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

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Honorable Mentions for the Second Quarter - First Group Announced

Dear All,

The results are coming in now and I have the first group of Honorable
Mentions for the second quarter here.

They are:

Brad McNutt of Wisconsin
Barbara Wright of Texas
Lance Robinson of Canada
Michele Lee Freel of Kentucky
Karl Thorn of Texas
Tracy Morris of Arkansas
Michael Baretta of Florida
Mark Finnemore of California
Spencer Cramer of Missouri
Matthew Senn of Michigan
Michael Varela of Connecticut
Tracie Normandeau of Montana
Linda J. Daly of Pennsylvania
Daniel Mark of Arizona
Andrew Zimmerman Jones of Indiana
Alexander Jackson of Pennsylvania
Ellen Van Hensbergen of Texas
Scott Davis of Massachusetts
Jeffrey Creer of Utah
Thomas H. Briggs of Illinois
Jacquelyn Benson of New Hampshire
Kirk L. Shaw of Utah
A.G Smith of Kentucky
Kate Terrassa of California

Congratulations to all of you.

Friday, April 25, 2008


Dear All,

Well, I thought you would all like to know that the news on Patrick's New York Times debut was run on the internet by: Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Yahoo, Earthtimes, CNBC, Forbes, and a bunch of TV stations web sites across the country. Also Breitbart, Newblaze and many more.



Patrick is now number 11 with THE NAME OF THE WIND
Jo Beverley (WOTF Volume IV) is at number 14 with A LADY'S SECRET

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Published: April 27, 2008

Buy These Books From:
Week Weeks
On List
1 SIMPLE GENIUS, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central, $9.99.) Two former Secret Service agents investigate a scientist’s murder while one battles her own demons. 2
2 THE WOODS, by Harlan Coben. (Signet, $9.99.) A prosecutor must confront family secrets when new evidence surfaces about a murder and disappearance at a summer camp 20 years earlier. 2
3 BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE, by Lee Child. (Dell, $7.99.) Jack Reacher must discover who is hunting members of a team of former military investigators. 3
4 * I HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE, by Mary Higgins Clark. (Pocket, $7.99.) A woman marries a childhood acquaintance suspected of several murders. 7
5 CREATION IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb. (Berkley, $7.99.) Lt. Eve Dallas pursues the Groom, a killer who disappeared nine years earlier but has now returned; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously. 2
6 BACK ON BLOSSOM STREET, by Debbie Macomber. (Mira, $7.99.) More stories of life and love from a Seattle knitting class. 2
7 THE UNQUIET, by John Connolly. (Pocket Star, $7.99.) A woman being stalked by an ex-con who thinks she can help him find his missing daughter seeks protection from the Maine P.I. Charlie Parker. 3
8 * OBSESSION, by Jonathan Kellerman. (Ballantine, $9.99.) The psychologist-detective Alex Delaware investigates an apparent deathbed confession of murder. 7
9 THE RUINS, by Scott Smith. (Vintage, $7.99.) Two young American couples on vacation in the Yucatán confront a horrible menace. 2
10 THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, by Philippa Gregory. (Pocket Books, $7.99.) A tale of courtly intrigue starring Henry VIII and Mary and Anne Boleyn. 6
11 * THE NAME OF THE WIND, by Patrick Rothfuss. (DAW, $7.99.) A notorious magician disguised as an innkeeper tells the story of his life, from orphan to legend. 1
12 THE RIVER KNOWS, by Amanda Quick. (Jove, $7.99.) A reporter and a wealthy Londoner in Victorian England feign romance while investigating a murder suspect. 3
13 THE ALIBI MAN, by Tami Hoag. (Bantam, $7.99.) A disgraced former policewoman investigates a murder linked to a group of wealthy Palm Beach men. 7
14 A LADY’S SECRET, by Jo Beverley. (Signet, $7.99.) A handsome earl accompanies a woman traveling in nun’s garb as she seeks out her father, an English lord unaware of her existence. 2
15 * EMBRACE THE NIGHT, by Karen Chance. (Roc, $7.99.) Cassie Palmer, the world’s chief clairvoyant, goes in search of an ancient, dangerous book. 2
16 HOKUS POKUS, by Fern Michaels. (Kensington, $6.99.) The Sisterhood, in exile in Barcelona, are called back to help the chief justice of the Supreme Court. 3
17 SACRED STONE, by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo. (Berkley, $9.99.) In this reprint of the 2004 book, Juan Cabrillo battles terrorists who seek to control an ancient radioactive meteorite. 13
18 DEVIL MAY CRY, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. (St. Martin’s, $7.99.) Book 11 of the Dark-Hunter paranormal series. 2
19 TO WED A WICKED PRINCE, by Jane Feather. (Pocket Star, $7.99.) In 18th-century London, a woman marries a prince, then grows suspicious of his motives as secrets begin to come to light. 2
20 HIGH PROFILE, by Robert B. Parker. (Berkley, $9.99.) Jesse Stone, the police chief of Paradise, Mass., looks into the deaths of a talk-show host and a young woman. 5

