Writers of the Future Volume 34 cover

Writers of the Future Volume 34 Cover Art Announced

Writers of the Future Volume 34 Cover Art Announced

World-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

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

NEW YORK–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

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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.

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Writers of the Future Volume 33 to be Featured at Ad Astra Convention

For Immediate Release

Contact: Emily Goodwin
email: ej2@authorservicesinc.com

Writers of the Future Volume 33 to be Featured at Ad Astra Convention With Canada Dean of Science Fiction Robert J. Sawyer Robert J. Sawyer

Toronto, ONT–Past Ad Astra Guest of Honor, international bestselling author and Writers of the Future Contest judge, Robert J. Sawyer (Quantum Night), along with past Contest winners James Alan Gardner (1990), Tony Pi (2007) and Stephen Kotowych (2007) will be on hand this weekend at the Ad Astra Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Toronto to announce and celebrate the release of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33 in Canada. (The term “Ad Astra” is Latin for “To the Stars.”)

Sawyer had himself entered the Writers of the Future contest until he sold his first novel and so disqualified himself to enter.  John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press publisher of the Writers of the Future series, met Sawyer in 2003 at Torcon 3 (61st World Science Fiction Convention) when he had won his first Hugo Award, Best Novel, for Hominids. It was soon after that Sawyer became a judge for the Contest.  And it was after attending Writers of the Future Galas as a Contest judge that Sawyer noted, “The Awards ceremony is without parallel in the science fiction field, classier than the Hugos, the Nebulas and the John W. Campbell Memorial ceremonies combined. The list of past winners and runners-up reads like a Who’s Who of the last quarter century of the SF/F field.”

L. Ron Hubbard created the Writers of the Future Contest (www.writersofthefuture.com) 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.

“Volume 33 released earlier in April in the US where it jumped to #6 on national bestseller lists, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal,” stated Emily Goodwin, VP PR Galaxy Press (and from Toronto).  “Because of our past success with Canadian winners, we wanted to present this year’s edition with due fanfare. So I have asked some of our past Canadian winners, along with Mr. Sawyer, to help.”  The panel is scheduled for 1:00pm on Saturday.

James Alan Gardner, known for his novels Expendable, Commitment Hour and Hunted, stated, “The Contest was a fine finishing step from amateur to pro, and I’m grateful to all those involved.”

Toni Pi, 2015 Aurora Award winner for Best English Poem/Song, noted, “My sale to L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 23 undoubtedly opened the way to my nominations for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Prix Aurora Award, and I am truly grateful.”

Stephen Kotowych, winner of Spain’s Ictineu Award, and a two-time finalist for the Prix Aurora Award, Canada’s highest prize for SF, stated, “The Contest has a fabulous track record of finding and nurturing the next generation of great SF writers, and I like to see my win as the judges saying they expect that level of success and performance from me, too.”

Ad Astra writer Guest of Honor, bestselling author and Writers of the Future Contest judge Brandon Sanderson when speaking of the Contest stated, “It really does help the best to rise to the top.” While bestselling author Orson Scott Card, and fellow Contest judge said, “There’s only one reason to pick up Writers of the Future, and that’s because the stories are wonderful.”

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

 

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33 a National Bestseller

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33 a National Bestseller

With volumes 31 and 32 already national bestsellers, Writers of the Future Volume 33 is now the 3rd in the highly successful science fiction & fantasy series to become a national bestseller.

Hollywood, CA At a time when getting that much needed break as a writer seems next to impossible, 14 aspiring writers and 12 artists have realized their dream when the book they were published in, Writers of the Future Volume 33, hit #6 on the Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly and #46 on USA Today bestsellers lists this past week.

Writers of the Future Volume 33, released earlier this month, is a compilation of 14 top science fiction and fantasy short stories written by 12 winners and 2 finalists of the Writers of the Future Contest and illustrated by the 12 Illustrators of the Future Contest winners. While contest entries span over 160 countries, winners this year hailed from 8 different countries and include: Canada, Finland, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, UK, as well as the US.

The winning authors listed alphabetically are: Molly Elizabeth Atkins, Walter Dinjos, Sean Hazlett, Ziporah Hildebrandt, C.L. Kagmi, Stephen Lawson, Jake Marley, Ville Meriläinen, Andrew Peery, Andrew L. Roberts, Anton Rose, Doug C. Souza, Dustin Steinacker and David VonAllmen.

Winning illustrators listed alphabetically are: Asher Ben Alpay, Hanna Al-Shaer, Yader Fonseca, David Furnal, Christopher Kiklowicz, Chan ha Kim, Aituar Manas, Michael Michera, Anthony Moravian, Jason Park, Rachel Quinlan and Ryan Richmond. The volume also contains short stories written by NYT bestselling authors and Writers of the Future contest judges, Robert J. Sawyer and Todd McCaffrey.

