The year 2001 proved to be a year of unparalleled expansion for the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests. Perhaps this was due to the wonders of the Internet, friends telling friends, or growing recognition of the importance of providing real opportunity for new writers and artists. The competition was tough; the winners’ success all the more earned.
This year we have added two new writers to our illustrious panel of judges. We’ve added Hal Clement, recipient of the Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Award in recognition of his lifetime of achievement in the field of science fiction writing. His first story appeared in the July 1942 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine. He published consistently throughout the intervening years and continues writing to this day.
We also welcome Charles Sheffield, winner of the Campbell, Sei-un (Japanese), Hugo and Nebula Awards. In addition to his prize-winning novels, Dr. Sheffield, a distinguished scientist, has published more than one hundred science fiction short stories.