As mentioned on the Writers of the Future web site:
“A culture is as rich and capable of surviving as it has imaginative artists.” — L. Ron Hubbard.
Thus began a talent search for the best creative imaginations in the world—the storytellers, the artists, the entertainers, the visionaries. Two contests that changed the future of science fiction and fantasy:
L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future.
Each year, twelve writers and twelve illustrators are selected by a panel of the biggest-name authors and the biggest-name artists in the field. They will be the stars of tomorrow.
Orson Scott Card, the very famous author of Ender’s Game and many other books, wrote a superb review on Writers of the Future. Check it out here.