WOTF Rookie Release Update

CLEAR THE BOOK SHELF AND MAKE ROOM FOR THE ROOKIE

Writers and Illustrators of the Future Winners are Tomorrow’s

Dan Brown and Stephen King

HOLLYWOOD, CA- More than 600 rookie writers and illustrators have been given their chance to have successful professional careers as winners of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests over the past 29 years.  With combined cash prizes totaling over $750,000, over one-thousand bookstore signings and scrapbooks full of media generated, these rookies-turned-pro writers have gone on to publish over 300 novels and 3,000 short stories, with several becoming New York Times best-selling authors, including Stephen Baxter, Jo Beverly, Leonard Carpenter, Nancy Farmer, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Reed, Dean Wesley Smith, Sean Williams, Dave Wolverton and David Zindell.

“With only 3 in 10,000 stories written in the US ever getting published, so many creative writers have seen their dreams crushed.  So to see a means for the newcomer to have a chance to break in is a very rewarding endeavor,” says Joni Labaqui, the Contests’ director.  Writers of the Future, now in its 30th year, was created by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard with the purpose to discover and encourage talented beginning writers of science fiction and fantasy.

“The Writers of the Future Contest provides that break that new writers and illustrators need and deserve,” Labaqui said. “This tradition continues with the latest group of just announced winners for our 30th installment.”  The latest list of Writers and Illustrators of the Future winners can be seen below.

The 22nd Writers of the Future  anthology (Galaxy Press, 2006) features the works of the 12 winning quarterly writers and 12 illustrators from the 2005-2006 Contest. With its availability in so many diverse outlets such as airports, Walmart as well as bookstores, the Anthology has been consistently on science fiction and anthology bestseller lists throughout December and January.

CONTEST WINNERS

FIRST QUARTER

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE
First place: Jeff Carlson of Walnut Creek, CA, USA
Second place: Tony Pi of Toronto, ON, CAN
Third place: Corey Brown of North Palm Beach, FL, USA

ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE
Bryan Beus of Provo, UT, USA
Bogdan Stetsenko of Kiev, Ukraine
Lars Edwards of Arlington, MA, USA

SECOND QUARTER

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE
First place: Kim Zimring of Decatur, GA, USA
Second place: Douglas Texter of Minneapolis, MN, USA
Third place: Damon Kaswell of Eugene, OR, USA

ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE
Artem Mirolevich of Brooklyn, NY, USA
Corey Loving of Country Club Hills, IL, USA
Amelia Mammoliti of El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

THIRD QUARTER

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE
First place: Stephen Kotowych of Toronto, ON, CAN
Second place: Aliette de Bodard of Paris, France
Third place: Karl Bunker of Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE
Randall Ensley of Gales Ferry, CT, USA
Marcus Collins of Pasadena, CA, USA
Peter Town of Sacramento, CA, USA

 

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WOTF Celebrating Three Decades of New Talent in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Writers of the Future Sets Date for Event Celebrating Three Decades of Honoring the Hottest New Talent in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Hollywood, CA – Author Services, Inc. has announced that Writers of the Future volume 30 will be released in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Sunday, April 13, 2014. “We wanted to get this announcement made early enough for fans to make their plans for this very special anniversary event,” stated Joni Labaqui, the Contests’ Director.

2014 marks the 30th anniversary for the Writers Contest as well as the very special 25th anniversary for the Illustrators Contest.  Known for being one of science fiction‘s premier annual events, the awards ceremony brings the best of science fiction and fantasy’s professional world together with the genre’s hottest new talent.

Science fiction and fantasy fans will see contest judges presenting awards to the contest winners, judges whose works they have admired since becoming readers of the genre.  Such professionals include Kevin J. Anderson (Dune novels), Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game), Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides), 5-time Hugo winner Mike Resnick and Grand Master of Science Fiction Robert Silverberg.  Also attending are top art professionals, including Dave Dorman (art of Star Wars), Larry Elmore (cover art for Dungeons & Dragons), Cliff Nielsen (Narnia book cover art) and Stephen Hickman, with over 350 book covers to his credit.

Over the first 30 years, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future have recognized over 700 winners and have an astonishing record of winners who have gone on to achieve significant careers in the arts following their Contest win.

Acknowledged as the premiere writing contest of its kind, the Writers of the Future Contest was created in 1983 by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard as a means for aspiring writers to have their work seen and acknowledged. The success of the original writer’s competition gave rise to the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest. As it has always been, there are no entry fees for the contests.

In addition to substantial cash awards, the contest winners and selected finalists are showcased in an annual anthology published by Galaxy Press, and are flown out to participate in an expenses-paid week-long workshop led by professional published writers and illustrators.

