While I’m on the subject of writing contests, there’s a very famous one set up for amateur writers of short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy that awards prizes every three months. This contest is called Writers of the Future and it was founded by L. Ron Hubbard.
While Hubbard’s religious beliefs might have been questionable, his devotion to and skill at writing were not. His literary career is composed of more than 260 published novels, novelettes, short stories, and screen plays in every genre.
His Writers of the Future contest is restricted to the genres of science fiction and fantasy, however. If you’ve written stories in these genres (or think you’d like to try your hand at it), please consider submitting your work to this contest. It’s a great opportunity for new and aspiring writers to get their names out through a well respected contest, and potentially win a publishing contract.
The greatest part about this contest is there is NO entry fee. The competition does have a set of rules that all entries must adhere to, of course, but nothing that is off-putting. Read the rules for yourself to see if entering the contest is something you’d consider.
As a last note, L. Ron Hubbard also hosts an Illustrators of the Future contest for amateur science fiction and fantasy artists. If your writing skills aren’t quite up to par yet, but you’re not too shabby with a paintbrush (or whatever medium you illustrate in), consider entering this contest.
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