Writers of the Future Event

Join us in welcoming several award-winning authors from the newest installment of Writers of the Future!

Friday, July 5th @ 2:00 pm.

About the book & contest: 

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.

The Contests were created by L. Ron Hubbard out of his lifetime commitment to helping new writers and artists, and are judged by a hall-of-fame roster of top professionals. The Writers of the Future anthology has provided a spectacular launching pad for emerging writers and illustrators who over the past 4 decades have gone on to publish over 2,000 novels—many of them international bestsellers—and helped shape the field of contemporary speculative fiction as it is today and into the future.

Open the Writers of the Future and be carried away by stories—and illustrations—that will make you think, make you laugh, and make you see the world in ways you never imagined.

About the authors & illustrators: 

Jennifer Mellen was born March 2, 1988, in Salt Lake City, and raised in Magna, Utah. She has been drawing from a very young age and has explored every art medium she could find, including traditional, digital, and sculpture. She has also always loved all things fantasy, creating strange creatures and dragons in her artwork.

She earned her associate degree in illustration while raising three children with her husband Nathan Mellen. After working for some years in graphic design, she and her husband started SeaDragon Cove, producing and selling fantasy products at various renaissance festivals, conventions, and Evermore Park. That business has now joined with We Geek Together Entertainment.

At Life the Universe and Everything Symposium in Provo, Utah, Jennifer attended an Illustrators of the Future panel where she met Contest judge Brian C. Hailes. After several years of meeting artists at various venues, she was inspired to submit her work to Illustrators of the Future.

For more information, go to jmartillustration.com


Lisa Silverthorne made the biggest decision of her life in 2020. After a lifetime in Indiana, she retired early from her twenty-five-year IT career, packed up everything she owned, and drove three days west to focus on her writing in Las Vegas, where she now lives and writes alongside her three feline dictators. Lisa has been writing since she could hold a pen and made her first professional fiction sale way back in 1994. Flash forward nearly thirty years and she has finally achieved a milestone she thought unobtainable: placing in the Writers of the Future ” 

“Lisa’s passion is writing. Her stories are sometimes dark because she explores things that frighten or anger her. Many times, her stories blur genre lines and change many lanes. Her work has been described as having heart because she loves writing about the connections people form in the best and worst circumstances. She also loves adding a spark of romance to her stories. Her first short-story collection was published in 2005 by Wildside Press. She considers Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Nora Roberts, Andre Norton, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and James Lee Burke her biggest fiction influences.

“Summer of Thirty Years” was written shortly after the death of her father. Partly an exploration of grief, this story is also an affirmation of love and friendship. It takes an unflinching look at the uncomfortable, and for some, frightening practice of burying the dead—especially someone you love. It asks the question, what if magic could undo the unthinkable, even for a little while? Would you use it no matter the cost? What would you sacrifice for those you love? Does love end at death?

For more information, go to https://lisasilverthorne.com.


Barbara Lund: Award-winning speculative fiction author Barbara Lund has several indie-published novels, dozens of short stories, and has been traditionally published in Daily Science Fiction and L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future, Vol 37.

She won the Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award (2021) along with a First Place, three Silver Honorable Mentions, and two Honorable Mentions. Her winning story, “Sixers", won the 24th Annual Critters Readers Poll’s Best Magical Realism Short Story.

Her recent publications include a cops-in-space omnibus, Platform Eight; a programmer-in-space short story, Reboot; an epic fantasy, Dragonscale Throne; and a fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast… where he’s the beauty, she’s the beast, and a goddess will burn down the city if she finds out what’s going on, Lost Priestess.

She is currently (and always) working on another novel and a couple short stories.

Add a husband, two kids, and a martial arts obsession, and she keeps pretty busy.

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 40: The Best New SF & Fantasy of the Year By L. Ron Hubbard, Dean Wesley Smith, Nancy Kress Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619867741
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Galaxy Press (CA) - May 7th, 2024

Event date: 
Friday, July 5, 2024 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
510 Main Street
Park City, UT 84060-8018