Cover art, “One of Our Robots is Missing,” for Writers of the Future 35

International Writers of the Future 35th Awards Ceremony Set for Live Worldwide Broadcast

Hollywood, CA—Mark your calendar to watch the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Achievement Awards Ceremony Friday, April 5, 7:30 PM (Pacific)

The L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards ceremony, celebrating its 35th anniversary of the internationally-acclaimed Writers of the Future Contest and its companion Illustrators of the Future Contest, will be broadcast on Friday, April 5, 7:30 PM (Pacific), to a worldwide audience via the Internet, it was announced today. Streaming will be live from www.writersofthefuture.com where a countdown to the event can currently be seen.

Themed around the book cover art entitled “One of Our Robots Is Missing” painted by award-winning artist Bob Eggleton, the opening act will be performed by EMCirque and a Mars Rover prototype.

The evening ceremony will be held before a packed hall of invited guests, celebrities, and many of speculative fiction’s most popular writers and illustrators at The Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles, all gathered to find out who will win the Writers of the Future Golden Pen award and a $5,000 check and the Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush award and their $5,000 check.

“You could call the Writers of the Future Contest ‘The American Idol for Writers’—long before there ever was an American Idol,” said USA Today and New York Times best-selling author and Contest judge Kevin J. Anderson (Dune prequels, Saga of Seven Suns, Star Wars). “It’s amazing to me that a good 60 to 70 percent of the winners go on with successful careers in writing, and several have become best-selling authors themselves.”

As the top names in the science fiction and fantasy world, Contest judges will be on hand to present the annual awards to this year’s writer and illustrator winners as well as the grand prize winner for each Contest. Writer judges who will be attending include Kevin J. Anderson, Doug Beason, Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Todd McCaffrey, Rebecca Moesta, Larry Niven, Jody Lynn Nye, Nnedi Okorafor, Tim Powers, Robert J. Sawyer, and Dean Wesley Smith. Illustrator judges will include Echo and Lazarus Chernik, Bob Eggleton, Larry Elmore, Val Lakey Lindahn, Sergey Poyarkov, and Rob Prior.

“This annual gala ceremony for new writers and illustrators of science fiction and fantasy is such a moving experience that we want all speculative fiction fans everywhere and the friends and families of this year’s winners to witness it,” said Joni Labaqui, the Contests’ director.

Every quarter, three writers and three illustrators are selected by a panel of leading authors and artists of science fiction and fantasy. With no entry fee and judging done on an anonymous basis, the criterion is strictly merit. Beside first time publication, benefits include over $30,000 in cash prizes and royalties, a week-long workshop with top professionals of the genre as well as book signings, radio, and TV interviews organized by the contest administrators to assist the winners in launching their careers.

Please note, this is a live broadcast, so check your time zone for when it will show in your location. You can follow the live countdown to the achievement awards at www.writersofthefuture.com.

For more information, on the Contests, go to www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-contest-info.

Bob Eggleton

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35 Cover Art Announced

Writers of the Future Volume 35 front coverHollywood, CA—World-renowned artist Bob Eggleton has provided the cover art for L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35 releasing April 2019.

The painting named “One of Our Robots Is Missing” was transformed into a book cover by Bob Eggleton combining with a second painting he created. He stated that “it was fun to revisit a painting I did 12 years ago and expand on it. It was a wonderful job melding two paintings together to make a wholly new one.”

The upcoming volume 35 also contains a short story by award-winning science fiction author and Writers of the Future Contest judge Dean Wesley Smith, entitled “Lost Robot: A Sky Tate Mystery Story” which was inspired by Eggleton’s cover art. He told us, “I have been a fan of Bob Eggleton’s wonderful art since he did the cover for the very first Aboriginal SF Magazine for a story my wife wrote. We have that original and numbers of other Eggleton original paintings on our walls right now. So when I was offered the chance to write a story for Bob’s wonderful cover for Writers of the Future Volume 35, I jumped at the chance. And then, even more fun, the art hit perfectly into one of my ongoing superhero series starring Poker Boy and superhero detective Sky Tate. Having Sky solve the mystery of Bob’s “Lost Robot” turned out to be great fun.”

