Katherine Kurtz with her bestselling Deryni Rising

Writers of the Future Welcomes Bestselling Author Katherine Kurtz as its Newest Judge

It is with considerable enthusiasm that we announce Katherine Kurtz as the newest judge in the Writers of the Future Contest.

Katherine, known for her fantasy writings, is the author of sixteen historical fantasy novels in the Deryni series. She is also known for her alternate history Templar series and urban fantasy Adept series.

I Always Try to Help

We were introduced to Katherine at Dragon Con by Writers of the Future judge Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett. It rapidly became apparent that Katherine would be perfect as a judge as she brings with her a strong desire to help aspiring writers—stating, “I always try to help up and coming writers and am delighted to be able to judge in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.”

Also discovering that Katherine was great friends with Anne McCaffrey, who had been a Contest judge until her passing in 2011, even living near Anne in Ireland, made her all the more desirous to have on board.

World Fantasy Award-winning author Tim Powers and longtime Writers of the Future judge was enthusiastic about the prospect of Katherine coming on board and stated, “Katherine Kurtz has written some of the finest fantasies of our time.”

When L. Ron Hubbard created the Writers of the Future Contest, he wanted to provide a “means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” So it was important to provide the best possible opportunity for writers to pursue their dream however envisioned. We wanted top brand judges who, combined, specialized in all aspects of speculative fiction.

About Katherine

Katherine sold her first novel, Deryni Rising (actually, the first trilogy, The Chronicles of the Deryni) on her first submission attempt! She completed her second two novels, Deryni Checkmate and High Deryni, while completing her MA in medieval English history at UCLA and writing instructional materials for the Los Angeles Police Department. Her early work built on the popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but she soon defined and established her own sub-genre of “historical fantasy” set in close parallels to our own medieval period and featuring “magic” that much resembles what some of us might call extrasensory perception.

2 replies
  1. Mari
    Mari says:

    I tend not to drop many remarks, but i did a few searching and wound up here Writers of the
    Future Welcomes Bestselling Author Katherine Kurtz as its
    Newest Judge | Writers & Illustrators of the Future.
    And I do have a few questions for you if it’s allright.
    Could it be simply me or does it give the impression like a few of the
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    😛 And, if you are writing on other places, I would like
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    • John Goodwin
      John Goodwin says:

      Hello Mari,
      Thanks for your comment. Writers of the Future has this website, which in addition to the blog, also has a Forum and Podcast which are both quite interesting. There is also FB, TW and IG accounts all under the @WOTFContest handle. Please feel free to follow and ask any questions you care to. The podcasts are pretty informative. I just posted one an hour or so ago of a panel we held this past Saturday at DragonCon with 7 of our WOTF judges, I moderated. It is very informative and many aspects were covered on story prompts, short fiction vs novels and several guests getting their questions answered.


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