International L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest for Speculative Fiction's Entrant from Vanuatu Brings Total Countries to 160

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Contest attributes constant growth to the online entering process and word-of-mouth.

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After 30 years, the word has gotten around, and our word-of-mouth is very strong, and has increased with the advent of the internet too.

Offices of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future announced their first ever entrant from Vanuatu, making the total countries where entrants have sent in submissions to 160. In the past year, fourteen new countries have been added to the list. "I had to find it on an atlas and I did, off the Eastern coast of Australia. It is in the area of Polynesia. I'm not surprised at all. Every other country around that corner of the globe has routine entries," contest Director Joni Labaqui stated.

L. Ron Hubbard saw the need back in 1984 to help those who have talent and need to be seen and heard. That was when the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest was created. The contest launches 12 writer careers and 12 illustrator careers every year with the annual anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future. "Back when the contest began, we had a little under 100 manuscripts come in for the very first quarter as the word was just getting out back in 1984," contest director Joni Labaqui said. "After 30 years, the word has gotten around, and our word-of-mouth is very strong, and has increased with the advent of the internet too."

"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."

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 http://www.writersofthefuture.com.

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