Scientology holds its 'Writers of the Future' awards out of season, but same lavish display - 2021-10-27

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F347.png Scientology holds its 'Writers of the Future' awards out of season, but same lavish display October 27, 2021, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Our readers know that as far back as our Village Voice days, we've been trying to warn the science fiction/fantasy world that "Writers & Illustrators of the Future" is a lavish and expensive contest because Scientology uses it to burnish the reputation of L. Ron Hubbard and, by extension, the church itself.

Our 2012 report made a direct tie between the contest and Scientology's horrific abuses, but each year we still see sci-fi hopefuls wringing their hands, wondering if maybe Scientology is using the contestants and winners in some self-serving way.

We are grateful that one of our readers was watching carefully as the contest held its awards ceremony last week. Usually the event takes place in April each year, but it had been cancelled the last two times for the pandemic.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Scientology holds its 'Writers of the Future' awards out of season, but same lavish display | url = https://tonyortega.org/2021/10/27/scientology-holds-its-writers-of-the-future-awards-out-of-season-but-same-lavish-display/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = October 27, 2021 | accessdate = November 6, 2021 }}