The twenty-fifth anniversary of the Writers of the Future Contest—a landmark, commemorating a quarter-century of helping new writers. The Awards ceremony was held on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Blossom Room of the Hotel Roosevelt in the heart of Tinseltown: the same room that hosted the very first Academy Awards. The Writers and Illustrators of the Future workshops were also held in Hollywood at Author Services, Inc.
The event began with a lavish and spectacular interpretive dance symbolizing the creative spirit. Guest speakers included Dr. Harry Kloor, about his new animated film Quantum Quest, and Don Hartsell, commissioner and managing director of the World Air League, about the World Airship Race 2011, a worldwide zeppelin race. (And this year’s Gold Award winners were invited to join one of the zeppelins on the journey!) Celebrity presenters included actors Dion Graham, Marisol Nichols, Sofia Milos and John Francis Daley.
The Awards ceremonies were also streamed live around the world over the Internet.