Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future Contest (USA)

The Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future Contests are international in scope and short stories from the yearly winners selected from around the world are published in the annual Writers of the Future anthology.

Each anthology contains the best new science fiction and fantasy short stories from up-and-coming writers and every story is illustrated by budding new artists—all winners of the annual anthology.

Established in 1983 by L. Ron Hubbard expressly for the aspiring writer, Writers of the Future has become the most respected and significant forum for new talent in all aspects of speculative fiction.


PRIZES: 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.

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to international writers 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.

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.

Please review all of the rules carefully at the site.

SOURCE: Paying Writer Jobs

2 thoughts on “Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future Contest (USA)

  1. Hi,
    I wish to know more details about preparing and submitting a manuscript for the competition; topics, length, scope, etc. I wish to participate in this year’s competition.
    Nathaniel, Kenya

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