Stay tuned Monday for our first set of Honorable Metions for
the 2nd Quarter of this years WOTF contest.

Have a great weekend. Best, Joni

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert Make Big Hollywood Deal

Writers of the Future judges Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert
have new Dune news.

Kevin and Brian are now co-producers (along with several others)
of the new DUNE film.

Peter Berg will direct. Berg most recently directed Will Smith in
"Hancock" and his credits include The Kingdom and Friday Night Lights.

The producers are looking for a faithful adaptation of the Hugo and
Nebula Award-winning book.

John Harrison and Mike Messina are the Executive Producers.

Also, Brian and Kevin are pleased to announce a new deal with
Tor Books for three more Dune novels to follow Paul of Dune. These
novels -- Jessica of Dune, Irulan of Dune and Leto of Dune will also flesh
out and fill in the gaps in Frank Herbert's original three Dune novels.

The first book in this sequence, Paul of Dune, is in effect a direct
sequel to Dune, filling in much of the story of Paul's Jihad and will be
published this September. Jessica also fits mostly into this time period.
Irulan is a sequel to Dune Messiah, taking place after blind Paul has walked
off into the sand, leaving his empire in the hands of Alia. And Leto of Dune
takes place immediately after the end of Children of Dune, showcasing the
first years of the God Emperor's reign. (this latter novel is the story most
requested in the fan letters we receive).

These novels will be published every other year.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Our Latest New York Times Bestselling Author!


Another Writers of the Future Contest major success.....

Patrick Rothfuss (Volume XVIII) has just hit the "extended list"
with his story THE NAME OF THE WIND at position number 24!

This is a first. The story THE NAME OF THE WIND, was his
winning story in WOTF, which was the short incarnation for the
contest, at that time called THE ROAD TO LEVENSHIR.
If you have not purchased this book, I recommend that you do so.

It is a great story! And there is more to come.

He now joins our other winners who have made this list including:

Jo Beverley
Dave Wolverton
Sean Williams
Nancy Farmer
Karen Joy Fowler

We are passing out the cigars here. CONGRATULATIONS PATRICK!!!!!

Tomorrow, big news from Kevin J. Anderson. Stay tuned.

Until then..... Joni

Monday, April 14, 2008

WOTF Winner Steve Savile's Day...

Dear All,

As promised, here is an account by Steve himself of his day as a professional
writer. Steve quit his teaching job because he became so successful shortly after winning WOTF.

