Last updated on August 26, 2021
Twelve winning writers and twelve illustrators from around the globe, including illustrator, Ben Hill of Mims, have their winning stories and art published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 36, which was officially released in April.
Born in 1996, Hill did not start pursuing art seriously until he was 18 years old. Without any local schools or classes, he chose to be a self-taught digital and traditional artist.
Now living in rural Florida on the Space Coast, over the last three years he has focused on studying with online resources and taking SmArtschool mentorships.
Inspired by artists like Alphonse Mucha and Arthur Rackham, Hill draws creativity from old fairytales and art nouveau.
In his work, he has a love for experimenting with movement, texture, and pattern, and he tries to learn something new with every piece.
Winners in the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests usually go to Hollywood for a week-long professional workshop and awards event, which is normally done in conjunction with the book release.
However, due to the Coronavirus situation, the workshop and the 36th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards event have been rescheduled for the Taglyan Complex on August 27 when Hill will be honored.
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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 Spawn, Heavy Metal comics and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ciruelo (Eragon Coloring Book), who will all serve as presenters.
Throughout the contest’s 36-year history, more than 774 writers and illustrators have been recognized as winners.
Ben Hill did not start pursuing art seriously until he was 18 years old. Without any local schools or classes, he chose to be a self-taught digital and traditional artist.
(Galaxy Press image)
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.
For more information and to see the awards ceremony online, go to www.writersofthefuture.com
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