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  • The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Podcast Recognized by the “Podcast Awards: The People’s Choice”

    The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Podcast has over 32 million downloads and is a finalist in the Podcast Awards in Education and Storyteller categories.

    The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Podcast has over 32 million downloads and is a finalist in the Podcast Awards: Education and Storyteller categories.

    Making the slate is a serious accomplishment, with more than 5.1 million listeners having cast nomination votes.”
    — Todd Cochrane, CEO Podcast Awards
    LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Podcast launched in 2019 and currently has 185 published episodes and over 32 million downloads in over 110 countries. And just this week, the “Podcast Awards: The People’s Choice” announced that the podcast made the final slate in two categories—EDUCATION and STORYTELLER/DRAMA.

    The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Podcast focuses on providing an education of necessary skills and hard-won business acumen while enhancing the ability to tell or illustrate a good story. It is dedicated to providing writing tips and art advice from Contest judges, winners, bestselling authors, and industry professionals, as well as needed inspiration to the aspiring writer or artist to persevere. Each writer and artist also explains their own personal journey to success. Between all the show’s guests, there is a story that everyone can relate to and be inspired by. The podcast is based on the internationally acclaimed Writers of the Future Contest created by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983.

    “I am very honored that the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Podcast was recognized by ‘The Podcast Awards: The People’s Choice,’” stated John Goodwin, President of Galaxy Press and the show host. Contest organizers in making the announcement noted, “Making the slate is a serious accomplishment, with more than 5.1 million listeners having cast nomination votes.” The organizers noted, “Final voting is now taking place with 20,000 of those who voted plus 500 podcasters making the final decision to be announced September 30, International Podcast Day.”

    The writing and art podcast is one of several tools made available for aspiring writers and artists by the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests. For nearly four decades—and over 900 writers and artists—L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests have discovered and nurtured a steady stream of new talent who have changed the face of science fiction and fantasy. With entrants from over 175 countries, these Contests have been providing “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged,” as per the mission statement by L. Ron Hubbard in the first volume.

    In addition to Contest winners, guests of the podcast have included such industry giants as Craig Alanson (Expeditionary Force series), Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game), Echo Chernik (Art Nouveau artist), Tom Doherty (Publisher of Tor), Bob Eggleton (winner of 11 Chesley Awards), Larry Elmore (Dragonlance artist), Hugh Howey (Silo), Larry Niven (Ringworld), Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides), Rob Prior (Spawn and Heavy Metal artist), A.G. Riddle (The Atlantis Gene), Robert J. Sawyer (WWW Trilogy), Dean Wesley Smith (Seeders Universe), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), Toni Weisskopf (Publisher of Baen Books), and Tom Wood (Tom Wood Fantasy Art).

    The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Podcast is available at http://bit.ly/SoundCloudWOTF as well as on all major platforms.

    The website, www.writersofthefuture.com, is the hub for the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests and includes the history of each awards event, all Contest judges, and how to enter the Contests. Additionally, the Forum, Blog, and Podcast are easily accessed.

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  • Winners Announced: 2nd Quarter Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests

    The 2nd Quarter Writers of the Future Contest volume 39 winners

    The 2nd Quarter Illustrators of the Future Contest volume 39 winners

    The Winners and Finalists are announced for the 2nd Quarter Year 39 of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests.

    The artist injects the spirit of life into a culture. And through his creative endeavors, the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form.”
    — L. Ron Hubbard, Writers of the Future Contest creator
    HOLLYWOOD, CA, UNITED STATES, August 11, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests are pleased to announce the second quarter winners for its 39th year.

    For the Writers of the Future Contest, the winners for the quarter ending March 31, 2022, are:

    First Place – Devon Bohm from Connecticut
    Second Place – Arthur Manners from Great Britain
    Third Place – David Hankins from Iowa

    And for the Illustrators of the Future Contest, the winners are:

    Sarah Morrison from Massachusetts
    Ximing Luo from Maryland
    Alaya Knowlton from Florida

    Congratulations to them all! They will be published in 2023 in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 39.

    You can find the complete list of Finalists, Semi-Finalists, and Honorable Mentions at www.writersofthefuture.com/blog.

