International L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrator of the Future Contest for Speculative Fiction's Entry from Bhutan Brings Total Countries of Entrants to 169

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Contest notes that Asian entries have increased in recent years

Bhutan Mountain Sunset

In the past year nineteen new countries have been added to the list of entrants and in fact the numbers are increasing from foreign countries.

Officials of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future announced their first ever entrant from Bhutan, making the total countries where entrants have sent in submissions to 169. "In the past year nineteen new countries have been added to the list of entrants and in fact the numbers are increasing from foreign countries," contest director Joni Labaqui stated. "We've seen entries from the bordering countries for years now. I'm happy to now include Bhutan on the list."

Bhutan is located on the eastern end of the Himalayas, bordered to the north by China and south, east and west by India.

L. Ron Hubbard launched the contest in 1984 to help those who have talent but needed the exposure that a big name author would bring to the new writer and illustrator. The contest launches 12 writer careers and 12 illustrator careers every year with the annual anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future.

"We started to see a marked increase of international entries as the internet grew," contest director Joni Labaqui said. "We've had a web site for the contest from the early days of the internet but we also have several hundreds of other sites online that promote the contest."

"We still continue to accept hard copy entries for those who don't have access to the internet," Labaqui continued, "but the majority of entrants now favor online. With no postage costs, it is virtually free to enter and most people can appreciate that."

Inspired by multiple New York Times best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the merit-based Writers of the Future Contest was initiated by him to discover and encourage talented beginning writers of science fiction and fantasy, and thus launch careers.

The idea has proved very successful. 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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