Thirty-fifth annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Gala announced to be held Friday, April 4, at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood

Andrew Dykstal and Aliya Chen Announced as Grand Prize Winners of the 35th Annual Writers of the Future

Andrew Dykstal, a writer from Arlington, VA, has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 35th Annual Writers of the Future, and Aliya Chen, an illustrator from Fair Oaks, CA has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 30th Annual Illustrators of the Future L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards for Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests in the genres of Science Fiction & Fantasy held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, CA on Friday evening, April 5, 2019. A capacity crowd of 400 people attended the Black-Tie GALA. Presented by Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press, the theme for the two-hour awards show was Retro Robotics.

John Goodwin, President of Galaxy Press, said: “This year marks a historic milestone in our contests with simultaneous benchmark anniversaries, the 35th Anniversary of our Writer’s Contest and, at the same time, the 30th Anniversary of our Illustrators Contest. This year was also groundbreaking for another reason, in that, Aliya Chen made history becoming our first Chinese Grand Prize Winner ever selected in either of our competitions.” This year’s event was an Invitation Only Black-Tie GALA which was streamed live via the website, www.writersofthefuture.com, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. PST on Friday evening, April 5, 2019.

Andrew Dykstal, The Winner of the Grand Prize Writer’s Award, said: “This is absolutely fantastic! I feel that my career as a writer has now been catapulted. It’s a tremendous honor to be here. The quality of the stories of my fellow writers in this contest is amazing. I have made new friends for life. Having the opportunity, as I have for this past week in workshops networking and learning from authors I grew up reading, and whom continue to influence and inspire me, has been an experience I will never forget.”

Aliya Chen, The Winner of the Grand Prize Illustrator’s Award, said: “I didn’t expect this at all. I’m overwhelmed and very grateful! Winning this Grand Prize Award is validation for me that illustration, which is a passion for me, doesn’t have to be limited to a hobby, but it’s definitely possible as a career. I also feel God has opened these doors for me. My twin sister, Felicia, who is also an illustrator like myself, is the person who actually learned of the Illustrators of the Future Contest and encouraged me to enter. We are both supportive of one another, and for that reason we both didn’t enter the competition at the same time. This is a moment in my life I will never forget!”

Joni Labaqui, Director of Contests for Author Services, Inc. said, “This year, our fourth quarter illustrator 2018 winner, Alice Wang, became the youngest winner to ever enter our contests and win, at the age of 15. Submissions for our Writers and Illustrator Contests over the last 35 and 30 years respectively, have come from over 175 countries. This year we had four quarterly winners from England, more than ever before in one year. Selecting the two Grand Prize Winners from thousands of contest entries submitted annually is not an easy process.”

Coordinating Writer Contest Judge David Farland and Fellow Writer Judge Orson Scott Card announced writer Andrew Dykstal as the Golden Pen Award winner while presenting him a check for $5,000. Andrew Dykstal’s winning story, “Thanatos Drive,” was illustrated by Qianjiao Ma.

Coordinating Illustrator Contest Judge Echo Chernik and Fellow Illustrator Judge Bog Eggleton announced illustrator Aliya Chen as the Golden Brush Award winner while presenting her with a check for $5,000. Aliya Chen illustrated writer Elise Stephen’s story, “Untrained Luck.”

The awards show was held in the visually opulent Grand Ballroom of the Taglyan Cultural Complex nestled in the heart of Hollywood. Catered by Divine Food, the GALA began with tray passed Hor D’oeuvres and Cocktails, followed by a delectable Mediterranean four-course meal and the Awards Show, followed a Book Signing and Reception in the plush Foyer of the Taglyan.

The awards show opened with Sci-Fi Stomp and Body Percussion Dance featuring ROV-E, a Mars Rover Robot Prototype from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and dancers from EM Cirque, a world-renowned aerobatics and dance troupe.