    In 1985, with the release of the first volume of the series, L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “The artist injects the spirit of life into a culture. And through his creative endeavors, the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form.” The Contest Director Joni Labaqui stated, “I am delighted to be able to announce these quarterly winners. We remain true to the direction set by Mr. Hubbard.”

    The award-winning writers and illustrators will be flown out to Hollywood for a week-long workshop with Contest judges, who are some of the biggest names in the field. Plus, a lavish awards ceremony.

    Writer judges are Kevin J. Anderson, Dr. Doug Beason, Dr. Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, Brian Herbert, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Nancy Kress, Katherine Kurtz, Todd McCaffrey, Rebecca Moesta, Larry Niven, Jody Lynn Nye, Dr. Nnedi Okorafor, Tim Powers, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Brandon Sanderson, Dr. Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, Dean Wesley Smith, and Dr. Sean Williams.

    Illustrator judges are Echo Chernik, Lazarus Chernik, Ciruelo, Vincent Di Fate, Diane Dillon, Bob Eggleton, Craig Elliott, Larry Elmore, Laura Freas Beraha, Brittany Jackson, Val Lakey Lindahn, Stephan Martiniere, Mike Perkins, Sergey Poyarkov, Rob Prior, Dan dos Santos, Shaun Tan, Tom Wood, and Stephen Youll.
    The Contests are both free to enter and are found at www.writersofthefuture.com.

    L. Ron Hubbard initiated the Writers of the Future Writing Contest in 1983 to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” Based on its success, its sister contest, Illustrators of the Future, was created five years later to provide that same opportunity for aspiring artists.

    The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. The 535 winners and published finalists of the Writing Contest have published over 1,900 novels and nearly 6,200 short stories. In addition, they have produced 36 New York Times bestsellers, and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

    The 382 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,200 illustrations, 390 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art, and visually contributed to 68 TV shows and 40 major movies.

    For more information on the writing contest and illustration contest and to see the annual awards gala, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

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  • Galaxy Press Announces Partnership with Daintree Books in Australia

    Galaxy Press and Daintree Books have partnered to establish distribution of L. Ron Hubbard fiction and the Writers of the Future series in Australia

    Daintree Books is making L. Ron Hubbard's fiction works available throughout Australia.

    We are excited to work with Galaxy Press to bring their titles to the Australian market.”
    — Andrew La Torraca, Managing Director Daintree Distribution
    BELROSE, NSW, AUSTRALIA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Galaxy Press is pleased to announce its partnership with Daintree Books in Australia to distribute its line of L. Ron Hubbard fiction works. “We created Galaxy Press in 2002 to oversee the publication and distribution of Mr. Hubbard’s works,” stated John Goodwin, President of Galaxy Press, from his office in Los Angeles, California. “We look forward to making Mr. Hubbard’s works available throughout Australia with our newly created relationship with Daintree Books,” he concluded.

    Andrew La Torraca, Managing Director, Educational Group Pty Ltd, and Daintree Distribution, announced, “We are excited to work with Galaxy Press to bring their titles to the Australian market.”

    The MD continued, “With the international writing contest, Writers of the Future, we should see more and more local talent getting a boost. At Daintree Books, our simple philosophy is to select informative, engaging, and imaginative books that will inspire curious young minds and embed a lifelong love of reading.”

    Australia is home to #1 New York Times bestselling author Sean Williams, Writers of the Future 1992 winner who became a Contest judge in 2003. There have been several winners over the years. In just the last few years, Australian winners have included C. Winspear (Grand Prize winner Volume 36, “The Trade”), Michael Gardner (Volume 36, “Foundations”), and J.A. Becker (Volume 38 “For the Federation”).

    La Torraca concluded, “Our aim is to bring knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm to readers. This will be a great fit.”

    The Writers of the Future Writing Contest, now in its 39th year, was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” Based on its success, its sister contest, Illustrators of the Future, was created five years later to provide that same opportunity for the aspiring artist.

    The 535 past winners and published finalists of the Writing Contest have published over 1,900 novels and nearly 6,200 short stories. In addition, they have produced 36 New York Times bestsellers, and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

    The 382 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,200 illustrations, 390 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art, and visually contributed to 68 TV shows and 40 major movies.

    For more information about L. Ron Hubbard titles, visit galaxypress.com/l-ron-hubbard-books/. For more information about Daintree Books, visit www.daintreebooks.com.au/books/?isbn=9781619867017.

