Winner of Famed International Writing Contest Sells a Story He Wrote in 24 Hours

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Adam Perin sells short story to online publisher Digital Science Fiction

Adam receives his "object" at the workshop

Adam Perin of Leesburg, Virginia, was one of twelve winners in last year's L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest and just sold his story, Life on Sweetwater, to Digital Science Fiction for publication in January of 2012. What makes the story so special to him is that he wrote it in 24 hours, during the workshop awarded to him as one of the perks he received for winning the contest.

The contest, now in it's 28th year, created by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, is a merit-based competition initiated to discover and encourage talented beginning writers of science fiction and fantasy and help launch their careers. Winners are treated to not only publication of their work in the annual L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, but are also given a week-long workshop and a gala awards ceremony. As one of several exercises in the workshop, and based on L. Ron Hubbard's famous article, Magic Out of a Hat, winners are shown that you can get ideas from anywhere, and you don't have to ponder on a story for months. Here is how it plays out: K.D. Wentworth, the contest coordinating judge, hands each winner an object. Everyone gets their very own. Adam was handed a bent piece of wire. Along with his fellow winners, he was sent out on the street to meet a stranger and then to the local library for research They take these elements and are then sent to write a story, incorporating these three elements. They have 24 hours to write the story and turn it in.

Adam came up with a futuristic story about a couple who decide to leave Earth and bring up a family on a colonized planet that they hope will bring them more freedom.

"Digital Science Fiction was the first place I sent the story, and it's the first story I've sent to them," Adam explained. "It seemed like the type of market that might be interested in that story", he continued.

"I'm not at all surprised that Adam sold it," contest Director Joni Labaqui said when she heard the news. "It is a very touching piece and Adam has a wonderful way of stirring your emotions as a storyteller. I wish him every success."

The contest has launched the careers of eight New York Times bestselling authors in it's 28 year history and is constantly promoting their winners, of which there are over 300 now.

To learn more, including details on how to enter the contest, visit the website at

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