Event Emcee, Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director of Author Services, Inc. introduced Keynote Speaker, Ed Hulse, an award-winning journalist and historian who specializes in documenting American popular culture of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Joni Labaqui, Director of Contests for Author Services, Inc. presented the L. Ron Hubbard Lifetime Achievement Award to Bob Eggleton, a Founding Judge of the Illustrators of the Future Contest, and winner of many literary awards, including nine Hugo Awards and 11 Chelsey Awards.

John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, unveiled the 35th Volume of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future featuring the work of the 12 award-winning new authors and 12 award-winning new illustrators from this year’s contests. Edited by David Farland, with cover artwork by Bob Eggleton, the book also features stories written by renowned writers and illustrators, Dean Wesley Smith, Rebecca Moesta, Mike Resnick, Echo Chernick and L. Ron Hubbard. 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 GalaxyPress.com

In his Keynote Address, Ed Hulse talked about the Golden Age of Science Fiction and post World War II, with a veritable explosion in pulp magazines. Hulse said, “The Golden Age of Science Fiction isn’t a relic of the past. It has seeped into our popular culture in myriad ways. The Galactic Empires of Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ series were foremost in the mind of George Lucas when he conceived ‘Star Wars,’ and Doc Smith’s ‘Lensmen’ were among the influences of his Jedi knights. In the first film’s famous bar scene, he even lifted a sequence from L. Ron Hubbard’s story ‘The Kingslayer’ virtually word for word. Van Vogt’s mutant ‘Slans’ were forerunners of Marvel’s ‘X-Men.’ Countless popular motion pictures and television shows have adapted classic Golden Age pulp yarns, officially and unofficially.”

Hulse continued, “These storytellers all contributed mightily to the evolution of Science Fiction. And now you’re part of that evolution. You represent a new generation of writers, alternately building upon and superseding literary traditions now more than a century old. Yours are the ideas and concepts that will shape Science Fiction for years to come. I look forward to seeing how you’ll respond to the challenge of making science fiction relevant to the readers of tomorrow.”

Awards for each of the Quarterly Finalists of the Writers and Illustrators Contests were presented by actors Kate Linder, Lee Purcell, Sean Cameron Michael, Ernest Pierce and Phil Proctor, 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: Kyle Kirrin of Creede, CO, Preston Dennett of Reseda, CA, Kai Wolden of Eden Prairie, MN, David Cleden of Fleet, Hampshire, UK, Rustin Lovewell of Gaithersburg, MD, Carrie Callahan Bardstown, KY, Elise Stephens of Seattle, WA, Christopher Baker of Ramsbury, Wiltshire, UK, Mica Scott Kole of Westland, MI, Andrew Dykstal of Arlington, VA, Wulf Moon of Sequim, WA and John Haas Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

This year’s 12 Quarterly Awards Winners of the Illustrating Contest were each presented with cash prizes and trophies. They included: Emerson Rabbitt of Minneapolis, MN, Vytautas V (Vytautas Vasiliauskas) of Paris, France, Yinying Jiang of Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK, Alexander Gustafson of Essex Junction, VT, Christine Rhee of San Francisco, CA, Sam Kemp of Birmingham, West Midlands, England, Allen Morris of Cleveland, MS, Jennifer Ober of Atlanta, GA, Josh Pemberton of Seattle, WA, Qianjiao Ma of Arcadia, CA, Alice Wang of Bellevue, WA and Aliya Chen of Fair Oaks, CA.

Dr. Beatrice Kondo, daughter of the late Writers of the Future Judge, Dr. Yoji Kondo, and a member of the Heinlein Society Board of Directors, presented Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director of Author Services, Inc. with a Letter of Recognition. The Heinlein Society is devoted to the study and promotion of the late American Science Fiction author Robert A. Heinlein. During her presentation, Dr. Kondo said, “L. Ron Hubbard established the Writers of the Future contests as a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged. On behalf of the Heinlein Society and issued by its President and Chairman, George E. Rule, I would like to present a letter of recognition to L. Ron Hubbard and his enduring Contest on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary.”

