Vampires, Werewolves, Dungeons and Dragons Top Themes for Largest Speculative Fiction Contest for New Writers

Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:02pm EDT

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Vampires, Werewolves, Dungeons and Dragons Top Themes for Largest Speculative
Fiction Contest for New Writers





HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Apparently ghouls, goblins and even
wizards are no match for vampires, werewolves, dungeons and dragons for
today's upcoming fiction writers.


A two-year survey of thousands of entries for the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of
the Future Contest - the world's largest and oldest for speculative (science
fiction and fantasy) fiction - shows vampires first, dungeons and dragons
second, and werewolves third. Wizard stories were a close fourth.


In making the announcement, K.D. Wentworth, Writers of the Future Contest
coordinating judge and first reader, said, "It seems to suggest that some
fantasy themes may be more enduring than others."


"Originality is the key element to a story being selected as a finalist in the
Writers of the Future Contest," warns Wentworth. "So picking a popular theme
doesn't mean a story will be picked."


"You need a good imagination to be a successful writer, so I'll lean towards
the most creative entry every time."


Now in its 26th year, the Writers of the Future Contest began in 1984 and
attracts entries worldwide in science fiction and fantasy. Twelve quarterly
winners receive prize monies and, along with selected finalists, are published
in an annual anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (Galaxy
Press). 


Inspired by multiple New York Times' best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the
merit-based Writers of the Future Contest was initiated by him to discover and
encourage talented beginning writers of science fiction and fantasy. 


Wentworth recommends that prospective writers, visit
www.writersofthefuture.com for more information or on how to enter the
quarterly contest.




SOURCE  Writers of the Future Contest

Joni Labaqui, +1-323-466-3310, contests@authorservicesinc.com, for Writers of
the Future Contest
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