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History of Writers of the Future Judges

I am not sure how well known the full list of our current and past judges are, so I thought I would list them all out for you here:

Writers of the Future Judges
Kevin J Anderson
Dr. Doug Beason
Dr. Gregory Benford
Ben Bova
Algis Budrys
Ramsey Campbell
Orson Scott Card
Hal Clement
Eric Flint
Stephen Goldin
Brian Herbert
Frank Herbert
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Dr. Yoji Kondo
Anne McCaffrey
Todd McCaffrey
Rebecca Moesta
C.L. Moore
Larry Niven
Andre Norton
Nnedi Okorafor
Frederik Pohl
Dr. Jerry Pournelle
Tim Powers
Mike Resnick
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Robert J. Sawyer
Dr. Charles Sheffield
Robert Silverberg
Dean Wesley Smith
Theodore Sturgeon
John Varley
K.D. Wentworth
Sean Williams
Jack Williamson
Gene Wolfe
Dave Wolverton
Roger Zelazny

Writers of the Future winner from 1999 Scott Nicholson continues his successful publishing career with new release

“After: Whiteout” by Scott Nicholson

“After: Whiteout” by Scott Nicholson

Scott Nicholson, grand prize winner in the 1999 Writers of the Future Contest and published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XV, releases “After: Whiteout”. After seeing his winning story, “The Vampire Shortstop” published in the annual anthology. Scott has been routinely releasing stories since his win so many years ago.
Nicholson’s latest novel, “After: Whiteout” is the fourth book in the bestselling thriller series. In the harsh winter of a post-apocalyptic landscape, Rachel Wheeler and her companions hole up in an Appalachian compound established by her notorious grandfather.
A rogue military platoon plans to seize the compound and control the small band of survivors. At the same time, violent mutants organize into a tribe that threatens to wipe out the human race. Rachel is caught in the middle as she undergoes mutations herself, driven by an urge to kill those around her while drawn to the mysterious Zapheads.
Fleeing the compound in a snowstorm, she discovers the mutants are more than they appear to be. But will she remain human long enough to use their secrets against them?
Look for the other After books, First Light (After #0), The Shock (After #1), The Echo (After #2), and Milepost 291 (After #3). Also look for the spinoff series, ZAPHEADS, written with Joshua Simcox.

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.

THIRD QUARTER FINALISTS:
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.

Mike Resnick, editor of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine and L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest judge

Mike Resnick Releases 10th Issue of GALAXY’S EDGE

Mike Resnick, editor of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine and L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest judge, is celebrating his 10th issue this month with celebrated authors Larry Niven, Gregory Benford, Robert J. Sawyer, and Eric Flint also contest judges. Writers of the Future former winners Brian Trent, Laurie Tom and Tobias S. Buckell are among the other authors in this issue.

Four years ago Resnick became a Contest judge and has since routinely sought out contest winners and published them. To date he has published fifteen different contest winners for a total of 25 published stories.

Mike is no stranger to awards himself. According to Locus, speculative fiction’s trade magazine, he is the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction. He has won 5 Hugos (from a record 36 nominations), a Nebula and other major awards in the US, France, Japan, Spain, Croatia, Poland and Catalonia. He is the author of 75 novels, over 250 short stories, 3 screenplays and the editor of 41 anthologies. His work has been translated into 25 languages.

“I believe in paying it forward”, Resnick said in a recent interview. “I had help in the beginning with my own career, so I am doing the same for the new writers of today.”

Mike Resnick on left with grand prize winner Trevor Smith and actress Anna Easteden.

Mike Resnick on left with grand prize winner Trevor Smith and actress Anna Easteden.

C Stuart Hardwick

C Stuart Hardwick – 2014 Winning Writer!

C Stuart Hardwick was one of 12 winners in this year’s Writers of the Future Contest and was awarded at the L. Ron Hubbard Awards Ceremony at the Ebell Theatre of Los Angeles on April 13th.

C Stuart Hardwick at table

At the first meeting with judges Tim Powers, Dave Wolverton and Contest Director Joni Labaqui

All winners were flown into Hollywood the week before the awards ceremony to attend workshops led by industry professionals and contest judges such as Mike Resnick, Tim Powers and Nina Kiriki Hoffman.

The week started off with a challenge for the writers! They were asked to write a story including an item that they were given (such as a pipe, clock, door handle, etc.) and only have 24 hours to turn it in!

C Stuart Hardwick in workshop

The Writers examine their object

C Stuart Hardwick in library

Researching in the library

C Stuart Hardwick writers workshop

Like any good instructor, Tim Powers uses humor to dispense advice

C Stuart Hardwick writers workshop

After all stories were submitted, it was time for the “Big Reveal.” This is where the illustrators presented their illustrations of the writer’s stories  to the writers, only it’s not as easy at that. Each writer had to find the piece that was created for their story while the illustrators stood by. Illustrator Andrew Sonea was the illustrator for Stuart’s story “Rainbows for Other Days.”

