Hopeful writers, rejoice! Due to popular demand, we’ve extended the latest America’s Next Top TVgasm Writer contest another week. We have a lot of fun entries so far, but it seems that people still have many questions to be asked, episodes to track down. The new deadline for all Lost, Survivor, America’s Next Top Model, ER, and One Tree Hill submissions is next Friday, January 19th.
Send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please be sure to write SUBMISSION in the subject (I get a lot of spam).
Submission guidelines after the jump. In the meantime, express yourself! Vote for your favorite Days of Our Lives and Degrassi recaps here!
- Length doesn’t matter with recaps. Just make sure you get the important information across. And be clear.
- Paragraphs are your friend. Don’t be afraid to use line breaks. They help the read!
- Double check for spelling and grammar!
- Don’t worry about photos at this phase. Just the writing!
- Recaps can be large undertakings. A lot of people fizzle out and turn their recaps into dry plot summaries about halfway through. Remember, we want commentary, edge, comedy. Not just every inane detail (unless the inane detail is funny).
- If the show you want to write for now is not on the air (hiatus, between seasons, hasn’t premiered yet), then recap an old episode or recap a show that’s similar tonally and format-wise.
- Have fun with it. I know that sounds generic, but it’s true.
- If you’re spending over five hours writing your recap, you’re doing too much. Take a step back, try to recap from memory. Sometimes being liberated from notes helps.
- One of our New Years resolutions is that we’re trying to get our recaps up faster than ever before. We understand that many people have day jobs, but if you don’t honestly think you can pump out a recap in less than two nights, this might not be for you…
- Sorry. No pay.