Here you go:

Okay, my day... in an ideal world I would be up and at it around 7 in
the morning, writing for about 4 hours til lunch, go down to the gym for
an hour and a half, then write until about 6:30... I can count the ideal
days that I have had on ooh an abacus with no beads on it... the truth
is I had to find a system that works for me. I like being around people,
so even though I have a great little office set up here at home I tend
to work in one of about five cafe's in southern Stockholm. I am 'one of
them'. I surface around 10 in the morning, because after all that was
why I gave up teaching in the first place, me and mornings are not
friends, and potter. I check email, watch something on the laptop, maybe
How I Met Your Mother or Big Bang Theory right now, then go through the
three S's... well, I skip one of them, I like stubble, I pretend it
makes me manly. Then around 12 I crack the knuckles and sit down. I aim
for 1,000 words finished copy before I head out. Some days that's 90
mins work, somedays it means I don't leave the house.

But assuming I make it, I go down to either Limone, Brasco or JavaSavi,
which are all less than ten minutes walk from here. It's about moods for
the day, Brasco has a huge Al Paccino on the wall and is all black
leather and slick, JaviSavi is second hand shabby, and Limone does good
food, plus Sam the owner likes having a writer in residence.

I'm a boy, I like toys, so I have mobile broadband and can take the
office everywhere, I've also got a Nokia N95 which is one of these funky
8gb mobile phones that has my calendar, backups of work, and gps just in
case I get lost... ahem... a Palm TX with a bluetooth folding keyboard,
a 12" laptop which is about as light as laptops get. I'll pick a venue
depending on my mood, or where I was the day before, then settle down,
fire up one of the writing machines, or go old school and write longhand
in a gorgeous notebook if I want to tell a different kind of story (the
processes tend to change what comes out, I've found. I'll often write
short fiction longhand... don't know why). In the cafe I'll shoot for
1,500-2,000 words and aim to be home around 7 at night, when either me
or the better half will take turns cooking, then watch some tv, chat,
etc, until about 11, then I will settle in for the third bout... which
is often email, work displacement, and maybe squeezing out another
500-1000 words.

I aim to hit a minimum of 2,000 words a day but that isn't always
possible, and say with the last book, for the tv show Primeval, I had 4
weeks to write an 84,000 word novel... AND edit it... so I found myself
doing regular 4-5000 word days, and at the end, three 8,000 word days to
close the story off. I tend to find I am capable of writing a LOT in a
day, but if I do, then the odds are I can only sustain it for say 2 or 3
days, meaning I hit 24k in a week (3 8k days give or take a few
straggling words), or if I plod at around 3.5 a day, I'll hit you got
it, on a 7 day week, about 24k... it's kinda funny but I think that is
my natural output.

I juggle projects as well - that's a lesson I picked up from KJA - at
the moment I am writing the first Stargate book, a YA sf novel,
collaborating on a weird western fantasy novel, collaborating on a
coming of age horror novel and collaborating on something that I can't
really talk about much, but you'll find out soon enough I am sure. I
like the challenges of the collaborative process - I am a better writer
for it, for sure.

At the moment I am working very hard - but the love is still there. It
is still a thrill to open the mail and find a cheque... I mean a book...

Over the next couple of months I am going to adopt a slightly different
routine as I have to finish several projects all around the same time -
this will involve getting up earlier in the morning... urgh... and
editing the work of the day before, then writing project a. then in the
afternoon, working on project b. and keeping them rolling together.

I'm thinking of running a livejournal as well, doing short little pieces
about the evolution of the Stargate novel from page one, like an anatomy
of a novel lesson... but I might save it, write it as I go, and then
offer it as bonus material for the insane (ahem budding writers) so they
can see why choices were made, rationalisations of character, voice,
action sequence etc, because writing for an existing product like
Stargate is quite unlike doing your own material...

Oh, and I drink a lot of coffee...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Coming soon -- Interview with Steve Savile

Dear All,

From your responses, I'm arranging to contact Steve Savile and get an
interview out of him to post for you all to answer your questions. Be looking for this.

Also, more good news:

Illustrator winner of Amanda Gannon (Volume XVII) has just signed on as Arts and Culture Editor for Weird Tales.


Have a great weekend and we'll see you on Monday with a great interview.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Big News from 2 Past Winners!!

