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Writers of the Future Contest – 2nd Quarter 2017 Winners


The judging results are in! And here are the 2nd Quarter 2017 Writers of the Future Contest winners.


Congratulations to you all!



First Place – Vida Cruz from the Philippines
Second Place – A. Henrie Gillett from Texas
Third Place – Eneasz Brodski from Colorado



Robert Bagnall from the United Kingdom
Gary Campbell from California
Steven Fischer from Wisconsin
Benjamin C. Kinney from Missouri
Tyler A. Young from Minnesota


Jeffrey Steven Abrams from Washington
Mark Bilsborough from the United Kingdom
Donald S. Crankshaw from Massachusetts
Noel Dwyer from Illinois
Amanda Helms from Colorado
Kristin Janz from Massachusetts
Carolyn Kay from Colorado
Alejandro Toyofusa Komai from California
Eldridge Stimmel from Oklahoma

Silver Honorable Mentions:

Christopher Baxter from Utah
Rebecca Birch from Washington
Chan Yuk Chi from Singapore
Rui Cid from Portugal
Dean N. D’Amico from Virginia
Paulo Da Silva from Germany
Jason Evans from Illinois
Ian E. Gonzales from Washington
Jeanette Gonzalez from California
Philip Brian Hall from Scotland
Bethany Hanks from Idaho
James A. Hearn from Texas
Morgan G. Howell from South Carolina
Gary J. Hurtubise from Ontario, Canada
K.E. Kuebler from Texas
Robert J. McCarter from Arizona
Shawn McKee from Texas
Daniel K. Morgan from the United Kingdom
Cassiopeia Mulholland from Arizona
Rajev Prasad from California
Christopher Mark Rose from Maryland
Anna Salonen from Finland
Sam Schreiber from New York
David F. Shultz from Ontario, Canada
E.C. Stever from Wyoming
Shawn Swanson from California
Clive Tern from the United Kingdom
Jason Thomas from California
Erin A. Tidwell from Washington
Heather Truett from Mississippi
Roderick D. Turner from Ontario, Canada
Scott Vanyur from Pennsylvania
J. Deery Wray from California
Neil V. Young from California

Honorable Mentions:

R.R. Angell from Maryland
Carina Bissett from Colorado
L.R. Braden from Colorado
Jesse Buerk from New Jersey
James R. Cain from Australia
Juan Pelipe Calle from Florida
Steven Capps from Georgia
John Carey Jr. from Texas
Joanne Chapman from Utah
Michael Connon from the United Kingdom
Scott Forbes Crawford from Washington, D.C.
John Culver II from California
Benjamin DeHaan from Illinois
Nestor Delfino from Ontario, Canada
O.E. Fine from Massachusetts
Margaret M. Fisk from Nevada
Joe Follansbee from Washington
Oliver Fox from Tennessee
Caroline Furlong from Virginia
Melva L. Gifford from Utah
Les Gould from Virginia
Anthony J. Gramuglia from New Jersey
Richard A. Groves from California
Mary-Jean Harris from Ontario, Canada
Diana Fay Hauer from Oregon
Russell Hemmell from United Kingdom
Marc Humphrey from Austria
Rebecca Inch-Partridge from California
Kent. A. Jones from Minnesota
Christopher A. Jos from Alberta, Canada
Jennie J. Keyes from Idaho
Christina Klarenbeek from Ontario, Canada
Shelby Anne Kruse from California
Michelle Kurrle from Victoria, Australia
Mary M. Love from Michigan
Bevis Lowry from British Columbia, Canada
J. Eckert Lytle from Oregon
Bonnie Jean Mah from British Columbia, Canada
LLJ Martin from South Carolina
Perry McDaid from Northern Ireland
Kenneth Meade from Georgia
Devin Miller from North Carolina
Margaret Moller from Minnesota
CJ Montgomery from Texas
Wulf Moon from Washington
Patricia Moussatche from Florida
Mandy Oaks from Tennessee
Rosie Oliver from the United Kingdom
Y.M. Pang from Ontario, Canada
Christopher A. Patterson from Ohio
Kelly Peck from California
Nathan J. Phillips from Queensland, Australia
Jon Plowman from South Africa
Melanie Rees from South Australia, Australia
Nellie Reilly from Oregon
H.L. Reinhold from the United Kingdom
C.B. Rose from Connecticut
Kyle Shepherd from Texas
Tony Silva from California
Robert Anthony Smith from New Jersey
D.A. Xiaolin Spires from New Jersey
Robert N. Stephenson from South Australia, Australia
H.D. Stubbs from Washington
Laura Thurston from Minnesota
Brooke Timothy from Nevada
Ian Watkins from North Carolina
Thomas Michael Welsh from Washington
Corey J. White from Australia
Michael J. Wyant Jr. from New York
Ramez Yoakeim from New South Wales, Australia
Tannara Young from California
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Writers of the Future Contest – 1st Quarter 2017 Winners


