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Ringling student among the "Illustrators of The Future"

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) – Sarasota resident and student, Jazmen Richardson, has been officially announced as a winner in the "Illustrators of the Future" contest. The contest is in its 29th year and is judged by some of the premier names in speculative fiction. Richardson is currently attending Ringling College of Art and Design.

Ms. Richardson's winning illustrations have earned her 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. Her art will be published in the annual bestseller, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34.

Richardson was born in 1998 in Auburn, New York. After graduating a year early from high school to pursue an artistic mentorship, she was accepted at Ringling College of Art and Design of Sarasota, Florida to study illustration and the business of art and design. She has been working in digital art for two years now, and is moving toward a specialty in oil painting.

Scientology founder and author, L. Ron Hubbard, created "The Writers of the Future" writing contest 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 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.

For more information about the contest, go to