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J.W. Alden, 2016 Winner of Scientology's Writers of the Future Contest, repudiates the contest

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  1. J.W. Alden, 2016 Winner of Scientology's Writers of the Future Contest, repudiates the contest.

    The article is long, well-written, and thoughtful. Among other things, it is the story of how he was invited by Writers of the Future to a "Barnes and Noble book signing" that ended up being a Church of Scientology event at their spiritual headquarters.

    Going Clearwater: The Illusory "Firewall" of the Writers of the Future Contest

    https://www.authoralden.com/2018/08/goingclearwater.html?m=1

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    I do not support the Writers of the Future contest, and I cannot recommend it to emerging writers.

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  2. Incredulicide Member

    - Keffy R.M. Kehrli (2011)
    https://twitter.com/Keffy/status/984508192150482945
    - Jim C. Hines (1998)
    http://www.jimchines.com/2012/02/wotf-and-scientology/
  3. The statement by Hines seems rather equivocal and does not raise to the level of repudiation. Hines states:

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    I was told by one such individual that for the church, the goal is not so much to help new writers, but to promote LRH and his brand. Particularly in schools and to kids, where they push the contest anthologies hard, hoping the books will serve as a gateway into Scientology. (This was presented not as conjecture, but as directly-overheard statements from multiple church members.)

    None of this is meant to undermine the good things the contest does. The judges are, for the most part, amazing writers and people. Getting a walking tour of Hollywood from Tim Freaking Powers remains one of my favorite writing-related memories to this day. And I know that a lot of people involved with the contest, particularly some of the judges, are insistent about keeping the church separate from the contest.

    But I no longer believe that Writers of the Future is entirely separate from Scientology.

    I’m not saying everyone should run out and boycott the contest. But I’ve publicly praised Writers of the Future on many occasions, so I thought it was important to state this publicly as well.

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    Despite the fact he "no longer believe that Writers of the Future is entirely separate from Scientology," he is not calling for a boycott and does not want to "undermine the good things the contest does."
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  4. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America acknowledges complaints about Writers of the Future Contest.

    HT: Gflded Kim on Tony Ortega's blog: https://tonyortega.org/2018/12/05/slimed-by-scientology-cierra-westerman-says-shes-still-feeling-good-about-coming-forward/#comment-4227335406

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    SFWA Statement on Complaints/Concerns Regarding the Writers of the Future Contest

    https://www.sfwa.org/2018/12/sfwa-statement-on-complaints-concerns-regarding-the-writers-of-the-future-contest/

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    SFWA Statement on Complaints/Concerns Regarding the Writers of the Future Contest

    The Board of Directors of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have unanimously decided to formally and publicly acknowledge the multiple complaints and expressions of concern made both publicly and privately in recent months by former Writers of the Future finalists who state that they have had negative experiences during or after the event.

    As a result, SFWA has formally contacted the WotF administrators, in hopes of launching a private dialogue between our organizations, and ensuring that these concerns are meaningfully addressed. In this effort, SFWA’s goal is to protect the rights of creators, thus strengthening all of science fiction and fantasy publishing, now and in the future. SFWA advises all writers to research carefully before participating in any literary contest.

    For more information on contests, please visit SFWA’s Writer Beware page located here:

    http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/contests/.

    December 03, 2018

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  5. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Engages Complaints About Writers of the Future Contest, Delists Anthology as Qualifying Market

    File 770: SFWA Engages Complaints About Writers of the Future Contest, Delists Anthology as Qualifying Market

    http://file770.com/sfwa-engages-complaints-about-writers-of-the-future-contest-delists-anthology-as-qualifying-market/

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    The status of the Writers of the Future anthology as a SFWA Qualifying Market changed, with little fanfare, in August when the organization voted to strike contest publications as a whole from the list:
    Paid Sales.

    3. By unanimous vote of the Board of Directors meeting in San Jose, California, on August 16, 2018, contest publications no longer qualify toward SFWA membership*, effective August 16, 2018. Current members in good standing who qualified via contest publications are unaffected by this change.

    The Writers of the Future anthology is now included among the “Delisted or Non-Qualifying Markets” on the SFWA website’s Membership Requirements page. (The update reflecting the change was only made very recently. An Internet Archive screencap from December 2 shows the WotF Anthology was still on the list of qualifying markets.)

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