In addition to celebrity and distinguished judge awards presenters, other VIPS in attendance at the event included: Elizabeth Fuller, Kary English, Martin Shoemaker, Jim Meskimen, Tamara Meskimen, Jennifer O’Dell, Phire Whitaker, Gino Montesinos, Daniel Kotto, Edwin Gagliano, Monica Wiela, Gene Rurka, Kelton Jones, Skip Harris and Jeff Rector. Some Renowned Former Writer and Illustrator of the Future winners were also in attendance, including: Dean Wesley Smith (1985 – Volume 1), Nini Kiriki Hoffman (1985 – Volume 1), David Farland (1987 – Volume 3), Sergei Poyarkov (1991 – Volume 7), Dr. Nnedi Okorafor (2002 – Volume 18), Brian C. Hailes (2002 – Volume 18), Darci Stone (2018 – Volume 34), Eric James Stone (2004 – Volume 20 and 2005 – Volume 21) and Eric Flint (1993 – Volume 9).

Event attendees also included 23 world-renowned writer and illustrator contest judges specializing in the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The 15 Writer judges in attendance included: Kevin J. Anderson, Dr. Doug Beason, Dr. Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Eric Flint, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Todd McCaffrey, Rebecca Moesta, Larry Niven, Jody Lynn Nye, Dr. Nnedi Okorafor, Timothy Thomas “Tim” Powers, Dr. Robert J. Sawyer and Dean Wesley Smith. The eight illustrator judges included: Echo Chernik, Lazarus Chernik, Bob Eggleton, Larry Elmore, Dr. Laura Freas Beraha, Val Lakey Lindahn, Sergey Poyarkov and Rob Prior.

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 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. Each year three winners are selected quarterly for both the Writers and the Illustrators Contests. Then a Grand Prize winner is selected for both the Writers and the Illustrators. Grand Prize Winners receive an additional $5,000. The Contest flies out all winners to Los Angeles for an expense-paid, weeklong workshop given by Contest judges and culminates in a Black-Tie Gala Awards event. The contests promote the arts welcoming diversity, ethnicity, creativity and equality, with no age limits.

In the 35 years of the Writers of the Future Contest, there have been 416 winners and 80 published finalists. The 416 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,150 novels and nearly 4,500 short stories. They have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

In the 30 years of the Illustrators of the Future Contest, there have been 346 winners. The 346 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,000 illustrations, 360 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 68 television shows and 40 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 35 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

Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director for Author Services, Inc.

Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press Present Annual Writers and Illustrators of the Future Gala

Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press will present The 35th Annual Writers of the Future and the 30th Annual Illustrators of the Future L. Ron Hubbard Gala Achievement Awards celebrating the winners of the Contests, honoring 12 writers and 12 illustrators from around the world for their excellence in the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The Black Tie Event, with celebrity award presenters, will be held at the Taglyan Complex, 1201 Vine Street (at Lexington Avenue, the entrance for Valet Parking), Hollywood, CA 90038. Red Carpet Arrivals begin at 4:30 p.m. Emceed by Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director of Author Services, Inc., the Invitation Only Event will be catered by Divine Catering. The Awards Banquet will start at 6:00 p.m. Members of the General Public can watch the Awards Show streaming live from 7:30–9:30 p.m. PST at www.writersofthefuture.com. A Book Signing and Reception with follow the Awards Show in the lobby of the Taglyan Complex.

Joni Labaqui, Director of the Contests for Author Services, Inc. said, “This year marks a historic milestone in our contests with simultaneous benchmark anniversaries, both the 35th Anniversary of our Writer’s Contest and the 30th Anniversary of our Illustrator’s Contest. On the evening April 5th Author Services, Inc. will present awards to 24 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and Illustrators of the Future that have been chosen as winners of the 2018 contests adjudicated by world renowned Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer and Illustrator Judges. Our theme for this year’s two-hour awards show is ‘Retro Robotics.'”

