shopify traffic stats

Reading Artist Dan Watson Headed to Hollywood

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page

Reading, Berkshire resident, Dan Watson, will be in Hollywood to be honored as a winner in the Illustrators of the Future Contest and will be published in the international bestselling anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 37.

Reading Artist Dan Watson

Anticipating that the pandemic will be over and large events able to occur once again with visitors from around the world, Mr. Watson will travel to Hollywood this fall for a weeklong workshop and be honored at a black-tie awards gala.

Dan’s art has earned him a cash prize and a trip to Hollywood as well as having his art published in the annual bestseller, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 37.

Reading Artist Dan Watson

Dan Watson was born in 1994 in Reading, UK. An only child, he spent lots of time drawing monsters, knights, and animals.

He has always been inspired by the world around him and curious about how it worked.

He attended the last Gencon in the UK in 2008. It was there he was truly introduced to sci-fi and fantasy, and his lifelong love of the genres was cemented.

After school he started an apprenticeship as a mechanical design engineer. However, creatively unsatisfied, he started to learn drawing from books and attended figure-drawing sessions at night, while he attempted to illustrate his favourite novels. After completing his apprenticeship in 2017, he continued his artistic development by visiting museums, travelling, and learning online.

Dan now enjoys spending his time painting and drawing dreams and nightmares. And he still attempts to illustrate his favourite books.

The Contest

The Contest, one of the most prestigious writing and illustrating competitions in the world, is currently in its 38th year and is judged by some of the premier names in speculative fiction.

The Illustrators of the Future Contest judges include, Bob Eggleton (11 Chesley Awards and 7 Hugo Awards), Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons book covers),

Echo Chernik (graphic designs for major corporations including Celestial Seasonings tea packaging), Rob Prior (art for Spawn, Heavy Metal comics and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ciruelo (Eragon Coloring Book).

Writers Include

The Writers of the Future Contest judges include, Tim Powers (author of On Stranger Tides), Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert (Dune prequel series), Robert J. Sawyer (Quantum Night), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series, The Stormlight Archive), Larry Niven (Ringworld), Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game), Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death), David Farland (Runelords), and Katherine Kurtz (Deryni series) to name a few.

Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth, written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard created the Writers of the Future ( in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers of speculative fiction to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writers of the Future Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was inaugurated five years later.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. The 370 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,000 illustrations, 360 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 68 TV shows, and 40 major movies.

The 440 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,150 novels and nearly 4,500 short stories. They have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Award is the genre’s most prestigious award of its kind and has now become the largest, most successful and demonstrably most influential vehicle for budding creative talent in the world of contemporary fiction.

Prize Money

Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 36 anthology volumes and awarded over $1,000,000 cumulatively in prize moneys and royalties.

Further Information

For more information about the Contests, go to