MIAMI, FL — Jackie Albano, college freshman at Miami’s New World School of the Arts (NWSA) joins twelve winning writers and eleven other illustrators from around the globe as they are honored during the 29th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards at the famed Wilshire Ebell Theatre, on Sunday, April 14th, 2013 beginning at 6:30 pm.
Born and raised in Miramar, Florida, Jackie Albano has been teaching herself to drawsince the age of nine. She grew up watching cartoons and listening to stories (often adventurous), which were read to her every night. Jackie knew then that all she wanted to do in life was to show the fantastical worlds brewing in her imagination. She decided to do this through illustrations, concept art and comics.
“Jackie’s strength is not only her artistic talent, but her seriousness and dedication to her work. Even at her young age she is very focused and determined,” said Maggy Cuesta, dean of visual arts at New World School of the Arts.
In middle school, Jackie discovered Japanese animations director Hayao Miyazaki, who creates beautiful animated fantasy films. Upon watching them, she decided that she would follow Miyazaki into the world of animation. Now at the age of 18, Jackie has started her first year of art school at New World School of the Arts, where she plans to study digital media in the visual arts. At NWSA she hopes to create animated shorts and work on projects with fellow animation students.
The highlight of the ceremony will be the announcement of the year’s two Grand Prize winners who will each receive $5,000. Quarterly winners also receive cash prizes from $1,000 to $500. Their winning stories and illustrations will appear in the annual anthology L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future, volume 29 (Galaxy Press, 2013).
Participating in the ceremony will be best-selling authors Kevin J. Anderson (Dune prequels), Larry Niven (Ringworld), Jerry Pournelle (A Mote in God’s Eye), Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides, which Pirates of the Caribbean IV was based on) and Robert Sawyer, referred to as Canada’s Dean of Science Fiction; as well as award winning artists Cliff Nielsen (Narnia book covers), Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons book covers), Steven Hickman (over 400 book covers), who will all serve as presenters.
Throughout the Contests’ 29-year history, over 650 writers and illustrators have been recognized as winners. “What’s amazing to me is that a good 60 to 70% of winners go on to successful careers,” says New York Times’ best-selling author Anderson (Dune prequels, Seven Suns series). “You could call it ‘The American Idol’ for writers—long before there ever was such a show.”
The Writers of the Future writing contest (www.writersofthefuture.com) was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.
The intensive mentoringprocess has proven very successful. Past winners of the Writing Contest havepublished over 750 novels, 3,500 short stories and winners of the Illustrating Contest have had their art published in more than 500 books and magazines, with 4,500 illustrations, 350 comics and over 1.3 million art prints.
“The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests have proven to be the most effective means for contestants to make their break in the publishing industry, an industryrenowned for being closed to the newcomer,” said Joni Labaqui, director of the contests. “Well over six million fiction and non-fiction manuscripts make the rounds annually to find a publishing home, yet only 2,500 new science fiction and fantasy titles are published each year, and many of these are from already established authors. “That’s why these Contests were created – because it’s so hard to get published and there are so many talented people who give up on their dreams to see their works in print.”
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and theUniversity of Florida. Further information regarding NWSA’s visual arts program is available by calling (305) 237-3649. More information about New World School of the Arts at 305-237-3135 or at nwsa.mdc.edu
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