L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35 has been recognized as the gold award winner for the science fiction and fantasy category in the 32nd annual Benjamin Franklin Book of the Year Awards sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).
The short story anthology containing the award-winning stories and fantasy art is the culmination of the Writers of the Future writing contest and the Illustrators of the Future illustration contest.
The Benjamin Franklin Gold Award is recognition for the talented writers and artists and the judges who selected them.
Appearing in the book includes writers: Kyle Kirrin, Preston Dennett, Kai Wolden, David Cleden, Rustin Lovewell, Carrie Callahan, Elise Stephens, Christopher Baker, Mica Scott Kole, Andrew Dykstal, Wulf Moon, John Haas, David Farland, Mike Resnick, Dean Wesley Smith, Rebecca Moesta, and L. Ron Hubbard. And illustrators: Yinying Jiang, Emerson Rabbitt, Vytautas Vasiliauskas, Alexander Gustafson, Christine Rhee, Sam Kemp, Allen Morris, Jennifer Ober, Josh Pemberton, Qianjiao Ma, Alice Wang, Aliya Chen, Brian C. Hailes, David Furnal, and cover art by Bob Eggleton.
Unlike past awards ceremonies, this year’s celebration of the best in independent book publishing was done live online via a unique “Shelter-in-Place” IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Ceremony. The science fiction and fantasy category was presented by Christopher Locke, Executive Assistant IBPA who announced, “And the gold winner is … Galaxy Press, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35. Congratulations!” The acceptance for the award was made by VP Public Affairs Emily Goodwin which presentation can be viewed here.
This marks the third major recognition garnered for L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35.
The other two awards are:
The Writers of the Future writing contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” Based on its success, its sister contest, Illustrators of the Future was created five years later to provide that same opportunity for the aspiring artist.
Founded to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,200 members, IBPA is the largest independent publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industry.
For more information on the Writers of the Future Contest visit www.writersofthefuture.com