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

Brandon Sanderson, Writers of the Future Judge

Brandon Sanderson announced as newest Writers of the Future Judge

International best selling fantasy author, Brandon Sanderson, has now become a judge for the Writers of the Future contest. Following a Writers of the Future presentation at BYU, where Brandon teaches creative writing, he agreed to be a judge. Brandon had entered the Contest with one of the three short stories he had ever written, and was awarded Finalist. He soon disqualified himself from being able to enter the Contest due to professional sales.

In these photos, the Writers of the Future Creative Writers Program is being presented to Brandon and his class by the President of Galaxy Press, Mr. John Goodwin, directly following Brandon agreeing to be a Contest judge.

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card Writes Article for Writers of the Future Volume 31

Writer judge Orson Scott Card

Writer judge Orson Scott Card

This year’s Volume 31 of the “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future” will contain an original article by Orson Scott Card, entitled “Fiction without Paper”.

“It was a hard mental transition, when I first starting writing on a computer
back in 1979. The first time I lost twenty pages of writing, I began rigorously
printing out my work every few minutes. If it wasn’t on paper, it didn’t really

Writers of the Future winner Patrick Rothfuss’s World

At least since Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, nostalgia for a plausible fantastic universe has been a major component of the fantasy genre’s appeal. Finishing a fantasy novel causes a subtle feeling of loss, as access to the novel’s world is curtailed, abruptly, with the turn of the final page. Fantasy writers strive to engender this feeling in their readers, to leave them with the desire to re-enter (and repurchase entry) into the universes writers create. Completing volumes of Patrick Rothfuss’ bestselling Kingkiller Chronicles leaves one with the absence of such nostalgia, but the series nonetheless provides immense entertainment.

Patrick Rothfuss, 2002 Writers of the Future Winner

Patrick Rothfuss, 2002 Writers of the Future Winner

Rothfuss, a transcendently-bearded Wisconsinite, burst onto the genre scene when he won the prestigious “Writers of the Future” short-story competition in 2002. That victory led to a book deal, and to the subsequent publishing of The Name of the Wind, the first book in the Chronicles, which went on to become a success with fantasy critics and readers alike. The second book, A Wise Man’s Fear, was a number one New York Times Bestseller. The third book, The Doors of Stone, will probably be released in 2016.

The books are set in a generic fantasy universe called “The Four Corners of Civilization.” The usual made-up words and alphabet-soup names are in evidence, but Rothfuss keeps the jargon to a minimum. His narrator and protagonist, Kuothe (pronounced quothe, we are told) is an innkeeper and retired adventurer living incognito in a nameless rural town.

The foremost scribe of the era, called the Chronicler, stumbles upon the main character’s inn and a narrative of Kuothe’s tragedies and triumphs ensues, conveyed with the conceit that he is talking to the Chronicler and the Chronicler is taking down the story in shorthand. The structure is a nicely complex approach to what is otherwise a very traditional heroic fantasy.

If a retired adventurer and an opening scene in a tavern strike even casual readers of fantasy as familiar, that’s because they are. But one attraction of Rothfuss’ work is his ability to execute shopworn fantasy set-pieces in fresh ways. When Kuothe arrives at a school for magic, we are not exactly on original subject matter for the genre, but Rothfuss’ version of the school, called the “Arcanum,” feels new.

The author spent nine years getting his undergraduate degree, and it seems that he is putting his extensive familiarity with the operation of the academy to good use. Magic’s presence in the books is realized with a pseudo-scientific plausibility that many fantasy writers struggle for but often fail to achieve. This is important—in Rothfuss’ chapters, magic’s role in plot resolution never acquires the deus-ex machina cast it has in other, lesser works.

