Monday, June 29, 2009

Encinitas Writer and Airline Pilot Flying High With Wings and a Keyboard

Less than a year after garnering top honors in the global L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest for new science fiction and fantasy writers, Encinitas resident and writer David Parish-Whittaker has sold story rights to Aberrant for its high-profile, miniatures science fiction game "Rezolution."

Parish-Whittaker was first professionally published in 2008 as part of the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol. 24 anthology (Galaxy Press, 2008) for his story A Warbird in the Belly of the Mouse.

In addition to his first professional publication and a contest cash award last year, David also took part in a week-long workshop sponsored by the Contest and led by members of the jury panel of award-winning and best-selling writers.

The part-time writer and full-time airline pilot is currently shopping a young adult Victorian fantasy and revising a "Wodehousian steampunk novel."

"David has used last year's Contest experience and put it to work for him," said Contest Director Joni Labaqui. "The reason that Mr. Hubbard started the contest in 1983 was to give unrecognized talent like David a better chance to make it in publishing."

Other past winners of the Writers of the Future Contest have had over 500 novels, 1,400 short stories, and selling an impressive 31,000,000 books. The Contest was begun by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 shortly after returning to the field of science fiction with his bestseller Battlefield Earth.

For more information, on the contests, go to