Writers of the Future Winner = ME!

Victory is mine!

Victory is mine!

The Writers of the Future Contest has been running now for 30 years. It seeks to publish the best in new science fiction and fantasy writers each year and only those who haven’t yet become full professionals (as defined by the contest) may enter. It is designed to find the new voices in the speculative fiction world and give them a platform off of which to build their career. Its judges include folks like Dave Wolverton, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, and other luminaries in the field. Each year, only twelve people win.

This year, I’m one of them.

This is the tenth or eleventh time I’ve entered the contest (each year you can enter four times, once for each quarter; I’ve been entering about twice a year now for five-ish years, maybe more). I’ve racked up one Honorable Mention, two Semi-finalist finishes, one finalist, and now this: Second place in the First Quarter of 2014/Volume 31. This is a huge, huge deal. My story will be published in the anthology next year, they will fly me out to LA for a week long writing workshop with the pros, there will be a party and an awards ceremony and I’ll get to wear a tuxedo and so on. Oh, yeah, and I win some prize money, too.

It still doesn’t quite seem real to me. I keep expecting them to call me back and explain that it was some giant mistake and that, actually, they meant to call the other guy named Auston. I haven’t gotten that call, though. This is the real deal. It’s like winning the American Idol of science fiction writers, except nobody is going to make me sing some crappy song written by a bunch of monkeys with typewriters. Well, at least I don’t think so.

Anyway, come next April, I’ll let you all know.

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About aahabershaw

Writer, teacher, gaming enthusiast, and storyteller. I write stories, novels, and occasional rants.

Posted on May 21, 2014, in Critiques, Theories, and Random Thoughts, Fiction and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Marvelous! Many, many congratulations!

  2. Well, that’s fantastic. Congratulations!

  3. That is awesome! Congratulations!

  4. Hi Auston,

    My name is Nick Tchan and I’m a past winner of writers of the future, volume 28. I’ve sent you an email from my gmail address about some other matters. I just thought I’d leave a comment here to let you know there’s no song written by monkeys using typewriters. Nowadays, the monkeys use Microsoft Word.

    Regards,

    Nick

  5. Auston, that’s fantastic. Really happy for you, man. You’ve totally earned everything that’s coming your way – hats off. Now go tear up LA.

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