Jeff Carlson (WOTF XXIII) sells third Plague novel to Ace

WOTF XXIII winner Jeff Carlson sold Mind Plague, sequel to last summer's Plague Year and the upcoming Plague War, to Anne Sowards at Ace via Donald Maass in a solid deal in five figures. The sale also activated a purchase clause in Carlson's contract with German publisher Piper Verlag, which secured Mind Plague for a mid five figure price, plus bestseller bonuses which, if attained, will double that advance.

Ace will publish Plague War in July, with Mind Plague set to follow in Summer 2009. Piper Verlag plans to release the nanotech Plague novels beginning in September as part of a special marketing campaign aiming to link phantastic and mainstream novels in order to widen the range for phantastic thrillers in both the mainstream and the science fiction/fantasy market, including advertising, special pages in Piper catalogues, and cross-promotion in genre and non-genre media.

Plague Year has also sold to Spanish publisher Minotauro. Audio rights went to Recorded Books and Audible.com, who will release Plague Year on CD and as a digital download in July.

About the Author
Jeff Carlson's short stories and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of top publications such as Boys' Life, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future XXIII, Asivmov's Science Fiction and the upcoming Fast Forward 2 anthology. He is also collaborating with New York Times bestselling author David Brin on a new adventure series entitled Colony High. Readers can find free fiction, tour dates, contests and more at www.jverse.com.


Well, just to keep you up to date with the madcap high jinx that is
young Savile's life - the contracts are signed on The Cold War Kings, a
trilogy of Stargate SG-1 novels for Fandemonium/MGM and we're fine to
trumpet it from the rooftops now. The first book will be turned in in
July, and probably out around Christmas with the second and third to
follow pretty quickly (the entire trilogy out inside 12 months seems to
be the plan).

Which is great by itself, but add to that - I've just signed an
exclusive hardcover deal for two original crime novels with Full Moon
Press in the US, SNUFF and HATE MAIL.

I've got a limited edition hardcover coming from Dark Regions Press in
the US, a quality small press that has gathered a definitive collection
of my short fiction together into a single volume (and to which I have
added several unpublished stories).

And as if that wasn't enough I've agreed to write an original novel for
one of those massively multiplayer online games (which for secret
stealth reasons we can't name just yet) which is going to be phenomenal
release next year from Simon & Shuster.

And from the ridiculous to the sublime I have short fiction appearing in
the Simon & Shuster anthology Blood Lite, edited by none other than KJA,
in City Fantastic from DAW books edited by Jean Rabe and Marty
Greenberg, and in Worlds of Their Own from Piazo Publications, edited by
James Lowder.

So, as ever, it is safe to say the work ethic instilled by the workshop
lives on - this month my hardcover novel Shadow of the Jaguar (tied in
to the British genre show Primeval) hit the streets, as did Vampire
Wars, a 760 page fantasy epic set in Games Workshop's popular Warhammer
fantasy world, and last month my Torchwood audio novel was released by
BBC Books. Since the last time we spoke there's also been two new novels
in Spain and Russia and we've just sold rights for the Vampire Wars
books in to Piper Forlag in Germany.

I've also shifted agents, and am now with Paul S. Levine out in Venice,
CA., so we may well see more of each other... it's mad isn't it? I'm on
my 19th book sold since winning wotf five years ago... and by the time
wotf runs around in August I'll be over 20 because there is one very big
deal I am waiting to announce... wow, writing that down just kind of
boggles my mind.

You unleashed a monster!

Yr pal in sunny Sweden Steve Savile

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

And the Winner is ..................

Thanks for all your guesses. Now I'm going to post the number and the winner
and then go back and post all of the responses.

Drumroll............. the number was 128. Yes, 128 in one day.

The winner is someone by the name of Bonnie M who guessed 127.

Bonnie, please e-mail me at contests@authorservicesinc.com so that I can get your address and send the prize to you. Congratulations.

Monday, April 7, 2008

The End of the Quarter

Dear All,

I thought I would show you how much mail I got last Friday. It is like that for weeks at the end of the quarter. The person who comes closest to the number of entries that I got last Friday (shown in this picture) gets a FULL set of WOTF volumes. Best, Joni

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Did You Ever Wonder What Its Like to Win This Writers Contest?