The judging results are in! And here are the winners for the Writers of the Future Contest—1st Quarter 2017


Congratulations to you all!


First Place – Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis from Washington
Second Place – Diana Hart from Washington
Third Place – Janey Bell from Illinois



Tom Fisken from New Jersey
Joanne Lim-Pousard from California
Rajeev Prasad from California
Jeremy Szak from Australia
Stuart Turnbull from the United Kingdom


Van Alrik from Utah
Molly Elizabeth Atkins from Missouri
Lewis Friend from California
Kelly Green from California
Robert J. McCarter from Arizona
Hannah Reinhold from the United Kingdom
Filip Wiltgren from Sweden
J. Deery Wray from California

Silver Honorable Mentions:

Brandon Daubs from California
Raymund Eich from Texas
Suzanne Ferguson from Louisiana
AJ Fitzwater from New Zealand
Adam Groce from Texas
Cass Sims Knight from Oregon
Kenneth D. Lee from Utah
Annaliese Lemmon from Washington
Kurt Pankau from Missouri
Rebecca G.E. Stooks from Virginia
Allison Thai from Texas
David VonAllmen from Missouri

Honorable Mentions:

Warren Agee from California
John Allen from the United Kingdom
Moshe Ash from New York
James Beamon from Virginia
Amanda Betley from Australia
Rebecca Birch from Washington
Ray Blank from the United Kingdom
Ross Browning from Texas
Carrie Callahan from Kentucky
Dale Carothers from Minnesota
Ben Cartwright from Washington
Benjamin Cheah Kai Wai from Singapore
Rui Cid from Portugal
David Cleden from the United Kingdom
Jareb Collins from California
Brandon Crilly from Canada
Paulo Da Silva from Germany
Ken Dean from Florida
Kate Dlugosz from Ohio
Max Dosser from North Carolina
Em Dupre from New York
Robert Evans from California
T.A. Fenner from Wisconsin
O.E. Fine from Massachusetts
Steven Fischer from Wisconsin
Stephen Fitzmaurice from Oregon
Laurie Gailunas from Michigan
Philip Brian Hall from the United Kingdom
Mary-Jean Harris from Canada
Louis Herring-Jones from Alabama
C.R. Hodges from Colorado
Mitchell Inkley from Utah
Katlyn Jenning from Missouri
Kent A. Jones from Minnesota
Andrea Kriz from Massachusetts
Jason Lairamore from Oklahoma
Ryland J.K. Lee from Japan
Caitlin Levine from New Mexico
Ned Lips from Missouri
Caleb March from Florida
August Marion from Washington
Brandon McNulty from Pennsylvania
Katherine R. Miller from Colorado
Sean Monaghan from New Zealand
Luke Nolby from Minnesota
Adam O’Connell from England
Rosie Oliver from the United Kingdom
John M. Olsen from Utah
Y.M. Pang from Canada
Samuel Parr from the United Kingdom
Dagny Paul from Louisiana
Kelly Peck from California
Robert Redwine from Oregon
Kevin Rimlinger from Maryland
Mike Robinson from California
Dan Rosen from Minnesota
Joshua Sky from California
Laura Thurston from Minnesota
Elizabeth Trueblood from Michigan
Immanuel Velez from Virginia
J.S. Veter from Canada
Dawn Vogel from Washington
Grace K. Wallner from Wisconsin
Neal Williams from Colorado
Brad Williamson from Missouri
Ramez Yoakeim from California


Pepe, the dog and Daniel Davis, bestselling author.