For more information about the contests, the judges and past winners, go to www.writersofthefuture.com
or to www.Facebook/WritersAndIllustratorsOfTheFuture

Writer Ron Ginzler provides 25 insightful science fiction and fantasy stories

Writers of the Future Winner from 1994 releases his short story collection “The Iron Apples of the Stars”

Writer Ron Ginzler provides 25 insightful science fiction and fantasy stories

HOLLYWOOD, CA – Ron Ginzler of Battle Creek, Michigan, 1994 winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest, announced the release of his new science fiction and fantasy collection, “The Iron Apples of the Stars.”

The collection includes eclectic story lines such as, a future where chimpanzees work in factories and go to nature preserves to see humans in their natural habitat, a woman who puts out fires by walking into burning buildings, a high school where no one can remember what happened yesterday, or any other day before that. “The Iron Apples of the Stars” is a collection of short stories that take you down intriguingly twisty paths, all leading to oddly inevitable conclusions.

Ron started his career by entering and winning in the international contest known for launching careers in speculative fiction, with the short story “Winter’s Cycle,” appearing in the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future volume 10 (Bridge Publications), in 1995.

He then went on to publish short stories “Swamp Logic” and “Whistle-stop” in Tomorrow sf magazine and “The Baobab Tree” through the 90’s and also penned non-fiction articles that have appeared throughout his writing career.

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

For more information about Ron’s book visit amazon.com

Brian Trent publishes “The Nightmare Lights of Mars” to the delight of Escape Pod’s editor

Connecticut writer, screenwriter and philosopher and Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest winner this year continues publishing online Brian Trent publishes “The Nightmare Lights of Mars” to the delight of Escape Pod’s editor

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Brian Trent of Prospect, Connecticut had his second short story published this  year since his win and publication in the bestselling Science Fiction anthology series — L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 29 this past April. His short story, “The Nightmare Lights of Mars” was sold to and published at Escape Pod, skillfully narrated by voiceover artist Veronica Giguere. With this story now available Brian announced, “the hosts informed me that it is one his favorite stories of the year, and this is a weekly publication.” Escape Pod is the premiere science fiction podcast magazine. Every week they publish short stories in a convenient audio format for your computer or MP3 player. The stories are free and they are supported through listener donations and sponsorship.

Brian was honored at the 29th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards this past April, 2013 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Brian’s winning story, “War Hero” published in the bestselling anthology.  In August Brian was featured in the online publication Daily Science Fiction with his story, “Sparg.”

Brian is a philosopher, writer and in addition to his love of and science fiction short story publication history, is also a screen writer with a current project in post production, “Selene Hollow,” a successful Kickstarter project that reached its funding goal and has just completed and released its trailer.

The Contests were initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 shortly after returning to the field of science fiction with his bestseller Battlefield Earth. And to date the contest has launched the careers of 12 New York Times bestselling authors.

For more information on Brian Trent please visit, BrianTrent.com

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

Top Writing Contest and Illustrating Contest Announces 30 September Deadline

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future: Top Writing Contest and Illustrating Contest Announces 30 September Deadline

Last Call to Enter Writing Contest and Illustrating Contest

Hollywood, CA – With less than two weeks remaining to close out the first 30 years in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future writing contest for science fiction and fantasy, and the first 25 years for its companion Illustrators of the Future illustrating contest, the Contest Administration is urging writers and artists to submit their entries by midnight September 30. Aspiring writers and artists alike are able to submit their stories and art online for no entry fee by going to www.writersofthefuture.com.

Writers of the Future Contest winner and now NYT bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss wrote when finally seeing his work published (The Name of the Wind), “It’s fair to say that without Writers of the Future, I wouldn’t be where I am today….”

Contest judge Orson Scott Card (Enders Game) wrote, “If you’ve got a good story and you have not yet been published, the first thing you do is submit it to the Writers of the Future Contest. I tell everybody that it’s the only literary contest I’ve seen that is worth entering.”

Master illustrator Frank Frazetta who was also one of the original Contest judges claimed, “The Illustrators of the Future Contest is one of the best opportunities a young artist will ever get. You have nothing to lose and a lot to win.”

While Contest winner, Contest judge and Academy Award winner Shaun Tan noted, “Illustrators of the Future offered a channel through which to direct my ambitions.  The competition made me realize that genre illustration is actually a valued profession, and here was a rare opportunity for a possibly entry point into that world.”

Whether an aspiring writer or artist, you should take the time to submit your best work by going to www.writersofthefuture.com and clicking on Contest Entry on the upper right side of the page.

