Writers of the Future Announces It's Contest Entrants Are from Around the World

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A recent review of Writers of the Future Contest entrants for volume 31 found entrants from around the world, regardless of the primary language spoken.

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I initiated a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.

A review of Writers of the Future Contest entrants for volume 31 found entrants from around the world, regardless the primary language spoken.

When the Contest was originally envisioned by L. Ron Hubbard, its stated purpose was, in his own words, “I initiated a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” And that purpose has not wavered, with aspiring writers from around the planet now entering the Contest.

While it is to be expected that a majority of the entries would come from the United States, followed by Canada, Australia/New Zealand and the UK, what was surprising was the number of additional countries, including those where English is not the primary language, which had a surprising number of entries.

Country            % of Total Entries
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United States 80%
Canada 5%
Australia/New Zealand 2%
UK 1.6%

Country            Total Entries
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India 49
South Africa 24
Germany 17
France 12
Ireland 11
Japan 9
Greece 7
Italy 7
Denmark 6
Jamaica 5
Kenya 5

And this was followed by dozens of additional countries with less than 5 entries each. Between both Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests, we have now received entries from over 170 countries around the world.

The Writers of the Future writing contest (http://www.writersofthefuture.com) 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 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.

For more information go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com or http://www.facebook.com/WritersAndIllustratorsOfTheFuture

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