About The Contests:

Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, “Battlefield Earth,” written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard created the Writers of the Future Contest (www.writersofthefuture.com) 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.  The 380 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,150 novels and 4,450 short stories.  The contests have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers written by 12 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 Buckle and Elizabeth Wein. And Contest Winners have garnered 117 major awards.  Collectively, the winners of the contests have sold over 53 million books over the years.

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 television shows and 46 major movies and winning 144 awards.

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

 

 

Jake Marley named Grand Prize winner of Dreamers and Dragons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JAKE MARLEY FROM GARDEN GROVE, CA AND MICHAEL MICHERA FROM PABIANICE, POLAND NAMED GRAND PRIZE WINNERS OF “DREAMERS AND DRAGONS,” THE 33RD ANNUAL L. RON HUBBARD ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FOR WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE CONTESTS
FOR SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

HELD IN LOS ANGELES, CA ON SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017

Los Angeles, CA (April 2, 2017) – JAKE MARLEY, a writer from Garden Grove, CA and MICHAEL MICHERA, an illustrator from Pabianice, Poland were announced as the Grand Prize Winners of “Dreamers and Dragons,” at the The 33rd Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards for Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests in Science Fiction and Fantasy held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, presented by Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press on Sunday evening, April 2, 2017.

Joni Labaqui, Director of Contests for Author Services, Inc. said, “Tonight, history seems to be repeating itself.  Four years ago in 2013 on this very same stage Jake Marley’s father-in-law, James Eads, was an Illustrators of the Future award winner for Volume 29, which was presented by Emmy Award-winning actress Nancy Cartwright. Now tonight, his son-in-law, Jake Marley, has been named Writer of the Year!  Michael Michera made a long journey here to the United States from Pabianice, Poland tonight, and now with his victory, he has come one step closer to his career goal of becoming a concept designer for the film industry in Hollywood!”

In keeping with the Awards Show Medieval Fantasy Theme, a Knight in Shining Armor presented the envelope to award presenters, Coordinating Judge David Farland and actress Erika Christensen, who announced writer Jake Marley as the Golden Pen Award winner while presenting him his $5,000 check.  Jake Marley’s story, “Acquisition,” was illustrated by artist Ryan Richmond.

A miniature dragon, dropping from the ceiling of the stage, delivered the winning envelope to Coordinating Judge Echo Chernik and actress Sheena Chohan, who announced illustrator Michael Michera as the Golden Brush Award winner while presenting him his $5,000 check.  Michael Michera illustrated writer C.L. Kagmi’s story, “The Drake Equation.”

Joni Labaqui added:  “Submissions for our Writer and Illustrator Contests over the years have come from 186 countries.  This year we received entries from three new countries, Andorra, Seychelles and Benin.  Selecting the two Grand Prize Winners from the thousands of contest entries submitted is not an easy process.”

Jake Marley said, “There is no better contest for new writers in the world than L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future. This experience is unparalleled. Read, write and finish what you write. Persistence is invaluable. This is an incredible honor!”

Michael Michera said, “It has been my desire to see Los Angeles for a very long time. I have had the great fortune to meet so many people. I am very grateful to L. Ron Hubbard and everyone who has made this possible. My dream is to become a concept artist in the film industry. This prize is a game changer for me!”

The awards show Stage was bedecked with a visually stunning medieval set predominated by “Wofilof,” a pre-historic period dragon with blinking red eyes and smoke emanating from his enlarged ferocious nostrils.  He is nicknamed after the contests, Writers and Illustrators of the Future.  “Wofilof” was surrounded by a castle with towers, a mote, knights in shining armor and dazzling damsels.

The awards show opened with Fire Fan Dancers performing from EMCirque, the Hollywood and Las Vegas based Circus and Entertainment Production Company, while renowned illustrators and contest judges Rob Prior and Larry Elmore painted a dragon for the viewing audience.  Event Emcee, Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director of Author Services, Inc. introduced keynote speaker, Pat Henry, President and Co-Founder of Dragon Con, Inc.  Joni Labaqui, Director of Contests for Author Services, Inc. presented the L. Ron Hubbard Lifetime Achievement Award to renowned Science Fiction and Fantasy writer Mike Resnick.

EMCirque also performed three dance pieces during the show inspired by the stories:  “Moonlight One” by Stephen Lawson with two acrobats on bouncing stilts; “The Drake Equation” by C.L. Kagmi with an aerialist using straps and “The Fox, The Wolf and The Dove” by Ville Meriläinen with one hoop dancer with fire.