From Stray Dog to Bestseller

Zu’ar is the antagonist in my short story “The God Whisperer.” He’s violent. He’s territorial. He displays aggression towards other gods, and he shows open contempt for the “man” of his house. He’s also a former stray, in desperate need of a caring home.

Daniel with Pepe and their bestseller list.

Daniel with Pepe and their bestseller list.

Confused yet? Welcome to the world of rescuing unwanted gods.

The Zu’ar character—in fact the entire story—was inspired by the Chihuahua mix my wife and I adopted from the Hawaiian Humane Society.

Pepe was a little rough around the edges at first. They told us he was found wandering the streets of Honolulu, underfed and flea infested. He had no collar, tags, or microchip. Nobody ever came in to claim him as “lost.” After the mandatory wait period, the Humane Society put him up for adoption.

When we visited the shelter, Pepe caught our attention right away. Both of us immediately fell in love with the little guy. Before we knew it we were filling out papers, paying an adoption fee, and bringing him home.

It was in 2014, six years later, that I learned about an international contest for aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers. I had an old idea kicking around in my head. I imagined a world in which small, forgotten gods are adopted by humans and brought to loving homes. It was a fantastic concept; one that I felt had a lot of potential. But concepts aren’t stories. I needed a memorable character to bring it to life.

Hey, Pepe, here's the part in the story where it gets really intense!

Hey, Pepe, here’s the part in the story where it gets really intense!

I didn’t have to look far for inspiration. Zu’ar’s personality is an exaggerated version of Pepe’s. All of Pepe’s real-life quirks, including his standoffish attitude and aggressive behavior, were played up for comedic effect. Zu’ar’s constant attempts to dominate his owner and his surroundings mirror Pepe’s endless “alpha dog” moments. Like most so-called “bad” or difficult dogs, Zu’ar is the way he is because the world has kicked him around. Is it any wonder he kicks back?

With the character firmly in my imagination, I wrote and submitted “The God Whisperer.” Much to my surprise, the story won. Along with the rest of my fellow winners, I got a whirlwind experience in Los Angeles, including a writers’ workshop with top professionals in the field and a gala awards ceremony.

Since then, the annual collection has been published. Even better, it’s gone on to be a national bestseller, recently reaching number seven on the Publishers Weekly Science Fiction list. It’s still kind of surreal to think that I’m a part of that.

All in all, it hasn’t been a bad run. Not for a newbie SF writer. And not for a former street dog from Honolulu.

Daniel J. Davis

Daniel J. Davis

Guest Writer post by Daniel Davis
Writers of the Future Winner
author of “The God Whisperer,”
Writers of the Future Volume 31

Writers and Illustrators holding a copy of the book with their winning stories and illustrations outside Bang Printing in Valencia, California

WotF Workshop – Day 5

Nothing compares to seeing a book come off the press. Watching the machines print, stack, and cut, is a fascinating process. What takes that feeling to the next level is knowing it’s your book coming off that press. And that’s what the writers and illustrators experienced today at Bang Printing Press.

Everyone filed into Bang Printing’s conference room, which was just large enough to hold our group. Some of the winners were rubbing their eyes from the late night hanging out with the judges and other winners in the lobby of the Loews Hotel until the wee hours. During the short introduction several of the winners asked about the quality of the paper. Tim Napper said, “I’m not concerned about the paper. I want to see the book!” A great segue just before we were treated to a tour of the printing press.

Choong Yoon discovered a pallet loaded with packets of color prints of the illustrators’ work.  It was a surreal moment as every packet had his winning illustration on top and he happily had his picture taken with the stacks.

But the best moment of the tour was when the winners spotted their book for the first time. Scott Parkin snagged a book that had been misaligned and was marked for disposal. He asked permission to keep the copy and the printer allowed it; bringing new meaning to one man’s trash is another’s treasure.

