Writers Of The Future

Here's that special contest I promised to share in a earlier post. Granted, those who know me know I usually don't promote contests. But, just as the Golden Heart is great for romance writers, this one is especially good for writers of science fiction. It has great monetary prizes and paperback publication. Just ask Scott Nicholson, who after winning, contracted an eight book deal with Pinnacle. And believe it or not, romance writer, Jo Beverley started out with this contest. My own critique partner got an honorable mention from the judges, and you can believe it helped her career.

Here are the rules:

1. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.
2. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person's universe, without written permission will result in disqualification. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.
3. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry, or works intended for children.
4. The Contest is open only to those who have not had professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits/sales.
5. Entries must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, double spaced, with numbered pages. All other formats will be disqualified. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author's name must be deleted to facilitate fair judging.
6. Manuscripts will be returned after judging only if the author has provided return postage on a self addressed envelope. If the author does not wish return of the manuscript, a #10 (business size) self-addressed, stamped envelope (or valid email address) must be included with the entry in order to receive judging results.
7. We accept only entries for which no delivery signature is required by us to receive them.
8. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in U.S. dollars or the recipient's locally equivalent amount. In addition, at the end of the year the four First Place winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies or certificates.
9. The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter.
10. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners are ineligible to make further entries in the contest.
11. All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions are accepted.
12. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.
13. Winners in each quarter will be individually notified of the results by mail.
14. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

The Writers Of The Future contest publishes the winners in an annual anthology, a paperback book which always lands on the bestseller lists.

Send entries to: L. Ron Hubbard's WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST P.O. BOX 1630 LOS ANGELES, CA 90078

Note to those who write strictly romance-- you can have romantic undertones in your story for this contest, but focus more on the developing sci-fi/fantasy plot rather than the romantic relationship.

There you have it. And good luck if you decide to enter.



Johnny said...

Agreed, this really is one of the best contests out there to enter. But the competition is stiff. And yes, you must stick to sci-fi/fantasy. Leave the heavy romance behind, for a better chance to win.

Linda Banche said...

Wow, sounds good. I'll have to think abou tit.

Cate said...

This is absolutely the best writers contest to enter to launch your career in whatever genre, hands down! Thanks for posting this, kaye. My advice? If any of you romance writers want to enter, just remember to play up the story and way down on the romance, or leave it out.

Kaye Manro said...

Johnny, are you too published to enter? (you can be published if you haven't sold fairly big or too many novels) If not, I'd be surprised if you didn't place or win! Can we say, I compare your work to Orson Scott Card...

Linda, I'd say go research the market, and then by all means, enter..

Cate, yes, it is probably the best contest of it's kind around.

Linda Banche said...

Well, I have a romance WIP that one romance contest judge sent back because she said it was a fantasy (animals talking to each other). I just might try with it.

Helen Hardt said...

Wow, I've never heard of this contest before. It sounds awesome!

Kaye Manro said...

I'm glad I could share this contest with everyone. Good luck if you decide to enter.

Elizabeth said...

This does sound like an awesome contest.