Winners of the 2008 Writers of the Future competition were in Los Angeles this past week for a writers workshop conducted by SF novelists K.D. Wentworth and Tim Power.
Part of the pay-off for winning the contest.
The folks at Author Services, which sponsors the competition, have been posting pictures of the proceedings but it’s too late to catch the best part. The awards ceremony for the winners was shown live Saturday night via streaming video.
I watched the whole thing and it was a classy operation. Tuxedoes and evening gowns and speeches. Choreography and film clips. Trophies and some tears.
My buddy, Jordan Lapp, who won 1st place in the 4th Quarter 2008 segment of the contest, looked dapper in formal wear and offered up a great thank-you speech. But he didn’t win the gold prize, which means a second, bigger trophy and an extra $5000. 😦
Oh, and the 25th edition of the Writers of the Future anthology, in which Jordan’s story will appear, was presented for all to see. Pick up a copy when it hits the store shelves. It’s going to be great reading.
All the ceremony had me day-dreaming about next year, when it’s my turn to head to L.A. for the hoopla.
Have I mentioned how much I hate waiting? 😉