John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, unveiled the 33rd Volume of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future featuring the work of the 24 award-winning new authors and illustrators and two published finalists from this year’s contests.  Edited by David Farland, with cover artwork by Larry Elmore, the book also features stories written by renowned writers Anne McCaffrey, Robert J. Sawyer, Larry Elmore, Todd McCaffrey and Bob Eggleton.  The new anthology is now available throughout the United States from Amazon.com, BN.com, BAM.com, in Barnes & Noble stores, Books A Million or at Galaxy Press.com

In his keynote address, Pat Henry said:  “This is quite a spectacular event, recognizing talented aspiring writers and artists of Science Fiction and Fantasy from all over the world….  Good Fantasy is magic.  It transports the reader to a new and different reality, and they come back changed forever.  We want to become absorbed in your fantasy.  You make us want to believe.  You have the talent.  You have the tools.  Go make us proud.  Thank you Writers and Illustrators of the Future. And thanks for everything you do to carry forward L. Ron Hubbard’s vision to promote and improve this great industry! ”

Awards for each of the Quarterly Finalists of the Writers and Illustrators Contests were presented by actors Marisol Nichols and Jim Meskimen, along with renowned judges specializing in the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

This year’s 12 Quarterly Awards Winners of the Writing Contest were each presented with cash prizes and trophies.  They included:  Walter Dinjos of Anambra State, Nigeria (via video); Sean Hazlett of Pleasant Hill, CA; Ziporah Hildebrandt from Shutesbury, MA; Stephen Lawson of Louisville, KY; C.L. Kagmi of Ann Arbor, MI; Jake Marley of Garden Grove, CA; Ville Meriläinen of Joensuu, Finland; Andrew Peery of Durham, NC; Andrew L. Roberts of San Lorenzo, CA; Anton Rose of Durham, United Kingdom; Doug C. Souza of Modesto, CA and Dustin Steinacker of Orem, UT.

In addition, this year’s book also includes the stories of two published finalists, Molly Elizabeth Atkins of St. Louis, MO and David VonAllmen of St. Louis, MO.  Incidentally, it wasn’t discovered until after the competition was over, but Mary Elizabeth Atkins and David VonAllmen, although each entered the writing contest as separate applicants, are also writing partners in real life.

This year’s 12 Quarterly Awards Winners of the Illustrating Contest were each presented with cash prizes and trophies.  They included:  Asher Ben Alpay of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines (via video); Hanna Al-Shaer of Grand Rapids, MI; Yader Fonseca of Woodside, NY; David Furnal of Beaverton, OR; Christopher Kiklowicz of Lakewood, CA; Chan ha Kim or Los Angeles, CA; Aituar Manas of Kazakhstan, Almaty; Michael Michera of Pabianice, Poland; Anthony Moravian of Brooklyn, NY; Jason Park of Pasadena, CA; Rachel Quinlan of St. Clair Shores, MI and Ryan Richmond of Carmel, IN.

The black tie optional/medieval fantasy themed event was attended by celebrities including: Marisol Nichols, Sean Cameron Michael, Erika Christensen, Jesse Kove, Joy Villa, Sheena Chohan, Diane E. Watson, retired Member of Congress, Jim Meskimen, Victoria Summer and Lee-Anne Summers.

Event attendees also included 21 world-renowned writer and illustrator contest judges specializing in the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy.  The 13 Writer judges included:  Kevin J. Anderson, Dr. Doug Beason, David Farland, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Nancy Kress, Todd McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Jody Lynn Nye, Dr. Nnedi Okorafor, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, Timothy Thomas “Tim” Powers, Mike Resnick and Dr. Robert J. Sawyer.  The eight illustrator judges included: Echo Chernik, Lazarus Chernik, Circuelo Cabral, Dr. Laura Freas Beraha,

Larry Elmore, Val Lakey Lindahn, Sergey Poyarkov and Rob Prior.

About The Contests:

Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, “Battlefield Earth,” written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard created the Writers of the Future Contest (www.writersofthefuture.com) 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.  The 380 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,150 novels and 4,450 short stories.  The contests have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers written by 12 authors: Dave Wolverton (aka David Farland), Sean Williams, Jo Beverly, Nancy Farmer, Linda Smedman, Karen Joy Fowler, Patrick Rothfuss, Tim Myers, Eric Flint, Dean Wesley Smith, Tobias Buckle and Elizabeth Wein.