John Goodwin, President of Galaxy Press, said, “One Grand Prize Writer Winner and One Grand Prize Illustrator Winner will be selected from a field of 12 Quarterly Writer Winners and 12 Quarterly Illustrator Winners, respectively. Our contests promote the arts welcoming diversity, ethnicity, creativity and equality, with no age limits. The Awards Show and Banquet will be held in the Taglyan Complex’s Grand Ballroom, and will be followed by a Book Signing and Reception.”

Labaqui continued, “Our show will open with a Sci-Fi Stomp and Body Percussion Dance featuring a Robot from NASA’s Jet Propulsive Laboratory in Pasadena, CA and dancers from EM Cirque, a world renowned aerobatics and dance troupe.”

Goodwin added, “Bob Eggleton, a Founding Judge of the Illustrators of the Future Contest will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ed Hulse, an award-winning author, journalist and historian, will serve as our Keynote Speaker. The Heinlein Society, named after the late Robert Anson Heinlein, an American Science Fiction author, aeronautical engineer and Naval Officer, often referred to as the ‘Dean of Science Fiction writers,’ will present Author Services, Inc. with a Special Recognition honoring the 35th Anniversary of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.”

Awards Show Celebrity and VIP Guests and Presenters will include:

  • Sibongile Mlambo (“Dark/Web,” “MacGyver,” “Siren,” “Lost in Space,” “Teen Wolf,” “Black Sails”)
  • Lee Purcell (Primetime Emmy Award Nominee, “Secret Sins of the Father,” “Long Road Home,” “J.L. Family Ranch,” “Kids Vs Monsters,” “Valley Girl”)
  • Steven L. Sears (Co-Executive Producer, “Xena: Warrior Princess,” Executive Producer, “Sheena,” Producer, “Raven”)
  • Sean Cameron Michael (“The Last Victims,” “Black Sails,” “The Mummy,” “MacGyver”)
  • Hank Garrett (“Death Wish,” “The Amityville Horror,” “Serpico”)
  • Phil Proctor (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Assassin’s Creed,” “Flightplan,” “Dr. Doolittle 2”)
  • Judy Norton (“The Waltons,” “Stargate SG-1,” “Bluff,” “Nowhere To Hide”)
  • Jim Meskimen (“Parks and Recreation,” “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “S.W.A.T.,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “NCIS”)
  • Taylor Meskimen (“Superstrata,” “The Hollywouldn’ts,” “Chastity Bites”)
  • Edwin Gagiano (“Snake Park,” “Proper Manors,” “Broken Darkness,” and “Villa Rosa”)
  • Kelton Jones (“Dry Blood,” “Townies,” “The Passion of the Christ”)
  • Daniel Kotto (“Forever,” “Blood Orange”)
  • Jesse Kove (“On Wings of Eagles,” “Show No Mercy,” “The Shadow”)
  • Gino Montesinos (“NCIS,” “Adopted,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
  • Jeffrey Patterson (“Another Day in Paradise,” “Finding Harmony”)
  • Autumn and Paige Patterson (Twin Sisters, “Another Day in Paradise,” “Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink”)
  • Brittany and Brianna Winner (Twin Sisters, national bestselling, multiple award-winning Science Fiction novelists, and Pinnacle award-winning teachers)
  • Ed Hulse (Keynote Speaker and award-winning journalist and historian who specializes in documenting American popular culture of the late 19th and 20th Centuries)
  • Bob Eggleton (Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Hugo Award and Chesley Award-winning Artist; Founding Judge of the Illustrator’s Contest)
  • Beatrice Kondo (Assistant Program Director for the Masters of Science in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University and on the Board of Directors of the Heinlein Society.)

Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director for Author Services, Inc. will Emcee the event, and Joni Labaqui will present The Golden Pen Award and a $5,000 Grand Prize Check to the winner of the of the Writers of the Future Contest, and The Golden Quill Award and another $5,000 Grand Prize Check will be presented to the winner of the Illustrators Contest. John Goodwin will unveil the 35th edition of “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35,” with a cover painted by internationally renowned artist, Bob Eggleton.

