Writers & Illustrators of the Future Blog

The purpose of this blog is to provide a forum for winners, judges, entrants and anyone interested in sharing information regarding the contests and the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future volumes. For more information you can also go to www.writersofthefuture.com

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Success for Steven Saville from WOTF 19

Steven Saville ( WOTF 19) has had incredible success since winning the contest and he has sent a write up to the blog to share the success that all began with winning the Writers of the Future Contest.


The last few years since winning Writers of the Future XIX have been something of a whirlwind for me.

Immediately after the workshop with Powers and K.D. I came home to Sweden and sold an adaptation of my story Bury My Heart at the Garrick (Houdini's Last Illusion) and a collection of my older short stories, Angel Road, in the UK.

Six months later my debut novel Skrattande Pojkens Skugga came out in my native Sweden. It was an addictive experience actually, I was even 'recognised' in the hairdressers (ironic considering I have none) and a few other places thanks to appearances on morning tv and the headline 'Sweden's Scariest Teacher' in the premier broadsheet.

Things really started getting interested two years ago when I turned full time as a writer, selling three dark fantasy novels, Inheritance, Dominion and Retribution to Games Workshop's Black Library imprint in the UK, as well as two more novels, this time Celtic fantasy, Slaine the Exile and Slaine the Defiler to their sister imprint Black Flame.

I wrote three quarters of a million words in a fifteen month period. This from a man who managed about the same amount in fifteen years before that.

In between writing the books I co-edited Elemental, with Alethea Kontis, for Tor books in the US. All proceeds raised from the sales of the anthology go to Save the Children to raise money to provide schooling and essential counselling services for victims of the South East Asian Tsunami.

More recently I have edited two more anthologies, one on behalf of the Dr Who franchise for Big Finish/BBC, Destination Prague, which is due next month I believe, and one for a small press in the US, Empire of London, which is an alternate history anthology by some of the brightest talents in the UK right now.

2006 saw me trying something different, a quarterly serial, Temple, in the news stand magazine Apex Digest, which wrapped up last month to pleasing reviews.

I've been hired to write a band promo, sold a series of YA horror novels, joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency, written for Dr Who, have just sold a non-fiction book about the influence of Cult Television and am currently collaborating on a novel with New York Times Bestselling Novelist Stel Pavlou.

Next month, my first ever limited edition hardcover, the English Language edition of Skrattande Pojkens Skugga (Laughing Boy's Shadow) is released, for oodles of cash but it does look very pretty, and there will only be 100 of the hardcovers and 200 paperbacks making it something of a collectors piece.

I write, on average, 4,000 words a day, be these fiction or proposals for new tv related projects, books, anthologies or what have you.

Sometimes I even try to lead a normal kind of life...

-- Steven Saville


I will have a Writers of the Future panel this Saturday, 11:00 A.M., at ConDFW in Richardson (Dallas), Texas. It's at the Radisson Hotel Dallas North. We'll show the documentary, explain how the Contest works, and give tips on how to avoid problems that can get you rejected on the first page. Could you post my news for me? Thanks!Best, KDW


Artem Mirolevich "Global Elements"
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 24, 2007

Artem Mirolevich at McCaig-Welles Gallery
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McCaig-Welles Gallery
We are pleased to present "Global Elements", an exhibition by Artem Mirolevich. The exhibition runs February 16,- March 3, 2007. An artist's reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, February 24, 2007 from 7-11pm.


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