Writers & Illustrators of the Future Factoids
Celebrating the Contest’s 36th Year
(President, Galaxy Press)
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 36 years of the Writers of the Future Contest, there have been 440 winners and 80 published finalists. The 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.
In the 30 years of the Illustrators of the Future Contest, there have been 358 winners. The 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 866 published winners and finalists in 36 years with nearly $1 Million awarded in prizes.
We have had entries from 177 countries and winners from 44 countries (WOTF—16; IOTF—35)
To help aspiring writers improve their craft, the Writers of the Future created a free online writing workshop: [https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writing-workshop/]. The workshop includes 13 video presentations by David Farland, Tim Powers, and Orson Scott Card and articles by L. Ron Hubbard and Algis Budrys with insights on writing and the business of writing.
WRITERS OF THE FUTURE JUDGES
(past and present)
Kevin J. Anderson
Orson Scott Card
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
C. L. Moore
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Robert J. Sawyer
Dean Wesley Smith
K. D. Wentworth
Dave Wolverton (Farland)
ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE JUDGES
(past and present)
Laura Freas Beraha
Vincent Di Fate
Frank Kelly Freas
Val Lakey Lindahn
Sergey V. Poyarkov
Dan dos Santos
H.R. Van Dongen
William R. Warren, Jr.
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C. D. Lewis has reviewed Writers of the Future #35 for April 2019 here.
Victoria Silverwolf has reviewed Writers of the Future #36 for April 2020 here:
Quick links for the contest:
Enter the Writers of the Future Contest https://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/
Free Writing Workshop https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writing-workshop/
L. Ron Hubbard’s fiction book list https://galaxypress.com/l-ron-hubbard-books/