Writers of the Future Winner Matthew S. Rotundo Continues Publishing Career
Matthew S. Rotundo of Omaha, a winner in the 2009 Writers of the Future Contest and published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 25, has taken another step in his career as a professional writer. After seeing his winning story, "Gone Black" published in the annual anthology-and so beating out several thousand other contestants- Rotundo is now finding that editors and publishers have become interested in what he is writing.
Rotundo has recently sold his eight story since winning the contest, "Wet Work: A Tale of the Unseen" to InterGalactic Medicine Show. It publishes this month and is his third sale to the publication. He has a 9th story forthcoming "From Earth I have Arisen" to appear soon in Alembical 3, Paper Golem.
Throughout the Contests' 29 year history, over 650 writers and illustrators have been recognized as winners. "What's amazing to me is that we've discovered the careers of 12 New York Times bestsellers," says New York Times' best-selling author and contest winner himself, and now judge - Dave Wolverton (The Runelords).
The Writers of the Future writing contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.
The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. Past winners of the Writing Contest have published over 750 novels, 3,500 short stories and winners of the Illustrating Contest have had their art published in more than 500 books and magazines, with 4,500 illustrations, 350 comics and over 1.3 million art prints.
For more information, contact Joni Labaqui at jonil(at)authorservicesinc(dot)com or go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com or http://www.facebook.com/WritersAndIllustratorsOfTheFuture.
To see the awards ceremony online, go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com.