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  • Here and Now, There and Then: Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Drives Innovation and Invention, Locally and Globally

    Supporting Innovations & Invention - Locally & Globally

    Accelerating innovation locally & Globally

    Creative Minds...Transform the World

    Prince Mohammad Bind Fahd University

    PMU is embracing how local and global collaborative engagement can synergistically reinforce each other to improve lives in the here-and-now

    Although we have achieved great things at PMU, our work upon the local and global stages is far from finished, We will continue to move forward with enthusiasm and determination.”
    — Dr. Issa Alansari (President)
    AL-KHOBAR, EASTERN PROVINCE, SAUDI ARABIA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Starting several years ago with Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia set forth a bold agenda of economic and social transformation to open up the nation to the world. Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU), a prestigious institute of higher learning in Saudi Arabia, is continuing to do its part in progressing Vision 2030 and the agenda's themes of an Ambitious Nation, a Thriving Economy, and a Vibrant Society. In accordance with these far-reaching themes, PMU is also helping advance the goals of partnership, prosperity, peace, and understanding worldwide.

    Among PMU's many relevant activities has been the funding of special projects for university researchers and the securing of patents for new inventions. Through the Prince Turki bin Muhammad bin Fahd Center for Creativity and Entrepreneurship (PTCCE) at PMU, the university is supporting the projects and research of both male and female students. In particular, PMU is ensuring funding allocations for women researchers and students as they make key contributions to Vision 2030 in the area of sustainability via the development of clean, renewable energy sources and applications.

    In these endeavors, PMU has also partnered with the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). A United States-based non-profit organization, NAI plays a pivotal role in recognizing and promulgating inventions made by its members for the benefit of global society.

    Furthermore, to proactively envision and move toward achieving an equitably prosperous future, the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies (PMFCFS) and the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) have announced a continuation of their futures research grant through this year. PMU has accordingly put out a new, third call for research proposals on "Thinking about alternative futures...", a widely ranging scholarly project aligning with Vision 2030 by exploring sustainability, wellbeing, and adaptability to unpredicted events.

    Overall, through these efforts and more, PMU is managing to maintain a broad focus encompassing both home and abroad. The university is embracing how local positive change and global collaborative engagement can synergistically reinforce each other to improve lives in the here-and-now, as well as the there-and-then.

    "All of us at PMU are very proud of what we are accomplishing in supporting research, innovation, and engagement within our community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and across the full community of nations worldwide," said Dr. Issa Al Ansari, President of PMU. "We truly believe that tremendous opportunity exists for global citizens to cooperatively forge a future where prosperity is shared and accessible to all."

    Powering Innovation

    A prime example of diligent individual effort cumulatively benefiting the world's population—and the health of the planet itself—is the electric vehicle. While fossil fuels have powered humanity's technological rise since the Industrial Revolution began more than two centuries ago, while also historically serving as a key source of wealth for Saudi Arabia, these fuels do not represent the future of energy generation by our global species.

    PMU members are thus working on developing electric vehicles that can run on renewable sources of energy. In this vein, ten female students from PMU's College of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering recently succeeded in designing and manufacturing an environmentally friendly electric car. The three-wheeled, joystick-controlled vehicle utilizes a solar-power charging station and performed admirably in test runs. The vehicle represents the culmination of an important hands-on, skills-building exercise that will empower PMU students to continue innovating and developing the modes of transportation humankind will progressively adopt in the coming decades. The distinguished graduation project was honored at a ceremony held by the university administration and attended by Dr. Al Ansari.

    "At PMU, we encourage women to pursue careers in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—and have made it a point to ensure funding allocation for both men and women," said Dr. Al Ansari. "The electric vehicle demonstration is evidence of how a balanced approach broadens innovation—innovation which will be critical in meeting the challenges of the 21st century."

    Protecting Inventions

    The PTCCE is a catalyst for electric vehicle and other Vision 2030-aligned research and development. Beyond supporting and enriching the ideas of young people, the Center for Creativity and Entrepreneurship assists in turning these ideas into economically viable and attractive projects and applications at both the local and the global level.

    Also playing a critical role is the Patent Center, established under the Deanship of Research at PMU. The Patent Center supports the protection of creative scholarly activities, innovation, and discoveries involving faculty, staff, students, and others participating in PMU programs, with a major element of this support being the assistance with securing patents through coordination with NAI.

