L. Ron Hubbard's International Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests Sets New Record

Stories and art from around the globe arrived to the contests in record numbers this year. But another record was also set, the number of countries that the winners come from reached a new highest ever mark at 10. The year drew winning entries from the usual United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, but this year also saw winners from Germany, Jamaica, Korea, Finland, Portugal and Russia.

The quarterly contest awards the following categories: Winner, Finalist, Semi-Finalist and Honorable Mention to the best quality stories and illustrations every quarter. The remaining entrants are encouraged to continue writing or illustrating and continue submitting. The vast majority have been and remain from the United States.

"We are seeing better quality stories and illustrations from around the globe on a routine basis," contest Director Joni Labaqui stated in a recent interview.

One of the most known and respected vehicles for supporting new and fledgling authors and illustrators, the world-acclaimed, free-to-enter global merit based contests called L. Ron Hubbard's Writers and Illustrators of the Future were created by international best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard. They were initiated to discover and encourage talented beginning writers or illustrators of science fiction and fantasy. Quarterly winners of the Contests appear in the best-selling annual anthology, receive cash prizes, and attend an all-expenses paid gala awards ceremony and writing or illustration workshop.

"Since going on-line several years ago, we have seen great expansion, with entrants sending in stories from 167 different countries in the course of our 30 year history." The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests are that break new writers or illustrators can use to launch the career they've dreamed of. In fact, the contests have launched the careers of eleven New York Times bestselling authors and hundreds of illustrators careers.

If you've ever thought of becoming an author, or an illustrator, no matter where you live, you have a golden opportunity to make it happen.

To learn more, including details on how to enter the contests, visit the website at http://www.writersofthefuture.com

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