Hollywood Trip, Workshop and Awards Ceremony to Come
Hollywood, CA – Maksym “Max” Polishchuk of Round Lake, Illinois, has been officially announced as a winner in the Illustrators of the Future Contest. The contest, one of the most prestigious illustration competitions, is in its 29th year and is judged by some of the premier names in speculative fiction. Maksym, a Lviv, Ukraine native, is a 2017 graduate of Grant Community High School in Fox Lake and currently attends Loyola University Chicago.
Mr. Polishchuk‘s winning illustrations have earned him a cash prize, a trip to Hollywood for a week-long intensive workshop, a gala awards ceremony which draws in excess of one thousand attendees as well as a shot at winning the Golden Brush Award and $5,000 cash prize. His art will be published in the annual bestseller, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34.
Maksym Polishchuk was born in 1999 in Lviv, an ancient Ukrainian city located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern Europe. Lviv, with its diverse culture and rich history, ultimately became one of the primary sources of Maksym’s inspiration, who was always fascinated by the history concealed behind each ancient structure.
Such fascination with history, coupled with the discovery of texts of Tolkien and J.K. Rowling is what ultimately ignited Maksym’s interest in illustration. Art was the only way of transforming the stories and worlds he saw in his imagination into something more tangible. In order to help him achieve his dreams, his mother sent him to an art studio, which he attended almost daily over the span of six years, and which helped him nurture his talents and skills.
Maksym moved to the US just before his freshman year of high school. Even though his world was transformed completely, the one thing that remained constant was art. Today, Maksym studies political science and international relations at Loyola University Chicago in hopes of creating a better world that is not limited solely by the boundaries of the canvas.
The Illustrators of the Future Contest judges include some of the top names in illustration including coordinating judge, Echo Chernik, whose clients include Celestial Seasonings Tea, Disney, NASCAR and Proctor & Gamble.
Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth, written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, and recently released in as a bestselling 21st Century trade paperback and audiobook, L. Ron Hubbard created The Writers of the Future writing contest (www.writersofthefuture.com) in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers of speculative fiction 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 392 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 322 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.
The Writers of the Future Award is the genre’s most prestigious award of its kind and has now become the largest, most successful and demonstrably most influential vehicle for budding creative talent in the world of contemporary fiction. Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 33 anthology volumes and awarded a nearly $1,000,000 cumulatively in cash prizes and royalties.
Hundreds of winners have had successful careers in art and illustration following their win and publication in the anthology.
For more information about the contest, go to www.WritersOfTheFuture.com.