Locus 2010 Reading List Selects L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future
Locus Magazine has chosen "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: The First 25 Years" to appear in its prestigious "Locus 2010 Recommended Reading List". The non-fiction book provides an overview and historical perspective of this important contest for aspiring writers.
by Straight Line Sunday, March 06, 2011
In the non-fiction category of recommended titles, the Locus Magazine article notes, "Coffee table book L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: The First 25 Years, edited by Kevin J. Anderson (Galaxy Press), is an overview of the contest's history with an eye-opening series of profiles of contest winners and judges, including biographical profiles and personal comments about the contest and their careers. This volume highlights how many of today's successful and up-and-coming writers have been involved with the contest."
The significance of this recognition by Locus Magazine ( http://1clik2.com/LocusList2010 ) goes beyond merely celebrating the Contest's silver anniversary. Having now proven itself, the Contest is stably established as today's most successful means for aspiring writers to get their break in the publishing industry.
A recent review of the book posted by Gary Roen in Movement Magazine ( http://1clik2.com/GaryRoenReviews ) aptly makes this point: "L. Ron Hubbard had an idea that is now over twenty five years old. The concept was to bring new writers into the field of science fiction. So he created 'The Writers of the Future' contest. So far, more than 700 novels and 3,000 short stories have been published by authors who participated in the contest. The list of writers is huge, with so many different books published. This [book] is a look back over the last twenty five years in pictures and prose that celebrated Hubbard's crowning achievement. Readers will be astounded at how many writers have come through the program."
The Writers of the Future Contest was created by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 as a means of allowing the newcomer a chance to have their work seen. And this program has provided that starting point for so many careers. Over 300 writers have seen their name in print over the 26 years of the contest's history, with nearly 100 now having successful careers as a writer. In addition to continuing on in the field of speculative fiction, several have gone on to publish in genres such as mystery and romance, to write for television and motion pictures, and to become editors and critics.
Each year, the winning stories are published in an anthology titled L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future. The latest edition, Writers of the Future Volume 25 ( http://1clik2.com/WritersOfTheFuture25 ), can be found at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Walmart and Amazon.com. For more information regarding the Writers of the Future Contest visit http://www.WritersOfTheFuture.com
About Writers of the Future:
Writers of the Future (WOTF) is a science fiction and fantasy story contest originated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983. Hubbard characterized the contest as a way of "giving back" to the field that had defined his professional writing life. The contest has no entry fee and is the highest-paying contest for amateur science-fiction and fantasy writers. Notable past winners of WOTF include Stephen Baxter, Karen Joy Fowler, James Alan Gardner, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and Dean Wesley Smith. The winning stories are published in the yearly anthology L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of Future. For complete information, please visit the contest web site at http://www.WritersOfTheFuture.com
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