It's that time of year again.
Channel Four and iwc have just launched their annual screenwriting and direction competition designed to get new talent on the small screen.
This'll be my fourth year. As always, they insist that they will only contact you if your submission is succesful. This is a cruel trick. I'm still waiting to hear from last year. And the year before. And...
Anyway, they've changed things a bit this year. They still want stuff that's bold, strong, original, ambitious and witty (as if they'd ever ask for material that's meek, weak, derivative, safe and dull). And it has to be something that "pushes boundaries". And contemporary and cheap (OK, they say "can be shot on a limited budget" - cheap).
But this year they've dropped the requirements to be young and urban. Thank God for that!
They've also opened it up to anyone who hasn't had an original single, series or serial broadcast. In other words, it's not just for complete newbies anymore - all those thousands of us out there with one episode of Doctors under our belts are now eligible too.
I was secretly looking forward to dumping their info in the bin this year with a proud "I don't qualify any more!". But, with the change in rules, I suppose I'd better summon up some enthusiasm and see what comes to mind.