Rothfuss is also a superior prose stylist, in the vein of a George Martin or a Neil Gaiman, but without the latter’s irritating tendency towards twee humor. Dialogue missteps—ever the bane of fantasy fiction—are entirely absent. His descriptions are rich, and contain the occasional gem. A shambling university complex “has the look of an architectural breed of lichen that was trying to cover as many acres as it could.” The author has a deft hand with archaisms, deploying just enough to give the text a historical flavor without sliding into cliché.

Ultimately the series’ generic trappings keep it out of the first tier of adult fantasy, but that’s far from a fatal deficiency. The Kingkiller Chronicles succeeds via a nontraditional (for fantasy at least) path: a gripping plot, good writing, and compelling characters.

Galaxy Press Announces the Release of a First Ever “Writers of the Future Bundle”

Galaxy Press President John Goodwin and WordFire Press publisher Kevin J. Anderson announced today their partnership in the release of the first ever “Writers of the Future Bundle,” put together by WordFire Press managing editor Peter J. Wacks for his company

The bundle will be available at and will contain 8 individual titles, with some of the titles to be unlocked as more bundles are sold. In addition to “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 30,” the bundle will consist of 7 titles from international bestselling authors including “Typewriter in the Sky” by L. Ron Hubbard, the Contest’s creator, and from Writers of the Future Contest judges, “Gamearth” by Kevin J. Anderson, “Ocean” by Brian Herbert and “On My Way to Paradise” by Dave Wolverton (who is both a Contest Judge and Contest Winner). From writers of the Future Winners, the bundle contains: “Metatropolis” by Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, “Escape Plans” by David Sakmyster and “Racers of the Night” by Brad Torgersen.

“Bundling” is an innovative means of book distribution that allows a fan to download books from their favorite author while being introduced to new authors who write in the same genre. Customers name their own price, paying what they think the bundle is worth—a great bargain! With this particular bundle, the commonality is Writers of the Future, a contest created 31 years ago by L. Ron Hubbard, and which has since proven itself a great resource and support system for today’s top writers of science fiction and fantasy.

“Bundles are a win-win all around, a terrific way for writers to pool their work and their fan bases, and a terrific way for readers to buy a grab bag with a lot of books for a very reasonable price—they come for an old favorite and stay for new discoveries. With the writers working together to call attention to the innovative opportunity, it really works as an all-for-one and one-for-all thing,” stated Anderson in making the announcement.

Goodwin continued, “It is quite a testimonial to the success of Writers of the Future Contest with our ability to now create this Writers of the Future Bundle with as it enables any fan of science fiction and fantasy an opportunity to read their favorite authors as well as get introduced to authors they are certain to like.”

The bundle will be available for only three weeks, after which it will be taken down. The books are available in all eBook formats and are DRM free.

WeBundle.It Writers of the Future Book Bundle

WeBundle.It Writers of the Future Book Bundle

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


Happy holidays!

Happy holidays from your friends at Writers and Illustrators of the Future!

This is our wish that your dreams as a writer or artist will be realized which has been the goal of these Contests since their inception as written by L. Ron Hubbard when initiating the contest,

“A culture is as rich and as capable of surviving as it has imaginative artists. The artist is looked upon to start things. The artist injects the spirit of life into a culture. And through his creative endeavors, the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form.” – L. Ron Hubbbard, Introduction, Writers of the Future Volume 1

We are coming back to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on April 12

We will be returning to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre to celebrate the Hubbard Achievement Awards ceremony on April 12, 2015. The event is open to anyone wishing to attend. You must RSVP to Joni Labaqui at Author Services by calling 323-466-3310 or emailing her at

3rd Quarter Illustrators of the Future Winner – Quinlan Septer from Ada, MI

Quinlan Septer from Ada, MI is one of the three winners of the 3rd quarter for the 26th annual Illustrators of the Future contest.

3rd Quarter Illustrators of the Future Winner – Choong Yoon from Korea

Originally from Korea, Choong Nyung Yoon now lives in New York, NY as he pursues a career in art. Here are the three pieces that have guaranteed an all-expense trip to Hollywood this coming April.