Monday, February 19, 2007

Writers of the Future winners

I'm a judge for the Writers of the Future contest, and the winners for the fourth quarter of 2006 have just been announced:

1. Andrea Kail from New York, NY
2. Edward Sevcik from Austin, TX
3. John Burridge from Eugene, OR

I've only today learned the names of the authors, since we don't see them when we're judging the manuscripts. This quarter had fabulously good stories, but I'll say here right now that Andrea Kail's "The Sun God at Dawn, Rising from a Lotus Blossom" is a total knockout -- this is a Hugo-caliber story, folks. It'll be worth the cost of the anthology (which will be published in August) all by itself.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At February 19, 2007 10:56 PM , Blogger John Goodwin said...

Hi Robert, Thanks for this post on the contest and your take on the stories.

By the way, congrats on your award just presented last week - that was quite an honor.

At February 20, 2007 12:48 AM , Anonymous Jim Shannon said...

Hi Rob,
I just bought WOTF 22 last weekend in paperback. Does Galaxy (Bridge) publish any of the WOTF in Hardcover?

Also, not that I mind but I thought WOTF contest was only for Science fiction. Obviously I hadn't been buying the book in some years but when did they bring Fantasy into the mix?

At February 20, 2007 12:53 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

I don't know that they ever disallowed fantasy, Jim. And, no, the books are only done in paperback.

At February 20, 2007 9:33 AM , Anonymous Jim Shannon said...

Hi Rob,
Actually that's a good thing.

I went and bought 2 books at Chapters and the WOTF was the lowest price book out of the 2 for under 10 bucks CND. That's a pretty good deal. Two books for $20 and some change.

How can Galaxy afford to make their paperback books so affordable? Is it because WOTF is an anthology they can keep the prices low? Or is it because they've got deep pockets or both?


At February 20, 2007 11:36 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Well, the Writers of the Future anthologies sell in huge quantities, and so there are economies of scale. And they know that if you price something aggressively you'll more than make up in quantity what you might lose on each individual sale.

At February 20, 2007 11:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for the ringing endorsement! Honestly, you've rendered me speechless, and that's a pretty hard thing to do. I'll have to go lie down now until the adrenaline rush passes.

Andrea Kail

At February 20, 2007 12:03 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Andrea. I meant every word. I've been telling people about this story for weeks (having no idea who wrote it, since we judges see the work without names attached). A brilliant, original concept, beautifully executed. I look forward to meeting you at the Writers of the Future event!



At February 21, 2007 6:58 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Congrats Andrea!


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