This is some kind of joke, right?
The recently released results of a one-year survey of submissions to the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest reveals that space and time travel have taken over from vampires and shape shifters as the most popular themes in the past year.
“It seems to suggest that some movies do spark the imagination of writers entering our contest,” says K.D. Wentworth L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest coordinating judge and first reader.
The Writers of the Future Contest, now in its 28th year, is one of the largest and oldest contests seeking out new voices in speculative fiction. Inspired by L. Ron Hubbard, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Scientology, the Writers of the Future Contest attracts science fiction and fantasy entries from around the globe.
Since 1984, the contest has identified and encouraged some of the biggest, best and brightest names in the genre. Twelve quarterly winners receive prize monies and, along with selected finalists are published in the annual anthology L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (Galaxy Press).
“Originality is the key element to a story being selected as a finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest,” Wentworth explains. “So picking a popular theme doesn’t mean your story will be a winner.”
That’s good news for the preternatural community. Time and space travel are fascinating but really more a matter of technology than nature. At least until we meet alien life forms. So come on all you vampire, Were and fae writers: it’s time to put pen to paper again and reverse this deplorable trend!
“You need a good imagination to be a successful writer, so I’ll lean towards the most creative entry every time,” adds Wentworth.