A  sophomore computer science major, is among the winners of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest.

Camber Arnhart $500 for her submission of two digital art pieces and one traditional pencil piece.

Arnhart said she is extremely grateful for her success and believes the contest will create new opportunities for her future.

“I eventually want to make video games with my computer science and art skills,” she said. “The contest will definitely boost my credibility as an artist and looks good on a resume, especially because my art will be published in an anthology.”

John Goodwin, president of Galaxy Press, said Hubbard created the Writers of the Future competition in 1983, and in 1988 was expanded to include submissions by illustrators. Galaxy Press is the organizer of the contest and also publishes L. Ron Hubbard’s fiction works in North America, as well as the Writers of the Future anthology.

“It should be considered an extreme honor for Albuquerque to have a winner in this international contest, considering there have been entrants from over 160 countries. The 12 Illustrator Contest winners come from Argentina, Canada, Lithuania, Mexico, the UK as well as the USA,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin said the contest is open to new and amateur artists from any nation.

Individuals who enter must submit one set of three original, previously-unpublished illustrations per contest quarter, he said. Each illustration must have a different theme.

“All themes of science fiction and fantasy illustrations are welcome: every entry is judged on its own merits only. No entry fee is required and all rights to the entry remain the property of the artist,” he said. “The ultimate eligibility criterion, however, is defined by the word ‘amateur’—in other words, the artist has not been paid for his artwork.”

This April, a televised black-tie award ceremony will be held for the winners of the two contests, Arnhart said.

Goodwin said the winners will see their story and artwork published in the bestselling Science Fiction anthology series, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 32, soon to be available to buy. Each contest winner will be presented with a trophy during the award ceremony in addition to cash prizes and royalties of over 30 thousand dollars.

He said winners will also attend a weeklong workshop, taught by contest judges, including Dune series author Kevin J. Anderson, Star Wars character designer Dave Dorman,The Chronicles of Narnia cover artist Cliff Nielsen, Dungeons & Dragons art designer Larry Elmore and others.

“The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful,” Goodwin said. “The 368 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and nearly 4,000 short stories. They have produced 27 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 million copies. The 298 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 4,500 illustrations, 356 comic books, graced 594 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 36 TV shows and 46 major movies.”

He said Arnhart was selected because of her originality, a primary criterion the contest. 

"As you can see from [her pieces], she is showing considerable personal creativity, not just copying others," Goodwin said. "As the contest infers, these are illustrators of the future, artists who will shape the future of illustration.”

Arnhart said she enjoys telling stories in her art, especially when it comes to surprising people with her creations. 

"Each of the pieces I submitted has some sort of story or mystery element in it," she said. "I want viewers to be inspired to make their own stories and feel involved in the narrative I created."

To learn more about the contest and how to enter, click here or the contest's Facebook page.

Elizabeth Sanchez is a reporter for the Daily Lobo. She can be reached at news@dailylobo.com or on Twitter @Beth_A_Sanchez.