Didn't a lot of the current crop of really good writers get their start in the Strange New Worlds
anthologies, about 10 years ago? I always thought that was a fantastic way to discover new blood; people who are real fans but not necessarily professional writers. Seems to have paid off.
I always wanted to write a story for those but I never got past the "word document with several story ideas" stage. Writing is hard!
It's nice that most of the writers these days are die hard trek fans. It seems like many (not all) of the writers in the 90s were random professional tie-in fiction writers that didn't necessarily know much about Trek. Or established TOS novelists who didn't seem to know anything about the newer shows.