The Writers of the Future Contest began in 1984 and the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest followed 5 years later. Both have grown to become the largest merit competitions of their kind in the world. While we never give the exact number of entries, we can say that there are thousands of entries each year with contestants submitting from 177 countries.
So far, the Contests have honored 404 Writer winners, 80 Writer published finalists and 334 Illustrator winners hailing from 44 nations over the first 34 years. In addition, they have awarded nearly $1 million in prize money to the winners.
Why This Is Important to Your Career
A review of the 34 years has found that of the 484 writer winners and published finalists, 336 went on with their writing career publishing at least one story and 192 are still active with a writing career—that’s 40% still writing!!
Now combine the above with the fact that the number of new books published annually is now over 1 million. The average new book also sells less than 250 copies in the first year. And less than 1% of the new books published have a chance of being stocked in a bookstore.
What Industry Professionals Have to Say
See why established professionals in the business say what they do about the Contest and to its value to the future of science fiction & fantasy.
So, isn’t it time you entered?
For the Writer Contest: www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/
For the Illustrator Contest: www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-the-illustrator-contest/
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