L. Ron Hubbard Writers Future Contest Announces Nancy Kress as New Judge
Award winning writer Nancy Kress has joined the ranks of "judge" in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest, it was announced today by contest Director, Joni Labaqui.
"We are thrilled to have her on board," Labaqui stated. "She will bring a new and fresh voice to the contest judging."
Nancy began writing in 1976 and achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella "Beggars in Spain" which was later expanded into a novel with the same title. She has also won the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novella for "After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall."
In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for "Writer's Digest." She is a regular instructor at the Clarion writing workshops and at The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
The Writers of the Future Contest and the companion anthology were created by L. Ron Hubbard 31 years ago to help discover new, aspiring writers of speculative fiction and give their best work a high-profile publishing showcase.
To date, the Contests have given rise to scores of flourishing careers, including New York Times bestsellers Dave Wolverton (On My Way to Paradise) , Sean Williams (Star Wars - The Force Unleashed), Karen Joy Fowler (Jane Austin Book Club), Patrick Rothfuss (Name of the Wind,The Wise Man's Fear), Nancy Farmer (The Ear, the Eye and the Arm), Jo Beverley (A Lady's Secret), Lisa Smedman (Extinction), Tim Myers (Basho and the Fox), Tobias Buckell (Halo: The Cole Protocol), Eric Flint ( several of the 1632 Series), Dean Wesley Smith (Men In Black), and Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity).
The winners are chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, famous authors in speculative fiction including; Tim Powers, Kevin J. Anderson, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Orson Scott Card, Robert J. Sawyer, Sean Williams, Dave Wolverton, Brian Herbert, Rebecca Moesta, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Gregory Benford, Doug Beason, Eric Kotani, Mike Resnick, Eric Flint, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Todd McCaffrey and Nnedi Okorafor.
For information on the contest, please visit http://www.writersofthefuture.com.