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.