Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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One of the key ingredients which makes the Writers of the Future annual anthology so successful is the panel of A-list authors who judge the entries. Today I want to spotlight Kristine Kathryn Rusch who is not only one of the judges, but is a very prolific writer, writing under numerous pseudonyms such as Kristine Grayson (for her romance) and Kris Nelscott (for her mysteries). She’s an international bestselling author with works spanning 14 countries and 13 languages.

Kristine and co-judge Kevin J. Anderson knew each other in college, and both pursued placing stories in Writers of the Future at the start of their writing career. However, their writing proved too professional for either of them to stay qualified for long. As a successful writer, Kristine came on board as one of the judges, and this is what she had to say:

“For more than twenty-five years, Writers of the Future has picked the brightest stars out of the annual pool of new writers. And not just stars from the science fiction universe, but stars who have gone on to make their mark in the literary mainstream (Karen Joy Fowler), in romance (Jo Beverley) and young adult (Nancy Farmer), just to name three. I’ve always floated around the edges of the Contest. I’m happy to finally have an official role.”

Kristine’s has won numerous awards including the Ellery Queen Readers Choice Award, Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award, just for starters. She was even nominated for the Hugo, the Shamus and the Anthony Award all in the same year! She also holds a literary record as the only person in the history of science fiction to have won a Hugo for both editing (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) and fiction.

Oh, and not to forget, but Kristine is also married to and a collaborative writer with Writers of the Future judge, Dean Wesley Smith.

Thank you, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, for inspiring us all and for helping to select all the talented new writers we’ve published in Writers of the Future Volume 31.

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