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, March 31, 2009

Illustrators of the Future 1st Quarter Semi-finalists and Finalists announced!

The first quarter semi-finalists and finalists for the
L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future are as follows:


Anna Castro of Texas
Wenting Gao of California
Chelsey Moyer of California
Nico Photos of California
Laerta Premto of Connecticut

Congratulations to you all! Each semi-finalists has
been sent a critique by our coordinating judge Ron Lindahn


Yannick Bouchard of Quebec, Canada
Gilbert Juarez of Texas
Seth Rowanwood of Ontario, Canada
Cassandra Shaffer of Arizona
Kelsey Wroten of Kansas

Congratulations to you all! The finalists stories are being
sent to 4 of our judges and the top 3 are our winners for
the quarter. Good luck!


Monday, March 30, 2009

10 more Honorable Mentions for the 1st Quarter!

Dear All,

I got the last box in and had some surprise Honorable Mentions. So
here they are:

Barbara A. Barnett of New Jersey
Jacob Boyd of Oregon
Lee Burgess of Illinois
Rebecca Fowler of California
Julie Frost of Utah
Laurie Gailunas of Michigan
Caw Miller of Pennsylvania
Shawna Reppert of Oregon
Charles Stucker of Texas
Jay Werkheister of USA

Congratulations to you all!!!

Illustrators of the Future contest semi-finalists and finalists announced tomorrow!

Best, Joni

Monday, March 23, 2009

1st Quarter 2009 Semi-finalists and Finalists Announced!

Dear All,

Drumroll.......... The results are in and we have our
semi-finalists and Finalists for the
1st Quarter of the 2009 contest. They are:


Joseph Baxter of Missouri
Shaun Farrell of California
Jason Fischer of South Australia
Michael Merriam of Minnesota
Silvia Moreno-Garcia of British Columbia, Canada
Chris Owens of Virginia
Kenneth Schneyer of Rhode Island
Katherine Sparrow of California
LaShenda Vavra of Washington

Semi-finalists receive a critique from our
Coordinating Judge K.D. Wentworth


K.C. Ball of Washington
Alex Black of Oregon
Tom Crosshill of Connecticut
David Gullen of Surrey, England
Vincent Jorgensen of California
Robert Pritchard of California
Lee Seentes of New Zealand
Brad Torgersen of Utah

Finalists stories go to 4 of our judges and
of the 8, there will be 3 winners.


Best, Joni

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The "First Set" of Honorable Mentions Arrive to your screen Now! - Also, the most recent set of Honorables are just below

Dear All,

Here is the first set of Honorable Mentions from this quarter -
now arriving to you. I know, its all backwards, but here they are,

Paul Abbamondi of New Jersey
Tom Abbot of Utah
Z.S. Adani of Florida
Karen Azinger of Oregon
Scott W. Baker of Tennessee
J.S. Bangs of Washington
Bill Beauviche of California
S.A. Bolich of Washington
A.D. Cahill of Florida
Jennifer Campbell-Hicks of Colorado
Scott Cleveland of Washington
Gary Cuba of South Carolina
L.J. Daly of Pennsylvania
Ellen Dawn Benefield of California
Chris Densborn of Illinois
Clyde Dixon of Oregon
Logan Evans of Washington
Michael Ezell of California
Stephen Goll of Kansas
Jasmine Hammer of California
Jack Harllee of District of Columbia
Philip Harris of British Columbia Canada
KJ Kabza of Massachusetts
Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon of Michigan
Erik Lenhart of Maryland
Django Mathijsen of The Netherlands
Corbin Maxwell of California
Abigail Miles of New York
Ellis O'Neal of Oklahoma
Lynn Rushlau of Texas
Jason Sizemore of Kentucky
Maggie Slater of Oregon
Jeff Soesbe of California
Steven R. Southard of Maryland
Michael Steele of Texas
J.M. Tanenbaum of California
Kevin Timko of Florida
Shereen Vedam of British Columbia Canada
John Walters of Greece (yes, the country)
S.E. Ward of Oklahoma

The latest Honorable Mentions (really):

Rowad Bresno of Australia
Simon Cooper of Ireland
Margaret McGaffey Fisk of Nevada
Patty Jansen of Planet Earth
Keffy R.M. Kehrli of Washington
Patrick Kokinda of Ohio
Amanda McCarter of Oklahoma
Mark Patrick Morehead of Colorado
Marshall Payne of Texas
Sofia Samatar of Egypt (yes, the country)
LaShawn Wanak of Wisconsin

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Honorable Mentions for the 1st Quarter

Here is the next set of Honorable Mentions for the 1st Quarter:

Matthew Bey of Texas
Thomas Briggs of Illinois
J. Brundage of Arizona
Steve Clancey of California
Paul Comstock of Iowa
Christopher Cook of Utah
Tony Friedel Daley of Wisconsin
T.N. Dockrey of Oklahoma
Tim Fox of Oregon
Stephen Gaskell of the United Kingdom
Stuart Gibbon of West Australia
Benjamin Hardin of Utah
Emily Kajsa Herrstrom of Illinois
Michael Hund of Pennsylvania
Irina Ivanova of California
Karrin Jackson of Oregon
Dal Jeanis of Texas
John Kratman of Rhode Island
Geir Lanesskog of Washington
Muri McCage of Tennessee
Kelli Meyer of Texas
Scott Mikula of Washington
Justin Patrick Moore of Ohio
M.O. Muriel of California
Thomas Olges of Kentucky
Francesco Radicati of California
Jenny Rae Rappaport of New Jersey
David Schibi of Missouri
Keith Sen of California
Daniel Smyth of Utah
A.W. Sullivan of Kentucky
Dave Thompson of California
Brian Tillotson of Washington
Helen Venn of West Australia
Pam Wallace of California
Susan Watkins of Oregon
Ryan Williams of Washington
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro of California

Congratulations to all of you!!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tips from an entrant

Dear All,

Any entrants writing hard sf might consider getting a hold
of the following.

