I’m pretty big into the Writer’s of the Future right now. This seems like a great way for a newbie writer to break in, and I love that my first entry got an honorable mention. In fact, that positive feedback pretty much got my writing fires stoked and is the main reason why I got productive again. So – I’m interested in what people did to win, what they did with the win afterwards, etc. So, here I’m going to record the things I find out about winners – with a focus on the past decade or so. The writers I chose to write about will mostly be fairly at random. A list of all the writer winners is here. And, if you’re interested in the contest and have questions or just want to see what others with an interest in the contest are talking about, you should go check out the forum.
VOLUME 26, 2010
Brad R. Torgersen – whose Exanastasis came in third place in Volume 26, 2010. Here’s his Amazon page, his Facebook page, and his webpage, and his Goodreads page is here. And his Wikipedia page is here.
VOLUME 27, 2011
R.P.L. Johnson – won the Golden Pen Award for his third quarter entry, In Apprehension, How Like a God. Rather impressively, he also won the 2012 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award for Taking the High Road. His webpage is here, his Amazon page is here, and his Goodreads page is here.
VOLUME 30, 2014
Randy Henderson – won the Golden Pen Award for his second quarter entry for Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask, in Volume 30, 2014. Here’s his webpage, his Amazon page, and his Facebook page, and his Goodreads page is here. There’s a short Wikipedia page for him here. His agent is Cameron McClure with the Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Shauna O’Meara – winning entry was for Beneath the Surface of Two Kills, in Volume 30, 2014.
Here’s her website, and her Facebook page, and her Amazon page, and her Goodreads page is here.
Here’s an interesting interview with her. From what I see online – she seems to be a great artist as well.
Terry Madden – winning entry was for Animal, in Volume 30, 2014. Here’s her website, and her Amazon page, and her Goodreads page is here.
Per her Amazon page, after winning the WoTF contest, she has published two books of a series (Three Wells of the Sea and The Salamander’s Smile), published by Digital Fantasy Fiction. She also republished her WoTF winner, Animal, in Digital Fantasy Fiction’s Anthology, Infinity Cluster, and as an individual Kindle Edition short, titled Animal.
VOLUME 31, 2015
Sharon Joss – her Golden Pen winning entry was for Stars that Make Dark Heaven Light in Volume 31, 2015. Here’s her Amazon page, and she’s on Goodreads here. She has a number of books published by Aja Publishing which as of March 4, 2018, only lists her as an author they’ve published. She has a webpage here.
Tim Napper – his first quarter, first place winning entry was for Twelve Minutes to Vinh Quang. An interesting review of the story is here. The bloggers seem to like him — another talking about him is here. His Facebook page is here, and here is his webpage. His Goodreads page, mostly blank, is here. His webpage is especially interesting and worth further time looking at such as in regard to the various magazines he’s been published in, including many reprints both foreign and domestic. It looks like he’s had many short stories published, including in Interzone, Galaxy’s Edge, and Asimov’s.