Our guest today is John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, he will be discussing the 33rd Annual L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Achievement Awards on April 4th, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
The Contest is very much an extension of a well-established and demonstrated philosophy of “paying it forward” to help new generations of writers. There is no entry fee, and winners receive cash prizes of up to $5,000. Each quarter, thousands of submissions come in from across the globe.
The contests have received entries from 147 countries. The stories, all of them anonymous, are read by a blue-ribbon panel of judges that include some of the greatest luminaries in science fiction and fantasy. Art pieces by the illustrator entrants are similarly judged by powerhouse artists in the field. And out of thousands of submissions, the judges each quarter choose the top three, the very best.
All of the quarterly winners are invited to attend an intensive, five-day master-class workshop where they are taught the skills and techniques to become true professionals. The winners are celebrated at a gala awards event that has been held in prestigious venues across the United States. Their winning stories, along with accompanying illustrations, are published in an annual anthology with wide distribution to bookstores nationwide and abroad. For many, this is just the first step in a long and successful career.
Past winners of the Writers of the Future Contest have gone on to publish well over 700 novels and 3000 short stories; they have become international bestsellers and have won the most prestigious accolades in the field—the Hugo, the Nebula, the John W. Campbell, the Bram Stoker, and the Locus Award—and even mainstream literary awards such as the National Book Award, the Newbery and the Pushcart Prize. The Illustrators of the Future winners have gone on to publish millions of illustrations in the field.
Each year the Contests welcome a dozen talented new writers and illustrators into the field as published professionals. And countless others have been inspired to keep writing, keep creating, keep entering and keep dreaming their creative visions. Writers and Illustrators of the Future are the most enduring and influential contests in the history of science fiction and fantasy. “Science fiction does not come after the fact of a scientific discovery or development. It is the herald of possibility.” — L. Ron Hubbard
John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, has been involved with book publishing since 1986, publishing all the fiction works of bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard which includes the internationally acclaimed Writers of the Future anthology, now in its 33rd year. He has been a board member of the Audio Publishers Assn, a national organization of the audio publishing industry. He has become very active in the Hollywood community the past several years and serves as a Board member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Board member of the Friends of Hollywood Central Park (an organization creating a 38-acre park over the Hollywood Freeway) and President of the Hollywood Christmas Parade. He is a member of the Explorers Club, Science Fiction Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America and Western Writers of America. For more information go to http://www.galaxypress.com/