Creative Art Director of an award-winning author

Lazarus Chernik writing as Lazarus Black

Honorable mentions as well as his 1st place in the Writers of the Future competition.

After 25 years as creative director, Lazarus Chernik, writing as Lazarus Black, wins the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future competition.

I am honored by this recognition because it took 40 years to become a writer.

— Lazarus (Chernik) Black

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, March 21, 2022 / — Lazarus Chernik is an experienced creative director, brand manager and award-winning designer with over 25 years of experience who has always wanted to be an author. After 40 years, it will now be published in L.Ron Hubbard Present The writers of the future Volume 38 with his winning story, “Psychic Poker” under the pen name Lazarus Black.

Using expert skills in all manner of print and online media, Chernik has led the creative departments of numerous agencies and corporations, including a national Top 15 advertising agency, a national retail chain, a national web development, a catalog retailer and a retailer. goods manufacturer.

He has been a design and skills software instructor in corporate training environments and continuing education institutions.

He has been a judge for the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future competition since 2016.

But what he wanted to be was an author.

When revealing that Lazarus Black, the pen name used to enter the Writers of the Future contest, was actually Illustrators of the Future contest judge Lazarus Chernik, Chernik said, “I never wanted to be an artist. My mother was a library manager. My father loved words. I created big worlds and characters and epics when I was a kid, but nobody read them. By discovering that people would react in seconds to an image, I made a career in art, animation and advertising.

When the judgment came to announce Lazarus Black as the winner and that Lazarus Black was actually Lazarus Chernik, the contest administrators confirmed that it fell under the rules and regulations of the contest. Judging of stories is blind, based solely on merit, with judges only seeing the story and a number assigned to that story.

Galaxy Press president John Goodwin asked Black (Chernik) what rekindled his earlier goal of being a writer. He replied, “Meeting David Farland inspired me. I practiced like crazy, writing over 400,000 words in 2020 alone. Submitting anonymously to WOTF for 2.5 years earned me six honorable mentions before winning.

In the case of his winning story “Psychic Poker,” the story’s main character, Tyson, doesn’t have to be a psychic to know the invite is a trap, but he can’t turn down a poker tournament. poker with the highest stakes imaginable.

Chernik concluded, “I’m honored by this recognition because it took 40 years to become a writer.”

And no, he won’t be teaching the Illustrators of the Future workshop this year because he will be attending the Writers of the Future workshop… as a winner.

L. Ron Hubbard started the Writers of the Future writing contest in 1983 to provide “a means for new and aspiring writers to have a chance to have their creative endeavors seen and recognized”. Building on its success, its sister competition, Illustrators of the Future, was created five years later to provide the same opportunity for the budding artist.

The intensive mentoring process has proven to be very successful. The writing competition’s more than 500 published past winners and finalists have published more than 1,800 novels and nearly 6,200 short stories. Additionally, they have produced 36 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

The 370 past winners of the Illustration Contest have produced more than 6,000 illustrations, 360 comic strips, adorned 624 books and albums with their art, and contributed visuals to 68 television shows and 40 major films.

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