As Tim Peake finished his historic Principia Mission to the International Space Station another brave crew were putting the finishing touches to their manuscripts and entering them into the One Giant Write Science Fiction writing competition.

Chair of judges Imogen Robertson and Commissioning Editor for Gollancz Marcus Gipps have now read all the finalists and we are delighted to announce that the winner of the first ‘One Giant Write’ Competition is Kevan Manwaring from Gloucester in the UK.

Kevan wins the £1000 prize and the opportunity to submit his work to Marcus Gipps. Of his entry Marcus said “Black Box is an original take on the exploration of our solar system, with a Cthulu-esque monster and a harrowing sense of personal responsibility for one’s actions leading to a nightmarish closed-room murder mystery.”

The runner up was Craig Romans from Cardiff with Intertwined of which Marcus said “Intertwined takes the trappings of a contemporary thriller and folds them around a very SF plot featuring parallel worlds, meddling scientists and some great characterisation.”

Eleanor Cook with The Minerva Project was highly commended and the other shortlisted entries came from John Glander, Sally-Ann Melia, Gordon Collins, John White, Mike McCulloch and Emma Bentley.

Marcus Gipps, Commissioning Editor at Gollancz, said: “It’s been great fun to work with Literature Works and Imogen Robertson to sift through the submissions to their competition. I think we’ve found two proposals which stand out and are interesting engaging reads, but there were others of similar quality in the mix and we had a good-tempered debate about our eventual winners. Congratulations to all!”

Tracey Guiry, CEO of Literature Works says: “Literature Works looks for innovative ways to help writers develop their careers, and prizes are always one of the planks a great writing future can be built on. We had outstanding entries from all over the UK to this competition and are delighted that Marcus Gipps, our judge alongside Imogen Robertson, has chosen Kevan Manwaring as their winner. This prize will give Kevan a tremendous boost to his writing career and we hope a future star of sci-fi literature is born – but all the finalists should take this as a validation to keep going with their writing.”