Writers Of The Future Contest

The writers of the future writing contest were a concept originally created by L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1980′s. Hubbard claimed that it was his way of giving back to the field that defined his professional writing life. The contest is held every three months (so four times a year) and is still going strong today.

Several very popular writers have entered and won the contest including: Stephen Baxter, Jay Lake and Nancy Farmer. Of course, this contest isn’t without controversy as it shares a connection with the Church of Scientology. So, if you have any issues at all with the church then perhaps this isn’t the best contest for you to enter. If not, then buckle up because we have a lot to talk about!

The Scholarship

The writers of the future essay contest are perfect for creative writers looking for a scholarship. Here is how the contest works:

You are tasked with the job of creating your own original work (any plagiarism found in your essay immediately disqualifies you.) When the contest is concluded, if your original work was chosen as being a finalist you are eligible to receive one of the following prizes:

1st Place- $1,000

2nd Place- $750

3rd Place- $500

As stated above, the contest is held four times a year, during the four quarters. At the end of the year each 1st place winner in each of the quarters will have their entries prejudged and a Grand Prize Winner will be chosen.

Grand Prize Winner- $5,000

Each entry is judged by professional authors and their decision of the winners is final. Winners will be contacted by phone, email or mail.

Qualifications For The Scholarship

It is important to note that not everyone can enter this contest. There are certain rules prohibiting certain people from entering. We researched and found that you must abide by the following rules:

  • If you plan on writing poetry or works intended for children your entry will be immediately disqualified.
  • You are only eligible to enter the contest is you have NOT published either a novel, novelette or more than three short stories.

How The Essay Should Be Written

It is always important to know exactly how an essay should be written before you spend hours coming up with an idea and putting it on paper. Here are the following essay rules:

  • Your essay can be up to 17,000 words.
  • Please submit a hard copy either typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper.
  • Double space your essay.
  • Number the pages.
  • Include a cover page with the following information: title of the work, your name, address, phone number, email and the exact word count.

Where You Should Go To Apply

To view all the essay contest rules and make sure you have everything you need please visit:


To submit your essay please mail it to the following address:

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

PO Box 1630

Los Angeles, CA 90078