Dear All,

Stephen Kotowych has taken the time to share what it is like
with all of you.

Hi Joni -

Well, it took a lot longer than I thought it would but I'm finally
finished my WOTF journal!

Before I went to the WOTF week I read everything I could about the
contest and the workshop week from the blogs and websites of previous
winners to get a sense of what to expect. I decided that when I came
back I'd put together something similar that would hopefully be of
interest and use to future winners and those entering the contest. If
it's taken longer than I thought to complete it's because, well, I
didn't want to leave anything out.

I know that a couple of this year's winner have already found the
journal and have been reading it--hopefully other will find it useful,

Links to all the posts can be found here:

Best wishes!


Friday, April 4, 2008

Thanks for all the great feedback

Dear All,

A quick note to you all to thank you for all the
information on the where you found out about the contest.
It is very helpful to me as it only helps me to serve you
better. Have a great weekend and I'll have big news
on Monday. Best, Joni

Thursday, April 3, 2008

News from Stephen Kotowych on the Writers of the Future Contest at the Con in Toronto

Writers of the Future was everywhere this year at Toronto's Ad Astra
(which was held this past weekend).

Past winners in attendance included myself, Tony Pi, Mike Rimar, and
Jim Hines, plus contest judges Kevin Anderson and Rebecca Moesta were
the con Guests of Honour (in Canada they get an extra 'u' ;), and it
was great to get caught up with them. Of course, WOTF judge Robert J.
Sawyer was in attendance as well, and did a great reading from his
forthcoming book WAKE.

There were also a couple of panels that featured WOTF: Tony and I were
on a panel called Getting the Most Out of Writing Workshops, which
outlined how to get in to, and what to expect from, most of the major
SF&F writing workshops. And first thing Sunday morning was our Writers
of the Future panel, moderated by Jim Hines, with Mike Rimar, Tony Pi,
and myself participating. We had a decent crowd for so early in the
morning and had a good discussion of the contest, tips we'd learned,
and advice for those planning on entering (we told them to avoid the
use of the word 'orb' in their stories--Kathy hates that...) A couple
of people said they'd be submitting stories by the deadline for this
quarter...including Mike Rimar who, as a published finalist, is still
eligible to enter (I'd kill to go again, the lucky dog...)

On Saturday night Kevin Anderson and Rob Sawyer (and his wife
Caroline) joined a bunch of us to hang out. Included in the group was
Jessica Strider, who runs the SF&F section at the World's Biggest
Bookstore in Toronto where we did a very successful reading and
signing of WOTF 23 last Fall. It was a great time. (Also on Saturday
night Jim Hines made some new friends amongst some of the participants
in the con's Masquerade...)

And Jim had a very successful launch at Ad Astra for Goblin War, the
third book in his Goblin Trilogy--many books were sold and signed, and
many 'Goblin Lover' buttons handed out as well :)

For a more detailed description people can check out my blog

Best wishes!


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Where did you find out about the L. Ron Hubbard Writer Contest or the Illustrator Contest?

Dear All,

I'm curious as to where you found out about the contest. Drop me a quick line.
I was just alerted to several cool sites by a few of the contestants that you may not know about. There is www.writing.com, and then there is SpecFicMe at www.specficworld.com.

Both of these site will be very useful to all of you.

I'm sure there are more sites out there. Let me know. Best, Joni

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The 3rd Quarter of the Contest Starts Now!

Dear All,

I hope you got your story postmarked by the 31st of March if you intended on entering the 2nd Quarter of the contest.

We are now in the 3rd Quarter so send in your next story or artwork soon!

This coming week I'll have news from our Toronto winners past and present an a special feature from our last year Writer Grand Prize winner Stephen Kotowych.

If you have any requests of information that will assist you in winning or there is something that you are just plain curious about, let me know. I'll try to provide you with the info.