M.O. Muriel of Harker Heights Texas to be Honored as Winner of Worldwide Writer Contest One Year After Winning The Companion Contest Illustrator Award

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L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest Organizers Amazed as the Odds of This Occurring are Astronomical

Talk about out-of-this-world, those are the odds that one person would win both the Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future contest in consecutive years. The Writers of the Future Contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get a much-needed break in speculative fiction which includes science fiction and fantasy and the Illustrators of the Future contest was started six years later as a companion contest.

A few of the famed author judges include: Kevin J. Anderson - Dune; Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle - The Mote in God's Eye; Tim Powers - On Stranger Tides; and, Robert J. Sawyer - Flash Forward. Illustrator judges include such notables as Cliff Nielsen; Chronicles of Narnia; Shaun Tan - The Lost Thing; and, Dave Dorman - Star Wars.

"This has never happened in contest history and it is not likely to happen again," contest Director Joni Labaqui stated. "The reason it is so outrageous is that both contests are judged anonymously. The judges have no idea who they are voting for in both contests, so this just shows you how talented Ms. Muriel is in both illustration and in writing. Besides her talents, Muriel was delightful to have around last year at the workshops and awards ceremony. She is the kind of person that uplifts everyone in her surroundings. I'm just thrilled for her."

She is the third person ever to win both awards but the previous double winners were years apart. She entered the writers contest six times before winning. Her Illustration win was on her first entry. She has been co-writing a children's book with her husband and has already completed the illustrations for that project, and there are several more projects in the works that she will be sending out once completed.

“The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests have proven to be the most effective means for contestants to make their break in the publishing industry, an industry renowned for being closed to the newcomer,” continued Labaqui. “Well over six million fiction and non-fiction manuscripts make the rounds annually to find a publishing home, yet only 2,500 new science fiction and fantasy titles are published each year, and many of these are from already established authors.

For more information visit http://www.writersofthefuture.com


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