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Editor Interview: Illustrators of the Future Contest

Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.

A: Fantasy/SciFi artwork

Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?

A: I like Spectrum because they showcase so many different genres of art.

Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?

A: Our Illustrator Contest is connected to our Writer contest (we assign a winning story to a winning illustrator every year and publish them both in a national bestselling anthology), L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future.
My favorite writer is L. Ron Hubbard. His legacy was for this contest to continue to launch careers of writers and illustrators who are not yet fully professional - in other words, their sole income is not yet illustrating or writing. All of my judges are my favorites, past and present (meaning some have passed away). Ilustrator judges:
Frank Frazetta, Moebius, Will Eisner, Edd Cartier, Jack Kirby, Paul Lehr, Frank Kelly-Freas, Leo & Diane Dillon, Bob Eggleton, Echo Chernik, Lazarus Chernik, Larry Elmore, Shaun Tan, Stephan Martiniere, Craig Elliott, Stephen Youll, Sergey Poyarkov, Ciruelo, Dan dos Santos, Val Lakey-Lindahn, Mike Perkins, Rob Prior, Stephen Youll, Vincent DiFate and Laura Freas-Beraha. Writer Judges: Algis Budrys, Jack Williamson, Brandon Sanderson, Larry Niven, David Farland, Tim Powers, Jerry Pournelle, Robert Silverberg, Roger Zelazny, Gregory Benford, Nnedi Okorafor, Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey, Frederik Pohl, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Robert J. Sawyer, Doug Beason, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Eric Flint, and Jody Lyn Nye.

Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?

A: We launched the careers of 14 New York Times bestselling authors and/or artists, we fly our winners to Hollywood California from anywhere they are in the world, we give them a week-long workshop, gala awards events and we pay for the transportation and the lodging. End up spending over 20Gs on each winner. Chance of a lifetime to be with only 12 people with most of these amazing judges over the course of a week, mentoring you personally. NO entry fee for all this and you can enter once per quarter until you win. Our anthology is a national bestseller every year.

Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?

A: Submit once every quarter if you can. The more you enter, the better your chance of winning. But only once per quarter.
My advice is to also take advantage of all the free advice we have on our website.
We have an award winning pod-cast.
We have a free online workshop for writers
We have a huge forum with tons of threads. Find your group in there
We have a blog packed full of professional advice
This is a community of like-minded people who want to succeed with a bunch of professional and famous professionals who want to "pay it forward"

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Impossible - Everyone is unique, everyone has talent.
It must communicate, it must emotionally reach the audience.

Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?

A: They give up if they don't win!!!! NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS

Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?

A: Nope. Our contest is judged anonymously - to make it an even playing field for EVERYONE. The judges have no idea your race, your creed your gender, your age, your sexual orientation or your political party. They don't care about any of that either! They see NOTHING but your submission. PERIOD. We don't FOLLOW "TRENDS".

Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?

A: We have no set amount of reading of a story.
If the writer can't spell and doesn't know or and grammar properly, about a paragraph will get read.

Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?

A: Is it good, professional, and does if follow the rules of the contest.

Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?

A: I run the contest. I have a first reader and my judges are famous writers and I select 4 each quarter to do the final judging (or 4 illustrator judges for the final selections) So I can't answer the question.

Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?

A: Very important. We accept electronic submissions.

Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?

A: Not much. The author and editor approve final edits.

Q: Do you nominate work you've published for any national or international awards?

A: Yes, the anthology is nominated for awards all the time. We usually win 2 or 3 awards every year.