Bob Eggleton is a founding judge, meaning he has been with us the entire 30 years of the Illustrators of the Future Contest’s history having been brought on board by the original Contest coordinating judge, Frank Kelly Freas. About the contest, Eggleton says, “L. Ron Hubbard ignited the spark of imagination, which in the minds of these new artists has become ablaze.”

Writers of the Future was a contest initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 as a means of providing a helping hand to aspiring writers. Due to its immense success, a sister competition, Illustrators of the Future, was created.

The annual Contests draw entrants from around the globe and are free to enter. Winners retain full rights to their work and each are given cash awards. Grand prize winners receive an additional $5,000. The Contest flies out all winners to Los Angeles for an expense-paid, week-long workshop given by Contest judges and culminates in a black-tie gala awards event.

For more information, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

Winners of Worldwide L. Ron Hubbard Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests Have Been Finalized for Year 35

US, British, Chinese, and Canadian Writers and Illustrators are chosen to be published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35.

Writers of the Future emblemThe winners of the 35th annual and internationally-acclaimed L. Ron Hubbard Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests have now been finalized.

They were selected out of thousands who entered the Contest and will be published in the 2019 edition of the national bestselling anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35.

There are four quarters each year that entrants can submit a short story in the fantasy or science fiction genres. This Contest is for writers and illustrators looking to launch their career, not already established writers and artists.

Presentation of the Gold Awards for the year’s best story and illustration will be announced at the annual gala awards event in Hollywood, California in the spring of 2019.

Meet the talented group in the upcoming anthology.

The Writers:

Carrie Callahan from Kentucky
David Cleden from England
Preston Dennett from California
Christopher Baker from England
Andrew Dykstal from Virginia
John Haas from Canada
Kyle Kirrin from Colorado
Rustin Lovewell from Maryland
Wulf Moon from Washington
Mica Scotti Kole from Michigan
Elise Stephens from Washington
Kai Wolden from Minnesota

The Illustrators:

Aliya Chen from California
Alexander Gustafson from Washington
Yingying Jiang from England
Sam Kemp from England
Qianjiao Ma from China
Allen Morris from Washington
Jennifer Ober from New Mexico
Josh Pemberton from Washington
Emerson Rabbitt from Minnesota
Christine Rhee from California
Vytautas Vasiliauskas from England
Alice Wang from Washington

These are the writers and illustrators to look for. They are the future.

L. Ron Hubbard created the Writers of the Future Contest in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers of speculative fiction to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. 12 winners have become New York Times bestselling authors and winners’ works have sold over 50 million copies.

The Writers of the Future Award is the genre’s most prestigious of its kind and has now become the largest, most successful and demonstrably most influential vehicle for budding creative talent in the world of speculative fiction. Since inception, the Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests have awarded over one million cumulatively in cash prizes and royalties to their winners.

Created in 1983 by L. Ron Hubbard, Writers of the Future is the longest running contest for SF and Fantasy novice writers in the world

Visit www.writersofthefuture.com for more information.

International Writers of the Future 35th Awards Ceremony Set for Live Worldwide Broadcast

Writers of the Future volume 34 wins best anthology in NYC Big Book Award competitionL. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34 was announced as the winner in the “anthology” category for the New York City Big Book Award by awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak. Book submissions were collected from six continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

The New York City Big Book Award is one of the newer book awards created with the purpose of recognizing quality writing from around the world. Olczak noted, “Submissions came from the imprints of large traditional publishers such as HarperCollins and Random House; large independent press publishers such as Galaxy Press, Roman & Littlefield, and Wiley; small press and independent authors such as Marti MacGibbon to Sahar Aref.”

“What is very special with book awards,” noted John Goodwin President Galaxy Press, “is that they fully align with the purpose as laid out by the Contest’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard to provide a means for the aspiring artist to be seen and acknowledged.” Not only are the published winners in volume 34 national bestselling authors and artists due to sales, but they are also now authors of a national award-winning book as well. Based on the sequence in the book, these writers and corresponding illustrators are:

Writers of the Future Volume 34 cover

Writer Winner

Erik Bundy
Erin Cairns
Jonathan Ficke
Jeremy TeGrotenhuis
Vida Cruz
Darci Stone
Cole Hehr
Janey Bell
Eneasz Brodski
N.R.M. Roshak
Diana Hart
Amy Henrie Gillett

