L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future—The First 25 Years

Writers of the Future First 25 Years

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future—The First 25 Years



For twenty-five years, L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest has discovered and nurtured a steady stream of new authors who have changed the face of SF. Chosen by an impressive panel of judges drawn from the biggest names in the genre, taught at a remarkable week-long workshop, and celebrated at world-class venues such as the Kennedy Space Center, the United Nations and the Science Fiction Museum, Contest winners are given the best possible foundation for a long-standing writing career.

Filled with more than a thousand spectacular images, interspersed with over one hundred success stories and testimonials, this book celebrates the first quarter century of Writers of the Future. This is truly the gold standard of SF awards.


Introduction: A level playing field for new writers by Kevin J. Anderson

L. Ron Hubbard: Living the life and paying it forward

The Contest: How it started and how it works

Retrospective: Writers of the Future by Robert Sliverberg

The Judges: The blue-ribbon panel of judges, photos, bios and testimonials

The Workshop: Diving in at Sag Harbor by Tim Powers

The Workshop: Looking Back, from Contestant to Judge by K.D. Wentworth

The Experience: Annual Contest workshops and ceremonies prestigious venues

The Awards Event: The 1st Autograph by Tim Powers

The Anthology: A look at 25 years of books

The Winners: A year-by-year account of Contest winners and the success of many

Epilogue: The Herald of Possibility

The Appendix: Acknowledgements, chrono, alpha, rules, index

“A look back over the last twenty-five years in pictures and prose that celebrated Hubbard’s crowning achievement. Readers will be astounded at how many writers have come through the program.” —Midwest Book Review


“I spent much of yesterday and today leafing through [the Writers of the Future] 25th anniversary book, page by page, looking at the photos of the winners and their books, reading the essays, and came away awed by the magnitude of it all. I shouldn’t be surprised, I suppose, at the size of the accomplishment that is recorded here, but, somehow, taking it year by year as I have, I haven’t felt the same all-at-once impact as I have the last two days. These hundreds of writers, their many published books and stories, the whole subculture of contestants and the other one of judges—it’s awesome indeed.  So many years, so many people, the innumerable transitions of eager amateurs into famous pros—quite amazing. I’m proud to have been a part of it for so long.” —Robert Silverberg

ISBN: 978-1-59212-848-8
Price: $44.95
Format: Coffee table-sized hardcover book
Pages: 270