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HEADLINE PANEL ON SCI-FI TRENDSETTERS,
WRITERS OF THE FUTURE AT LOSCON 27
Burbank, CA-A headliner panel of a New York Times national bestselling author and multiple award-winning illustrators of speculative fiction-all judges in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests-spotlighted 21st century trends in science fiction and fantasy at LOSCON 27 this weekend at the annual convention of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society.
The panel featured three Convention Guests of Honor: Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game, Shadow of the Hegemon); the dean of science fiction illustrators and 10 times Hugo Award winner Frank Kelly-Freas and Bob Eggleton, five-time Hugo Award- winning illustrator.
The culmination of his life-long commitment to helping other writers, international bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard established the Writers of the Future Contest in 1983 to provide "a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged." The companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was inaugurated in 1988 to do for beginning artists in the field of science fiction and fantasy what the writers' contest had done for new authors. The two contests are the biggest and most successful merit competitions of their kind in the world with annual cash prizes totaling $28,000-the $4,000 Grand Prize is the largest for any short story or illustration competition in the field of speculative fiction. Writers of the Future winners have gone on to publish more than 250 novels, including many New York Times bestsellers, and over 2,000 short stories.
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