Echo Chernik is Named Coordinating judge in the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest 

Echo Chernik is Named Coordinating judge in the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest 

Famed artist now acting as coordinating judge of the contest that launches illustrators careers

HOLLYWOOD  –  Echo Chernik has been named as the coordinating judge for the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest. It is one of the world’s largest, oldest, and most prestigious illustration competitions that culminates annually with the publication of the bestselling anthology for new writers and illustrators, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future. The contest is a career launcher for both the winning writers and illustrators.

The Illustrators of the Future Contest was initiated nearly thirty years ago by L. Ron Hubbard with the assistance of Frank Kelly Freas to help discover new talent in the field of science fiction and fantasy illustrations.

Other contest judges past and present include legends Edd Cartier, Frank Frazetta, Jack Kirby, Moebius, Will Eisner, Bob Eggleton, Larry Elmore, Stephan Martiniere, Cliff Nielsen, Sergey Poyarkov, Dave Dorman, Paul Lehr and Shaun Tan.

Echo has been featured in many commercial design magazine articles for her talents as an artist, business-person and instructor. With over twenty two years of experience as a commercial artist she has become an industry leader in quality art and is constantly in great demand among the highest caliber clients around the globe. Clients include: Disney, Miller, Camel, Coors, Trek, Dos Equis, Hasbro, Mattel, The Sheikh of Dubai, Arlo Guthrie, Sears, Publix, Random House, Penguin and many more.

She is well known for her design of the Celestial Seasonings Green Tea line.  In addition to illustration, she has also received awards for her efforts in community service.

As a testament to her talent and popularity, SPECTRUM Fantastic Art announced that her “Run Faster” piece will appear in the legendary publication this next issue.

“I believe it’s important to help up and coming artists. Illustration is a passion driven and exciting career, but can be daunting to young illustrators. The illustrators of the future contest really gives them a step up, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that process,” Chernik stated. “We have a very intense and exciting new curriculum for the winners this year. It’s such an opportunity, all unpublished illustrators should enter!”

As Coordinating Judge for the Illustrators of the Future Contest, Chernik reviews all entries and selects the finalists, semi-finalists and Honorable Mentions. In addition she leads the annual L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future workshop for the annual winners that have been selected from around the world and who gather in Hollywood to celebrate the year’s winners and release the annual anthology that they are now in.

Contest Director Joni Labaqui stated, “Echo is an immensely talented artist and we are delighted to have her on board as the coordinating judge.”

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 contemporary 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 www.writersofthefuture.com

4th Quarter Winners Announced in International Writers of the Future Contest

Writers of the Future 4th quarter winners and finalists are announced.  Semi-finalists and silver honorable-mentions can be found at www.writersofthefuture.com/writer-winners-4th-quarter/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HOLLYWOOD – The 4th Quarter winners of the 32nd year of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest were announced by Joni Labaqui, the contest Director.

The winners are from Utah and Washington.

FOURTH QUARTER WINNERS                              

First Place – Jon Lasser of Washington
Second Place – Stephen Merlino of Washington
Third Place – Julie Frost of Utah                     

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 L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future. Jon, Stephen and Julie will also receive a cash prize for their win this quarter.

The quarterly finalists are:
Elizabeth Bernett of Ohio
Derrik Boden of Louisiana
Evey Brett of Arizona
K.D. Julicher of Nevada
Robert McCarter of Arizona

For information on semi-finalists and silver honorable-mentions, go to www.writersofthefuture.com/writer-winners-4th-quarter/

A Grand Prize winner is announced at the annual awards ceremony and is selected by another panel of judges. Jon Lasser will compete with the other 1st place quarterly winners for the grand prize of $5,000.00.

Well-known contest judges include: Kevin J. Anderson, Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Larry Niven, Tim Powers, Mike Resnick, Brandon Sanderson, Robert J. Sawyer and Sean Williams.

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 368 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 298 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.

For more information about the contest, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

 

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Galaxy Press First Time Attendee for Salt Lake City Comic Con

Galaxy Press First Time Attendee for Salt Lake City Comic Con

The Salt Lake City Comic Con is rapidly becoming one of the most successful Comic Cons in the United States

Salt Lake City also has the distinct honor of having more winners of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest than any other city in the world including Scott Parkin, Amy Hughes, Eric James Stone, Brad Torgersen and Robert J.Defendi.  World renowned authors, initially hailing from the Salt Lake City, Orson Scott Card, Dave Wolverton (Contest winner turned Contest judge) and Brandon Sanderson are Writers of the Future Contest judges.

