Writers of the Future Contest 222


The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest is an ongoing competition designed to discover new and amateur writers of science fiction and fantasy, present certificates of merit when earned and award monetary prizes to the winners. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.

Writers of the Future ContestUnited States
Important: Submit only once per quarter.
Limited Demographic: Submissions are restricted to writers who have not yet had 3 short stories or a novel professionally published.

Submission Periods

Rolling Submission Periods: Check cut-off dates.

Genres, Styles & Subjects

FFantasyOpen to all/most SubGenres, including: Dark Fantasy.
SScience FictionOpen to all/most SubGenres.
 Styles:Dark, Literary, Mainstream.
 Subjects:Open to all/most Subjects.

Types & Lengths

SShort Story1000 - 7500 words
TNovelette7500 - 15000 words
ANovella15000 - 17000 words

Media & Contest Frequency

PPrint PublicationAwarded 1 x per year

Winner's Prize Money (if any)

We do not list prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
FShort fictionP Professional prize (5 or more US cents per word).

Submission Types

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneousMulti-Entries
FFiction OK OK No Unknown No

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Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.


Date Added:
05 Aug 2005
Last Updated:
21 Jan 2015
Last Checked:
12 Mar 2015