    Five patents were recently awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to inventions by PMU community members. The patents represent a range of disciplines, from health and medicine to electrical and mechanical engineering and materials science. One of the patented inventions uses artificial intelligence (AI) for early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, a neurodegenerative condition, as well as cardiovascular diseases by searching for telltale physiological, voice, and handwritten patterns displayed by patients. A second invention has applications in the power transmission industry and involves the fabrication of copper wire with enhanced electrical conductivity plus the desirable properties of high strength and ductility. The third invention is a novel kind of separator that can more effectively dehumidify air, with applications in the HVAC, aerospace, and natural gas industries. The fourth invention is a highly practical and versatile bento-style lunch box. The fifth invention describes the preparation of a polyolefin-carbon nanomaterial composite that offers excellent thermal and electrical conductivity along with flexibility, toughness, and degradation resistance.

    "Through our dedicated Centers and partnerships, we are finding extraordinary success in promoting and protecting innovation and invention at PMU," said Al Ansari.

    Reflecting the quality education that PMU offers to its students as well as its sustained support for academic staff, the university was recently rated highly in the QS World University Rankings, an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds, a United Kingdom-based higher education analysis company. Overall, PMU was ranked in the top 651 to 700 universities around the world in the QS University World Rankings 2023, published in June. The university has also been recognized as one of the world's top universities for performance in the subjects of mechanical engineering (401-450) and computer science (601-650) by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

    The growing number of accolades for PMU's members, as well as the university's growing global reputation, collectively speak to the fruition of the themes of progress and prosperity in Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.

    "Although we have achieved great things at PMU, our work upon the local and global stages is far from finished," said Dr. Al Ansari. "We will continue to move forward with enthusiasm and determination."

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  • THE YOUNG TERRORIST Illuminates the Journey from Arab Militant to Proud American

    The Young Terrorist cover showing a teenager with a gun and an "X" covering him

    The Young Terrorist cover

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    Nabil Khouri Takes Readers Deep Inside Emotional Conflict between Culture and Moral Choice

    BOULDER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, August 4, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The release today of Nabil Khouri’s memoir THE YOUNG TERRORIST is a personal reminder of why many people in democratic nations applaud the elimination of someone like al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. According to Khouri, “The threat from terrorists such as al-Zawahiri to civilian populations is real and imminent. We have a moral duty to stop them.”

    The book is a gripping memoir: Nabil Khouri’s journey from Arab militant to proud American.

    As a young boy growing up in Jordan in the 1960s, there were only two things he believed in--the power of his automatic rifle and the certainty that Western culture was evil. THE YOUNG TERRORIST recounts his transformation from a proud member of a Palestinian militia group to an even prouder American citizen.

    Nabil spent much of his youth in Jordan. He experienced the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, as well as civil wars in Jordan (a conflict known as Black September) and Lebanon in the 1970s. At the age of eleven, he joined the Arabic Liberation Front (ALF) not out of any great allegiance to the Palestinian cause but for a child’s reason: It would convince the Jordanian Muslim boys to stop bullying him for being a Lebanese Christian.

    This memoir describes what followed: his experiences confronting death and violence as a preteen terror group member, the first tastes of Western culture as a teen in Spain, an unexpected return to the Middle East during Lebanon’s civil war, and his escape to America. Becoming immersed in the group’s radical militia ideology warped Nabil’s sense of identity and tore at the fabric of his family. However, he ultimately appreciated the opportunities and freedoms of life and education in the United States, unlocking his own “American dream.”

    About the Author
    Nabil Khouri built a successful career in engineering after emigrating to the United States at the age of 19. After marrying his American-born wife, Mary, they settled in the Southern United States. Nabil Khouri does a variety of volunteer work within his community that includes advancing interest in, and knowledge of, Middle Eastern culture. He loves traveling internationally with his wife.

    About Armin Lear Press
    Armin Lear was founded with the purpose of publishing books connecting people with ideas that make our lives richer, more fulfilling, and happier. Its founders have 29 years of publishing experience. The company headquarters is near Boulder, CO with a production office in Arlington, VA and a design team near Boston, MA. Armin Lear is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and distributes its books worldwide in English through Ingram.