"It's ONLY Rocket Science - An Introduction in Plain English"
(Springer, ISBN 978-0-387-75377-5) has just been reviewed in
Vector Magazine The Critical Journal of the British Science
Fiction Association (Number 258, Winter 2008).

The reviewer, Gary Dalkin, writes:

"Anyone wanting to get the technology details right, or at least have
a check list of points to consider, while writing a hard SF near
present day space adventure would do well to have this book on their

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Update - Change in Nominees

This just sent in. Apparently there was an incorrect calculation,

therefore the ballot was changed slightly below. It DOES affect

the winning answer from the question posed below. There are

two winners already from the previous post. So, here is your

second chance to win the new WOTF book.

Best, Joni


“If Angels Fight” - Richard Bowes (F&SF, Feb08)
“The Ray-Gun: A Love Story” - James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s, Feb08)
“Dark Rooms” - Lisa Goldstein (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 07)
“Pride and Prometheus” - John Kessel (F&SF, Jan08)
“Night Wind” - Mary Rosenblum (Lace and Blade, ed. Deborah J. Ross, Norilana Books, Feb08)
“Baby Doll” - Johanna Sinisalo (The SFWA European Hall of Fame, ed. James Morrow & Kathryn Morrow, Tor, Jun07 [trans. from the Finnish by David Hackston])
“Kaleidoscope” - K.D. Wentworth (F&SF, May07)

Short Stories

“The Button Bin” - Mike Allen (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, Oct07)
“The Dreaming Wind” - Jeffrey Ford (The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Viking, Jul07)
“Trophy Wives” - Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Fellowship Fantastic, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes, DAW Books, Jan08)
“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”- Kij Johnson (Asimov’s, Jul08)
“The Tomb Wife”- Gwyneth Jones (F&SF, Aug07)
“Don’t Stop” - James Patrick Kelly(Asimov’s, Jun07)
“Mars: A Traveler’s Guide” - Ruth Nestvold (F&SF, Jan08)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Nebula's Announced!

Dear All,

Check out the Nebula's below. Win the latest Writers of the Future volume if
you name for me all WOTF related nominees. (judges or former winners).
E-mail me at: contests@authorservicesinc.com with the correct answer and
you win!

2009 Nebula Award® Ballot

SFWA is proud to announce the nominees for the 2009 Nebula Awards. The awards will be presented at the 2009 Nebula Awards® Weekend, April 24-26,2009 in Los Angeles, California. For more information on the awards and the Nebulas Weekend, please see http://www.nebulaawards.com/index.php/nebulaweekend


Little Brother - Doctorow, Cory (Tor, Apr08)
Powers - Le Guin, Ursula K. (Harcourt, Sep07)
Cauldron - McDevitt, Jack (Ace, Nov07)
Brasyl - McDonald, Ian (Pyr, May07)
Making Money - Pratchett, Terry (Harper, Sep07)
Superpowers - Schwartz, David J. (Three Rivers Press, Jun08)


“The Spacetime Pool” - Asaro, Catherine (Analog, Mar08)
“Dark Heaven” - Benford, Gregory (Alien Crimes, ed. Mike Resnick, SFBC, Jan07)
“Dangerous Space” - Eskridge, Kelley (Dangerous Space, Aqueduct Press, Jun07)
“The Political Prisoner” - Finlay, Charles Coleman (F&SF, Aug08)
“The Duke in His Castle” - Nazarian, Vera (Norilana Books, Jun08)


“If Angels Fight” - Bowes, Richard (F&SF, Feb08)
“Dark Rooms” - Goldstein, Lisa (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 07)
“Pride and Prometheus” - Kessel, John (F&SF, Jan08)
“Night Wind” - Rosenblum, Mary (Lace and Blade, ed. Deborah J. Ross, Norilana Books, Feb08)
“Baby Doll” - Sinisalo, Johanna (The SFWA European Hall of Fame, ed. James Morrow & Kathryn Morrow, Tor, Jun07 )
“Kaleidoscope” - Wentworth, K.D. (F&SF, May07)

Short Stories

“The Button Bin” - Allen, Mike (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, Oct07)
“The Dreaming Wind” - Ford, Jeffrey (The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Viking, Jul07)
“Trophy Wives” - Hoffman, Nina Kiriki (Fellowship Fantastic, ed. Greenberg and Hughes, DAW Books, Jan08)
“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”- Johnson, Kij (Asimov’s, Jul08)
“The Tomb Wife”- Jones, Gwyneth (F&SF, Aug07)
“Don’t Stop” - Kelly, James Patrick (Asimov’s, Jun07)


The Dark Knight - Nolan, Jonathan; Nolan, Christopher, Goyer, David S. (Warner Bros., Jul08)
WALL-E” Screenplay - Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter (Walt Disney June 2008)
The Shrine - Wright, Brad (Stargate Atlantis, Aug08)


Graceling - Cashore, Kristin (Harcourt, Oct08)
Lamplighter - Cornish, D.M. (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book 2, Putnam Juvenile,
Savvy - Law, Ingrid (Dial, May08)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Pearson, Mary E. (Henry Holt and Company, Apr08)
Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) - Wilce, Ysabeau S. (Harcourt, Sep08)