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

Saturday, June 26, 2010

First Set of Honorable Mentions for the 2nd Quarter Announced!

The first set of results are in and here
are the Honorable Mentions so far....
(more to come)

Daniel Ausema of Colorado
Alan Baxter of New South Wales Australia
Jacquelyn Bartel of California
Diana Elena Betancur of New Jersey
Chris Boardman of Colorado
Barry Burnett, MD of Colorado
A.D. Callaway of Colorado
Kater Cheek of Arizona
Alvin G. Chua of California
Jeffrey Creer of Utah
Laura Dragon of Ontario, Canada
Dave Dunn of Florida
Sarah Frost of Kansas
Stuart D. Gibbon of West Australia
G.K. Hayes of Georgia
J. Scott Hill of Missouri
John Kurt of Colorado
Kamila Z. Miller of Washington
Jared Millet of Alabama
Monte McCord of Arizona
Timothy Miller of Wisconsin
Meghan Muriel of New York
Yeoryios Pantazis of Ontario, Canada
Beth Plutchak of Wisconsin
Robert Pritchard of California
Francesco Radicati of London, England
Daniel Roy of Quebec, Canada
Jack Ryan of Arkansas
David Steffen of Minnesota
Steve Szalai of British Columbia, Canada
S. Boyd Taylor of Texas
Michael Vella of Malta
Scott E. Vilhauer of California
Tom L. Waters of New Mexico



  • At June 26, 2010 at 1:08 PM , Blogger Joshua said...

    Is this the forum by which someone who places will find out, or if you have placed will you already have received notification through other means? This is so nervewracking!

  • At June 28, 2010 at 5:48 AM , Blogger Jared Millet said...

    Nice to be on the list again! Thanks, guys!

    One question for the WotF community at large: has anyone ever been able to sell an "Honorable Mention" story to one of the pro markets?

  • At June 29, 2010 at 8:23 PM , Blogger Joni Labaqui said...

    Joshua - Hang on to those nerves. This is just the start. We will have another set of Honorable Mentions. Then the semi-finalists and finalists are notified first by phone and then put on the blog.
    If you do not win you receive an e-mail or a letter if you sent an envelope in with your entry.

  • At June 29, 2010 at 8:24 PM , Blogger Joni Labaqui said...

    Jared - Yes, I have heard of HMs being published elsewhere but finalist stories are published more often.

  • At June 30, 2010 at 2:54 PM , Blogger Michael A. Parker said...

    Congrats to all the Honorable Mentions!

  • At July 2, 2010 at 11:04 AM , Blogger Buck Rodgers said...

    Yes, an HM story was recently sold not only to a pro market, but to a mainstream non-genre full-color slick at 50 cents a word. It took another rewrite and critiquing session to get it in shape, then it was submitted to a non-SF magazine that was specifically related to the "milieu" of the story--that was the key, a receptive editor and audience to the story's milieu (not at all common to SF).

    It was the first science-fiction story they ever printed in the 25-year-old magazine, much higher circulation than the oldest SF mags, with several great illustrations in the layout.

    See "Interplanetary Triathlon," in the July/August issue of INSIDE TRIATHLON magazine, now on sale at most bookstores.

    Judging at WOF is good, but editors and awards are very subjective in different markets. Some people have made millions from movies that I don't think would make it into HM for WOF (poorly written), and some ideas that WOF judges don't necessarily like sell to another market or make onto a small or large screen.

    "Genre SF" is becoming a an obsolete term, yet all the science and fantasy and magical realism is spreading far and wide into the rest of literature and movies. In fact, one way to become a very successful science-fiction writer is to keep denying that you are a science-fiction writer.

  • At July 2, 2010 at 11:42 AM , Anonymous greggarious said...

    It looks like the candidates for winning (honorable mentions) are posted about 3 months after close of the quarter, and the 3 winners announced another 3 months after that? I see that the first quarter (ending 12/31) were just announced near the end of June...
    Is this the usual schedule?

  • At July 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Joni Labaqui said...

    Dear Greggarious,
    No it is not usual. However, we
    will have some exciting news for you all within the next week. Stay tuned to the blog


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