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

Monday, February 18, 2008

Drumroll Please...............

Tonight we have a few more of the Honorable Mentions, the Semi-Finalists and the Finalists:

First Quarter 2008 Writers of the Future Contest

Honorable Mentions are:

Michelle Muenzler from Texas
Randall Blandin from Virginia

All semi-finalists receive a critique for their story from coordinating judge K. D. Wentworth.

Semi-Finalists are:

Suanne Warr of North Carolina
Sam Taylor of Texas
Anne R. Stone-Coyote of Oregon
F.J. Bergmann of Wisconsin
J.C. Geiger of Oregon
Catherine Cheek of Arizona
Desmond Warzel of Pennsylvania
Dario Ciriello of California
Brenta Blevins of Virginia
Boris Layupan of Michigan


David Shaw of Illinois
Matthew Rotundo of Nebraska
Jason Fischer of Australia
Scott H. Andrews of Virginia
Gary Kloster of Minnesota
Fiona Lehn of Canada
Tina Connolly of Oregon
Geir Lanesskog of Washington

The finalists stories will now be sent out to 4 of our judges. There will be a first, second and third place winner from the list of finalists above.
This process takes 3 weeks to one month. Everyone will be notified immediately upon receiving the judges results.


The day after I'll have more Honorable Mentions from the
Writers contest.


  • At February 19, 2008 at 12:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I really like the notification of honourable mentions and semi-finalists (and that the semi-finalists recieve a critique); but, what fey creature is a 'honourable mention'? Would s/he in other competitions be a quarter finalist? Or perhaps someone who had a story that is in no respects a winner yet has some unusual appeal?

    The writer's advocate-

  • At February 19, 2008 at 2:22 AM , Blogger Joni Labaqui said...

    Dear Anonymous,

    An Honorable Mention is the next category down from Semi-Finalist. It means the writer has TALENT! We have lots of good writers submitting to this contest quarterly and it is only correct to give an acknowledgement to them. We like to encourage people to keep writing. It keeps creative people creating and it keeps the genre alive!

  • At February 19, 2008 at 2:13 PM , Anonymous Dario said...

    Hi Joni! Thanks so much for your congratulatory call. It came as quite a surprise and found me at a loss for words. I'm normally far chattier, and will be sure to have a formal speech prepared the next time ;-).

    I'm very much looking forward to K.D.Wentworth's crit. Thanks for your efforts, and I'm delighted to be part of WotF this quarter.


  • At February 20, 2008 at 11:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Quick question:

    In the past, you had sent out Quarter Finalist notifications and, I believe, this whole "honorable mention" thing is new, is it not?

    If I was a previous Quarter Finalist, would that be roughly equivalent to today's Honorable Mention? I am asking in case I wanted to mention this sort of thing in, you know, a cover letter :)


  • At February 20, 2008 at 2:34 PM , Blogger Boris Layupan said...


    Thanks for moving me over. It's a nice surprise to learn I'm actually a Semi-Finalist.

    I'll look forward to reading K.D. Wentworth's thoughts on my story.

    You're running a great contest.



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