In 2013, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests continued their broad growth, with both Contests receiving more entries than ever before. Entrants to the Contests came from over 168 countries, and our actual winners, including honorable mentions, are represented by writers and illustrators from more than three dozen nations.
From the very first volume of Writers of the Future, past winners have distinguished themselves in ongoing careers. In just the past year, those winners have published 45 novels and more than 200 short stories. In addition, they—along with past artist winners and Contest judges—have racked up an astonishing number of awards, honors and nominations.
From the earliest winners to the most recent participants, including artists and judges, here is the impressive array of honors.
Karen Joy Fowler (Vol. 1) was nominated for the 2013 Nebula Award for Best Novel. Also from Vol. 1, winner and Contest Judge Nina Kiriki Hoffman was under consideration for the Locus Award for Best Collection, as was Contest Judge Robert Silverberg.
Robert Reed (Vol. 2) took third place in the 2013 Sturgeon Awards, while Contest Judge Frederik Pohl won the Sturgeon Award for Distinguished Service. Reed also competed with himself in the category for Best Novella in the Locus Awards, with three of his novellas under consideration, and in addition joined the already crowded field of nominations for the Locus Award for Best Collection.
Mary Turzillo (Vol. 4) was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Poetry Collection.
The 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Science Fiction went to Stephen Baxter (Vol. 5), in collaboration with Terry Pratchett, for the novel The Long Earth. Baxter was also nominated for the Locus Award for Best Collection.
Winner and Artist Judge Shaun Tan (Vol. 8) was a finalist for a Locus Award for Best Artist. In addition, Tan was a finalist for the Aurealis Award from Australia for Best Children’s Book and for the 2014 Spectrum Fantastic Art Award, along with Omar Rayyan (also Vol. 8).
Alan Smale (Vol. 13) was among the nominees for the Locus Award for Best Novella.
Contest winner Tobias Buckell (Vol. 16) was nominated for the Locus Award for Best Novel for his Arctic Rising, while artist winner Frank Wu (also Vol. 16) was nominated for the Locus Award for Best Artist. Other nominees in the category of Best Novel were Contest Judges Gregory Benford and Larry Niven, who collaborated on Bowl of Heaven and Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner, also in collaboration, for Fate of Worlds.
Lee Battersby (Vol. 18) was a finalist for the Australian Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel for The Marching Dead.
Ken Liu (Vol. 19) won the Nebula for Best Short Story with “Mono no Aware,” and was nominated for a Nebula for Best Novelette as well as a finalist for the Locus Award for Best Short Story. Ken additionally won the WSFA Small Press Award for his story “Good Hunting.” Jay Lake (also Vol. 19) was nominated for a Hugo for “The Stars Do Not Lie” and was a finalist and nominee for the Locus Award for Best Novella. The 2013 Lifeboat to the Stars Award was won by the novel Tau Ceti, written by Contest Judge Kevin J. Anderson in collaboration with winner Steven Savile (Vol. 19) and edited by Judge Mike Resnick.
Aliette de Bodard (Vol. 23) accumulated an impressive array of awards and nominations, including the Nebula Award for Best Novella for her short story “Immersion.” She was also a nominee for the Hugo for Best Novella and Best Short Story. She also won the Locus Award for Best Short Story, was finalist for the Locus Award for Best Novella, nominated for the Locus Best Short Story Award and was recognized by the British Science Fiction Society in the Best Short Fiction category.
Ian McHugh (Vol. 24) was a finalist for the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy in Short Fiction.
Artist Douglas Bosley (Vol. 25) was the first-place winner of the 2013 National Society of Arts and Letters Printmaking Award.
K.C. Ball (Vol. 26) was nominated for the Locus Award for Best Novella. Jingxuan Hu (also Vol. 26) won the Public Choice Prize in the final awards to winners of the ArtGemini Prize 2013.
The 2013 Apex Magazine Story of the Year Winner was Brian Trent (Vol. 29). And last year’s grand prize-winning author Tina Gower won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for her story “Identity.”
Contest Judge Tim Powers was a finalist for the Locus Award for his fantasy novel Hide Me Among the Graves, while Contest Judges Vincent Di Fate, Bob Eggleton, Frank Frazetta, Leo and Diane Dillon were all nominated for the Locus Award for Best Artist. Contest Judge Stephan Martiniere was nominated for Best Art Book for Velocity and a finalist for Best Artist.
The 2013 Scribe Award for best adapted novel was won by Judge Kevin J. Anderson for Clockwork Angels.
The winner of Canada’s Aurora Lifetime Achievement Award went to Judge Robert J. Sawyer, who was also nominated for Triggers for Best Novel in English.
For the Chesley Awards, Illustrator Judge Bob Eggleton was nominated for Best Cover Illustration for hardback, Best Magazine Cover and Best Interior Illustration. Judge Larry Elmore was nominated for Best Monochrome and for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Awards are not all the honors reaped by our winners. For example, Patrick Rothfuss’s (Vol. 18) bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle series was optioned for film by Twentieth Century Fox, while Jason Fischer (Vol. 26) is the first Contest winner to have his story written as an opera libretto.
Robert Castillo (Vol. 24) was storyboard artist for the documentary Kids for Cash and The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, a film releasing later this year. Ty Carter (Vol. 26) is working on the upcoming Peanuts movie, which is scheduled for release during the 2015 holiday season. He also recently published a book Musings and Wanderings.
The just-released 2014 Campbellian Anthology included ten past winners. Of these, two are from Vol. 28 and eight are from Vol. 29. Included in the anthology from Vol. 28 were David Carani and Gerald Warfield. Those from Vol. 29 were Alisa Alering, Tina Gower, Marina Lostetter, Chrome Oxide, Shannon Peavey, Christopher Reynaga, Stephen Sottong and Brian Trent.
Sadly, this past year, our longtime friend and Judge Frederik Pohl passed away. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named Pohl a Grand Master in 1993. In 2000, he was honored with the L. Ron Hubbard Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts. He became a judge for the Writers of the Future Contest in 1985 and was one of the instructors at the first WotF Workshop in Taos, New Mexico.