Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) February 07, 2014
Author Services announced today that a new website has just gone live and celebrates the first 29 years of the Contests. Accessible either from http://www.writersofthefuture.com or http://www.illustratorsofthefuture.com, the new site has several new features.
A special feature is the description of each of the 29 annual awards events with the specifics of when and where they took place, plus the list of stories and winners and winning artists and a photo gallery from that year’s ceremony. Many of these photos have not been seen since first taken nearly three decades ago, including A.E. Van Vogt, Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Forrest Ackerman, and many more.
The full list of writer and illustrator judges, past and present, has been made available with links to a photo and bio for each as well as their website where these exist.
Past writer winners and illustrator winners have likewise been listed, and where we have current information, their name has been converted into a hot link to a bio, photo and any website they have. An especially nice feature for artist winners is to additionally showcase their art.
The existing blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds are easily navigated from the site’s home page.
“While we have made the site go live, we realize that it is a work in progress requiring past winners, or their friends, to provide missing data so we can continue making it as complete as possible,” stated Joni Labaqui, the Contest Director, in making the announcement about the new site.
The Writers of the Future writing contest was initiated by 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. The 348 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and nearly 4,000 short stories. They have produced 27 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 million copies.
The 276 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 4,500 illustrations, 356 comic books, graced 594 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 36 TV shows and 46 major movies.