    TITLE The Young Terrorist
    SUBTITLE Journey from Arab Militant to Proud American
    AUTHOR Nabil Khouri
    ISBN 9781956450293 (PB)
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    PRICE $21.95 (PB); $9.99 (eBook)
    PUB DATE August 4, 2022

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  • Guide to Cultivating Leadership in Church Organizations

    Paradigm Shift: Building a Foundation of Church Leadership from the Inside Out

    Paradigm Shift: Building a Foundation of Church Leadership from the Inside Out

    Author  Johnny Jr. M. Wilson

    Author Johnny Jr. M. Wilson

    Paradigm Shift

    Paradigm Shift

    Johnny M. Wilson provides process of building congregations with "Paradigm Shift: Building a Foundation of Church Leadership from the Inside Out"

    The challenges to learn new opportunities can lead to opportunities for new ministries”
    — Johnny Jr. M. Wilson
    DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, August 2, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Johnny M. Wilson's "Paradigm Shift: Building a Foundation of Church Leadership from the Inside Out" is for those seeking to develop leaders in their church organization. Even if it means challenging others within an organization to bring forth positive change and go beyond the sameness or status quo of a group.

    Wilson, a senior pastor, and ordained minister draws from his experiences with small to conservative or liberated theology of those African American churches that he served in New England. He shares his learnings and realizations gained from examining the intercultural, societal, and group dynamics of the organizations he worked in. Wilson reflects on his life experiences and how leaders of local churches can build up their organizations while honoring the traditional systems of their congregations. Also, Wilson examines the complexities of change in the religious life and the need for intercultural communication.

    "The challenges to learn new opportunities can lead to opportunities for new ministries," Wilson says. With his book, readers will see how important it is to believe in oneself and lead others into the joy of relationships and serving others. Leadership is a challenge, but his work shows that through faith, wisdom and love, leadership can be effective in a way that benefits the organization toward positive change.

    About the Author


    Johnny M. Wilson serves as transitional/ Interim pastor of Granville Federated Church in Granville, Mass. An ordained clergy with earned degrees from Berkeley School of Theology, Berkeley, California, MDiv (formally ABSW) United Theological Seminary, Dayton OH. DMin. Wilson is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School: Making Change: Friendship and a life well-lived 2022. Also, he studied under the leadership of Preston N. Williams PhD’67 the Frist tenured African American faculty at the Harvard Divinity School Leadership Institute in 2005. Wilson was ordained at Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, California under the pastoral leadership of James Alfred Smith, Sr. DMin.

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  • The United Kingdom Presents L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future

    Featuring an image of the cover art next to the book cover, "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 37" is available in Waterstones, Foyles and independent stores throughout the UK

    "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 37" now available in bookstores across the UK

    UK Writers & Illustrators of the Future winners Dan Watson (Vol 37), J.L. George (Vol 36),  Michael Panter (Vol 38)

    UK Writers & Illustrators of the Future winners Dan Watson, J.L. George, Michael Panter

    The “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future” has long found award-winning authors and illustrators in the United Kingdom.

    A means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.”
    — L. Ron Hubbard
    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, August 2, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- It is a fact that the United Kingdom is home to several winners of the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests as well as one of its celebrated Illustrator judges and has been for over three decades.

    The earliest international bestselling authors published in the “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future” series date back to 1988, when the late Jo Beverley was a published finalist who went on to considerable success in the historical romance genre. Stephen Baxter, who writes hard science fiction, was a winner in 1989, followed in 1993 by Elizabeth Wein, best known for her #1 New York Times bestselling novel “Code Name Verity.”

    The most recent winners include Writers of the Future Volume 36 winner J. L. George of Pontypool, with her story “Catching My Death,” and Volume 38 winner Michael Panter, now residing in Sweden, with his story “Lilt of a Lark,” and the Volume 37 Illustrators of the Future grand prize-winning illustrator, Dan Watson of Reading, with his fantastical art for “How to Steal the Plot Armor” by Luke Wildman. All three of these winners were recently featured in episode #179 of the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Podcast.

    UK Illustrators of the Future judge since 2017, Mike Perkins (www.mikeperkinsart.com) is an award-winning illustrator who has worked on Marvel Comics’ “Captain America,” “Thor,” and “The X-Men.” After wrapping up a thirty-one-issue adaptation of Stephen King's “The Stand,” he transitioned into illustrating “Astonishing X-Men” and has now relaunched “Deathlok.” Perkins contributed an article for the aspiring artist trying to make it in the industry published in “Writers of the Future Volume 36” appropriately titled “Breaking In.”

