International L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrator of the Future Contest for Speculative Fiction's Entry from Suriname Brings Total Countries of Entrants to 172

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Contest notes that the region has had entrants for years.

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We've seen entries from the bordering countries and I'm happy to now include Suriname.

The L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest announced their first ever entrant from Suriname, making the total countries where entrants have sent in submissions to 172. "In the past year thirteen 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 and I'm happy to now include Suriname."

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 have seen a steady increase of international entries as the Internet grew," contest director Joni Labaqui said. "We've had a website for the contest from the early days of the Internet but we also have 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."

In addition to being published, the support and encouragement for the winners consists of prize money, a week-long workshop which covers the basics of the business, mentoring by famous judges, an awards ceremony and press coverage. For more information on Writers and Illustrators of the Future, go to

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