolutely fantastic to have come out on top. You've made my year!"

The next stage will be a writing Masterclass for the writers of the best other scripts we received - we'll be in touch with the Masterclass nominees before the end of the week, and report back on the Masterclass itself in January 2010.

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