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Gyeongju Artist Honored at Festive Hollywood Gala
Award Presentation

Seonhee Lim originally from Seoul, South Korea was honored Sunday night, April 13, at the 30th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards at the prestigious Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California for her illustration of “Animal.”

This year marks the silver anniversary for the Illustrators of the Future Contest as it celebrates 25 years of recognizing the work of aspiring artists, many of whom have since gone on to successful careers in the field of visual arts.

The annual event celebrated the winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests (www.writersofthefuture.com) before a packed hall of nearly 1,200 guests and hundreds more from around the world who were logged on to watch the event as it streamed live. The night’s keynote speaker was Mr. Leland D. Melvin, who started out as a professional football player for the Detroit Lions and later became a NASA Astronaut, flying two Space Shuttle missions to help build the International Space Station. He then served as Associate Administrator for Education at NASA headquarters. Mr. Melvin spoke about the importance of keeping one’s dreams and not giving up and how science fiction indeed was the inspiration to so much of what we find now in space exploration.

Mr. Mark Lefebvre, Director for Kobo Books spoke about the future of publishing as it has gone digital and pointed out that this too, was first conceived as science fiction but is now science fact.

The event celebrated the annual winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests, where Seonhee was one of the twelve illustrator winners making it further than some several thousand others who entered the international competition, and where she saw her illustration published in the bestselling Science Fiction anthology series – L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 30 now available online at Amazon.com, Kobo.com and BN.com and soon to be available in print wherever books are sold.

Seonhee Lim was born in a small city called Gyeongju, South Korea. Thanks to her older brother, she grew up with fantasy adventure books and games. Then she fell into the world of comic books, where all the fantasy characters she previously imagined in her head were moving and speaking on the papers. After playing all those adventurous games and reading comic books, she finally realized she could combine her favorite activity and genre (Art and Fantasy) together. With that realization, she chose the path of making fantasy art. As soon as the decision was made, time has flown and she has received a bachelor’s degree in both Cartooning and Illustration, from Sangmyung University in South Korea and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Currently, she is working as a Freelance Illustrator in New York, spending most of her time telling stories with drawings and paintings. There are countless characters and creatures strewn over her desk awaiting new adventures. She is more excited now to bring her art to the world than ever before.

With writers and illustrators coming from all walks of life, the winners attended a week long workshop taught by contest judges —including New York Times bestselling authors Dave Wolverton (Runelord series) and Kevin J. Anderson (Dune series), World Fantasy Award winner Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides, adapted as the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean film), multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner Orson Scott Card (Enders Game), multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner Robert J. Sawyer (Flash Forward and The WWW Trilogy), Hugo and Nebula award winning author Larry Niven (the Ringworld series), and internationally acclaimed artists, Stephen Hickman (over 350 book and magazine covers), and Cliff Nielsen (cover artist for Chronicles of Narnia)—each one an experienced professional in the field providing sound advice based on hard-won experience.

Each writing and illustrating contest winner was presented their trophy by contest judges at the ceremony and combined cash prizes and royalties of over $30,000, and their story with artwork published in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Volume 30.

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 mentoring process has proven very successful. The 348 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and nearly 4,000 short stories. They have produced 27 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 million copies.

The 276 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 4,500 illustrations, 356 comic books, graced 594 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 36 TV shows and 46 major movies.

For more information and to see the awards ceremony online, go to www.writersofthefuture.com




 

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