Acknowledged as the premiere writing contest of its kind, the Writers of the Future Contest was created in 1983 by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard as a means for aspiring writers to have their work seen and acknowledged. The success of the original writer’s competition gave rise to the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest. As it has always been, there are no entry fees for the contests.

In addition to substantial cash awards, the contest winners and selected finalists are showcased in an annual anthology published by Galaxy Press, and are flown out to participate in an expenses-paid week-long workshop led by professional published writers and illustrators.

For more information about the contests, the judges and past winners, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

Writers of the Future: A Literary Olympics

A contest created in 1983 by L. Ron Hubbard is today’s most effective means for aspiring writers to break into the publishing world

Hollywood, CA—Before 1983, the odds were stacked heavily against new writers. An aspiring author had to go up against seasoned professionals who had awards, bestsellers and fan followings. Even if a newcomer’s story was superior to that of an established writer, due to marketing considerations a publisher usually chose the familiar name over the unknown. Aspiring authors had an uphill battle with no one to lend them a helping hand.

Even though he became one of the most popular and prolific authors of the twentieth century, L. Ron Hubbard never forgot how tough it can be for the newcomer. Throughout his literary career Hubbard frequently encouraged aspiring writers by offering his advice, serving in writers’ organizations and writing instructional articles.

Thus it was in 1983 that Hubbard endowed and established the Writers of the Future Contest—which leveled the playing field for new writers.

International bestselling author and Writers of the Future Contest judge, Kevin J. Anderson (Dune prequels) stated, “This ambitious and ground-breaking Contest is the equivalent of a ‘literary Olympics’ for aspiring authors eager for that one chance to get their foot in the door.”  There is no entry fee, and the Contest is not open to established pros—only to new writers.

Anderson further noted, “The Writers of the Future Contest offers significant prize money, and a blue-ribbon panel of judges whose names have formed the very core of the science fiction and fantasy genres.” Each year, the winners receive their trophies at a grand awards celebration in incredible venues in places such as Hollywood, the United Nations in New York and Las Vegas.

After several years of enormous success, the Writers of the Future Contest was joined by a sister competition: Illustrators of the Future.  It has likewise served as a beacon to guide new artists.

And the world has paid attention. Winners have gone on to sign book contracts, sell stories to major magazines and appear on awards ballots. Now, for almost three decades, Writers and Illustrators of the Future have discovered and nurtured the new stars of science fiction and fantasy.

For more information go to www.writersofthefuture.com

 

3rd Quarter Winners announced in international IOTF contest

3RD QUARTER WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN INTERNATIONAL

ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST

Winners this quarter are from the upper border of the US and from Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HOLLYWOOD –  The 3rd  Quarter winners of the 28th year of the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest were announced today by Joni Labaqui, the contest Director.
The winners are from Canada, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

THIRD QUARTER WINNERS                              

Fiona Meng of Ontario, Canada                   
John Haverty of Massachusetts                                                
Pat Steiner of Wisconsin           

They were chosen from a group of 9 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. Fiona, John and Pat will also receive a cash prize for their win this quarter.

A Grand Prize winner is announced at the annual awards ceremony and is selected by another panel of judges. They will all now compete with the other winners from the other quarters, twelve in all, for the grand prize of $5,000.

Well-known contest judges include award winning artists Cliff Nielsen, Bob Eggleton, Stephen Hickman, Laura Brodian Freas, Judith Miller, Vincent DiFate, Leo & Diane Dillon, Stephen Youll and Stephan Martiniere.

“The judges do not know who they are choosing, the names are concealed from them for a fair judging process. Artists like this because they know it is based on talent alone,” the contest director said.

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

3rd Quarter Finalists Announced in International Contest for Illustrators

3rd Quarter Finalists Announced in International Contest for Illustrators

All Corners of the US and Canada are Represented in this Latest Finalist Round

HOLLYWOOD  Finalists for the 3rd Quarter of the 22nd year of the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest were announced today by Joni Labaqui, the contest Director.

The finalists for this quarter are from Canada, and all four corners of the United States.

THIRD QUARTER FINALISTS

  • Alejandro Bibriesca of California   
  • Krista Campbell of New Jersey                        
  • Stephanie Campbell of Michigan     
  • Jamie Hansen of Arizona      
  • John Haverty of Massachusetts  
  • Paulina Klaser of Texas      
  • Fiona Meng of Ontario, Canada
  • Pat Steiner of Wisconsin
  • Emalie Tison of Wisconin                                    

The 9 finalists’ art is sent to four of the contest judges. Of the nine finalists, three will be winners of the quarter. The three winners of each quarter are awarded cash prizes, a week long intensive workshop, an awards ceremony and are also published in the annual L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future. Writers have their own contest and our winning illustrators illustrate the winning writers’ stories.  The judging process, once the finalists are determined by the coordinating judge, takes a little over a month.

