Out of a field of literally thousands of entrants, these 24 winners—and one published finalist—were chosen as the best new talent in the field of speculative fiction.
Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2013
Winners of the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests will be honored Sunday, April 14, at 6:30 pm, at the 29th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Ceremony taking place at the esteemed Wilshire Ebell Theatre. It is indeed an honor for the communities and countries they are from, that these artists have won one of the most prestigious contests in science fiction and fantasy, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future. “Out of a field of literally thousands of entrants,” stated Joni Labaqui the Contests’ director, “these 24 winners—and one published finalist—were chosen as the best new talent in the field of speculative fiction.”
Labaqui went on to explain that as a merit competition, winners are chosen strictly on talent alone. Judging is blind with numbers replacing the names so that judges have no knowledge of the name, age, nationality or sex. “It is simply the best who are chosen each year,” explained Labaqui. Over the course of the contests’ history, entries have been received from over 165 countries.
This year’s winners include:
Writers Contest Winners
Tina Gower, Chico, CA
Alisa Alering, Bloomington, IN
Andrea Stewart, West Sacramento, CA
Christopher Reynaga, Moss Beach, CA
Marina J. Lostetter, Fayetteville, AR
Stephen Sottong, Eureka, CA
Eric Cline, Bowie, MD
Leah Hieber, Yakima, WA
Marilyn Guttridge, Estacada, OR
Alex Wilson, Carrboro, NC
Brian Trent, Prospect, CT
Shannon Peavey, Kirkland, WA
Steven Libis, Mission Hills, CA
Illustrator Contest Winners
Sida Chen, Syosset, NY
Jackie Albano, Miramar, FL
Olivia Xu, Nanjing, China
Luis Menacho, Jackson Heights, NY
Karsen Slater, Glendora, CA
Jon Eno, Bluff Dale, TX
Tiffany England, Los Angeles, CA
Lucas Durham, Darien, IL
Aldo Katayanagi, Chicago, IL
Joshua Meehan, Tucson, AZ
Daniel Reneau, Denver, CO
James Eads, Garden Grove, CA
Over the past 28 years, the Contests have honored over 600 aspiring writers and illustrators, providing that much needed helping hand to a successful career. This ceremony will celebrate the 29th anniversary for Writers and Illustrators of the Future.
Our 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 Series and 46 major movies.
Beside first time publication, benefits include over $30,000 in cash prizes and royalties, a week-long workshop with top professionals of the genre as well as book signings, radio and TV interviews organized by the contest administrators to assist the winners in launching their careers.
For more information on the Contests, go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com.
The ceremony is open to public.
All guests to the awards ceremony must RSVP for admission by calling 323-466-3310 or email contests(at)authorservicesinc(dot)com.