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History of Helping New Writers by Algis Budrys

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Novice writers who hoped to learn his storytelling and story-selling skills often consulted L. Ron Hubbard for advice. He was happy to offer suggestions and so he began sharing his hard-earned experience with creative writing students.
David Farland winning Writers of the Future Contest in 1987

Prize Writing—Three Things to Know

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If you think about it deeply, everything that you write is really for a competition. You’re competing for publication with other writers, for promotional monies from the marketing departments of various publishers, for literary awards, and of course for your reading audience.
Kary English, photo by Olav Rokne

Writers of the Future Taps Kary English as New First Reader

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The L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Contest would like to welcome Kary English as the new first reader for contest entries!
Photo by Tegan Mierle on Unsplash

One Foot in Front of the Other by Wulf Moon

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One writer's journey of persistence on becoming a writer. And how Writers of the Future has helped him stay the course despite a number of falls.
"Slurp" by Lucas Durham

Showcase: Lucas Durham, Illustrators of the Future Winner

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During my first week of college, I was gifted with one of Frank…
Writers of the Future 2nd Quarter Winners

Writers of the Future 2nd Quarter Winners Announced for Volume 35

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The judging results are in! And here are the 2nd Quarter 2018 Writers of the Future Contest winners.
Illustrators of the Future 2nd Quarter Winners

Illustrators of the Future 2nd Quarter Winners Announced for Volume 35

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Here are the 2nd Quarter 2018 Illustrators of the Future Contest winners for Volume 35. Congratulations to you all!
Frederik Pohl at the 1986 Taos Workshop

How to Impress an Editor by Frederik Pohl

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What goes through an editor’s mind when he reads a story by an aspiring writer? In this article written by Frederik Pohl in 1987 for Writers of the Future volume 3, he is about to tell you.…
Bob Eggleton

Art Is a Journey by Bob Eggleton

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Art? So you want to do art for a living? Do you know what the chances of success are?”
Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award and books published by the winners

Some Important Facts You Should Know About Writers & Illustrators of the Future

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The Writers of the Future Contest began in 1984 and the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest followed 5 years later. Both have grown to become the largest merit competitions of their kind in the world.
Remember the stories in the news about exploding phone batteries? Well, Writers of the Future winner (Vol 33) Stephen Lawson turned the “Lithium-Ion Batteries exploding” phenomena into a terse rescue effort on the planet Titan. The story is “Homunculus” and it was this year’s grand prize award-winner in the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story category.

Alumni Update - Stephen Lawson

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Remember the stories in the news about exploding phone batteries?Well,…
National Bestseller 4 Consecutive Years

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future a National Bestseller 4 Years in a Row

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Nearly 100 aspiring writers and artists have realized a major accomplishment over the past 4 years as winners in the Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests — when the book they were published in, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, became a national bestseller.
Never Give Up

Never Give Up!

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Read how Preston Dennett never gave up on his dream of being a science fiction writer. Now, after entering the contest 47 times, and numerous honorable mentions later, his dream is coming true.
Meet the Illustrators

Meet the New Faces of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Art

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L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34 debuts 12 new voices of creativity and diversity in science fiction and fantasy art. A full spectrum of illustrations from around the world by the winners in the international Illustrators of the Future Contest.
Eneasz at library

Humanity vs. Monstrosity

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Eneasz Brodski has a definite opinion about the importance of…
C Stuart Hardwick signing copies of his story in Writers of the Future Vol 30

C. Stuart Hardwick: Winning Is Just the Beginning

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Amy Henrie Gillett hopes to kindle people's hearts and minds by contributing a little light to a world that sometimes seems so dark. And so the story of how "All Light and Darkness"—published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34—came to be as told by Amy.
Writer winner Amy Henrie Gillett

A Little Light in a World of Darkness

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Amy Henrie Gillett hopes to kindle people's hearts and minds by contributing a little light to a world that sometimes seems so dark. And so the story of how "All Light and Darkness"—published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34—came to be as told by Amy.
Illustrators of the Future 1st Quarter Winners

Illustrators of the Future 1st Quarter Winners Announced for Volume 35

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Here are the 1st Quarter 2018 Illustrators of the Future Contest winners for Volume 35. Congratulations to you all!
Writers of the Future 1st Quarter Winners

Writers of the Future 1st Quarter Winners Announced for Volume 35

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The judging results are in! And here are the 4th Quarter 2017 Writers of the Future Contest winners.
Jody Lynn Nye

About "Illusion"

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When Author Services sent me a request to add a fantasy fiction story to Volume 34 of the Writers of the Future anthologies, Jody Lynn Nye was excited. They asked if she had any tales in her archive that would fit into the theme of wizardry and magic. And that's the start of what became "Illusion."
Robert J. Sawyer giving N.R.M. Roshak her award

"As You Like It" Alien Style

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There is no doubt the influence of Shakespeare on the English language and literature and that now includes science fiction. Case in point is N.R.M. Roshak’s story “A Bitter Thing,” which takes its title from Shakespeare's "As You Like It."