By GSN Contributor

Gilbert resident Kyna Tek is a winner in the Illustrators of the Future Contest.

The prestigious illustration competition is in its 29th year and is judged by some of the premier names in speculative fiction.

Tek’s winning illustrations have earned him a cash prize, a trip to Hollywood for a week-long intensive workshop and a gala awards ceremony, which draws in excess of one thousand attendees, as well as a shot at winning the Golden Brush Award and a $5,000 cash prize.

His art will be published in the annual bestseller L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34.

Contest judges include coordinating judge Echo Chernik.

Tek was born in 1980 at an unnamed refugee camp in Thailand along the Cambodia and Thailand Border. His family eventually immigrated to Tempe, where he grew up a typical ’80s kid playing video games, watching movies and reading comics.

It wasn’t until he attended Mesa Community College that he discovered his passion for drawing and painting and graduated with a degree in digital arts.

Since then, he has continued to hone his craft and discover where he fits in the illustration world. He enjoys self study and creating inspired illustrations in the fantasy and science fiction genre.

  1. Ron Hubbard created The Writers of the Future writing contest following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel Battlefield Earth. It’s written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, and released as a 21st Century trade paperback and audiobook in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers of speculative fiction to get an introduction.

Following on the success of the writing contest, he created the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest in 1988.

The intensive mentoring process has proven successful. The 392 winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and nearly 4,000 short stories. Among them are 27 New York Times bestsellers. Their works have sold more than 50 million copies.

The 322 past winners of the illustrating contest have produced more than 4,500 illustrations and 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 become the most successful vehicle for budding creative talent in the world of contemporary fiction.

Since its inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 33 anthology volumes and awarded nearly $1 million cumulatively in cash prizes and royalties.

Hundreds of winners have gone on to successful careers in art and illustration following their win and publication in the anthology.