L. Ron Hubbard International Writers of the Future Contest Now in its 30th Year, Announces Author Services, Inc.

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Contest announces a last call for entries - 1st quarter ends 31 December.

Writers Of The Future

Writers Of The Future

We've had entries from every continent on Earth except for Antarctica. We are looking for entries written in English that are speculative fiction, which includes science fiction and fantasy.

As the contest deadline for the 1st quarter of the 30th year draws near, organizers in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future speculative fiction contest put out a last call to writers wanting to go professional.

"We've had entries from every continent on Earth except for Antarctica," said contest director Joni Labaqui. "We are looking for entries written in English that are speculative fiction, which includes science fiction and fantasy. You can submit to the contest either online or hard copy, your choice. Entrants must have their manuscript in our system by midnight 31 December, Los Angeles time, or for hardcopy entries, it must be post-marked 31 December at your local post office - even if you live in China.

Each year the contest awards all winners with cash prizes, free travel and accommodations, a week-long professional workshop, and guaranteed publication in their best-selling annual speculative fiction anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future. Grand prize winners for writing and illustration will be announced at the annual awards ceremony to be held in April 2013.

Throughout the Contest’s 30 year history, 348 writers and 276 illustrators have been recognized as winners, according to Labaqui. They’ve gone on to publish over 700 novels and 3,500 short stories as well as hundreds of thousands of published illustrations and sfx art for 31 major motion pictures. Former Writers of the Future Contest winners listed on the New York Times best-seller’s list include: Jo Beverley, Nancy Farmer, Karen Joy Fowler, Sean Williams, Dave Wolverton aka David Farland, Patrick Rothfuss, Lisa Smedman, Tim Myers, Tobias S. Buckell, Eric Flint and Dean Wesley Smith.

“The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests are the most effective means for aspiring writers and artists to make their break in the publishing industry, an industry renown for being closed to the newcomer,” Labaqui said. “That’s because our winners are judged by professional writers and illustrators from thousands of entries worldwide.” Well-known contest judges include multiple Nebula and Hugo Award winners and finalists such as Kevin J. Anderson, Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, Nnedi Okorafor, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Robert J. Sawyer, Mike Resnick and Robert Silverberg, to name a few.

Inspired by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the merit-based Writers of the Future Contest was initiated 30 years ago to discover and encourage talented beginning writers of science fiction and fantasy.

For more information about the contest, please visit the website at http://www.writersofthefuture.com

Press Contact: Joni Labaqui
eMail: Contests(at)authorservicesinc(dot)com
Telephone: 323-466-3310

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