Writers of the Future Winners have garnered 117 major awards including:  National Endowment for the Arts Award, Newbery Honors – American Library Association Award, The National Book Award, Ditmar Awards, Aurealis Awards, South Australia Great Literature Awards, Peter McNamara Awards, RITA Awards, Nebula Awards, World Fantasy Awards, Pen/Faulkner Awards, Shirley Jackson Awards, Smithsonian Magazine, Storytelling World Award, Children’s Literature Choice Lists, Family Magazine, Philip K. Dick Memorial Awards, International Book Awards, West Hollywood Book Festival, Global E-book Awards, Next Generation Book Awards, Quill Award, Gemmell Awards, The Edgar Award, World Fantasy Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, Bram Stoker Award and Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.

Seventeen Illustrators of the Future Contest Winners have won 144 awards, including:  Academy AwardÔ Winner (Shaun Tan for Best Animated Short Film for 2011, The Lost Thing), Emmy AwardÒ nomination (David Hartman for Roughneck:  Starship Trooper), National Society of Arts and Letters, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Ditmar Awards and Hugo Awards.

Collectively, the winners of the contests have sold over 53 million books over the years.  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 television shows and 46 major movies.

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

Famed author joins list of legends that help launch writers’ careers

SCIENCE FICTION AUTHOR, JODY LYNN NYE, NAMED AS A JUDGE FOR THE WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST

Famed author joins list of legends that help launch writers’ careers

HOLLYWOOD, CA – Bestselling author Jody Lynn Nye has been named as a judge in the highly acclaimed L. Ron Hubbard Writers  of the Future Contest, it was announced by Author Services, Inc., the literary agency and administrator of the contest.

Nye has authored or co-authored over fifty books and over 150 short stories and she has written everything from science fiction, fantasy, military sf to humor.

Late in the eighties, Nye wrote six companion books for the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey and the Magic of Xanth series by Piers Anthony. During the last decade, she co-wrote with Robert Asprin in two of his popular series, the Myth-Adventures and Dragons, and has carried on with them since his passing. She has also created well-received series of her own, such as the Lord Thomas Kinago books and the Taylor’s Ark series.

When approached to be a judge for the contest, Jody said, “I chose to join the judging staff of the WOTF contest to help bring out the best of new writers. This is a forum that gives them the opportunity to be noticed in a greater market than they would normally enjoy. I feel that the ongoing competition makes writers work harder and reach farther than they might writing on their own. I’m fascinated to see where they take the field of science fiction.”

Jody will judge one set of the quarterly finalists every year and will also judge for the grand prize story each year.

And so she is warmly welcomed into the ranks of current contest judges for Writers of the Future that include other notable authors such as Kevin J. Anderson, Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, David Farland,  Todd McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Mike Resnick, Brandon Sanderson, Robert J. Sawyer and Sean Williams to name a few. Past judges who are no longer with us include Hal Clement, Frank Herbert, Anne McCaffrey, C.L. Moore, Fred Pohl, Theodore Sturgeon, Jack Williamson, and Roger Zelazny.

Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth, written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard created The Writers of the Future writing contest (www.writersofthefuture.com) 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.  The 380 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and nearly 4,000 short stories. They have produced 27 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 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.

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 speculative fiction. Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 32 anthology volumes and awarded nearly $1 Million cumulatively in cash prizes and royalties.

For more information go to www.writersofthefuture.com

The 4th Quarter winners of the 33rd year of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest 

HOLLYWOOD, CA (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 15, 2016

The 4th Quarter winners of the 33rd year of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest were announced today by contest coordinating judge David Farland.

THE FOURTH QUARTER WINNERS ARE:

1st Place – Andrew Peery of Durham, North Carolina
2nd Place – Ziporah Hildebrandt of Shutesbury, Massachusetts
3rd Place – Andrew L. Roberts of San Lorenzo, California

They were chosen from a group of 8 finalists and are awarded a week-long intensive workshop, an awards ceremony and are also published in the annual national bestselling anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future. Andrew, Ziporah and Andrew will receive a cash prize for their win.

A Grand Prize winner is announced at the annual awards ceremony and is selected by another panel of judges. The ceremonies will take place in April of 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Well-known contest judges include multiple Nebula and Hugo Award winners such as Kevin J. Anderson, Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Rebecca Moesta, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Robert J. Sawyer, and Sean Williams.

“We have a very diverse group of winners this year, in fact we have winners from 10 countries overall”, Farland stated.

Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth, written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard created The Writers of the Future writing contest (https://www.writersofthefuture.com) 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. The 380 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and nearly 4,000 short stories. They have produced 27 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 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.

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 speculative fiction. Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests have produced 32 anthology volumes and awarded nearly $1Million cumulatively in cash prizes and royalties.

For more information go to https://www.writersofthefuture.com