This year’s live awards show will be simultaneously broadcast to a worldwide audience via the Internet. Streaming will be live beginning at 7:30 p.m. PST and continue to 9:30 p.m. from www.writersofthefuture.com. The airing time of the broadcast will vary depending on the time zone viewers are residing in. Directly following the awards show the winning authors and illustrators will sign books at a reception to be held in the well-appointed lobby of the Taglyan Complex. This year’s contest winners will also have the opportunity to attend workshops held here in Los Angeles one week prior to the awards show to network with the renowned writer and illustrator judges of this year’s competitions to gain valuable feedback to help them advance their careers in their chosen fields of interest.

This Black Tie Event is by Invitation Only. Members of the General Public can watch the awards show streaming live from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. PST on Friday, April 5, 2019 at www.writersofthefuture.com. To view a B-roll link of this year’s show announcement, please visit: www.writersofthefuture.com.

The 12 Writer Winners of the 35th Annual Writer’s Contest include:

  • Kyle Kirrin of Creede, CO (First Quarter Winner)
  • Preston Dennett of Reseda, CA (First Quarter Winner)
  • Kai Wolden of Eden Prairie, MN (First Quarter Winner)
  • David Cleden of Fleet, Hampshire, UK (Second Quarter Winner)
  • Rustin Lovewell of Gaithersburg, MD (Second Quarter Winner)
  • Carrie Callahan Bardstown, KY (Second Quarter Winner)
  • Elise Stephens of Seattle, WA (Third Quarter Winner)
  • Christopher Baker of Ramsbury, Wiltshire, UK (Third Quarter Winner)
  • Mica Scott Kole of Westland, MI (Third Quarter Winner)
  • Andrew Dykstal of Arlington, VA (Fourth Quarter Winner)
  • Wulf Moon of Sequim, WA (Fourth Quarter Winner)
  • John Haas Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Fourth Quarter Winner)

The 12 Illustrator Winners of the 30th Annual Illustrator’s Contest include:

  • Emerson Rabbitt of Minneapolis, MN (First Quarter Winner)
  • Vytautas V of Paris, France (First Quarter Winner)
  • Yinying Jiang of Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK (First Quarter Winner)
  • Alexander Gustafson of Essex Junction, VT (Second Quarter Winner)
  • Christine Rhee of San Francisco, CA (Second Quarter Winner)
  • Sam Kemp of Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Second Quarter Winner)
  • Allen Morris of Cleveland, MS (Third Quarter Winner)
  • Jennifer Ober of Atlanta, GA (Third Quarter Winner)
  • Josh Pemberton of Seattle, WA (Third Quarter Winner)
  • Qianjiao Ma of Dublin, CA (Fourth Quarter Winner)
  • Alice Wang of Bellevue, WA (Fourth Quarter Winner)
  • Aliya Chen of Fair Oaks, CA (Fourth Quarter Winner)

This year’s 23 Distinguished Writer Contest Judges include:

  • Kevin J. Anderson (An international bestselling author of more than 100 books, as well as a comic writer, anthology editor, record and film producer. Co-Author of the “Dune” prequels.)
  • Doug Beason (Has written 14 high-tech novels. He also served in the President’s Science Office in Washington, D.C.)
  • Gregory Benford (Has won four Hugo Awards and is an astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physic and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine.)
  • Orson Scott Card (New York Times bestselling author of several novels including “Enders Game ” which was made into a feature film in 2013.)
  • David Farland (Coordinating Judge for the Writers; Editor of “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 35;” Grand Prize Winner of Writers of the Future Volume Three; a New York Times bestselling author as David Farland (his pen name for fantasy stories) and as David Wolverton (his real name that he uses for science fiction stories.)
  • Eric Flint (A former contest winner from 1993, Flint has written over 40 novels, both solo and in collaboration and is Founder and Editor of Jim Baen’s “Universe.”)
  • Brian Herbert (Co-Author of the “Dune” prequels.)
  • Nina Kiriki Hoffman (A 1985 contest winner, Hoffman is the winner of the Nebula and Bram Stoker)
  • Nancy Kress (Multiple award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy, two Hugo, six Nebula, one Campbell and one Sturgeon awards.)
  • Katherine Kurtz (Author of the “Deryni” series, “Templar” series and “Adept” series.)