Illustrator Winner

Adar Darnov
Kyna Tek
Sidney Lugo
Brenda Rodriguez
Reyna Rochin
Quintin Gleim
Maksym Polishchuk
Bruce Brenneise
Alana Fletcher
Jazmen Richardson
Anthony Moravian
Duncan Halleck

Over its 34 year history, the Contest has recognized 404 winners who have gone on to publish 1,150 novels and 4,450 short stories. Of these, 192 are still active with a writing career—that’s over 40%. Twelve of these Contest winners have gone on to become NYT bestselling authors: Dave Wolverton (aka David Farland), Sean Williams, Jo Beverly, Nancy Farmer, Lisa Smedman, Karen Joy Fowler, Patrick Rothfuss, Tim Myers, Eric Flint, Dean Wesley Smith, Tobias Buckell, and Elizabeth Wein. And Contest winners have garnered 155 major awards.

And with the last four volumes of Writers of the Future hitting national bestseller lists—and each of the winners becoming national bestselling authors and illustrators as a result—Contest entries continue to increase each quarter with entries from around the world.

For more information, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

Internationally Acclaimed Author, Katherine Kurtz, Named as Judge for Writers of the Future

New Writers of the Future Contest Judge, Katherine KurtzHistorical fantasy author of the Deryni series, Katherine Kurtz, is the newest judge to join the ranks of the internationally-acclaimed L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, now in its 35th year.

Kurtz is now amongst a blue-ribbon panel of 23 judges, including Brandon Sanderson, Orson Scott Card, Nnedi Okorafor, Tim Powers, Jody Lynn Nye, and Robert Silverberg.

Kurtz most notable works include the Deryni series, the Templar series, and the Adept series.

“Katherine Kurtz has written some of the finest fantasies of our time,” said longtime judge and bestselling author Tim Powers.

She sold her first novel, Deryni Rising to Ballantine Books and wrote her second two novels, Deryni Checkmate, and High Deryni while completing her MA in medieval English history at UCLA and writing instructional materials for the Los Angeles Police Department. She created her own sub-genres of “historical fantasy” and “crypto-history.”

She created Deryni Archives: The Magazine, which contains stories, articles, and artwork by fans, of which she edited the first several issues.

Kurtz will now lend her talents in discovering new authors in one of the leading writing contests in the world. “I always try to help up and coming writers and am delighted to be able to judge in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.”

The Writers of the Future Contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get that much-needed break.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. The nearly 400 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and over 4,000 short stories. They have produced 27 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 million copies.

For more information or to enter the contest, go to writersofthefuture.com.

Writers of the Future Volume 34 Cover Art Announced

Writers of the Future Volume 34 coverWorld-renowned artist Ciruelo has provided the cover art for L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34 releasing April 2018.  Known for his fantasy paintings, Ciruelo is perhaps best known as the illustrator of The Official Eragon Coloring Book.

The cover painting named “Dragon Caller” shows a high magician summoning a dragon. He is standing on a platform carved with symbols which amplify the power of his call. Ciruelo stated, “The scene depicts some kind of collaborative relationship between dragons and humans, which is the kind of situations I prefer to paint instead of battle scenes among them.”

The upcoming volume 34 also contains a short story by award winning science fiction author and Writers of the Future Contest judge Jody Lynn Nye, entitled “Illusion” which was inspired by Ciruelo’s cover art.  She told us, “I love having something to inspire me when I write. I was delighted to have the opportunity to write a story based upon the splendid piece of artwork that forms the cover of this anthology, a fantasy painting by Ciruelo.”  She went on, “It so happened that the subject matter dovetailed neatly with another fantasy series I have been working on. Instead of treating with the main character of that series, this story hearkens back decades to her employer, a great wizard—or so he seems.”

Ciruelo became a judge in 2017 after being introduced to the Illustrators of the Future contest by fellow contest judge Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons cover art), who was the cover artist for Writers of the Future Volume 33.  About the contest, Ciruelo says, “I feel honored to have been invited to be part of this prestigious contest which I considered to be an invaluable opportunity for writers and artists to start a professional career. And I’m personally thankful because the Fantasy / Science Fiction genre benefits from this generous event created by Mr. Hubbard.”
Writers of the Future was a contest initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 as a means of providing a helping hand to aspiring writers. Due to its immense success, a sister competition, Illustrators of the Future, was created.

