Contest Lets Fan Design Simpsons Character

The Simpsons is giving one lucky fan the chance to create a character for an upcoming episode of the show.

The contest is now open and will run through 11:59 p.m. EDT (8:59 p.m. PDT) on Oct. 24 at thesimpsons.com.

Executive producer Al Jean and series creator Matt Groening will choose the winning entry. Submissions should describe a character’s traits, name or nickname, age, appearance, occupation and catchphrases. Jean also says it should be human.

The winner ‘ to be announced in mid-November ‘ will get a trip to Los Angeles to work with producers and the show’s animation director.

The character will appear in an episode that features Chris Martin of Coldplay and is currently planned to air Jan. 31, 2010, and also could appear in later episodes.