2023 Writers & Illustrators of the Future

The 39th Writers of the Future Awards and 34th Illustrators of the Future Awards gala event took place on April 28, 2023 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles CA.

The Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award went to David Henrickson for the story “White Elephant”, and the Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush Award went to Dao Vi for the illustration of “The Last History.” Each Golden Award winner received the traditional red-and-gold Lucite trophy and a check for $5,000. All the winning stories and artwork is published in the annual anthology.

There are no entry fees to the contests, which choose three writers and three illustra­tors every quarter; entries may be submitted online. Writers who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or with no more than three professionally published stories or one novelette in any medium, are eligible, as are illustrators with no more than three story illustrations or one color piece in a nationally distributed medium. For information about the contest and ceremony, see their website.

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