This year’s 23 Distinguished Writer Contest Judges include:

  • Todd McCaffrey (Best known for continuing the “Dragonriders of Pern” series in collaboration with his mother Anne McCaffrey.)
  • Rebecca Moesta (Co-Author of The New York Times bestselling “Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights” series as well as the “Star Challengers” books.)
  • Larry Niven (Winner of every major Science Fiction award. The legendary creator of “Ringworld” and the “Known Space” series.)
  • Jody Lynn Nye (Authored or co-authored over 50 books and over 150 short stories and she has written everything from science fiction, fantasy, military to humor.)
  • Nnedi Okorafor (Hugo and Nebula Award Winner, “The Binti Trilogy,” Publisher’s Weekly Best Book for Fall 2013, “Kabu Kabu,” Amazon.com Best Book of the Year, “Akata Witch,” Comics: “Black Panther: Long Live The King” (Marvel), “Shuri” (Marvel), “Wakanda Forever” (Marvel)
  • Timothy Thomas “Tim” Powers (American Science Fiction and Fantasy author. He has won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels “Last Call” and “Declare.” His 1988 novel, “On Stranger Tides” served as the inspiration for the “Monkey Island” franchise of video games and was optioned for adaptation into the four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.)
  • Mike Resnick (The genre’s all-time leading award-winner for short fiction, authoring 62 novels, over 250 short stories and editing more than 40 anthologies.)
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and editor.)
  • Brandon Sanderson (Best known for the Cosmere universe, in which most of his fantasy novels are set. He is also known for finishing Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series “The Wheel of Time.”)
  • Robert J. Sawyer (Dean of Canadian Science Fiction. Sawyer has won every major Science Fiction award. One of his novellas was the basis for the ABC-TV series, “Flash Forward.”)
  • Robert Silverberg (He is a multiple winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards, a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame, and Grand Master of Science Fiction.)
  • Dean Wesley Smith (He is known primarily for his “Star Trek” novels, film novelizations, and other novels of licensed properties such as “Smallville,” “Spider-Man,” “X-Men,” “Aliens,” “Roswell,” “Men in Black” and “Quantum Leap.”)
  • Sean Williams (Multiple New York Times bestselling author from Australia.)

This year’s 18 Distinguished Illustrator Judges include:

