Second Quarter Finalists Announced in International Contest For Writers

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Australia and United States Represented in This Latest Finalist Round

"This is one very effective way to get in the door for the

In what is known as the largest contest of its kind in the world, finalists for the 2nd Quarter of the 28th year of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, specializing in speculative fiction, were announced today by Joni Labaqui, the contest Director.

The finalists for this quarter are from Australia and throughout United States.


David Carani of Illinois
Russ Colson of Minnesota
Roy Hardin of Florida        
William Ledbetter of Texas
Corry Lee of Washington                
Nicholas Tchan of, New South Wales, Australia            
T.C. McCarthy of South Carolina
Sky McKinnon of Alaska                

The eight finalists stories are sent to four of the contest judges. Of those eight stories, the three with the highest points are the three winners of the quarter. There is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner every quarter. The three winners of each quarter are awarded cash prizes, a week long intensive workshop, an awards ceremony and are also published in the annual L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future.

A Grand Prize winner is also announced at the annual awards ceremony and is selected from another panel of judges.

“The Writers of the Future Contest is the most effective means for aspiring writers to make their break in the publishing industry, an industry well-known for being closed to the newcomer,” Labaqui said. “That’s because our winners are judged by professional writers from a pool of 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, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, Dave Wolverton, Sean Williams and K.D. Wentworth.

“The chance of being published elsewhere in the publishing industry is much, much smaller,” Labaqui said. “Only three out of every 10,000 manuscripts submitted in the United States each year get published—1,800 are science fiction and fantasy novels—and most of them are written by established authors. This is one very effective way to get in the door for the newcomer.”

For more information about the contest, go to Or call the contest at 323-466-3310.


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