WOTF Rookie Release Update

CLEAR THE BOOK SHELF AND MAKE ROOM FOR THE ROOKIE

Writers and Illustrators of the Future Winners are Tomorrow’s

Dan Brown and Stephen King

HOLLYWOOD, CA- More than 600 rookie writers and illustrators have been given their chance to have successful professional careers as winners of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests over the past 29 years.  With combined cash prizes totaling over $750,000, over one-thousand bookstore signings and scrapbooks full of media generated, these rookies-turned-pro writers have gone on to publish over 300 novels and 3,000 short stories, with several becoming New York Times best-selling authors, including Stephen Baxter, Jo Beverly, Leonard Carpenter, Nancy Farmer, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Reed, Dean Wesley Smith, Sean Williams, Dave Wolverton and David Zindell.

“With only 3 in 10,000 stories written in the US ever getting published, so many creative writers have seen their dreams crushed.  So to see a means for the newcomer to have a chance to break in is a very rewarding endeavor,” says Joni Labaqui, the Contests’ director.  Writers of the Future, now in its 30th year, was created by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard with the purpose to discover and encourage talented beginning writers of science fiction and fantasy.

“The Writers of the Future Contest provides that break that new writers and illustrators need and deserve,” Labaqui said. “This tradition continues with the latest group of just announced winners for our 30th installment.”  The latest list of Writers and Illustrators of the Future winners can be seen below.

The 22nd Writers of the Future  anthology (Galaxy Press, 2006) features the works of the 12 winning quarterly writers and 12 illustrators from the 2005-2006 Contest. With its availability in so many diverse outlets such as airports, Walmart as well as bookstores, the Anthology has been consistently on science fiction and anthology bestseller lists throughout December and January.

CONTEST WINNERS

FIRST QUARTER

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE
First place: Jeff Carlson of Walnut Creek, CA, USA
Second place: Tony Pi of Toronto, ON, CAN
Third place: Corey Brown of North Palm Beach, FL, USA

ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE
Bryan Beus of Provo, UT, USA
Bogdan Stetsenko of Kiev, Ukraine
Lars Edwards of Arlington, MA, USA

SECOND QUARTER

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE
First place: Kim Zimring of Decatur, GA, USA
Second place: Douglas Texter of Minneapolis, MN, USA
Third place: Damon Kaswell of Eugene, OR, USA

ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE
Artem Mirolevich of Brooklyn, NY, USA
Corey Loving of Country Club Hills, IL, USA
Amelia Mammoliti of El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

THIRD QUARTER

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE
First place: Stephen Kotowych of Toronto, ON, CAN
Second place: Aliette de Bodard of Paris, France
Third place: Karl Bunker of Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE
Randall Ensley of Gales Ferry, CT, USA
Marcus Collins of Pasadena, CA, USA
Peter Town of Sacramento, CA, USA

 

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