Writers of the Future Volume 40

The latest Writers of the Future anthology is here!

by L. Ron Hubbard, et al

Experience these powerful new voices—vivid, visceral, and visionary—as they explore uncharted worlds and reveal unlimited possibilities.

This 40th anniversary edition of the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, the bestselling and most widely influential anthology of its kind, brings you 12 strikingly original stories and illustrations―by the best new creative talent in speculative fiction, all winners of the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests. The collection is rounded out with 3 bonus stories plus 4 articles providing art and writing tips from bestselling authors and internationally renowned artists.

Be carried away by stories—and illustrations—that will make you think, laugh, and see the world in ways you never imagined.

My Thoughts on Writers of the Future Vol 40

If you are not yet familiar with the Writers of the Future series, I will explain and drop some really helpful links and resources below to help you understand. In short, this is a competition/contest for writers and artists and the winners are published in the book. The most recent release is Writers of the Future Volume 40, which just launched on May 7th.

I am a huge fan of this series and always look forward to the latest volume, with this one no exception. I’m so grateful I was able to receive a review copy from Galaxy Press to enjoy and so that I can share my thoughts with you here.

Writers of the Future Volume 40 has 15 illustrated short stories and bonus stories plus art and writing tips by some of the biggest names in the industry. I was initially impressed with this beautiful cover! Each year, of the illustrations that win a spot in the book is one that wins a placement on the book cover itself. You can also find this design on promotional materials, such as posters and bookmarks.

My Favorite Parts

I really loved the imagery and the colors of this cover. And I would be instantly drawn to this if I saw it on a bookstore shelf somewhere. I was anxiously excited to flip through the pages, see the rest of the art, and the stories inside. However,tThey are all so great, it’s hard to pick a favorite. I think top for me might be “Son, Spirit, Snake” by Jack Nash, art by Pedro N.

Summary: “No one came to his brother’s funeral. Not even the spirits. Étienne knew it was his fault”

And also “Shaman Dreams” by S.M. Stirling, art by Dan dos Santos

Summary: “Spirits were supposed to lurk beneath the Lake of Death, hungry and patient and hostile to all life.”

But honestly, every single one of these stories is so fantastic. This is the perfect book for any sci-fi and fantasy book lovers. These short stories will have you thinking for days after you’ve put the book down.

Want to learn more about the contest? Interested in submitting yourself? Check out the helpful links below to learn more.


Writers of the Future Quick links:

Enter the Writing Contest

Free Writing Workshop

Writing Podcast:

Writers Forum:

Writing Contest Rules

Contest Judges:

Contest Blog:

List of Writers of the Future & L. Ron Hubbard books

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