The impressive pyramidal trophy was first introduced at the 1985 ceremonies: a silver quill and a star embedded in transparent Lucite. Each trophy is individually made, so no two are exactly alike. Even the silver star-and-plume ornaments are handcrafted by a silversmith, without a mold.
In a sense, the one-of-a-kind nature of each award is reflective of the unique individualism of the new authors and their stories.
Freas & Bradbury
The legendary Frank Kelly Freas and Ray Bradbury at the inaugural Illustrators of the Future Contest, 1988. Mr. Freas was the first coordinating judge of the Illustrators contest while Mr. Bradbury counted himself an L. Ron Hubbard fan for more than forty years.