L. Ron Hubbard International Writers of the Future Contest Calls for Last Continental Hold-Out to "Get Writing"

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Contest Announces a Call for Entries, the Current Quarter Ends 30 September

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If you have a relative or friend in Antarctica let them know we are looking for their story. I bet they would have very creative ideas for speculative fiction stories just from the experience of living there.

As the contest deadline for the 4th quarter of the 29th year draws near, organizers in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future speculative fiction contest put out a request today to Antarctica.

"We've had entries from every continent on Earth except for Antarctica", said contest director Joni Labaqui. "Since there are only between 1,000 and 5,000 inhabitants, depending upon the time of year, and none are indigenous I'm not really surprised. They are scientists or astrophysicists, and my guess is they don't have much down-time to write, but I bet they have enough to bang out a short story."

"We do have many science related entrants to the contest, so there is certainly potential there", Labaqui continued. "Take a few of last year's winners, for example. William Ledbetter is a mechanical engineer in the aerospace/defense industry, William Mitchell is a rocket scientist from the United Kingdom, Harry Lang is a technical designer for a gargantuan aerospace corporation and Corry L. Lee just earned her PhD in experimental particle physics at Harvard University."

"If you have a relative or friend in Antarctica let them know we are looking for their story. I bet they would have very creative ideas for speculative fiction stories just from the experience of living there."

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 29-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, 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, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Robert J. Sawyer, Mike Resnick and Robert Silverberg.

About The Writers of the Future

Inspired by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the merit-based Writers of the Future Contest was initiated 29 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.

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