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, June 10, 2008

KD's Wentworth's Tribute

Algis Budrys was a dear, sweet, talented man with an outrageous sense of humor. He was not only a gifted writer with a sure feel for how to make his own fiction work, but also possessed an even rarer talent--how to pass that knowledge on. For years, he's been paying forward in the best tradition of our field, enriching the lives of aspiring writers, sharing his secrets with a free hand and an open heart. I never met a single person who didn't like him and he enjoyed the company wherever he went. We will all miss him.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Sad News Today - WOTF Contest First Judge - Algis Budrys Passes Away

Algis has been with us from the beginning of this contest, he will
be missed.


Algis "A.J." Burdys
(January 9, 1931 - June 9, 2008)

Algis “A.J.” Budrys, age 77 of Evanston, beloved husband of Edna F. Budrys; loving father of Jeffrey (Kathleen), Steven, Timothy (Mary) and David Budrys; dear grandfather of Zia and Dexter Budrys. Algis was a noted Science Fiction author and editor. Visitation Friday 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service Saturday 10:00 a.m. at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd. at Old Orchard Rd. Skokie. Interment Maryhill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 30 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 2015, Chicago, IL 60602 or the American Cancer Society, 820 Davis St, Suite 400, Evanston, IL 60201.

I've given you the above information in case you would like to send something to the family. Best, Joni

Notice On Entries AND This Year Event Info

Dear All,

If you have your story already written, go ahead and send it in now.
Don't wait for the last minute. You will be notified faster that way.
Otherwise, I get hundreds at the last minute and then you wait around
for notification that your story was received.

I'm Planning the event for this year right now. If you are in driving
distance to LA you should consider attending. It is a lot of fun for
everyone. You get the meet the judges, etc.

Judges attending this year are:

Frederik Pohl
Tim Powers
K.D. Wentworth
Larry Niven
Robert J. Sawyer
Kevin J Anderson
Rebecca Moesta
Sean Williams
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Dave Wolverton (Farland)
Yoji Kondo
Cliff Neilsen
Ron Lindahn
Val Lakey-Lindahn
Bob Eggleton
Steven Hickman

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Special Service from Contest Judge Dave Wolverton (Farland) Volume II

OK, further instruction on the

Below is an e-mail address. So
you e-mail Dave and you write
"kick me". He will then send you
the special message for the day.

Looking forward to your feedback.

Best, Joni

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Special Service from Contest Judge Dave Wolverton (Farland)

Dear All,

Dave Wolverton (WOTF Volume III Grand Prize Winner),
now contest Judge, has a service to offer all of you.
It is called DAILY KICK IN THE PANTS! If you go to
he has a daily kick in the pants for
you. Do take advantage of this service and I'd like
feedback from all of you. Best, Joni

Monday, June 2, 2008

We're Back from the Book Expo America (BEA) Convention

Dear All,

The Book Expo was in Los Angeles this year and was a
good year for L. Ron Hubbard titles and for the
Writers of the Future Volume XXIV.

Volume XXI winner Ken Scholes was there for a book
signing of his fantasy novel Lamentation, that will
release next year. Keep your eye out for that.
Charles Brown will be reviewing it in Locus magazine
as well.

We are also preparing for this years event which will
be in Malibu. Any and all contestants are welcome to
attend the event. Just e-mail me at
contests@authorservicesinc.com and I'll put your
name on the guest list.

Tomorrow, I promise to post a new service for you all
from contest judge Dave Wolverton (Dave Farland). Best, Joni