The annual contests draw entrants from around the globe and are free to enter. Winners retain full rights to their work and each are given cash awards. Grand prize winners receive an additional $5,000. The Contest flies out all winners to Los Angeles for an expense-paid, week-long workshop given by Contest judges and culminates in a black tie gala awards event.

For more information, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

L. Ron Hubbard Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests Continue to Help Emerging Talents Break Into Publishing

Now in its 33rd year, L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests have just successfully released volume 33 which immediately hit national bestseller lists, including USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal. “While we are very excited to have another bestseller,” stated John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press publisher of the series, “what most thrills us is that we have 12 new writer winners plus 2 finalists who are now national bestselling authors.” Writers of the Future was a contest initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 as a means of providing a helping hand to aspiring writers. Due to its immense success, a sister competition, Illustrators of the Future, was created.

The annual contests draw entrants from around the globe and are free to enter. Winners retain full rights to their work and each are given cash awards. Grand prize winners receive an additional $5,000. The Contest flies out all winners to Los Angeles for an expense-paid, week-long workshop given by Contest judges and culminates in a black tie gala awards event. (Photo attached featuring all winners and judges on stage.)

Writer judges constitute 24 of the biggest names in sf&f—several having gotten their start from the Contest—and include David Farland as the Coordinating judge, along with Kevin J. Anderson, Orson Scott Card, Eric Flint, Nnedi Okorafor, Tim Powers, Brandon Sanderson, Robert J. Sawyer and Sean Williams. Winners are chosen on merit alone—all the judges will see is the story and its corresponding entry number assigned—and contest administrators only learn specifics of the winners once judging has been completed. The same procedure applies to the illustrators contest. This year, winners were selected from eight countries.

Some of the 472 Contest winners and published finalists over the 33 years include Dave Farland (Runelords, Macmillan), Nancy Farmer (The Ear, the Eye and the Arm, Scholastic), Eric Flint (1632, Baen), Karen Joy Fowler (The Jane Austin Book Club, Putnam), Nnedi Okorafor (Binti, Tor), Patrick Rothfus (The Name of the Wind, Daw), Diana Rowland (White Trash Zombie series, Daw), Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity, Disney-Hyperion) and Sean Williams (Twinmaker, Harper Collins).

“L. Ron Hubbard had a real passion for helping the newcomer long before creating this contest in 1983, which included producing several articles of sound advice to the neophyte and sponsoring an earlier writing contest even while on an expedition in Alaska in 1940,” Goodwin said. “That Mr. Hubbard directed for the contest to continue being funded by his estate shows his continued dedication to the craft of writing and of science fiction and fantasy as a whole.”

The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests have each been honored with “The Publishers Weekly Outstanding Achievement Award” and the “Library Journal Award of Excellence” for continued work in discovering, fostering and nurturing careers of aspiring writers and illustrators.

Visit Galaxy Press at booth #1725 Thursday, between 3:00–4:00 PM for their Writers of the Future reception and receive a complimentary copy of Writers of the Future Volume 33.

For more information on the Contests, contact John Goodwin at 323-466-3310 or email at jgoodwin@galaxypress.com. Web: www.writersofthefuture.com

Writers of the Future Arrives at Ad Astra in Toronto

TITLE:  Writers of the Future Arrives at Ad Astra in Toronto

SUMMARY:  Brandon Sanderson, Robert J. Sawyer, James Alan Gardner, Tony Pi and Stephen Kotowych introduce L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33 and talk about their experiences with Writers of the Future at the start of their careers.

Guests of Honor, international bestselling authors and Writers of the Future Contest judges Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn Series) and Robert J. Sawyer (Quantum Night), along with past Canadian Contest winners James Alan Gardner, Tony Pi and Stephen Kotowych were on hand this past weekend at the Ad Astra Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Toronto announcing the release of Writers of the Future volume 33.

The panel was moderated by Emily Goodwin, VP Public Affairs Galaxy Press—publisher of the fiction books of L. Ron Hubbard and the Writers of the Future series.  A key topic was how the Contest can provide that much needed support to make it not only as a Canadian writer, but also on the international stage as a writer of science fiction or fantasy.  Each panelist then shared their own perspective on the value of the Writers of the Future Contest in assisting with their writing careers.

