"Off-World" is Top Theme for the Largest Speculative Contest for New Writers this Quarter

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contests' latest survey shows that writer entrants are currently stepping outside known space and imagining all types of new worlds in their stories.

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Originality is the key element to a story being selected as a finalist, and eventually winning.

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) June 13, 2012

Every quarter the thousands of entries in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest – the world’s largest and oldest science fiction and fantasy contest – are reviewed to see what the current popular subject is. The current trend is "off-world" stories. These are stories that take us beyond known space. This theme has taken over from elves and dragons, which were prevalent for the last few quarters. There are no requirements, beyond being either science fiction or fantasy, of what your story is about, but there do tend to be popular story themes.

In making the announcement, Dave Wolverton aka David Farland, Writers of the Future Contest coordinating judge and first reader, said, "Originality is the key element to a story being selected as a finalist, and eventually winning,” warns Wolverton. "You need a good imagination to be a successful writer, so we are looking for those who have their own imagination. When you write a story that takes the readers beyond known space, you can get as creative as you like, but it must also be believable to the reader. He has to be able to relate to it on a personal level."

Now in its 29th year, the Writers of the Future Contest began in 1984 and attracts entries worldwide in science fiction and fantasy. 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). The book is sold in bookstores and at Amazon.com and gives the winners the exposure that they need. It is also know in the industry for launching careers and author agents and others looking for the next Dan Brown, are keen on the contest, in addition to the thousands of fans of the anthology.

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. The contest, to date, has launched the careers of 8 New York Times bestsellers. Hundreds of winners have had successful writing careers following their win and publication in the anthology.

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


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