With Galaxy Press’ premier attendance at the convention, it was no wonder awareness of and demand for Writers of the Future was so high.  Multiple NYT bestselling author Dave Wolverton along with fellow NYT bestselling authors R.A. Salvatore and Jim Butcher were guest speakers on a panel on writing short stories and novels before a packed hall of over 600 attendees.  Wolverton advised aspiring writers to “enter the Writers of the Future contest” and “to enter by September 30, the end of the Contest quarter.”

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 368 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 298 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.

Deadline for entries for the 32nd year of Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future is September 30 at midnight, Pacific Time.  Enter by going to www.writersofthefuture.com.

For more information on Writers of the Future, visit www.writersofthefuture.com and www.galaxypress.com.

Writers of the Future Writers Workshop Delivered by David Farland, Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta and the Winner Twins

Writers of the Future Writers Workshop Delivered by David Farland, Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta and the Winner Twins

SUBTITLE:  Galaxy Press hosted famous Writers of the Future Writers Workshop which was delivered to aspiring and established writers alike.

Hollywood, CA –

For over 30 years, the Writers of the Future Contest has been one of the premier writing contests in the science fiction and fantasy field, known not just for the awards ceremony and the prize money, but especially for the intensive week-long writing workshop taught by some of the biggest names in the field. This workshop has been available only to the winners.

Until now.

This past weekend, a condensed version of the Writers of the Future workshop was made available to the public. Held in Hollywood, the workshop covered the entire business of the writing process from crafting an idea to scheduling time to write, to editing, to finding the right agent and ultimately publishing what you write. The workshop was led by New York Times bestselling author David Farland (The Runelords), and with a special session by Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game), Kevin J. Anderson (co-author of 14 novels in the Dune universe), Rebecca Moesta (Young Jedi Knights novels) and special guest instructors, successful indie authors the Winner Twins (The Strand Prophecy).

The next workshop has been tentatively scheduled for January 30-31, 2016.

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 368 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 298 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.

To see a more detailed account of the workshop visit the Galaxy Press blog at http://www.galaxypress.com/writers-of-the-future-workshop/

Writers of the Future Signing at World Con in Seattle

Writers of the Future Signing at World Con in Seattle

CAPTION:  At a book signing held in the Dealers Room at the Spokane Convention center, a happy fan after getting the last book on the table.

Seattle, WA – Many Writers and Illustrators of the Future winners were on hand this past weekend in Seattle, WA to celebrate their favorite genre, science fiction.  Illustrators of the Future winner Tung Chi Lee, along with Writers of the Future winners Sharon Joss, Kary English, Steve Pantazis and Martin Shoemaker attended as new professionals, having just been published in the national bestselling science fiction anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 31, published by Galaxy Press.

Part of the weekend activities included a book signing in the Dealers Room (a hall filled with vendors of all types including booksellers) at the Spokane Convention Center where fans were able to get their copy of Writers of the Future Volume 31 autographed.

Volume 31 winner Steve Pantazis, with his story “Switch,” noted, “Signing Writers of the Future books at World Con with my fellow winners from Volume 31 was a once-in-a-lifetime, wonderful experience. We enjoyed every minute introducing new fans to this storied science fiction and fantasy anthology.”

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 368 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 298 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.
For more information on how to get a copy of Writers of the Future Volume 31 or to enter either Contest, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

International Award-Winning Artist, Rob Prior, Named as Judge for Worldwide Illustration Contest

International Award-Winning Artist, Rob Prior, Named as Judge for Worldwide Illustration Contest

LOS ANGELES – Best known for his art provided for SpawnHeavy Metal comics and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as his rare ability of painting with both hands at the same time, Rob Prior has been named as a judge in the internationally-acclaimed L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest, it was announced by Joni Labaqui, Contest Director at Author Services, Inc., the literary agency and administrator of the Contest.

Prior joins other world-renowned artists on the jury panel that include such artists as Dave Dorman (Eisner Award),Shaun Tan (Academy Award winner for “The Lost Thing”), Bob Eggleton (8-time Hugo award winning artist), Stephan Martiniere (Hugo, Chesley, Expose 3 Excellence Awards) and Cliff Nielsen (Star Wars, X-Files and Narnia).

Prior is a graduate of both the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and then went on to earn his MFA from the University of Toledo and began his career as a storyteller through his artistic skills at a young age.

