"Space Travel" Stories Continue to Be Prevalent in Most Recent Quarterin L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest

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Coordinating judge Dave Wolverton announced that the current trend from previous quarter still holds in popular contest.

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Originality is always vital to a story being selected to win in this contest. You cannot copy what other people are doing and expect to win. Your basic story telling skills must be very good, but originality of idea is always going to be tops.

Every quarter the thousands of entries in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest – the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy contest for new writers – are reviewed to see what the current popular subjects are. "The current trend leans towards new ideas, original concepts and there are more space travel stories this quarter and less fantasy. This was also true of the previous quarter," coordinating judge Dave Wolverton stated.

In making the announcement, Wolverton continuted, "Originality is always vital to a story being selected to win in this contest. You cannot copy what other people are doing and expect to win. Your basic story telling skills must be very good, but originality of idea is always going to be tops. I strongly suspect that the movie Gravity helped with this recent spike in space travel stories."

"We are continuing to make announcements for originality of story on the contest Facebook page and I also mention it in my workshops as well as my writing advice e-mails," Wolverton continued.

Now in its 30th year, the Writers of the Future Contest attracts entries worldwide. Twelve quarterly winners receive prize monies and, along with selected finalists, are published in an annual anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (Galaxy Press).

Initiated by multiple New York Times’ best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the merit-based Writers of the Future Contest. Hundreds of winners have had successful writing careers following their win and publication in the anthology, and to date has launched the careers of 12 New York Times bestsellers including: Jo Beverley, Tobias S. Buckell, Nancy Farmer, Eric Flint, Karen Joy Fowler, Tim Myers, Patrick Rothfuss, Lisa Smedmen, Dean Wesley Smith, Elizabeth Wein, Sean Williams, and Dave Wolverton aka David Farland.

Wolverton recommends that prospective writers visit http://www.writersofthefuture.com for more information on how to enter the contest.

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