Leah Ning Of Herndon Wins L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

Leah Ning of Herndon has been recognized as one of twelve “writer winners” for her entry, “Yellow and Pink” in this year’s international competition, the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. Ning is a Boeing programmer by day and author by night. In addition to the Writers of the Future Contest, a second contest, Illustrators of the Future, was also held with twelve winners selected by greats in the arts. Awardees are from across the globe, the United States, Australia, Turkey, Vietnam, and more.

Leah Ning of Herndon holds a newly released copy of “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 36,” released April 7, 2020.

According to Herndon Connection, “According to Ning, although she wrote as a student when she entered the workforce, she stopped due to time constraints. However, in the summer of 2019, Ning began again. “I never wrote a short story before…I sent my first one into the Contest, and of course, it got summarily rejected… It was terrible and deserved,” she said.”

Ning said about what she does to overcome the inevitable “writer’s block, “I don’t sit there and stare at the blank page. That’s stressful… Stress is crap for your creative process…Do something nice. Take a walk in nature or a hot shower. Drive around randomly… It’s a lot more helpful for coming up with an idea… with an opening. Then, when I sit down in front of a blank page, I already know what I want to write.”

As per Herndon Connection, “The Annual Awards Ceremony in Hollywood and the intensive week of learning from established writers, artists and professionals in the publishing world is on hold. A full-color illustration accompanies each story in the 450-page anthology. Scrawl Books in Reston Town Center confirmed they would offer home delivery or curbside pickup for “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 36.”

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