Enthusiastic writer winners from Volumes 36 & 37 in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest arrived today at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. This iconic Hollywood hotel hosted the first Oscar Awards in one of its glamorous ballrooms back in 1929, honoring excellence in the motion picture industry. In 2021, the stars being honored for excellence this week are the up-and-coming science fiction and fantasy writers discovered by the biggest talent search for speculative fiction writers in the world.
Because of the pandemic, this year’s workshop is especially unique. For the first time in the Contest’s history, a double-volume workshop and awards gala is being held. Because of international travel restrictions, and health issues (like having a baby!), some winners will not be attending this year, but they have the option to attend the following year so that they don’t miss out. Strict protocols are in place to safeguard the winners, such as social distancing in the classroom, masks, and proof of vaccination.
The workshop kicked off with the Welcome Meeting Saturday evening with contest coordinator Joni Labaqui, coordinating judge and workshop instructor David Farland, contest judge and workshop instructor Tim Powers and the President of Galaxy Press John Goodwin. With the week’s schedule outlined and the vast hotel explored, the eager writers have been primed for an exciting event week to come. This includes podcast interviews with John Goodwin, photoshoots for author promotion, writing instruction and exercises like the famous 24-hour story, a tour of contest headquarters at Author Services, a private screening of Denis Villeneuve’s new Dune movie on its release day, tuxedo fittings, and award night rehearsals, the grand gala dinner and awards’ ceremony at the opulent Taglyan Ballroom, and to wrap it all up, the publicity seminar with special presentations by top industry professionals discussing the business side of writing. The winners have come thirsty for knowledge, and that’s a good thing—they’ll be drinking from a fire hose all week long.
Tune in for day-by-day reports, writing tips, and poolside fun and photos (there will be a garden party BBQ by the Roosevelt’s pool!) Don’t miss the live-streamed award ceremony for the 36th & 37th Annual Achievement Awards Gala on October 22, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (PDT). Get your front row virtual seat right here at WritersoftheFuture.com!
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Wulf Moon wrote his first science fiction story when he was fifteen. It won the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and led to his first professional sale in Science World.
Since then, Moon has won more than forty awards in writing. These include: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2; Critters Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story of 2018, Best SF&F Short Story of 2019, Best Nonfiction Article of 2019, Best Author of 2019, Best Writers’ Workshop of 2019; and the Writers of the Future Contest, Volume 35.