  • Echo Chernik (Illustrator Contest Coordinating Judge) (Award-Winning Illustrator for advertising, packaging and publishing, whose work has been featured in many commercial design magazine articles. Her artwork has also been displayed in many galleries.)
  • Lazarus Chernik (An experienced Creative Director, Brand Manager, and award-winning Designer.)
  • Ciruelo (Argentine Fantasy Artist known for the “Eragon Coloring Book.”)
  • Vincent Di Fate (American artist specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and realistic space art illustration.)
  • Diane Dillon (Two-time Caldecott Award-winning artist.)
  • Dave Dorman (A Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy illustrator best known for his “Star Wars” artwork.)
  • Bob Eggleton (This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. Founding Judge of the Illustrators of the Future Contest. Winner of seven Hugo Awards and 11 Chesley Awards. His art can be seen on the covers of magazines, professional publications and books in the world of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror around the world. He is also a conceptual illustrator for movies and thrill rides.)
  • Larry Elmore (Well known as a fantasy artist for “Dungeons & Dragons.” He worked on “Dragonlance” amongst dozens of magazines and book covers. Cover Designer of “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 33.”)
  • Laura Freas Beraha (She was married to the famous artist, Frank Kelly Freas. She won a Chelsey Award for illustration.)
  • Val Lakey Lindahn (Illustrator Judge since the inception of the contest. Lindahn was nominated twice for the Hugo, Chesley, Frank R. Paul and Jack Gone Awards.)
  • Stephan Martiniere (Has received a Gold Award from Spectrum in 2004 and Thea Award in 2001 for his work on Paramount’s “Super Saturator” theme park ride. He was personally nominated for an Emmy Awardâ in 1994 for directorial work on Family Channel’s “Madeleine” series.)
  • Gary Meyer (Master of the College at the Pasadena ArtCenter College of Design.)
  • Cliff Nielson (Best known for his work on “Star Wars,” “The X-Files” and “Chronicles of Narnia.”)
  • Mike Perkins (Comic book artist best known for “Captain America,” “Ruse” and Stephen King‘s “The Stand.”)
  • Sergey Poyarkov (A 1991 contest winner from the Ukraine, who has now become a contest judge and has gone on to a successful career as a fine artist with works displayed in exhibitions across Russia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the USA.)
  • Rob Prior (Artist who paints with two hands, event paints two separate paintings at the same time. He has created comics, most notably “Spawn,” “Terminator,” “Deep Space 9” and “Heavy Metal.”)
  • Shaun Tan (Australian artist, writer and filmmaker. Won an Academy Award for “The Lost Thing” in 2011.)
  • Stephen Youll (Science Fiction and Fantasy artist)

About The Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:

Bob Eggleton was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1960 and became interested in Science Fiction art at an early age. Today he is a successful Science Fiction, Fantasy and landscape artist.

Winner of seven Hugo Awards and eleven Chesley Awards, his art can be seen on the covers of numerous magazines, professional publications and books in the world of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror across the world including several volumes of his own work. He has also worked as a conceptual illustrator for movies and thrill rides.

Of late, Eggleton has focused more on private commissions and self-commissioned work. He is an elected Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists and is a Fellow of the New England Science Fiction Association.

He has been an Illustrators of the Future judge since 1988. Find out more at: www.bobeggleton.com.

About The Keynote Speaker:
Ed Hulse is an award-winning journalist and historian who specializes in documenting American popular culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His books include “Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders,” “The Blood ‘N’ Thunder Guide to Pulp Fiction,” “The Films of Betty Grable and Frances Dee: A Film History.

As a journalist Ed Hulse covered the home video and consumer electronics industries for trade and consumer publications alike between 1980 and 2005. His columns, reviews and articles appeared in such outlets as Premiere Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Video Business, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and This Week In Consumer Electronics. Between 1986 and 1990 Hulse edited Video Review’s Previews, a nationally circulated magazine spotlighting current home video releases. During this same period, his entertainment-industry coverage was syndicated by the The Washington Post’s Writers Group. Between 2001 and 2007 he reviewed new releases, wrote feature articles and conducted celebrity interviews for the Video section of www.barnesandnoble.com.

As a film historian Hulse has written numerous books about vintage motion pictures and their stars. These include: The Films of Betty Grable, Zane Grey and the Movies, Frances Dee: A Film History, and Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders. His most recent book, Wage Slaves in the Dream Factory: Low-Budget Filmmaking During Hollywood’s Golden Age, will be published in September 2019. Between 2002 and 2016 Hulse edited and published Blood ‘n’ Thunder, an award-winning journal devoted to the study of adventure, mystery and melodrama in pop-culture media of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 2018 Murania Press published the revised second edition of his Blood ‘n’ Thunder Guide to Pulp Fiction, which has been sold in 23 countries and is used as a text in nearly a dozen American universities.

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 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, weeklong workshop given by Contest judges and culminates in a Black Tie Gala Awards event.

In the 35 years of the Writers of the Future Contest, there have been 416 winners and 80 published finalists. The 416 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,150 novels and nearly 4,500 short stories. They have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

In the 30 years of the Illustrators of the Future Contest, there have been 346 winners. The 346 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,000 illustrations, 360 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 68 television shows and 40 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 35 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.

 

 

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