I was reading about L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future contest and was left wondering how do they afford it all. The cash prizes are quite generous, they fly out the winners to the awards ceremony, pay for hotel, as well as host a week-long writing workshop.
I just realized I posted this under 'Publications & Reviews' instead of 'Markets for our Writing' - sorry about that.
Regarding the contest - anyone have an idea how many entries they get quarterly?
quote:And you guys wondered why I expressed alarm over it...
The description of the contest really does come across as "too good to be true." That's why I was curious to know where all the money to fund it comes from. I guess Dianetics was a lot more profitable than I thought.
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No way they pay for it solely from book sales. However, that said, consider all books can be back ordered so there's always a trickle from those who'd like to read the back list. But I do believe it's paid for by a sort of trust. Maybe not x amount of dollars set aside that once it's gone it's gone, but it takes what it needs from what there is. (And continues to be coming in.)
Robert, how can you still go on saying you don't "trust" the contest after so many of the folks here have won and gone to the awards ceremony and managed not to become Scientologists?
Actually depending on when you send in your story it can take longer than three months even over four. But from my experience only a couple of other markets take that long any more. Some like Asimovs and Analog have increased the speed of their responses, at least with my stories. IGMS is one that still takes a while even with my writing. And they don't have to wait for snail mail. I'm sure they get a whole lot of stories.
And Robert I think it was, I have heard that they keep the Scientology separate from WotF, other people have had the same concern. I know(online anyway) a couple of people who have won.
Oh yes how the afford it. There does seem to be a publishing company connected to the contest, and they sell more than just the anthology. I have no idea if it brings in much money but they probably have a couple of sources for money.
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quote: Kathleen Dalton Woodbury EVOC, be sure to check out the WotF groups in the Hatrack Groups area, then. Also, be sure (just to be on the safe side in preserving your anonymity) not to post on this forum the title of any story you intend to submit to WotF.
I will check it out. I had no thought of the Anonymous issue, glad you mentioned it.
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I've seen copies of the antho in Wal-Mart... in fact that's where I bought the newest one... so I wouldn't be surprised if they actually make quite a lot of money. Not to mention it has been said that a lot of editors and agents keep track of it so there are likely a high number of purchases just being made from within the industry I would think.
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I seem to recall an old forum topic here on this matter in which they mentioned printings of 50,000 copies and up per edition, all of which they sold. (in fact, I went and found it - read extrinsic's post here).
Also consider that as WotF is all in-house there are quite likely much lower overheads which easily help it offset the cost of the workshop.