Writers of the Future Volume 25 mass market
Celebrating a quarter of a century of the discovery of new talent in the fields of speculative writing and illustration.
Writers of the Future is a science fiction and fantasy story contest that was originated by L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1980s. Mr. Hubbard characterized the contest as a way of “giving back” to the field that had defined his professional writing life.
The contest has no entry fee and is the highest-paying contest for amateur science-fiction and fantasy writers.
Notable past winners of WOTF include Stephen Baxter, Karen Joy Fowler, James Alan Gardner, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jay Lake, Michael H. Payne, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Reed, Dean Wesley Smith, Sean Williams, Dave Wolverton and David Zindell.
Discover your next favorite author. Read Writers of the Future Volume 25
“Not only is the writing excellent … it is also extremely varied. There’s a lot of hot new talent in it.” —Locus Magazine
Edited by K.D. Wentworth
Short stories by Emery Huang, Donald Mead, Grá Linnaea, Fiona Lehn, Heather McDougal, Mike Wood, Schon M. Zwakman, Krista Hoeppner Leahy, Matthew S. Rotundo, C.L. Holland, Jordan Lapp and Gary Kloster.
Illustrations by Aaron Anderson, Oleksandra Barysheva, Ryan Behrens, Douglas Bosley, Luke Eidenschink, Tobias A. Fruge, Brianne Hills, Evan Jensen, Jamie Luhn, Mark Payton, Joshua J. Stewart and A.R. Stone
Bonus stories and essays by L. Ron Hubbard, Robert Silverberg and Ron Lindahn.
Stories in the book
Introduction by K.D. Wentworth
“Garden of Tian Zi” by Emery Huang
Illustrated by Douglas Bosley
“The Shadow Man” by Donald Mead
Illustrated by Brianne Hills
“Life in Steam” by Grá Linnaea
Illustrated by Ryan Behrens
“On Writing and Science Fiction” by L. Ron Hubbard
“The Assignment of Runner ETI” by Fiona Lehn
Illustrated by A.R. Stone
“The Candy Store” by Heather McDougal
Illustrated by Jamie Luhn
“Risqueman” by Mike Wood
Illustrated by Evan Jensen
“Writers of the Future” by Robert Silverberg
“Gray Queen Homecoming” by Schon M. Zwakman
Illustrated by Tobias A. Fruge
“The Dizzy Bridge” by Krista Hoeppner Leahy
Illustrated by Aaron Anderson
“Gone Black” by Matthew S. Rotundo
Illustrated by Luke Eidenschink
“Persistence of Vision” by Ron Lindahn
“The Reflection of Memory” by C.L. Holland
Illustrated by Oleksandra Barysheva
“After the Final Sunset, Again” by Jordan Lapp
Illustrated by Joshua J. Stewart
“The Farthest Born” by Gary Kloster
Illustrated by Mark Payton
The Year in the Contests
Writers of the Future
Fantasy, Science Fiction