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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth, written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard created The Writers of the Future writing contest (www.writersofthefuture.com) in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers of speculative fiction to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful.  The 380 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and nearly 4,000 short stories. They have produced 27 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 million copies.

The 310 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 4,500 illustrations, 356 comic books, graced 594 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 36 TV shows and 46 major movies.

The Writers of the Future Award is the genre’s most prestigious award of its kind and has now become the largest, most successful and demonstrably most influential vehicle for budding creative talent in the world of speculative fiction. Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 32 anthology volumes and awarded nearly $1 Million cumulatively in cash prizes and royalties.

For more information go to www.writersofthefuture.com

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