The Writers of the Future Contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 as a means of providing a helping hand to aspiring writers. Due to its immense success, a sister competition, Illustrators of the Future, was created.
The annual Contests draw entrants from about the globe and are free to enter. Winners retain full rights to their work, are given cash awards, and are published in the annual bestselling anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future. The grand prize writer winner receives the Golden Pen Award plus an additional $5,000.
The Contest flies out all the winners to Los Angeles for an expense-paid, week-long workshop given by Contest judges which culminates in a black-tie gala awards event.