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Focus on Eric James Stone: Writers of the Future Vol 21 Winner

Eric James Stone is one of the few people who’ve managed to appear in two editions of the Writers of the Future anthology, putting “Memory” into Volume XX in 2004 as a published finalist, and “Betrayer of Trees” into Volume XXI in 2005 as a prizewinner.

David Farland speaking to several of the 2017 Writers of the Future winners: (l-r) Stephen Lawson, Ziporah Hildebrandt and Molly Atkins

Persistence

There is a myth among the general public that the greatest writers are born with uncanny innate talents that average folks dare not aspire to.

Mike Resnick

Q&A with Bestselling Author and Writers of the Future Judge, Mike Resnick

Mike Resnick has 5 Hugo Awards and has won numerous other awards from places as diverse as France, Japan, Spain, Croatia and Poland. He is also first on the Locus list of all-time award winners, living or dead, for short fiction, and fourth on the Locus list of science fiction’s all-time top award winners in all fiction categories. Here’s an interview with him.

David Farland talking to winners at the Writers of the Future Workshop

Why You Only Got an Honorable Mention

A while ago I promised to tell you why I reject good stories when I’m reading for Writers of the Future. So let’s talk about those stories that get an Honorable Mention.

Writer Winners - 1st Quarter

Writers of the Future 1st Quarter 2017 Winners

The Judging results are in! And here are the winners for the Writers of the Future 1st Quarter 2017

Ken Scholes

Focus on Ken Scholes: Writers of the Future Vol 22 Winner

In addition to his Writers of the Future Award for “Into the Blank Where Life Is Hurled” (published in volume XXI of the annual anthology), Ken Scholes’s fiction has won France’s Prix Imaginales and the Pacific Northwest’s Endeavour Award, among others.

Author Ken Liu, photo by Li Yibo (李一博)

Focus on Ken Liu: Writers of the Future Volume 19 Finalist

“Treasure your time at the workshop,” Ken Liu says when I ask how he would advise a new prizewinner going to the Writers of the Future workshop, “but don’t make too much of it.” This is Ken Liu in a nutshell. He’s a well-spoken man who puts conflicting ideas side by side and then makes you think about what they mean.

Grnd Prize Winners 2017, Jake Marley and Michael Michera

Dave Farland’s 10 Points to Avoid in Writing Short Fiction

This past week I’ve been judging Writers of the Future. Most of the stories come to us electronically, so much of my day is spent opening files, taking a look at them, and then putting in a review–usually one that says “Rejected.” I hate that “Reject” button, and …

Melissa Yuan-Innes

Focus on Melissa Yuan-Innes, Writers of the Future Volume 16 Winner

When you sit down to write a profile about Melissa Yuan-Innes, it’s hard to figure out where to start. Sure, she published her short story “Skin Song” in the 16th annual volume of Writers of the Future, so you could start there. But Yuan-Innes is a person who seems

Frank Frazetta

King of Illustration: Frank Frazetta

“I was born with a pencil in my hand. Most artists reach a certain age, and then their eyes open and they start doing art. I was drawing as far back as I can remember. I had unusual talent right then and there, in that I saw things differently …