From Darkness into Light

From Darkness into Light
From Darkness into Light by Dall'ombra Alla Luce courtesy of WikimediaCommons

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I'm Going to Hollywood

It’s with good reason that the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Competition has been called the American Idol of science fiction and fantasy writing. Not only do the winners get published in the Writers of the Future anthology, but the prize package includes generous payment for the story, a week in LA at a writer’s workshop taught by well-known and New York Times bestselling authors, and a black-tie awards gala in the old Academy Awards Theater. And I get to go. (Think big smiley face here.)

I got my second call from Joni at Writers of the Future last week. It still feels a bit surreal to say, but I've taken second place in the winner’s circle of top three stories. The past few years of me imagining winning this competition just become a reality.

There are a lot of great pro magazines and anthologies out there where aspiring writers might get published but, like American Idol, this competition provides so much more. It gives twelve people a year the experience of practicing for the possibility of success. Read any past winner’s blog and you'll see, not only were they taught by well-known writers at the workshop, but spend evenings chatting with them. They're exposed to photographers, prepare for interviews and for their speech in front of a crowd of hundreds, do a book signing and have the opportunity to meet others in the industry. Scary stuff, but it’s exactly why I've always known that winning this competition is so special. It’s an amazing opportunity for authors at this level, and the contest is free and open to submissions world-wide. If you’re a writer and haven’t yet attained SFWA pro qualifications, I’d definitely encourage you to enter the competition. Look what might happen!