Writers of the Future Volume 31 will be held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre

Writers of the Future Volume 31 to be released at Ebell Theatre on April 12, 2015

The L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests announced that the Hubbard Achievement Awards event celebrating the winners to be published in Writers of the Future Volume 31 will be held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

The announcement is being made to provide an opportunity for any science fiction and fantasy fans to plan for and attend the Hubbard Achievement Awards—one of the three major events celebrating the genre, the other two being the Hugo and the Nebula Awards—as there are only 1,200 seats and the hall has been full each of the years the event has been held there.

Throughout the Contests’ 31-year history, over 650 writers and illustrators have been recognized as winners. “What’s amazing to me is that a good 60 to 70% of winners go on to successful careers,” says New York Times’ best-selling author Anderson (Dune prequels, Seven Suns series). “You could call it ‘The American Idol’ for writers—long before there ever was such a show.”

The Writers of the Future writing contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers 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 writing contest was created by L. Ron Hubbard to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” Based on its success, its sister contest, Illustrators of the Future was created five years later to provide that same opportunity for the aspiring artist.

The 348 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 276 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.

To see last year’s awards ceremony, go to

To RSVP for the Hubbard Achievement Awards contact Joni Labaqui at 323-466-3310.

3rd Quarter Illustrator Winners Announced

The 3rd Quarter winners of the 26th year of the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest were announced today.


Alex Brock of Arizona
Quinlan Septer of Michigan
Choong Nyung Yoon of Korea, currently of New York

“This was another very strong quarter, lots of talented illustrators are entering,” said contest judge Cliff Nielsen. “This year has been exceptional.”

As winners, they are awarded a week long intensive workshop, an awards ceremony and are also published in the annual L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future. Alex, Quinlan and Choong will also receive a cash prize for their win this quarter.

A Grand Prize winner is announced at the annual awards ceremony and is selected by another panel of judges. They will all now compete with the winners from the other quarters, twelve winners in all, for the grand prize of $5,000.00.

Writers of the Future has Entrants from Around the World

A review if Writers of the Future Contest entrants for volume 31 found entrants from around the world, regardless the primary language spoken.

When the Contest was originally envisioned by L. Ron Hubbard, its stated purpose was, in his own words, “I initiated a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledge.” And that purpose has not wavered, with aspiring writers from around the planet now entering the Contest.

While it is to be expected that a majority of the entries would come from the United States, followed by Canada, Australia/New Zealand and the UK, what was surprising was the number of additional countries, including those where English is not the primary language, which had a surprising number of entries.

Country % of Total Entries
United States 80%
Canada 5%
Australia/New Zealand 2%
UK 1.6%

Country Total Entries
India 49 entries
South Africa 24
Germany 17
France 12
Ireland 11
Japan 9
Greece 7
Italy 7
Denmark 6
Jamaica 5
Kenya 5

And this was followed by dozens of additional countries with less than 5 entries each. Between both Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests, we have now received entries from over 170 countries around the world.


Volume 32 Competition Has Now Begun!

It is hard to believe that competition for Writers of the Future Volume 31 is now completed and we have begun receiving entries for volume 32.

This competition, started in 1983, has become the single greatest resources for aspiring writers to make their break in the publishing world. Even writers who have not won the competition have seen a significant boost to their career due to Writers of the Future.

At Writers of the Future Volume 29 release event, one of the Mars Rover prototypes was driven over Rob Sawyer.

At Writers of the Future Volume 29 release event, one of the Mars Rover prototypes was driven over Rob Sawyer.

Case in point, Robert Sawyer. When I first met Rob after TorCon2 when he won his first Hugo, I introduced myself to him and asked if he had heard of Writers of the Future. He went on to tell me how he had entered the contest regularly as a novice and one day received a 3-page critique from Contest judge Algis Budrys. Rob took the critique to heart, made the changes suggested which turned his short story into a novel which he sold. He was thus disqualified for further Contest entry. It was shortly after this that Rob became one of the Contest’s esteemed judges and has remained so to this day.


Final quarter deadline approaching – 27 hours remaining

For anyone planning to enter the 4th quarter for Writers or Illustrators of the Future, the deadline is tomorrow night (30 Sept) at midnight. You have about 27 hours to submit.

You can either have your entry postmarked by 30 September, or you can upload onto by midnight tomorrow night.

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.

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