As a comic book artist, he has worked with Marvel, D.C., Todd McFarlane, Kevin Eastman and Image Comics, to name a few, with his most notable credits on, “Spawn”, “Terminator”,  “Deep Space 9”, “Evil Ernie”, “Melting Pot”, “Lady Death”, and “Heavy Metal.”

As a leading storyboard artist, Prior has provided storyboards for advertising campaigns such as Budweiser and Nikon, as well as for the gaming industry, for “Titlist“, “2K Games”, “Terminator 3” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” He also created all the storyboards and animatics for the video games “Ghost Rider” and “The Darkness.”

As an illustrator, Prior has supplied cover art and interior art material for Steve Jackson Games, TSR (Dungeons and Dragons), Wizards Of The Coast, Battle Of The Lords Of The 23rd Century, and many others.

Prior has directed short films and music videos in which he has storyboarded, production designed/art directed and did all practical effects for each and is now directing his first movie in 2015 called “Whisper.” Prior is also the VP of creative for Heavy Metal.

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 368 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 298 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.

For more information on how to get a copy of Writers of the Future Volume 31 or to enter either Contest, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

 

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2015 Marks 75th Anniversary for L. Ron Hubbard’s Golden Pen Award

2015 Marks 75th Anniversary for L. Ron Hubbard’s Golden Pen Award

Author Services, Inc. is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Pen Award, conceived by author and explorer L. Ron Hubbard in 1940 while on his Alaskan Radio Experimental Expedition flying Explorers Club flag #105 to Ketchikan, AK.  The Golden Pen Award was the prize for top story submissions sent to him at the KGBU radio station (now renamed as KTKN).

As part of the celebration, a special live performance of “The Chee-Chalker,” (translated as “The Newcomer”)  mystery thriller located in Ketchikan and written by Hubbard following his Alaskan stay, will be broadcast live from KTKN and will feature the First City Players, a theatrical troupe in Ketchikan.

The “Golden Pen Award” followed an already established pattern of providing guidance to new writers, a series of “how to” articles published in a number of writing magazines in the 1930s.  As a feature of his radio program, called the “Mail Buoy,” he additionally offered advice for beginning writers and went one step further, initiating the “Golden Pen Award” contest to encourage listeners to write fiction, with prizes awarded by Hubbard, including an introduction to his New York publishing contacts.

In 1983, as a continuation of a legacy of helping the aspiring artist and in recognition of the increasingly difficult path encountered between first manuscript and published work, particularly in an era in which publishers devote the lion’s share of their promotional budgets to a few household names, Hubbard “initiated a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” He created the Writers of the Future Contest and, over three decades later it has become the most prestigious contest of its kind in providing that much needed open door for fledgling artists.

For more information about the Contest, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

For more information on the upcoming theatrical production at KTKN radio in Ketchikan, go to www.facebook.com/LRonHubbardTheatre.

Australian Writer Releases Third Story in Ambassador Series After Winning L. Ron Hubbard’s International Writers of the Future Award

Patty Jansen of Sydney, Australia, who was honored as a first place quarterly winner at the 27th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards in April of 2011, has now released her third in the Ambassador series, “Ambassador 3: Changing Fate.”

Since her win three years ago Patty has released nearly a story a month.

Patty’s winning story in the Writers of the Future international contest back in 2011, “This Peaceful State of War,” was published in – L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXVII as a short. She has been a very productive writer since, with the Ambassador series as only one of many series she has released.

“Ambassador 3: Changing Fate” is as follows: Fifty thousand years ago, a meteorite hit the planet Asto, giving its Aghyrian inhabitants mere days of notice. Three ships escaped the Armageddon. Two went to the neighbouring planet. The third, a massive generation ship, refused to take on refugees, and then vanished without a trace.

It’s coming back.

Its initial burst of communication caused the outage of the Exchange, the FTL network for transport and communication, but since then the ship has been silent. It jumps about at random, using wormholes it generates with a drive the likes of which no one has seen before.

Meanwhile at the gamra assembly, people jostle to be in the best positions when it inevitably turns up in inhabited space. What the ship wants or whether there is anyone on board no one knows, but diplomat Cory Wilson knows one thing: when it turns up, he must avoid a conflict at all cost.

If only gamra presented a united viewpoint. If only Asto’s army wasn’t keen to get involved. If only the Aghyrians at gamra didn’t do what they do best: manipulate and play games with everyone. While the ship approaches, the delegates bicker, and the time for negotiating is fast running out.

Immediately after winning Writers of the Future, Patty started selling short stories to Analog Magazine and has published short stories in Aurealis, Redstone SF and the Grantville Gazette.