C Stuart Hardwick with Illustrator Andrew Sonea

Stuart and Andrew with the illustration for his story

The next day was packed with a tour of the Bang Printing Plant where the winners go to see the Writers of the Future Volume 30 being printed and bound right in front of them! After the tour of the plant, they toured the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

C Stuart Hardwick at Bang Printing seeing book

Each winner got their own copy immediately after they were produced

C Stuart Hardwick in NASA suit

Stuart suits up!

C Stuart Hardwick taking picture

 

The next day was the much anticipated awards ceremony, and the winners were ready to make their debut on the red carpet!

C Stuart Hardwick on red carpet with all winners

All winners on the red carpet

C Stuart Hardwick walking to stage

Stuart walking to the stage to receive his award

C Stuart Hardwick accepting award on stage

After receiving his award, he took part in his first book signing at the hall along with all other winning writers and illustrators!

Writers of the Future after party

It was a packed hall for the book signing!

Stuart will be holding another book signing at Third Planet Sci-Fi Superstore in Houston, TX on Saturday May 10th from 2pm – 4pm. If you’re local, drop by and get your copy of Writers of the Future Vol 30 signed by him!

To see more of his work, check out his website at http://www.cstuarthardwick.com

Anaea Lay wins Writers of the Future Contest 2014

Anaea Lay – Winning Writer of 2014!

Anaea Lay was one of 12 winners in this year’s Writers of the Future Contest 2014! She was awarded with a trip to Hollywood for a week of workshops with industry professionals and contest judges, and an award presented to her at a black-tie ceremony with over 1,200 in attendance!

2014 writers winners

2014 writers winners

The week started off with a workshop led by award-winning author and judge Tim Powers. A random object was given to each writer and they had 24-hours to write a story involving that object. Anaea was given what seems to be a pipe…

Tim Powers talking to the 2014 Writers of the Future winners

Meeting with Author Tim Powers before the workshops begin

Anaea’s object for the 24-hr Challenge!

Anaea’s object for the 24-hr Challenge!

Anaea Lay walking in Hollywood

And they were off to begin writing

All writers turned in their stories for the 24-hr challenge, and next up was the “Big Reveal” where the writers scanned the room of illustrations and picked the one that was for their story. Anaea’s story “These Walls of Despair” was illustrated by 18-year-old Bernardo Mota. To say she was impressed with the illustration would be an understatement.

The illustration for Anaea’s story, by Bernardo Mota

The illustration for Anaea’s story, by Bernardo Mota

Anaea (left) with Bernardo (right) and the illustration for her story

Anaea (left) with Bernardo (right) and the illustration for her story

Following the big reveal, all winners travelled in style to the Bang Printing Plant to see the Writers of the Future Volume 30 coming off the press! They each got their own copy right there as a souvenir.

Group shogt of 2014 winners

At the Bang Printing Plant

At the Bang Printing Plant

Winners get an up-close view of the printing and binding process

Writers of the Future Volume 30

The Writers of the Future Volume 30

Anaea (left) and fellow writer Megan O’Keefe (right) after touring the plant

Anaea (left) and fellow writer Megan O’Keefe (right) after touring the plant

The week came to a close with the black-tie awards ceremony held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre of Los Angeles on April 13th!

After getting full hair and makeup done, the winners were ready to walk the red carpet.

C Stuart Hardwick on red carpet with all winners

All winners on the red carpet

Anaea walking to the stage to receive her award

 Anaea walking to the stage to receive her award

Anaea Lay on stage

 

Anaea Lay on stage receiving her award

 

 

Following the ceremony, Anaea and the rest of the winners took part in their first book signing!

Anaea signing books after the event

Writers signing books

Anaea will be holding a book signing at her local bookstore A Room of One’s Own in Madison, WI on May 8th at 6pm. She will also be at WisCon on May 26th doing signings there. If you’re local or attending WisCon, stop by and get her to sign your copy!

For more on Anaea, visit her blog http://anaealay.com

 

Kristie Kim walking to stage

Kristie Kim – Winning Illustrator of 2014!

Kristie Kim was one of 12 winners in this year’s Illustrators of the Future Contest and was awarded at the L. Ron Hubbard Awards Ceremony at the Ebell Theatre of Los Angeles on April 13th.

Kristie, who has studied illustration at North Carolina University, now works as an intern at Disney.

Kristie Kim on the stage

Kristie receiving her award at the ceremony

Her winning illustration was for the story “What Moves the Sun and Other Stars” by author K.C. Norton which will be featured in the Writers of the Future Volume 30, releasing May 6th.

Kristie Kim screen title

Kristie’s winning illustration, as shown on screen at the ceremony

Kristie Kim artwork

Another winning illustration

Writers of the Future Volume 30

Writers of the Future Volume 30

Following the ceremony, Kristie took part in a book signing with all other winning writers and illustrators.

Kristie Kim signing books after the event

Signing books

Kristie is holding a book signing at Barnes & Noble Bookseller in Raleigh, North Carolina May 8th at 6pm. If you’re in the area, stop by and get her to sign your copy of Writers of the Future Vol 30!

For her award in the Illustrators of the Future contest, the North Raleigh News ran a featured article on Kristie showing her illustrations.

We wish you all the best of luck in your illustrations!

