Today The Launch Pad announced the final winners of the 2016 Manuscript Competition (note, the linked crowdfunding competition Human Resources is competing in continues until 16 December).
I have been stunned to learn Scott Free (the production company founded by Ridley and Tony Scott) have selected Human Resources as one of their two winners for 2016. This means my novel is going to be optioned by Scott Free for possible big screen development! The official prize description is:
Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free was one of the first major companies to take e-books into the spotlight when they found The Martian and developed it into what would become a Best Picture nominee starring Matt Damon. They were also the first company to but a Launch Pad project, when they picked up Daniel Turkewitz’s Tranquility Base. Now they’re looking to do the same for you. Our exclusive partnership with Scott Free means not only are they represented on our judging panel, they have also committed to option at least 1 project with an eye towards discovering their next break out hit.
Today's announcement has left me ecstatic and incredibly thankful — to my family; to Scott Free and other competition partners; to the competition organisers; and to everyone who has supported the novel so far. This is an enormous opportunity, one that couldn't happen without the faith and support of a lot of people, so thank you.
I'd also like to congratulate the other winners — there are some terrific stories in the competition, and I'm excited to see them all succeed.