Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2013
The 2013 Ditmar Awards were announced earlier this month and it is no surprise that among the nominated was a 2002 winner of the International L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest. Lee Battersby was up for Best Novel this year. No stranger to the list, Lee has been nominated 6 times since he took home the trophy for best new talent in 2003.
Most any year since 1993 the Writers or Illustrators of the Future contest had a winner from Australia nominated for or winning Australia's premiere science fiction awards, the Ditmars. The Ditmar is Australia's oldest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and horror award and is presented annually at the Australian National Convention since 1969.
The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest, started in 1984 by International bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard, has had winners from Australia in its contest since James Verran of Adelaide won and was published in 1990. Since James, the list of winners is an impressive list of Australian writers and illustrators including Sean Williams (7 Ditmar wins, 19 nominations), Shaun Tan (6 Ditmar wins, 12 nomiations), Cat Sparks (11 Ditmar wins and 23 nominations), Lee Battersby (1 Ditmar win and 6 nominations), Ian McHugh, Jason Fischer (4 Ditmar nominations) , Nick Chan, Patty Jansen (1 Ditmar nomination), Ben Mann, Sonia Helbig, Richard Kerslake, Melannie Tregonning and Alexandra Szwweryn. This impressive list of Aussies have not only left their mark on the landscape down-under, Sean Williams is a number 1 New York Times bestselling author and Shaun Tan has won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short and the Astrid Lingred Award, expanding their influence internationally.
As it is free-to-enter, L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, now in its 30th year enjoys amazing success with thousands of entrants yearly, from all parts of the world. Created by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the contest has to date launched the careers of 11 New York Times bestselling authors.
To learn more, including details on how to enter the contests, visit the website at http://www.writersofthefuture.com.