Academy Award Winning Illustrator, Shaun Tan Named as Judge for Worldwide Illustrators Contest

Share Article

Shaun comes back to the first international contest that he won 18 years ago - now as a judge.

"I'd be happy to offer a hand"

Academy Award winning fantasy illustrator & author, Shaun Tan, has been named as a judge in the highly acclaimed L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest, sister contest to the Writers of the Future, it was announced by Author Services, Inc., the literary agency and administrator of both Contests.

Now in its 27th year, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest awards annual cash prizes totaling $30,000 for writers and illustrators of never-before-published works of science fiction and fantasy. It includes annual publication of the year’s winning stories and illustrations in the anthology titled L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future. (Galaxy Press).

When approached to be a judge for the contest, Tan said, "I'd be happy to offer a hand." He was a winner of this very contest in 1992 and has published several noteworthy illustrated books - as writer and illustrator: The Playground (1997), The Lost Thing (1999), The Red Tree (2001), The Arrival (2006) and Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008).

Shaun won the Academy Award this year for Best Animated Short Film - The Lost Thing.

And so he is warmly welcomed into the ranks of contest judges for Illustrators of the Future that includes other notable artists such as Cliff Neilsen, Bob Eggleton, Stephen Hickman, Leo and Diane Dillon, Vincent DiFate and Sergey Poyarkov. Original judges of the contest were illustrator legends Frank Kelly Freas, Frank Frazetta, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner and Edd Cartier.

The Writers of the Future Contest was established by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to discover and provide talented new and aspiring writers and illustrators of science fiction and fantasy a chance to have their work seen and acknowledged.
For more information about the Contests, go to


Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Joni Labaqui
Email >