Harvard senior named Illustrators of the Future winning artist

Digital illustration of a person using a counting tool.

Illustration by Isabel Gibney ’20

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Isabel Gibney ’20 was recently named a winner in the 38th annual Illustrators of the Future Contest and will be published in the international bestselling anthology, “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 37.”

Health and safety measures permitting, Gibney will travel to Hollywood this fall to attend a weeklong workshop and the awards gala.

The Washington, D.C., native began creating stories at a young age. That passion led her to pick up the crayon, and later the stylus, to share her worlds with others through art. Audiences responses inspired Gibney to continue to refine her work and push her skills in engaging emotion through color and light.

Gibney concentrates in history of art and architecture and post-graduation, she hopes to combine a love of narrative, history, culture to encompass more diverse perspectives and expand the realm of storytelling through art.

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The Writers of the Future contest was created in 1983 by “Battlefield Earth” author L. Ron Hubbard to support aspiring writers of speculative fiction. Five years later, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created. The contests have become the largest, and one of the most successful and influential vehicles for budding creative talent in the world of contemporary fiction.

Illustrators of the Future Contest is one of the most prestigious illustrating competitions in the world, and is judged by some of the premier names in speculative fiction including sci-fi artist Bob Eggleton, Dungeons & Dragons artist Larry Elmore, graphic designer Echo Chernik, and multimedia artist Rob Prior.

Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 36 anthology volumes and awarded more than $1 million in prize money and royalties.

For more information about the contests, visit