Elves, Dragons and Sirens are Top Themes for the Largest Speculative Fiction Contest for New Writers This Quarter

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Popular Content of Submitted Stories Changes Every Few Months

You need a good and fruitful imagination to be a successful writer, so I'll choose the most creative entry every time.

Every quarter the thousands of entries in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest – the world’s largest and oldest science fiction and fantasy contest – are reviewed to see what the current popular subject is. The current trend is elves, dragons and sirens . They have taken over from space flight and time travel, which were the rage for the last few quarters.

In making the announcement, K.D. Wentworth, Writers of the Future Contest coordinating judge and first reader, said, “It seems to suggest that some movies and TV do spark the imagination of writers entering our contest. However, originality is the key element to a story being selected as a finalist,” warns Wentworth. “So picking a popular theme is not the best idea. You need a good and fruitful imagination to be a successful writer, so I’ll choose the most creative entry every time.”

Now in its 28th year, the Writers of the Future Contest began in 1984 and attracts entries worldwide in science fiction and fantasy. Twelve quarterly winners receive prize monies and, along with selected finalists, are published in an annual anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (Galaxy Press).

Inspired by multiple New York Times’ best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the merit-based Writers of the Future Contest was initiated by him to discover and encourage talented beginning writers of science fiction and fantasy.

Wentworth recommends that prospective writers visit [http://www.writersofthefuture.com __title__ ]for more information on how to enter the contest.

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