International Writing and Illustrating Contests to Fete Winners at Hollywood Gala Celebration

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Winners from Australia, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States to be honored at the 28th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Ceremony taking place at the esteemed Wilshire Ebell Theatre

L. Ron Hubbard 2011 Achievement Awards Ceremony in Hollywood, CA

Out of a field of literally thousands of entrants, these 24 winners—and one published finalist—were chosen as the best new talent in the field of speculative fiction.

Winners from Australia, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States will be honored Sunday, April 15, at 6:30 pm, at the 28th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Ceremony taking place at the esteemed Wilshire Ebell Theatre. It is indeed an honor for the communities and countries they are from, that these artists have won one of the most prestigious contests in science fiction and fantasy, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future. “Out of a field of literally thousands of entrants,” stated Joni Labaqui the Contests’ director, “these 24 winners—and one published finalist—were chosen as the best new talent in the field of speculative fiction.”
Labaqui went on to explain that as a merit competition, winners are chosen strictly on talent alone. Judging is blind with numbers replacing the names so that judges have no knowledge of the name, age, nationality or sex. “It is simply the best who are chosen each year,” explained Labaqui. Over the course of the contests’ history, entries have been received from over 165 countries.
This year’s winners include:

Writers Contest Winners
Emily Schadegg; Hollywood, Maryland
William Ledbetter; Prosper, Texas
William Mitchell; London, United Kingdom
David Carani; Park Ridge, Illinois
Gerald Warfield; Mineral Wells, Texas
Harry Lang; Prospect Park, Pennsylvania
Nicholas Tchan; West Ryde, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Corry Lee; Redmond, Washington
Meghan Muriel; Harker Heights, Texas
Jacob Boyd; Eugene, Oregon
Scott Barnes; Lake Forest, California
Tom Doyle; Washington, D.C.

Published Finalist
Roy Hardin; The Villages, Florida

Illustrator Contest Winners
Hunter Bonyun; Ville-Marie (Montreal), Canada
Carly Trowbridge; Huntsville, Alabama
Greg Opalinski; Ridgewood, New York
James F. Smith; St. Augustine, Florida
Jay Richard; Fairhaven, Massachusetts
Chung yu Huang; Taiwan
Pat Steiner; South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Fiona Meng; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
John Haverty; Savannah, Georgia
Paul Pederson; St. George, Utah
Emily Grandin; Hagersten, Sweden
Rhiannon Taylor; Chicago, Illinois

Over the past 28 years, the Contests have honored over 650 aspiring writers and illustrators, providing that much needed helping hand to a successful career. This ceremony will celebrate the 28th anniversary for Writers and Illustrators of the Future.
Past winners of the Writing Contest have published over 750 novels, 3,500 short stories and winners of the Illustrating Contest have had their art published in more than 500 books and magazines, with 4,500 illustrations, 350 comics and over 1.3 million art prints.
Beside first time publication, benefits include over $30,000 in cash prizes and royalties, a week-long workshop with top professionals of the genre as well as book signings, radio and TV interviews organized by the contest administrators to assist the winners in launching their careers.
For more information on the Contests, go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com.
The ceremony is open to public. All guests to the awards ceremony must RSVP for admission by calling 323-466-3310 or email contests@authorservicesinc.com.

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