CHICAGO, IL RESIDENT
WINNER OF INTERNATIONAL
WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST
The Book Cellar Cafe
4736 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Fri., June 27th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
WHO: Winner of International Writing Contest, Oleg Kazantsev, Resident of Chicago, Illinois
Oleg Kazantsev was born and grew up in Eastern Siberia, in the city of Khabarovsk, mere miles from the Chinese border. Life there taught him a lot of things – some more and some less useful – such as: boxing, ballroom dancing, potato farming, Calculus III, and video game journalism. After he got his first degree in Computer Science, Oleg decided he wanted to try something new in his life, so he went to Columbia College in Chicago to study fiction writing in English. Two and a half years later he was tutoring college students and teaching class in an intermediate school in South Chicago. Great experience as it was, teaching writing wasn’t what Oleg wanted to do for the rest of his life, so his next step after graduation was to zigzag back to IT consulting, to free up some time for his passion in writing. That’s where he is right now, but there’s no guarantee that in a year or two his life won’t change completely yet again.
Oleg is 25 years old, married and raising a wonderful two-year-old daughter. His stories have appeared in Story Week Reader 2012 and 2013, Elastic Lumberjack, and Every Day Fiction (http://www.everydayfiction.com/frost-by-oleg-kazantsev/). His comic book With You won the Albert P. Weisman award in 2012 and can be found on Amazon.
WHAT: Book signing in recognition of being Chicago’s newest internationally acclaimed writer published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 30
WHEN: Fri., June 27th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
WHERE: The Book Cellar Cafe, (Lincoln Square) 4736 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625, (773) 293-2665
WHY: This bookstore event is being done to assist in launching the career of Chicago’s newest professionally published writer.
Publishing today is a very competitive field and past estimates have shown that of the approximately 50,000 new books published each year, there were roughly 1,000,000 being submitted. There are a very small percentage of books published annually that are authored by new writers.
These Contests provide aspiring writers and illustrators a chance to be recognized, with both cash prizes and career advancement.
Over the past 30 years, the Contests have honored over 650 aspiring writers and illustrators, providing that much needed helping hand to launch successful careers. The ceremony celebrated the 30th anniversary for Writers and Illustrators of the Future. Past winners of the Writing Contest have published over 750 novels and 3,500 short stories. Winners of the Illustrators Contest have had their art published in more than 500 books and magazines, with 4,500 illustrations, 350 comics and over 1.3 million art prints.
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