International award winning science fiction and fantasy authors Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch have been tapped as judges for the highly acclaimed L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.
Hollywood, CA – November 09, 2010 — International award winning science fiction and fantasy authors Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch have been named as judges in the highly acclaimed L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, it was announced by Author Services, Inc., the literary agency and administrator of the contest.
Dean Wesley Smith was a contest winner in the very first Writers of the Future competition, and was the first to walk on stage to be acknowledged. It was also in the very first workshop – held in Taos, NM – where Dean and Kristine met. This chance meeting led them to work together as a team, and to their eventual marriage. He is now a bestselling author who has written more than ninety popular novels and well over 100 published short stories. Smith now has over eight million copies of his books in print.
Rusch is an award-winning mystery, romance, science fiction and fantasy writer (http://bit.ly/KristineKathrynRusch). Her accolades range from the Ellery Queen Readers Choice Award to the John W. Campbell Award. She edited The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction for 6 years, from 1991-1997. During that time, she won a Hugo for best professional editor.
The pair are warmly welcomed into the ranks of contest judges for Writers of the Future (http://bit.ly/WritersOfTheFutureJudges). Judges for the contest include such notable science fiction authors as Kevin J. Anderson, Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Mike Resnick, Robert Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, Sean Williams and Dave Wolverton.
When approached to be judges for the contest, Smith and Rush simply stated, “We would love to both take you up on your offer of being judges. We are honored to be able to help.”
Now in its 26th year, the Writers of the Future Contest awards annual cash prizes totaling $30,000 for writers and illustrators of never-before-published works of science fiction and fantasy. It includes annual publication of the year’s winning stories in the anthology titled L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future.
The contest may be entered quarterly, and is open to authors who have no, or few, professional publications. Writers who wish to submit their stories to the Writers of the Future Contest, are invited to visit the contest web site at http://WritersOfTheFuture.com/submit-your-story
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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