The winners of the 33rd annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards for the internationally acclaimed Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests held in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, have a lot to celebrate. They were selected out of thousands of entrants and will be published in the annual anthology. They were all selected by a panel of renown authors and illustrators in the field of speculative fiction.
At this year's event, expect a magical night for dreamers and dragons, including the biggest names in the field of science fiction attending. The event opens with a live painting on stage by legends Larry Elmore ("Dungeons and Dragons" cover art) and Rob Prior ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens" art).
Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, "Battlefield Earth", written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard created the Writers of the Future writing contest ([www.writersofthefuture.com](http://www.writersofthefuture.com/)) in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers of speculative fiction to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.
The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. The 380 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and nearly 4,000 short stories. They have produced 27 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 million copies.
The 310 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 4,500 illustrations, 356 comic books, graced 594 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 36 TV shows and 46 major movies.
This year's winners include:
Stephen Lawson from Louisville, Kentucky wrote "Moonlight One" about murder on the Moon. The story was illustrated by Jason Park who currently attends the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Doug C. Souza from California wrote "The Armor Embrace", a story of a cyborg who escapes to visit his human daughter for possibly the last time. The story was illustrated by Christopher Kiklowicz, a Southern California native currently attending the Art Center College of Design.
Dustin Steinacker who won with "Envoy in the Ice", a "first contact" story, is from Utah. The story was illustrated by Yader Fonseca who currently resides in New York.
Andrew L. Roberts, author of "Tears for Shulna", a kelpie story, is a native of Northern California. His story was illustrated by Rachel Quinlan from Michigan.
C.L. Kagmi, author of "The Drake Equation", a mankind judgment story, is from Michigan. The story was illustrated by Michel Michera, a freelance illustrator from Poland.
Jake Marley from Orange County, wrote "Acquisition", an innovative ghost story. The story was illustrated by Ryan Richmond from Indiana.
Anton Rose who won with his science fiction tale of transcendence, "A Glowing Hart", and is from England. His story was illustrated by Anthony Moravian from Brooklyn, New York.
Ziporah Hildebrandt from Western Massachusetts wrote "The Long Dizzy Down", a machine/brain interface story. The story was illustrated by Asher Ben Alpay from the Philippines.
Walter Dinjos from Nigeria won with "The Woodcutters' Deity", an African fable. His story was illustrated by Chan ha Kim from South Korea--currently in art school at the University of Southern California.
Andrew Peery who wrote "Useless Magic", a contemporary fantasy about a magically inclined family, is from Durham, North Carolina. The story was illustrated by Hanna Al-Shaer, who currently lives in Michigan attending the Kendall College of Art.
Sean Patrick Hazlett wrote "Adramelech", an eldritch horror story. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. His story was illlustrated by Aituar Manas.
Ville Merilainen is a university student from Joensuu, Finland and wrote "The Fox, the Wolf and the Dove", a heroes journey fable. The story was illustrated by David Furnal, from San Jose, California, a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Molly Elizabeth Atkins, author of "Obsidian Spire", a high wizardry story, is from St. Louis, Missouri and is a published finalist this year. Her story was illustrated by Aituar Manas from Shymkent, Kazakhstan.
David VonAllmen was chosen as a published finalist for his Arabian Nights high fantasy, "The Magnificent Bhajan."
The Writers of the Future Award is the genres most prestigious award of its kind and has now become the largest, most successful and demonstrably most influential vehicle for budding creative talent in the world of speculative fiction. Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 32 anthology volumes and awarded nearly $1 Million cumulatively in cash prizes and royalties. For more information go to [www.writersofthefuture.com](http://www.writersofthefuture.com/)