Kristie Kim media

The North Raleigh News article

Cassandre on the red carpet

Cassandre Bolan – Winning Illustrator of 2014!

Cassandre Bolan was one of 12 winners in this year’s Illustrators of the Future Contest and was awarded at the L. Ron Hubbard Awards Ceremony at the Ebell Theatre of Los Angeles on April 13th.

She was flown into Hollywood the week before the awards ceremony to attend workshops led by industry professionals and contest judges such as Cliff Nielsen, Ron Lindahn, Val Lindahn and Robert Castillo.

Cassandre was checked into the Loew’s Hotel, located right on Hollywood Blvd.

She was checked into the Loew’s Hotel, located right on Hollywood Blvd.

Cassandre arriving to worshop

Meeting Author Services staff and contest administrators

Cassandre in workshop

With contest judges Ron and Val Lindahn at a workshop

Mid week the illustrators presented their artwork to the writers in what is called “The Big Reveal.” The illustrators have each created a piece for one of the winning writer’s stories, and the writers don’t know what it looks like or who created it. The illustrations are then laid out on display and the writers have to find the piece that was created for their story.

Her illustrations were for the stories “Beneath the Surface of Two Kills” by Shauna O’Meara and “Push Bike Legion” by Timothy Jordan and will be featured in the Writers of the Future Volume 30, releasing May 7th.

Cassandre with writer Shauna O’Meara

Writer Shauna O’Meara finds the illustration for her story!

Cassandre with writer Shauna O’Meara

Cassandre with writer Shauna O’Meara

Cassandre Bolan illustration for “Beneath the Surface of Two Kills”

Illustration for “Beneath the Surface of Two Kills”

Cassandre with writer Timothy Jordan

Cassandre with writer Timothy Jordan

Cassandre Bolan illustration for “Push Bike Legion”

Illustration for “Push Bike Legion”

Writers of the Future Volume 30

Writers of the Future volume 30

The next day the writers and illustrators went to the Bang Printing Plant to see the Writers of the Future Volume 30 coming off the press! Following this, they were toured through the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

Writers of the Future 30 books being bound

The books as they are being made at Bang Printing Plant

Inside the Challenger Center

Inside the Challenger Center

Cassandre Bolan in NASA suit

Cassandre suits up

The next day was the much anticipated awards ceremony! After getting hair and makeup done, the winners were ready to make their debut on the red carpet!

Cassandre on the red carpet

Cassandre on the Red Carpet

Red carpet arrival

All winners on the red carpet

Cassandre Bolan walking to stage

Cassandre Bolan walking to stage

Cassandre Bolan on stage

Cassandre receiving her award at the ceremony

After receiving her award, she took part in her first book signing at the hall along with all other winning writers and illustrators!

Writers of the Future after party

It was a packed hall for the book signing!

Cassandre will be holding another book signing at Barnes & Noble in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania May 7th at 11am. If you’re local, stop by and see her!

To see more of her illustrations, go to her website at http://www.cassandrebolan.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live Reading of L. Ron Hubbard’s science-fiction story “A Can of Vacuum”

Live Fiction Reading

Following the Public Relations Seminar was a special dinner for all in attendance! There was also some impromptu sketching by judge and illustrator Robert Castillo.

There was also a live reading of one of L. Ron Hubbard’s science-fiction stories “A Can of Vacuum” with special pre-show entertainment by the Jive Aces, the UK’s Number 1 Jive and Swing Band!

The reading was spectacular as usual with the actors and sound effects taking you into the story.

After the reading, there was a special “dessert mingler” upstairs. Four of the stories had a dessert themed after them, with a table displaying a scene in the story, using the dessert as part of the display.

All attendance mingled and said their goodbyes as the week had come to an end and everyone would leave the next day.

President Galaxy Press, John Goodwin opens the seminar

The Final Workshop – Public Relations

The final day of workshops resumed at 1pm on the 4th floor of Author Services after the much anticipated awards ceremony held the night before.

This years winners filed in to the seminar room along with past winners, guest speakers and judges such as Robert Castillo, Mark Lefebvre and Mike Resnick.

The workshop opened with an introduction by the President Galaxy Press, Mr. John Goodwin, on public relations and how to use what has been created through this contest as a launchpad for future success. This was followed by Director of Author Relations Kobo Inc. Mr. Mark Lefebvre who passed out a new Kobo to each winner, as announced at the ceremony the night before!

After receiving their new Kobo’s, each winner was presented with their author and illustrator checks.

Next was a briefing by Award-Winning illustrator and judge Robert Castillo who spoke about opportunities in the industry and your best way to get a foot in the door. Following this was Galaxy Press staff Kim Catalano and Julie Wills who spoke about in-store book signings and how to make these a total success. Additionally, each winner was given a promotion piece (in both poster and flier size) with their headshot next to a WOTF Volume 30 and further information on the in-store book signing.

Finally, it was back to John Goodwin who instructed the winners on how to do TV interviews and had them work out with one another the message for their writing or illustrations. This was then critiqued by the other winners until each was a perfect communication. He also covered social media and how this can be used as one avenue to promote their work, in-store book signings, etc.

The workshop ended with all winners writing summaries of what they learned from the workshops held over the past week.