Writers of the Future

The sci-fi & fantasy of tomorrow selected by masters of today

Each year, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests’ blue-ribbon panel of judges search the world to discover and introduce the very best new talent in science fiction and fantasy. 

There is no charge to enter, and the judging is all done anonymously. Race, gender, age, and location are unknown to the judges, ensuring that winners are selected based on merit alone. Each quarter, the Contest judges select three winning writers and three artists for inclusion in the annual anthology, twenty-four in total each year. The result is an eclectic collection ranging from alien invasion to alternate history, from cyberpunk to comic fantasy to post-apocalyptic worlds. There are stories to fit every taste—the best of the best selected by the best. 

The anthology serves as a springboard into the professional ranks. Aspiring writers first appearing in these books have subsequently authored hundreds of novels and thousands of short stories. A full third of them have gone on to become professional authors, which is unparalleled in literary circles. More than a few are internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling authors. 

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Writers of the Future Volume 39

The Best New SF & Fantasy of the Year. Featuring: 24 Award-winning Authors and Illustrators. 

Check out what Brandon Sanderson, Orson Scott Card, Nnedi Okorafor, Robert J. Sawyer, Kevin J. Anderson, Jody Lynn Nye and others chose as the best new voices of the year.

Twelve captivating tales from the best new writers of the year accompanied by three more from bestselling authors you’ve read before.Three bonus short stories by Kevin J. Anderson, L. Ron Hubbard, and S. M. Stirling. Art and writing tips by Lazarus Chernik, L. Ron Hubbard, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Edited by Dean Wesley Smith and Jody Lynn Nye. Cover art by Tom Wood.