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Chris Winspear of Blacktown to be Honored as Winner of Worldwide Writing Contest

Source: Writers of the Future
Posted: 14 Feb 2020
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Twelve winning writers and twelve illustrators from around the globe—including Chris Winspear of Blacktown—will be honored during the 36th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards at the Taglyan Complex, on Friday, April 3, 2020 in Hollywood, California.

Chris Winspear is an Australian author and poet with a master’s in creative writing from University of Technology Sydney. He ran his own 3D printing business before working for the Transport Department. He dreams about how much more efficiently transport will run once the AIs take over.

He was a state-level fencer, but we assure you that there are no laser swords in this story.

Chris is obsessed with travelling, having volunteered in Peru, studied in Korea, and worked in upstate New York. He hopes to visit Mars one day—but will settle for the Moon.

He is currently seeking an agent to represent his standalone novels The Hanging Gardens and 1001 Nights under the Sun.

The highlight of the ceremony will be the announcement of the year’s two Grand Prize winners who will each receive $5,000. Quarterly winners also receive cash prizes from $1,000 to $500. Their winning stories and illustrations will appear in the annual anthology L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future Volume 36 (Galaxy Press, April 2020).

Participating in the ceremony will be best-selling authors Kevin J. Anderson (Dune prequel series), Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game), Eric Flint (1632), Larry Niven (Ringworld), Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides, which Pirates of the Caribbean IV was based on), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series, Stormlight Archive) and Robert J. Sawyer, referred to as Canada’s Dean of Science Fiction; as well as award winning artists Bob Eggleton (11 Chesley Awards and 7 Hugo Awards), Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons book covers), Rob Prior (art for SpawnHeavy Metal comics and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ciruelo (Eragon Coloring Book), who will all serve as presenters.

Throughout the Contests’ 36-year history, over 774 writers and illustrators have been recognized as winners. “What’s amazing to me is that a good 60 to 70% of winners go on to successful careers,” says New York Times’ best-selling author Anderson. “You could call it ‘The American Idol’ for writers—long before there ever was such a show.”

The Writers of the Future writing contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” Based on its success, its sister contest, Illustrators of the Future was created five years later to provide that same opportunity for the aspiring artist.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. The 428 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,150 novels and nearly 4,500 short stories. They have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

The 358 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,000 illustrations, 360 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 68 TV shows and 40 major movies.

Cover art created by Illustrators of the Future Coordinating Judge, Ms. Echo Chernik
 
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