L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest Entrants for the 4th Quarter of the Year Have Widest Age Gap in the History of the Contest

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Youngest ever writer at 12 years old and oldest at 91 years old both enter the 4th quarter

Writers Of The Future

It appears that the word is getting out that we like fresh ideas. I've seen plenty of them this quarter, which is a very good sign. It shows that people are being creative, something a writer needs to do.

This quarter's contest entrants, upon analysis of all entries, are more diverse that any quarter of the contests history -- with teachers, stay-at-home-writers from several countries, students (also from several countries), military personnel from several bases in the US, clerical, blue collar, executives and managers. They range in age from 12 years to 91 years of age. The 12 year old is a young lady from Arkansas and the 91 year old is a gentleman from Maryland. Both entered the contest for the first time this quarter, and both found out about the contest from searching the internet for writing contests.

This vehicle for supporting budding authors is the free-to-enter global contest called L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, and it just ending its 30th year. Created by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the merit-based Writers of the Future Contest was initiated to discover and encourage talented beginning writers of science fiction and fantasy. Quarterly winners of the contest appear in the best-selling annual anthology, receive cash prizes, and attend an all-expenses paid gala awards ceremony and writing workshop. A sister contest, Illustrators of the Future, was formed five years later and gives the same career launch for new illustrators.

Contest coordinating judge Dave Wolverton also noted the diversity of stories this quarter. "It appears that the word is getting out that we like fresh ideas. I've seen plenty of them this quarter, which is a very good sign. It shows that people are being creative, something a writer needs to do."

To learn more, including details on how to enter the contests, visit the website at http://www.writersofthefuture.com.

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