Patrick Rothfuss, Publishes His Second Book in Fantasy Trilogy

Writers of the Future Winner, Patrick Rothfuss, Publishes His Second Book in Fantasy Trilogy

Hollywood, CA—The year was 2002 and Patrick Rothfuss had just been awarded his first place trophy as a winner in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest with “The Road to Levinshire,” his first professional sale. (Writers of the Future Volume 18; www.writersofthefuture.com)  Since then, his own personal story has become another one of the Contest’s great successes beginning with his breakout novel The Name of the Wind followed by his just released, The Wise Man’s Fear.

As Patrick puts it, “It all started when I won the Writers of the Future contest. Well, honestly it started long before that. I’d spent eight years working on my fantasy trilogy, then a solid year stacking up rejections. I couldn’t get an agent or publisher interested to save my life.

“Then I re-worked a piece of my trilogy into a stand-alone story and submitted it to Writers of the Future. It won first place in its quarter, and before I knew it I was out in LA at their workshop, learning the fine points of the writer’s craft from Tim Powers himself.

“It was out at the workshop that I met Kevin Anderson as well. We ended up talking about writing in the lobby of the hotel. After he read my story on the plane home he e-mailed me, telling me I should talk to his agent.

“But it all started when I won the Writers of the Future contest. They were my first publication. My foot in the door. Without them, I can honestly say would not be where I am today.”

Patrick Rothfuss is also featured in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: The First 25 Years, a compendium of the winners and judges from the first 25 years of the contest and their own incredible personal stories of how they broke into the field of writing.

The Writers of the Future contest was created by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 as a means of allowing the newcomer a chance to have their work seen. And this program has provided that starting point for so many careers. Over 300 writers have seen their name in print over the 26 years of the contest’s history, with nearly 100 now having successful careers as a writer. In addition to continuing on in the field of speculative fiction, several have gone on to publish in genres such as mystery and romance, to write for television and motion pictures and to become editors and critics.

For more information on the Writers of the Future Contest and to enter submissions online, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

WOTF Website Upgrade

L. RON HUBBARD PRESENTS WRITERS OF THE FUTURE HAS A NEW FEATURE IN A VASTLY UPGRADED WEBSITE

The most successful Writing Contest and Illustrating Contest in the World have just gotten better—entries can now be submitted online

HOLLYWOOD, CA—Writers of the Future has announced its newly upgraded website www.writersofthefuture.com which makes accessing the site much faster and easier. “But the best news,” stated Joni Labaqui, the Contests’ Director, “is that entries for the writing contest and illustrating contest can now be submitted online.” A move that she said, “will make it much easier for aspiring writers and illustrators from around the world to participate.”

It had been apparent for some time that the cost to mail a submission from many countries made entering the contest prohibitive for those whose writing and art should be submitted.  And for the aspiring writer or artist still feeling the effects of a down economy, the cost of a hard copy story print out or quality art print out and postage, made entering the contest unreal.

“This change will markedly expand the playing field,” continued Labaqui, “allowing the best in speculative fiction stories to be sent in from English speaking writers world over.”  And for the illustrator contest, “it is even more exciting as art has no language barrier and we expect a significant increase in entries from all countries.”

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future is already known for publishing the hottest new talent of speculative fiction. The series continually receives high marks and was again praised this year in a Publishers Weekly starred review stating that the anthology was, “Always a glimpse of tomorrow’s stars.”

As has been the case since its inception, there is no entry fee for either writing contest or illustrating contest entries and contestants retain rights to their work.

The Writers of the Future contest was created by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 as a means of allowing the newcomer a chance to have their works seen.  Based on its success, a companion Illustrators of the Future contest was also created.  And this program has provided that starting point for so many careers.  Over 600 writers and illustrators have seen their name in print over the 25 years of the contests’ history.  And hundreds of contestants have continued with now-successful careers.  At last count, there have been over 700 novels, including New York Times bestsellers, and over 3,000 short stories that have been published by contest winners.  In addition to continuing on in the field of speculative fiction, several have gone on to publish in genres such as mystery and romance, to write for TV and motion pictures and to become editors and critics.