To learn more about Patty, visit http://www.pattyjansen.com. For details on how to enter the contests, visit the website at https://www.writersofthefuture.com

Brandon Sanderson with John Goodwin

Author Brandon Sanderson Joins the Ranks as Writers of the Future Contest Judge

International Bestselling Fantasy Author Brandon Sanderson Joins the Ranks as Writers of the Future Contest Judge

Provo, UT – International best selling fantasy author, Brandon Sanderson, best known for his “Mistborn” series and his work in finishing Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time, has now become a judge for the Writers of the Future contest it was announced by John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press.   Goodwin was on hand making the presentation of the Writers of the Future creative writing unit plan to Sanderson and his class of approximately 100 students at Brigham Young University while already in Salt Lake City for the FanX Convention this past weekend.

In front of the class, Sanderson was presented a Creative Writing Unit Plan for Speculative Fiction Teacher Guide Book along with a Contest documentary on the program, a copy of the Writers of the Future: The First 25 Years coffee table book, the four Writers of the Future volumes containing stories referenced in the Teacher Guide, a copy of the ASI Magazine featuring Writers of the Future, and a copy of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 30, the current volume.

The creative writing class was then briefed on the history of the Writers of the Future Contest, which was created by bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 as a continuing effort on his part to help keep the genres of science fiction and fantasy alive by providing a means for aspiring writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.  The success of the merit based competition was easily described to the class by naming just a few of the scores of successful professionals who embrace the Contest, from Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) and Dave Wolverton  aka David Farland – (Runelords) who won the Contest in its 3rd year, to World Fantasy Award winner Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides) and multiple Hugo award winner Larry Niven (Ringworld), and to winners Patrick Rothfuss (Name of the Wind) and Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death).  (For a complete listing of the names of Contest judges, go to www.writersofthefuture.com/writer-judges and Writer Contest winners go to www.writersofthefuture.com/writer-winners.)

It was at this presentation that Sanderson indicated that he had entered the Writers of the Future Contest as a novice having submitted one of three short stories he had ever written and impressively coming away as a Finalist on his first submission.

Following this class, Sanderson agreed to be a judge for the Contest as he was in full agreement with the Contest’s purpose.

Upon hearing the news, long time friend and long-time Writers of the Future Judge Orson Scott Card noted, “Brandon is one of the best writers to emerge in the last ten years. Glad that he’s going to be a judge!”

For more information about Writers of the Future, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

American Idol for Writers and Illustrators

THE AMERICAN IDOL FOR WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS

The end of the 31st year of Writers and Illustrators of the Future in just a few weeks has been compared to the finale of the American Idol

HOLLYWOOD — If you think the chance to win on a show like American Idol is steep, try writing or drawing. Each year, tens of thousands are turned away by the publishing industry. It’s a brutal weeding out process that causes many creatives to stop their dreams dead.

But there’s one entrant-friendly contest that’s been called the “American Idol” for writers and illustrators. That’s because it gives instant worldwide recognition, cash, and coaching to fledgling writers and illustrators. It’s the worldwide L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest just completing its 31st successful year—a writing contest and illustrating contest that’s free for all entrants and age groups. www.writersofthefuture.com

“Beginning writers and illustrators are driven by the same things that you see of the contestants on ‘American Idol’,” says Joni Labaqui, the Contests’ Director. “They’ve got passion, creative drive, and a dream: they just need a break.”

Last year’s winners came from around the globe including Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Portugal, UK, and throughout the United States.

“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.”

Each year, Galaxy Press awards all winners with cash prizes, free travel and accommodations, week-long professional workshop, and guaranteed publication in their best-selling annual speculative fiction anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future.

Throughout the Contest’s 30-year history, the intensive mentoring process has proven very successful.  The 348 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.

Former writing contest winners with works listed on the New York Times best-seller’s list include Stephen Baxter, Jo Beverly, Leonard Carpenter, Nancy Farmer, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Reed, Patrick Rothfuss, Dean Wesley Smith, Sean Williams, Dave Wolverton and David Zindell.  In addition to Kevin J. Anderson, well-known contest judges include national best-selling authors such as Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Robert Sawyer, Robert Silverberg and Dave Wolverton.

The 276 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.

Inspired by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the merit-based Writers of the Future writing contest was initiated 31 years ago to discover and encourage talented beginning writers of science fiction and fantasy. The Contest was later expanded to include illustrators whose winners have also gone on to successful illustration and design careers. Writers of the Future Volume 30 (Galaxy Press) is now available in bookstores.

For information on how to enter the contests, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.