Hollywood, CA – Amy Henrie Gillett of Katy was honored as a winner in the Writers of the Future contest, Sunday evening, April 8th 2018 at the 34th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards which was held at The MacArthur in Los Angeles, California. The annual event celebrated the winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests (www.WritersOfTheFuture.com) before a capacity crowd of 450 guests and thousands more from around the world who watched as the event was streamed live.
The night’s keynote speaker was Mr. Ruben Padilla, founder of Learning is M.A.G.I.C., who stated, “I’d like to tell you a story, a story affirming the simple premise from L. Ron Hubbard that you can blow away any race anger, hate, discomfort or anything else with an aesthetic.” He concluded with the meaning of the acronym, “…Make a plan,… Act without fear,… Grow as a person,… Imagine without limits and Commit to excellence. That’s the M.A.G.I.C. and we are all magic!”
The event honored the annual winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests, where Amy was one of the twelve writer winners making it further than some several thousand others who entered the international contest, and her story, “All Light and Darkness,” is published in the bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology series, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34 officially released on April 10th.
Amy Henrie Gillett lives in Texas with her husband and three kids. She was raised by a book-loving father and a word-loving mother, and she received her first personal rejection at nine years old thanks to a loving grandmother. All three ignited her lifelong need to write and dream to publish. Amy received her BA in sociocultural anthropology and Middle East studies at Brigham Young University-Provo with an eye toward international development. Currently, she employs those studies in her writing. She hopes that by producing stories that kindle people’s hearts and minds she contributes a little light to a world that sometimes seems so dark.
With writers and illustrators coming from all walks of life, the winners attended a week long workshop taught by contest judges —including New York Times bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive series), David Farland (Runelord series) and Kevin J. Anderson (Dune series), World Fantasy Award winner Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides, adapted as the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean film), multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner Robert J. Sawyer (Flash Forward and The WWW Trilogy), Hugo and Nebula award winning author Larry Niven (the Ringworld series), and internationally acclaimed artists, Echo & Lazarus Chernik (coordinating judges), Ciruelo and Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons art design)—each one an experienced professional in the field providing sound advice based on hard-won experience.
Each writing and illustrating contest winner was presented their trophy by contest judges at the ceremony and combined cash prizes and royalties of over $30,000, and their story with artwork published in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Volume 34.
The Writers of the Future writing contest (www.WritersOfTheFuture.com) was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers 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. In its 34 years, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have awarded 738 winners from 41 different countries. All told, the 484 past winners of the Writing Contest have published over 5,600 novels and short stories. They have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 60 million copies.
The 334 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over tens of thousands of illustrations, art books, children’s books and album covers not to mention video games, commercials, TV series, live action and animated films graced with their work and the millions of prints they have in circulation.
Finally, our illustrator and writer winners have gone on to take every significant award in the science fiction and fantasy universe.
For more information, go to www.WritersOfTheFuture.com