    Author Orson Scott Card (“Ender's Game”) noted about the Contest’s success: “Writers of the Future has a record of nurturing and discovering writers who have gone on to make their mark in the science fiction field. Long may it continue!”

    Thanks to a partnership between Galaxy Press and Gazelle Book Services, the international best-selling series, “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future,” is available in stores throughout the United Kingdom, including Waterstones, Foyles, and independent bookstores.

    And as it progresses through its fourth decade of providing winning writers and artists of science fiction and fantasy, the United Kingdom remains a home to L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future.

    The Writers of the Future Writing Contest, now in its 39th year, was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” Based on its success, its sister contest, Illustrators of the Future, was created five years later to provide that same opportunity for aspiring artists.

    The 535 past winners and published finalists of the Writing Contest have published over 1,900 novels and nearly 6,200 short stories. In addition, they have produced 36 New York Times bestsellers, and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

    The 382 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,200 illustrations, 390 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art, and visually contributed to 68 TV shows and 40 major movies.

    For more information about L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future and its various programs, visit www.writersofthefuture.com. For more information about Gazelle Book Company, https://gazellebookservices.co.uk/ or access a copy of the UK Galaxy catalog https://media.gazellebookservices.co.uk/Catalogues/Publishers/GalaxyPress2022.pdf.

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  • Robert Williams’ “Ex-Gay Christian” is a Christian handbook that inspires readers to follow the teachings of Christ

            Ex-Gay Christian: Souls at the
                          Crossroads

    “Ex-Gay Christian” from Book Vine Press author Robert Williams is a compelling testimony of a man who has found healing by following God’s teachings.

    LANCASTER, SC, USA, August 1, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- “Ex-Gay Christian”: an intriguing journal of the author’s testimony about how he was able to find the light of Christ and understand the truth while he was blinded by earthly darkness because of pornography and homosexuality. It is a book where readers can witness a conversion of a man who lived with sins to a man who is willing to follow Christ and be with God. “Ex-Gay Christian” is the creation of published author Robert Williams, a writer who loves biking, nature exploration, and reviewing his ancestry.

    Williams writes, “Gazing over this valley of hurt, pain, rejection, and tears; I realize the Lord graciously brought me through it all. I now see His handiwork. He pulled back the covers of darkness so that I would understand the truth—this reality which Satan conceals—a lifestyle under the pretense of glitz, glamor, rainbow colors, endless fun, voguing, unending partying, merrily disguises truth as freedom and enlightenment.

    “In retrospect, Christ allowed me to go through the fire come back, and He stated, ‘Share your testimony—they will listen to you, help free them from the muck and mire they’ve gotten into.’

    “Humanity is war—warring against an enemy that despises all humankind due to his envy and diabolical intelligence—in a wicked, crafty, cunning way. Observe what he did to Adam and Eve. By his colorful lies and half-truths, he gained dominion of planet earth and even tried to hoodwink Christ into worshiping him, ‘I will give to You all this authority, and its glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I wish.’ (Ps. 4:6).”

    Published by Book Vine Press, Williams’s new book encourages the readers to always know what truth is and decipher which one is a lie. It is a book filled with Christian lessons that readers may learn when darkness covers their lives. This serves as an inspiration to readers of all ages to always seek the truth and constantly reminds them to never be blinded by the colorful lies

    Through this book, the author wants every Christian to always be grounded on the teaching of Christ, as it is the only way to get out of the darkness.

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    Book Vine Press(BVP) is an Illinois-based hybrid publishing company. We are a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association(IBPA) and accredited with the Better Business Bureau(BBB). Book Vine Press was created by an author for authors with a combined 18 years of publishing and marketing experience. We provide authors with the most affordable and competitive book publishing-related services with 100% continuous support.

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  • Chattel Slavery and 403 years of intergenerational pain are being laid to rest on August 20, 2022

    It's time to lay all of the effects of chattel slavey to rest, so we can heal.

    Over the ages, let us count, honor and release those we have lost

    It's time to cut the ties with one of the worst and longest crimes in our country's history.

