The Contests continue to expand and in the thirty-ninth year, we had more entries than any previous year.
Winners in this volume hail from nine countries: Canada, China, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Romania, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vietnam.
The Writers of the Future Online Workshop continues to help those who wish to improve their writing skills. Over 7,500 people have begun their online journey from initial idea to finished story. It remains free to enter and access to the information is unlimited, even after completing the course. And those who have finished the course are invited to quarterly Ask Me Anything online events with Contest judges.
The Writers & Illustrators of the Future Podcast continues to provide hard-won advice through interviews with Contest judges, winners and industry professionals. The podcast is syndicated on dozens of stations internationally with over forty million downloads. This year we celebrated episode #200. The podcast was a finalist in two categories in the People’s Choice Podcast Awards: Education and Storyteller—Drama.
Awards for the Contest and Anthology
The Writers of the Future won three of the 2021 Critters Annual Readers’ Poll awards: Best Writers’ Discussion Forum, Best Book Cover Artwork, and Best Anthology.
The 2022 eLit Awards from Digital Publishing awarded the Contest Gold Medal Winner for Anthologies.
The Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests won the Shield of Excellence and Creativity award from Online TV Magazine.
Notable Accomplishments From Alumni and Judges
Here are a selection of the many accomplishments from our Contest judges and over 800 winners.
Kevin J. Anderson (Contest judge) released Gods and Dragons, the third book in his epic fantasy Wake the Dragon series.
Jody Lynn Nye (Contest judge) won the Polaris Award from ConCarolina and Falstaff Books for mentorship and supporting up-and-coming artists.
Brandon Sanderson (Contest judge) made history with his Kickstarter campaign, Surprise! Four Secret Novels, garnering over forty-one million dollars. He has so much going on, he is doing weekly updates on his website!
Robert J. Sawyer (Contest judge) won the Machine Intelligence Foundation for Rights and Ethics’ 2022 Media Award for his WWW Trilogy.
Jennifer Bruce (Vol. 37) won several awards, including the Society of Illustrator’s Los Angeles Illustration West 60, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s Digital Art Award 1st Prize, Cheltenham Illustration Award, Society of Illustrators Annual 65, and Inclusion in the Communication Arts Annual 63.
John M. Campbell (Vol. 37) had three short stories published: “Living the Dream (Except for One Thing)” in Dream: Tales from the Pikes Peak Writers, “The Eco-Patriot” in Triangulation: Energy, and “Racing the Marineris” in Bizarre Bazaar.
Leonard Carpenter (Vol. 1) just shipped off his latest screenplay to Hollywood while his “Tropic of Cuba” was published through Kindle Vella.
Elizabeth Chatsworth (Vol. 37) won the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy for her novel, The Brass Queen.
Ron Collins (Vol. 15) published the ninth book in his Stealing the Sun series, which started with his Writers of the Future workshop 24-hour story. He also published Collins Creek, a three-volume collection of short stories. In total, he published seven stand-alone books, a couple of omnibus boxed sets, plus several short stories.
Andy Dibble (Vol. 36) edited and released his first anthology Strange Religion: Speculative Fiction of Spirituality, Belief & Practice and his story “The Pronouns of Hlour” came out in Sci Phi Journal.
James Dorr (Vol. 8) won grand prize in Defenestrationism.net’s 2022 flash fiction competition with his “Casket Suite.”
Karen Joy Fowler (Vol. 1) released her historical novel Booth through Penguin Random House.
Jessica George (Vol. 36) won book of the year at the Rubery Book Award for her novel, The Word.
Harry Lang (Vol. 28) won Third Place in the 2022 Jim Baen Memorial Award for his story, “The Rocketship of Her Dreams.”
Ken Liu (Vol. 19) had a TV show, Pantheon, premiere on the AMC network based on his The Hidden Girl and Other Stories.
Elaine Midcoh (Vol. 39) was awarded the 2022 Jim Baen Memorial Award Grand Prize for her story, “Man on the Moon.”
Artem Mirolevich (Vol. 23) held gallery showings in Florida and New York.
Wulf Moon (Vol. 35) released Super Secrets Illustrated Volume 1.
Samantha Murray (Vol. 31) took home Australia’s Aurealis Award Best Science Fiction Novella award for Preserved in Amber.
Leah Ning (Vol. 36) has a horror story in the Dark Matter Presents Human Monsters anthology.
Scot Noel (Vol. 6) published four online/digital issues: DreamForge Anvil 7—The Meaning of Life, DreamForge Anvil 8—Perception, DreamForge Anvil 9—Out of Place, and DreamForge Anvil 10—What We Give.
Steve Pantazis (Vol. 31) won the Booksie 2022 Short Story Competition for “Out of Print.”
Brittany Rainsdon (Vol. 38) placed third for the 2022 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award with her Writers of the Future workshop 24-hour story entitled “Exchanged.”
Natalia Salvador (Vol. 38) was an illustrator for Letters from the Fairies. Her illustrations were published in George Leaves the Lights ON.
Elise Stephens (Vol. 35) released a full-cast audio of her winning story, “Untrained Luck.”
Mike Jack Stoumbos (Vol. 38) released volumes three and four of his This Fine Crew series. And three volumes of the series were translated and released in German.
Michael Talbot (Vol. 30) illustrated the children’s book “Party Animals,” held two solo art exhibitions, Salvation: Redux and Warriors in the Garden, and completed multiple murals and public art projects in Wynwood Miami, FL, Roxbury, MA, East Somerville, MA, and in Brighton, MA.
M. Elizabeth Ticknor (Vol. 38) edited the 4th and Starlight: A Fantasy & Science Fiction Anthology featuring Contest winners and entrants.
Brian Trent (Vol. 29) published his novel Redspace Rising, which was based on his Writers of the Future winning story. He also saw his ninth appearance in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
Elizabeth Wein (Vol. 9) Little Brown Books for Young Readers published a tenth anniversary edition of her novel, Code Name Verity.
Galaxy’s Edge and Asimov’s Science Fiction and the major short stories magazines continuously have one or more of our former winners in most of their publications.
That’s quite a substantial listing for this past year. There are just so many accomplishments, really too many to list or record. So we’re looking ahead to a spectacular future.