At the end of the tour the printer handed each winner a copy of the book. The glue was still hot. Books in hand, and full of gratitude for the opportunity, the winners returned to Author Services for afternoon presentations.

Illustrator’s Workshop

The afternoon illustrator’s workshop consisted of inspirational presentations by Errol Gerson, Illustrator Judges Dave Dorman, and Sergey Poyarkov. Illustrators learned the importance of consistency, professionalism, and confidence.

Writer’s Workshop

After a brief lunch break, the writers reported back to the workshop to critique one of the 24-hour stories and lucky Tim Napper was the writer of the chosen work.  He found the exercise extremely helpful and said he would need some time to sort through all the feedback given.

Then the writers were treated to a series of guest lecturers, starting off with a presentation by no less than Tom Doherty, the publisher at Tor Books.  He spoke about the history of publishing and answered winners’ questions about the industry and his own publishing house.

Judges Mike Resnick, Robert J. Sawyer, and Orson Scott Card also took the stage, with each of them leading a discussion based on their own expertise. Daniel J. Davis talked about how happily overwhelmed he was by the amount of insight he was being given in a single day.


Laurie Tom

Laurie Tom

Guest Illustrator post by Laurie Tom
2010 Writers of the Future Grand Prize winner

Tina Gower

Tina Gower

Guest Writer post by Tina Gower
2013 Writers of the Future Grand Prize winner

Tanget Magazine Best Sci Fi Stories of 2014

Tangent — the only magazine that reviews short science fiction — has listed their choices for the best stories of 2014. Of the 15 winners, 10 are Writers of the Future Winners!

The 2014 winners are (with Writers of the Future Winners in bold):

Here are Tangent’s Best of 2014 picks
“In a Green Dress, Surrounded by Exploding Clowns”, by Robert T. Jeschonek
“The Wings, The Lungs, The Engine, The Heart”, by Laurie Tom
“Zombies at Work”, by Leena Likitalo
“Fate and Other Variables”, by Alex Shvartsman
“Holland: 1944”, by Steve Cameron
“The Nechronometer”, by Brad R. Torgersen
“Pocket Full of Mumbles”, by Tina Gower
“Honey, Plums and Cinnamon”, by Andrea Stewart
“Matial”, by Lou J. Berger
“Song of the Sargasso”, by Marina J. Lostetter
“Ima Gonna Finish You Off”, by Marina J. Lostetter
“Through the Eons Darkly”, by Brian Trent
“Upright, Unlocked”, by Tom Gerencer
“Hark! Listen to the Animals!”, by Lisa Tan Liu & Ken Liu
“Neep”, by K. C. Norton

4th Quarter Standing for the Writers of the Future

Here are the standings for the 4th Quarter. Congratulations to you all!

Of the eight Finalists, three winners will be chosen as winners; there is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for each quarter. They are awarded cash prizes, a week long intensive workshop, the 31st Annual Writers of the Future Awards Ceremony and are published in the annual L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future.

At the annual awards ceremony, the Grand Prize winner will be announced and awarded the additional $5,000 cash prize.


Dustin Adams of New York
M.T. Chambers of Florida
Zach Chapman of Texas
Krystal Claxton of Georgia
Sharon Joss of Oregon
Steve Pantazis of California
Mark Sellers of Massachusetts
David Versace of Australia


Dale Carothers of Minnesota
Curtis C. Chen of Washington
Gio Clarival of Edinburg, Scotland
Austin DeMarco of Pennsylvania
Julie Frost of Utah
Sky McKinnon of Alaska
Shannon Connor Winward of Delaware


3rd Quarter Finalists Announced in L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

The finalists for the 3rd quarter of the 31st year of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest were announced today by the Contest Administrator, Joni Labaqui.

Michael T. Banker of New York
Daniel Davis of North Carolina
Frank Dutkiewicz of Michigan
Amy Hughes of Utah
Brendan Joseph of Queensland, Australia
K.D. Julicher of Virginia
B.T. Lowry of the United Kingdom
Mike Rimar of Ontario, Canada

Congratulations to each of you!

Next thing to occur is to send the eight finalist stories to four of the Contest judges. From these eight, three winners will be chosen — 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the quarter.