Bestselling Authors Come from Diverse Backgrounds

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Budding Writers in International Contest, Writers of the Future, Come from All Walks of Life and from Around the World

What did Dan Brown do before he was a New York Times bestselling author? He was a musician and an English teacher. How about Kevin J. Anderson? He worked at Livermore Laboratories. Nora Roberts was a housewife and Dave Wolverton was a prison security guard.

So how do you make the transition?

One vehicle for supporting new and fledgling authors is the world-acclaimed, free-to-enter global contest called L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, now in its 28th year. Created by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the merit-based Writers of the Future Contest was initiated to discover and encourage talented beginning writers of science fiction and fantasy. Quarterly winners of the Contest appear in the best-selling annual anthology, receive cash prizes, and attend an all-expenses paid gala awards ceremony and writing workshop.

The Writers of the Future Contest is that break that new writers can use to launch that career they’ve dreamed of.

Contest judge and author of On Stranger Tides, Tim Powers, says to winners every year "don't quit your day job. Keep at it whenever you can, and your passion for writing will guide you through, evenings, weekends, whenever you can."

This year’s contest winners are just as diverse as previous years, with a housewife from Virginia, a mechanical engineer from Texas, a CPA from Australia, and a Ph.D. in physics from Washington, to name a few. This simply proves the point, anyone with writing talent can win.

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

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