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, 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


  • At April 2, 2008 at 12:50 PM , Blogger Jordan Lapp said...

    Hoy, I can't even remember where I heard about it. However, after I got my first HM, I kind of dropped out of submitting to it, underestimating its importance.

    I do remember that this page by Amy Sterling Casil really changing my mind and focussing me on winning: http://members.aol.com/asterling/wotf.htm.

  • At April 2, 2008 at 12:57 PM , Blogger Mike said...

    The contest came HIGHLY recommended in one of Orson Scott Card's books I've been reading.

    I had always been interested in reading speculative fiction, but lately I've been becoming more and more interested in writing it.

    One night out of the blue, I just sat down and wrote a 6,000 word short story.

    Shortly after that, I found out about the contest, and mailed a manuscript a few days before the end of the second quarter deadline.

    By the way, I read another entry in your blog that says you notify the contestants by mass email about receiving their submissions. At what point after the quarter has ended do you do that?



  • At April 2, 2008 at 1:08 PM , Blogger Eric said...

    Google, actually. I searched for something like "free writing contest" a few years ago and the contest website was the first hit I got!

  • At April 2, 2008 at 2:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I took a class from Dave Wolverton several years ago. If WotF could launch his career, I hoped it could launch mine.

  • At April 2, 2008 at 5:55 PM , Blogger K.C. Shaw said...

    I actually found out about the contest from a book. Right before I started grad school in 2003, I remember reading one of those "get money for college!" books, which mentioned the WotF contest. I entered for the first time the following year and reached the quarter-finals, thus spurring me on to keep writing and entering. :)

  • At April 3, 2008 at 5:14 AM , Blogger Nikoda said...

    I first learned of it from a 1998 Writer's Market.

  • At April 3, 2008 at 5:15 AM , Blogger Nikoda said...

    I first learned of it from a 1998 edition of Writer's Market.

  • At April 3, 2008 at 10:52 AM , Anonymous CJ said...

    I attended a writer's workshop at Miscon in Missoula, Montana. Jay Lake and Jim Glass were on the panel and they told me I had a good story and that I should enter the WotF contest.

    The story was an Honorable Mention on my first attempt. It was the first fantasy or science fiction I had ever wrote.


  • At April 3, 2008 at 1:44 PM , Blogger WriterDan said...

    Took a speculative writing class from Brandon Sanderson, and he told us all about it. Been entering ever since.

  • At April 3, 2008 at 6:57 PM , Blogger TV News Grapevine said...

    From Dean Wesley Smith's website. Most of the writers who entered the Star Trek Strange New Worlds contest enter this one as well.

  • At April 3, 2008 at 11:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Writers of the future anthology, many years ago! I entered the competition a few times way back then, then ... lapsed ... and have now entered about 3 of the last four contests.

  • At April 6, 2008 at 11:53 PM , Blogger Kami said...

    I think I heard about it from Jay Lake, and again from Jeff Soesbe, and I'm sure other writers, most of whom I met at OryCon one year or another. I can't remember who I heard about it from first, so I can't give direct credit.

  • At April 9, 2008 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Ilya said...

    I found about this contest from fastweb.com when I made a search for art scholarship.

  • At April 10, 2008 at 6:30 PM , Blogger Andrew said...

    I learned about the contest after reading through "Novel & Short Story Writer's Market." A friend suggested I get the book when I told him I was a career as a writer. Being a contest focused on Science Fiction that also encourages new writers, I was quite eager to submit and see how I do.

    Good luck to everyone! ;)


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