Winner From International Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest Stephen Stanley Wins Penn Cove Literary Arts Award

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The Whidbey Writers Workshop selects "Mask of the Monster" short story for the October Award

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Created by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the contest has to date launched the careers of 11 New York Times bestselling authors and scores of illustrator careers.

The first person to ever win both the Writers of the Future and the Illustrators of the Future contest (Writers contest in the 21st year and Illustrator winner in the 24th year), Stephen Stanley, won the October 2014 Penn Cove Literary Arts Award, for his story "Mask of the Monster."

The Penn Cove contest is sponsored by The Whidbey Writers Workshop Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.

The Whidbey Writers Workshop Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) Program is the first in the country - and perhaps in the world - to be offered not by a college or university but by an organization of writers. In this, it resembles many free-standing Arts institutions offering degrees in music, art, dance and theater. Authorized by the Washington State Student Achievement Council (formerly the Higher Education Coordinating Board), WWW MFA classes began in August of 2005. In August of 2007, the Workshop celebrated its first graduation. The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) (http://www.detc.org). DETC, a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (http://www.chea.org), is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Whidbey Writers Workshop Master of Fine Arts program has three major objectives: To produce productive, publishing writers who are prepared for a life of writing. To prepare graduates to articulate their understanding of the process of writing, whether in essays, informal or formal teaching or otherwise, and prepare graduates to participate in the local, regional and national community of writers.

The L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future contest, started in 1989 as a complement to the existing Writers of the Future contest. The free-to-enter and famous contest is still enjoying amazing success with thousands of entrants yearly, from all parts of the world. Created by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the contest has to date launched the careers of 11 New York Times bestselling authors and scores of illustrator careers.

To learn more, including details on how to enter the contests, visit the website at http://www.writersofthefuture.com

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