Writers of the Future Sets Date for Event Celebrating Three Decades of Honoring the Hottest New Talent in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Hollywood, CA – Author Services, Inc. has announced that Writers of the Future volume 30 will be released in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Sunday, April 13, 2014. “We wanted to get this announcement made early enough for fans to make their plans for this very special anniversary event,” stated Joni Labaqui, the Contests’ Director.
2014 marks the 30th anniversary for the Writers Contest as well as the very special 25th anniversary for the Illustrators Contest. Known for being one of science fiction‘s premier annual events, the awards ceremony brings the best of science fiction and fantasy’s professional world together with the genre’s hottest new talent.
Science fiction and fantasy fans will see contest judges presenting awards to the contest winners, judges whose works they have admired since becoming readers of the genre. Such professionals include Kevin J. Anderson (Dune novels), Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game), Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides), 5-time Hugo winner Mike Resnick and Grand Master of Science Fiction Robert Silverberg. Also attending are top art professionals, including Dave Dorman (art of Star Wars), Larry Elmore (cover art for Dungeons & Dragons), Cliff Nielsen (Narnia book cover art) and Stephen Hickman, with over 350 book covers to his credit.
Over the first 30 years, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future have recognized over 700 winners and have an astonishing record of winners who have gone on to achieve significant careers in the arts following their Contest win.
Acknowledged as the premiere writing contest of its kind, the Writers of the Future Contest was created in 1983 by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard as a means for aspiring writers to have their work seen and acknowledged. The success of the original writer’s competition gave rise to the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest. As it has always been, there are no entry fees for the contests.
In addition to substantial cash awards, the contest winners and selected finalists are showcased in an annual anthology published by Galaxy Press, and are flown out to participate in an expenses-paid week-long workshop led by professional published writers and illustrators.