Hollywood, CA, August 16, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- After entering the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest for 5 years, it came to the attention of contest organizers that Django Mathijsen is not only a contest entrant in Writers of the Future, he has been a judge himself in "Fantastels," a Dutch based contest for writers, the creation of Dutch writer Anaïd Haen.
Fantatastels is sponsored by ABN-Amro, one of the largest Dutch banks, Uitgeverij Zilverspoor, Els de Kreij - the creator of the trophy, The American Book Center, Atelier Lokaal, science fiction clubs; NCSF, The Flying Dutch, SF-Terra, and writers who support Fantastels, such as Fred Rabouw, Eisso Post, Django Mathijsen and Yarrid Dhooghe.
In a recent interview Anaïd Haen stated about contests,"I think story contests deliver an important contribution to genre writing. They challenge authors to write more and better stories. Stories that people can publish, so readers can read them. I love to participate in story contests myself. But in Dutch there were only two contests a year in science fiction, fantasy and horror. As I wanted a contest with 100% blind judging, professional feedback to the writers and strict and clear rules, I decided to start my own contest, after consulting Dirk Bontes, who organized, judged and won several national contests himself."
"We keep track of all the publication possibilities there are for science fiction, fantasy and horror stories in Dutch and inform our contestants about them, encouraging them to submit. We also encourage our contestants to translate their stories and send them out into the world."
"This year we have seven judges: Dirk Bontes, Django Mathijsen, Gerard van den Akker, Hay van den Munckhof, Kim ten Tusscher, Marije Kok and Tamara Geraeds. The website is user friendly and was designed by Kasper Kombrink."
Haen herself entered the Writers of the Future contest for the first time this year, following her own advice given to her contestants, 'translate your stories and get them out into the world,' and it paid off. Recognition as an Honorable Mention is newsworthy in the United States, let alone winning.
As a winner of the Writers of the Future contest you are flown to Los Angeles, given a week long workshop on being a professional writer, and you are published in the annual anthology, "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future."
The Writers of the Future contest has instilled the concept of paying it forward to winners annually, and the spirit of mentoring is obviously also alive and well in the Netherlands.
For more information on the Writers of the Future contest visit www.writersofthefuture.com
For more information on the Fantastels visit www.fantastels.littera.nl