A Grand Prize winner is announced at the annual awards ceremony and is selected from another panel of judges and receives an additional $5,000.

“The Illustrators of the Future Contest is an effective means for aspiring illustrators to make their break in an industry well-known for being hard to break into for the newcomer,” Labaqui said.

More than 500 talented writers and illustrators have been given their opportunity to lead successful professional careers as winners of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests over the past 25 years.  And these rookies-turned-pro writers have gone on to publish over 500 novels and 3,000 short stories—accounting for some 31 million books sold—with several winners becoming New York Times best-selling authors.

For more information about the contest, go to www.writersofthefuture.com. Or call the contest at 323-466-3310.

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Carl Frederick Creates a Cross between Harry Potter, Lord of the Flies and a Quantum Mechanics Textbook

Hard Science Fiction Writer and Physicist Carl Frederick Creates a Cross between Harry Potter, Lord of the Flies and a Quantum Mechanics Textbook

Interactive eBook is a whole new take on characters coming to life – discussing quantum physics on the side

Ithaca, NY—“I believe e-readers will soon take over from print,” states Carl Frederick, theoretical physicist, sf writer and winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. (www.writersofthefuture.com) “I’ve done some work that can only be appreciated when using an e-reader.” Carl has written an anthology S++ Science Fiction Stories for Linux Geeks, where there is a story where the reader can often click to read the story from either of the two main characters. “And in my science-heavy novel, ‘The Trojan Carousel,’ Frederick continues, “something of a cross between ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Lord of the Flies’, and a quantum mechanics textbook, one can frequently click to continue a scene, not to advance the story, but to listen in as the characters discuss quantum physics.”

Carl was the published finalist and first appeared in the 18th volume of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future. (Galaxy Press) He then won in the 19th volume for his story, A Boy and His Bicycle and has been consistently selling stories since his writing contest win, thirty-seven alone to Analog Magazine.

Within the last few months, Frederick’s has embraced e-publishing via Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Nook). He states, “While I’ve thirty two titles up at Amazon, my anthology SF++ Science Fiction Stories for Linux Geeks is selling more than all the others combined.”

His stories can also be found at Amazon.com and BN.com using the search name ‘Frithrik,’ the old English form of his last name. Now in its 29th year, the Writers of the Future writing contest attracts entries worldwide. Twelve quarterly winners receive prize monies and, along with selected finalists, are published in an annual anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (Galaxy Press).

Initiated by multiple New York Times’ best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the merit-based Writers of the Future Contest has launched the careers of eight writers who have gone on to become New York Times bestsellers.

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

Dave Dorman, Named as Judge for Worldwide Illustration Contest

International Award-Winning Artist, Dave Dorman, Named as Judge for Worldwide Illustration Contest

LOS ANGELES – Best known for his Star Wars and Indiana Jones artwork and as an award-winning illustrator, Dave Dorman has been named as a judge in the internationally-acclaimed L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest, it was announced by Author Services, Inc., the literary agency and administrator of the Contest.

Dorman joins other world-renowned artists on the jury panel that includes such artists as Shaun Tan, Bob Eggleton, Stephen Hickman, Cliff Nielsen and Stephen Youll. Dorman has worked in comic book illustration as well as book covers and in 2010 was the guest of honor at the San Diego Comic Con where he was awarded the prestigious Inkpot Award.

Dorman was Guest of Honor twice before at the San Diego Comic Con where he won the Eisner Award in 1993 for his paintings in the book Alien: Tribes.  Although he is well known for his artwork based on such characters as Indiana Jones, Batman and Superman, he became most renowned for his Star Wars artwork as published in The Star Wars Art of Dave Dorman (Random House/FPG)

Dorman joins a distinguished panel of judges that includes artists Robert Castillo, Vincent Di Fate, Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon, Bob Eggleton, Stephen Hickman, Ron Lindahn, Val Lakey Lindahn, Cliff Nielsen, Stephan Martiniere, Judith Miller, Sergey Poyarkov, Shaun Tan, HR Van Dongen and Stephen Youll.

The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests were established by L. Ron Hubbard to discover and provide a chance for talented new and aspiring writers and illustrators of science fiction and fantasy to have their work seen and acknowledged. Both contests were honored with Publishers Weekly’s Outstanding Achievement Award “in recognition of 20 years of outstanding achievement of its aims.”

Since its inception, over 600 illustrators and writers have been acknowledged by the contests and have gone on to produce hundreds of illustrations, book covers, and game designs, over 700 novels (including a number of New York Times bestsellers) and more than 3,000 short stories.

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