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, June 13, 2007

Hints For Entering L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrators Contest by Val Lakey Lindahn

Early in my career I entered many contests. Today, this is the only one that I endorse, because of the quality, integrity, and fairness of the contest.

Here are a few suggestions to help give your submission the best possible chance of making it into the finals.

1. You will receive a higher score if all 3 illustrations are consistent in style and technique. Just as an Art Director looks for this quality so that they will know what they're getting when they assign a project. Choose your best style, only submit your very best work.

2. Tell a story. Look at a copy of L. Ron Hubbard's Writers & Illustrators Annual Anthology or visit the WOTF website. You will see that the illustrations tell a story. They are engaging and make you want to read the writers story. They have backgrounds that give the reader a clue where the story takes place. The illustrations are not just pretty portraits.

3. Be persistent. If you are not selected as a finalist, enter again the next quarter.

Be sure and come back to this site next week when I will have more tips for you. And Good Luck!



  • At June 14, 2007 at 3:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello, Val!

    Thank you for posting these tips -- they are extremely useful! (especially #1 -- I personally interpreted the "variation of subject" requirement as variation in style and technique as well, and struggled to select three VERY different pieces to send for last quarter =).

    I'm looking forward to more tips, both for the writer and the illustrator contests!

    Thanks to Joni too, for keeping this blog regularly updated!



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