International Writing Competition and World Acclaimed Fiction and Illustrator Contest

The most successful writing contest and illustrating competition in the world introduces web functionality and online submissions in anticipation of doubling the number of contestants.

Online PR News – 21-November-2010 – – Hollywood, CA - November 13, 2010 -- Writers of the Future has announced its newly upgraded website, which makes accessing the site much faster and easier. "But the best news," according to Joni Labaqui, the contest's director, "is that entries for the writing contest and illustrating contest can now be submitted online." A move that she said, "will make it much easier for aspiring writers and illustrators from around the world to participate."

It had been apparent for some time that the cost to mail a submission from many countries made entering the contest prohibitive for those whose writing and art should be submitted. And for the aspiring writer or artist still feeling the effects of a down economy, the cost of a hard copy story print out, or quality art print out and postage, made entering the contest unrealistic. By adding the option to submit materials via the Writers of the Future website at , many more contest entries are expected.

"This change will markedly expand the playing field," continued Labaqui, "allowing the best in speculative fiction stories to be sent in from English speaking writers the world over." And for the illustrator contest, "it is even more exciting as art has no language barrier, and we expect a significant increase in entries from all countries."

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future is already known for publishing the hottest new talent of speculative fiction. The series continually receives high marks and was again praised this year in a Publishers Weekly starred review stating that the anthology was, "Always a glimpse of tomorrow's stars." A video showing highlights of the 2010 Writers of the Future Awards Ceremony can be seen on YouTube at

As has been the case since its inception, there is no entry fee for entering either the writing contest or illustration contest, and contestants retain rights to their work.

The Writers of the Future contest was created by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 as a means of allowing newcomers a chance to have their work seen. Based on its success, a companion Illustrators of the Future contest was also created. This program has provided a starting point for many careers. Over 600 writers and illustrators have seen their name in print over the 25 years of the contests' history. And hundreds of contestants have gone on to successful careers in writing or illustration. At last count, there have been over 700 novels, including New York Times bestsellers, and over 3,000 short stories that have been published by contest winners. In addition to continuing on in the field of speculative fiction, several writers have gone on to publish in genres such as mystery and romance, to write for TV and motion pictures, or become editors and critics.

For more information on the Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future contests, visit

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

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