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Monday, May 16, 2011
Writers of the Future Awards Ceremony
As expected the Wotf awards were top notch. It was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, and it was free for contestants to attend--anyone who submitted to the event, not just winners. There are thousands of entrants each year from all over the world. The ceremony included Cirque du Soleil-type dancers, celebrity presenters, and a speaker from NASA. The event was awesome, but the most touching part was listening to the winners talk about the contest itself. The winners were just like a lot of us writers, nearly ready to give up, wondering if they had any talent at all, and hopeless that they could ever make a living at writing. Wotf gives writers a shot and they do it with respectability, adeptness, and class. After the awards free hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and coffee were served in the lobby. Those in attendance also received a copy of the 27th edition of the Wotf anthology and given a pen to have it signed by the winners or the various gods of science fiction peppering the lobby: Larry Niven, Greggory Benford, Robert Sawyer just to name a few.
If you're a science fiction writer wondering where to go to start your career, this contest is for you.