Sanderson commented when discussing the value of the Contest at the start of his career, “The first sign that I got that something was going right was when I got the Honorable Mention from Writers of the Future…. It gave me quite the boost.”

Sanderson had earlier noted, “If you look back at the era when I was submitting, Pat Rothfus and I, we are some of the biggest fantasy writers of our generation to break in, and we were both submitting to Writers of the Future.”

It was several years earlier after a World Science Fiction Convention in Toronto that Sawyer had originally been contacted by the Contest.  He recalled, ‘When I was approached to be a judge for Writers of the Future, I had only to look at the names of the other judges to know that this was a group that I wanted to be part of.” The Writers of the Future Award is the genre’s most prestigious award of its kind and has now become the largest, most successful and demonstrably most influential vehicle for budding creative talent in the world of contemporary fiction.  Since its inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 33 anthology volumes and awarded upwards of $1 million in cash prizes and royalties.  For more information please visit www.writersofthefuture.com and www.galaxypress.com

Kevin J Anderson Signing

Media Contact: Joni Labaqui @ 323.898.5693; JoniL@AuthorServicesInc.com

MEDIA ALERT

BOOK SIGNING

KEVIN J. ANDERSON

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

May 6th, Saturday, 11 am – 1 pm
Barksdale AFB
Base Exchange
455 Curtiss Rd, Barksdale AFB, LA 71110

WHO: New York Times and International Bestselling Author, Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson has published 140 books, 54 of which have been national or international bestsellers.  He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.

WHAT: Book signing at Barksdale AFB, open to all public.  Mr. Anderson will be on hand signing books and he is also available for interview. As an international bestselling author, he has done many TV, Radio and print interviews and is very engaging as a guest.


WHEN:
Sat., May, 6th, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


WHERE:
Barksdale AFB Base Exchange 455 Curtiss Rd, Barksdale AFB, LA 71110  (318) 752-9227


WHY:
In addition to being a bestselling author, Mr. Anderson is a long-time judge for the highly acclaimed international Writers of the Future Contest, which along with its companion Illustrators of the Future Contest, has entrants from over 160 countries. Each year, 12 writer and 12 illustrator winners are selected and published in an anthology as the year’s best new talent in science fiction and fantasy.  This year marks the 33rd year with the publication of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33, now a national bestseller.  Mr. Anderson will be able to answer questions regarding this contest for any aspiring writer or artist.

The Writers of the Future writing contest (www.WritersOfTheFuture.com) was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988. The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful.

The 380 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,150 novels and nearly 4,450 short stories. They have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 53 million copies.

The 310 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 4,500 illustrations, 356 comic books, graced 594 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 36 TV shows and 46 major movies.

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WOTF Panel and Signing

Media Contact: Emily Goodwin
323.479.7950;
EJ2@authorservicesinc.com

MEDIA ALERT

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE PANEL & SIGNING
May 6th, Saturday, 1:00–2:00 pm
Room: Markham A

ROBERT J. SAWYER and BRANDON SANDERSON

James Alan Gardner              Tony Pi               Stephen Kotowych

WHO:  Past Ad Astra Guest of Honor, international bestselling author and Writers of the Future Contest judge, Robert J. Sawyer (Quantum Night), Ad Astra Guest of Honor Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn Series), along with past Canadian Contest winners James Alan Gardner, Tony Pi and Stephen Kotowych will be on hand this weekend at the Ad Astra Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Toronto.

If you look back at the era when I was submitting, Pat Rothfus and I, we are some of the biggest fantasy writers of our generation to break in, and we were both submitting to Writers of the Future. —Brandon Sanderson

When I was approached to be a judge for Writers of the Future, I had only to look at the names of the other judges to know that this was a group that I wanted to be part of. —Robert J. Sawyer

WHAT: How Writers of the Future helped them break into the industry as professional writers.  And specifically how it can provide that much needed support to make it not only as a Canadian writer, but also on the international stage as a writer of science fiction or fantasy.  They will also announce and celebrate the release of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33 in Canada.

Panel followed by book signing in the same room.

WHEN: May 6th, Saturday, 1:00–2:00 pm

WHERE: Room: Markham A

WHY:  To provide a means for the aspiring Canadian writer or artist to have a chance for their creative efforts to be heard by industry professionals by providing needed inspiration as well as nuts and bolts on how to go about doing it.