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

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by CommunicatorIC, Aug 11, 2018 at 1:54 PM.

  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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