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

Coffee Table Book #3

L. RON HUBBARD PRESENTS WRITERS OF THE FUTURE: THE FIRST 25 YEARS

A Special Silver Anniversary Edition Coffee Table Book Reflects on the Most Successful Writing Contest in the World

LOS ANGELES, CA—Writers of the Future, now in its 26th year, has recognized 300 winners to date and provided the first professional publication for these aspiring writers in the yearly anthology containing their stories.  As a result of the Contest’s unparalleled success rate, Galaxy Press, the publisher for the Writers of the Future series (www.writersofthefuture.com), is publishing a special edition coffee table book recognizing its winners and the Contest’s celebrated judges—some of the most accomplished writers of science fiction and fantasy—scheduled for later this fall.

Kevin J. Anderson (Dune prequels, Saga of Seven Suns, and Writers of the Future Contest judge), as the senior editor for the project, has been able to make certain observations while reviewing all 25 years. Regarding the publishing industry’s  enthusiastic acceptance of the writing contest, Kevin has noted “that in the more recent years, the winners have not had time to get their full career momentum going, but that they’ve already started racking up pro sales.” He went on to state, “Also—and this is astonishing—if you measure success by whether our winners/students leave the workshop and go on to publish professional novels or multiple pro short stories [most aspiring writers would call that success], Writers of the Future has about a 35% success rate. That’s unheard of for a writing class or workshop.”

An overview listing the winners, winning stories and photos for each of the first 25 years can be seen at www.writersofthefuture.com and there are videos with highlights over the recent years at www.youtube.com/writersofthefuture

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 works seen and acknowledged. The success of the original writing contest 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, go to www.writersofthefuture.com or http://wotfblog.blogspot.com/

25th Anniversary of International L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests

Awards Ceremony Set to Honor Winners, 25th Anniversary of International L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests

Hollywood, CA—The annual awards gala honoring the winners of the 25th year of the international L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests for new and aspiring talent will take place in Hollywood on Saturday, August 29, it was announced by Joni Labaqui, the Contests’ director.

“Our silver anniversary will be marked by some special guests and presentations showing the global reach and impact which these contests have had on science fiction and fantasy,” Labaqui said. “Just the list of top-name writers and illustrators who have won as well as those that have judged the Contests is remarkable.”
The awards ceremony will be held at Author Services, Inc., located one block west of the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

In making the announcement, Labaqui added, “All 500+ winners are definitely invited to attend this year’s Awards banquet and ceremony because it will be so special.”

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 works 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.

“The writing contest and illustrators contest have become two of the most respected in the fields of science fiction and fantasy in part because of the high level of judges involved and the talent the competitions now attract,” Labaqui said. The annual 12 top winners in each category receive the Hubbard Award, widely considered in the speculative fiction community as an honor as significant as the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

For those interested in attending the awards ceremony, RSVP to Joni Labaqui at contests@authorservicesinc.com.

 

Clear the book shelf and make room for the rookie

Writers and Illustrators of the Future Winners are Tomorrow’s

(big names here that are more current than Steven King)

HOLLYWOOD, CA- More than 500 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 25 years. With combined cash prizes totaling over $600,000, over one-thousand bookstore signings and scrapbooks full of media generated, these rookies-turned-pro writers have gone on to publish over 400 novels and 3,000 short stories, with several becoming New York Times best-selling authors, including Jo Beverly, Nancy Farmer, Karen Joy Fowler, Sean Williams, Dave Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, and Patrick Rothfuss. Winners are judged by a blue-ribbon panel of famous science fiction/fantasy authors including Orson Scott Card,Kevin J. Anderson, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Anne McCaffrey.

“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,” said Joni Labaqui, Director of the Contest, now in its 25th year. The Contest 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 contest has been around so long, and discovered so many now-professional writers, it has become a beacon on the horizon of anyone looking to become a pro”.

“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 24th installment.”

The 24thWriters of the Future anthology (Galaxy Press, 2009) features the works of the 12 winning writers, one “published finalist”and 12 illustrators from the 2007-2008 Contest.

The judges are adamant that this year’s book is the best ever. “The quality of the stories being entered continues to rise on a yearly basis”, said Coordinating judge K.D. Wentworth. “It is getting more difficult every year because there are so many good stories coming in.” Thousands enter yearly. Many neophytes use the quarterly deadline to push themselves to write a story every 3 months.

Writers of the Future volume 24 is due in bookstores this March. For more information on the contests go to www.writersofthefuture.com.