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Writers & Illustrators of the Future Factoids by John Goodwin

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Writers & Illustrators of the Future Factoids

 

Celebrating the Contest’s 35th Year


 

Compiled

 

by

 

John Goodwin

 

(President, Galaxy Press)

 

www.writersofthefuture.com

 

Writers of the Future was a contest 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 around the globe and are free to enter. Winners retain full rights to their work and each are given cash awards. Grand prize winners receive an additional $5,000. The Contest flies all winners out to Los Angeles for an expense-paid, week-long workshop given by Contest judges and culminates in a black-tie gala awards event.

In the 35 years of the Writers of the Future Contest, there have been 416 winners and 80 published finalists. The 416 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,150 novels and nearly 4,500 short stories, with nearly 100 new sci-fi books and stories published in just the last year. They have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

They have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

In the 30 years of the Illustrators of the Future Contest, there have been 346 winners. The 346 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,000 illustrations, 360 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 68 TV shows and 40 major movies.

This makes for a total of 842 published winners and finalists in 35 years with nearly $1 Million awarded in prizes.

We have had entries from 177 countries and winners from 44 countries (WOTF—16; IOTF—35)

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE JUDGES

(past and present)

Kevin J. Anderson
Doug Beason
Gregory Benford
Ben Bova
Ramsey Campbell
Orson Scott Card
Hal Clement
Brian Herbert
Frank Herbert
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Yoji Kondo
Nancy Kress
Katherine Kurtz
Anne McCaffrey
Todd McCaffrey
Rebecca Moesta
C. L. Moore
Larry Niven
Andre Norton
Nnedi Okorafor
Frederik Pohl
Jerry Pournelle
Tim Powers
Mike Resnick
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Brandon Sanderson
Robert J. Sawyer
Charles Sheffield
Robert Silverberg
Dean Wesley Smith
Theodore Sturgeon
John Varley
K. D. Wentworth
Sean Williams
Jack Williamson
Gene Wolfe
Dave Wolverton (Farland)
Roger Zelazny

ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE JUDGES

(past and present)

Laura Freas Beraha
Edd Cartier
Robert Castillo
Echo Chernik
Vincent Di Fate
Diane Dillon
Leo Dillon
Dave Dorman
Bob Eggleton
Will Eisner
Larry Elmore
Frank Frazetta
Frank Kelly Freas
Judith Holman
Shun Kijima
Jack Kirby
Paul Lehr
Ron Lindahn
Val Lakey Lindahn
Stephan Martiniere
Gary Meyer
Moebius
Cliff Nielsen
Sergey V. Poyarkov
Rob Prior
Alex Schomburg
Shaun Tan
H.R. Van Dongen
William R. Warren, Jr.
Stephan Youll

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C. D. Lewis has reviewed Writers of the Future #35 for April 2019 here.