Michael Talbot of Framingham, Massachusetts Wins L. Ron Hubbard's International Illustrators of the Future Contest and a Trip to Hollywood, California

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Art student Michael Talbot goes searching for scholarship and wins money and publication in bestselling anthology.

Michael Talbot of Framingham, Massachusetts and originally from Jamaica will be honored at the 30th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards to be held 13 April 2014 in Los Angeles at a gala awards ceremony. The event next year will celebrate the twenty-four annual winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests, where Talbot will be one of the twelve illustrator winners. His art will also be published in the bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy anthology series – L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXX. He has won $500.00 prize money for the win and will now compete with the remaining 11 winners for the grand prize of an additional $5,000.00.

Talbot found out about the contest while searching for scholarships and came across a notice in "The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2014." He entered the contest and won. Talbot competed with 7 other finalists for the win including artists from Japan, Mexico, Egypt, Portugal and the United States.

As a result, Talbot will be flown to Hollywood to participate in a week long workshop taught by the blue ribbon panel of contest judges lead by Cliff Nielsen (Chronicles of Narnia artwork), followed by the gala awards ceremony at the end of the week.

Other judges and mentors attending during the week are Stephan Martiniere (The Fifth Element concept art), Dave Dorman (Star Wars art), Stephen Hickman (internationally commissioned artist), and Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons), just to name a few.

The contests were initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 shortly after returning to the field of science fiction with his bestseller Battlefield Earth.

For more information on the contest, go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com.

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