Writers and Illustrators of the Future Honored at 28th L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards

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Twenty-four writers and artists from around the globe were honored Sunday night, April 15, at the 28th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards at the prestigious Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Contest judges and winners celebrating at the 28th anniversary of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Awards Ceremony.

The Artist injects the spirit of life into a culture.

Twenty-four writers and artists from around the globe were honored Sunday night, April 15, at the 28th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards at the prestigious Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
The annual event celebrated the winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests (http://www.writersofthefuture.com) before a packed hall of over 1,000 guests and thousands more who were logged on to watch the event as it streamed live. The night’s keynote speaker was Dr. J. Storrs Hall, founding chief scientist of Nanorex, Inc. Hall recently served as President of the Foresight Institute and is known as the originator of the Utility Fog concept and the Weather Machine. He spoke of the relationship between science fiction as the inspiration that leads to science fact. Hall quoted Hubbard who stated, “The Artist injects the spirit of life into a culture,” and continued by charging the evening’s winners with their responsibility stating, “What this means is that the artist has a very deep and abiding duty to his or her culture. The duty of the artist, and the duty of the science fiction writer in particular, is to inject that spirit of life.”
Each writing and illustrating contest winner was presented their trophy by contest judges at the ceremony and combined cash prizes and royalties of over $30,000. The Gold Award to the author of the Story of the Year was presented by Marisol Nichols, (“G.C.B.,” “24,” “Vegas Vacation,” “Felon,” “Scream 2”) and Tim Powers, (“On Stranger Tides,” which the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean IV” was based), to David Carani of Chicago, Illinois, for his story "The Paradise Aperture." The Gold Award for the Illustrator of the Year was presented to Hunter Bonyun, of Montreal, Quebec, by Kristin Bauer van Straten, (“True Blood,” “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”), and Ron Lindahn, a multiple award winning artist and Illustrator of the Future Contest coordinating judge.

Prior to the awards ceremony, the winners came from countries as diverse as Taiwan, Australia, Sweden, UK, Poland, Canada as well as the US to attend a week long workshop taught by contest judges —including New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson (Dune series), World Fantasy Award winner Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides, adapted as the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean film), multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner Robert J. Sawyer (Flash Forward and The WWW Trilogy), Hugo and Nebula award winning author Larry Niven (the Ringworld series), and internationally acclaimed artists, Stephan Martiniere (visual designer for the game Myst and concept artist for Star Wars: Episodes II and III, Tron Legacy and Star Trek), Stephen Hickman (over 350 book and magazine covers), Robert Castillo (S.P.I.C. The Storyboard of my Life), and Cliff Nielsen (cover artist for Chronicles of Narnia)—each one an experienced professional in the field providing sound advice based on hard-won experience.
The Writers of the Future writing contest (http://www.writersofthefuture.com) was initiated by bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.
The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. 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.
For more information go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com.
To see the awards ceremony online, go to http://www.youtube.com/writersofthefuture.

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