    As a country and as one world community, we recreate our world as a place of justice, where every citizen is empowered and thriving.”
    — Sonia Bailey
    DANIA BEACH, FLORIDA, USA, August 1, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Hope is building around a memorial service marking the official end of the intergenerational pain of chattel slavery, some 400 years after it began. Although all of the effects of this atrocity won’t magically disappear on August 20, Requiem for Slavery is a 'period at the end of our sentence' of being prisoners of the chattel slavery war. The sentiment surrounding the date marks a new direction for people of African descent and for people of all races and ethnicities who reject skin color bias and structural racism.

    It is a point in time when we formally embrace a new dawn, a new beginning, to establish personal and collective wholeness.

    The event on August 20, 2022, at 10:00 am, takes place at Von D. Mizell/Eula Johnson State Park in Dania Beach, 6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL, 33004 at the Pelican Pavilion. The date marks 403 years since that identified by the 1619 Project’s acknowledgment of the first enslaved person’s arrival on U.S. soil that year. Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks, has waived entry fees for Requiem participants on the day of the event.

    Mayor Tamara James of Dania Beach will lend remarks regarding the historic event. Mayor James is a proven leader and community advocate. Born and raised in Dania Beach, FL, Mayor James is a University of Miami alumna, a retired WNBA athlete, world traveler, and mother, and is in her second term as the mayor of the City of Dania Beach. Mayor James is the youngest mayor in the history of Dania Beach. Mayor James has a fervent passion for providing Dania Beach residents with transparent leadership, safe practices, and viable community programs to create a thriving, unified environment for all citizens.

    Kisha King, Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Broward college, who has been teaching African American History for more than 25 years, will provide perspective through her remarks. She will also lend concepts on which participants may continue to build a foundation of healing.

    Shango Ra, a leader, and honored elder who upholds and preserves Afrocentric values in the local community, and a long-term resident of South Florida, will reflect on his ‘lived experience’ of racial injustice in the area. He operates the House of Kuumba in Dania. He also hosts a drumming circle every Sunday at 3 PM to teach the art and history of the African drum to modern-day blacks of any age and to pass the tradition to young people and others who value its healing properties and its place as a tool of leadership.

    Original songs reflecting healing will be offered by Ms. Jazmin Lightbourn.

    So, what is Requiem For Slavery, exactly? How can you embrace wholeness?

    “Working together, African descendants can heal ourselves from the intergenerational trauma of slavery. As a country and as one world community, we recreate our world as a place of justice, where every citizen is empowered and thriving,” says Sonia Bailey of Fire Forged Recovery. The organization offers this guidance:
    • Mark August 20, 2022, as the turning point to a new beginning. Attend the Requiem for Slavery as you would attend any other landmark life event.
    • Acknowledge the Requiem for Slavery in your home and community on August 20 to mark this turning point to our new beginning.
    • Examine your mind, body, soul, and spirit to find the places that need healing from internalized bias. Join us in finding ways to heal this bias for good.
    • Help yourself and others to heal by growing the Cultural Wellness Movement in your community.

    Find out more about the Cultural Wellness Movement at www.theculturehasthecure.com. There, you can become an Ambassador for the movement in your town, sign up to attend an upcoming workshop, take the 30-day wellness challenge, or take another action step.

    Get your ticket to attend the Requiem For Slavery at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/requiem-for-slavery-tickets-313255855697, or RSVP at TheCultureHasTheCure.com/requiem-for-slavery. Call or text (754) 777-0806 for more information.

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  • L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future is Now Available in South Africa

    "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 37"

    “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future” is now available in South Africa and endorsed by African international bestselling author Nnedi Okorafor.

    People get inspired to write, paint, draw, sing, sculpt, dance in many different ways.”
    — Nnedi Okorafor, Writers of the Future judge
    JOHANNESBURG, GAUTANG, SOUTH AFRICA, July 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The international bestselling series, “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future,” is available in South Africa thanks to a partnership between Galaxy Press and Willow Trading SA, including Volume 37 now in stores.

    “We are pleased that fans of science fiction and fantasy can now find “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future,” beginning with Volume 37 in major retailers throughout South Africa, including Raru, Exclusive Books, Bargain Books as well as independent bookstores,” stated John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, publisher of the fiction works of L. Ron Hubbard and the Writers of the Future series.

    Cape Town artist and Illustrators of the Future winner Stephen Spinas was published in Volume 37 with his fantastical art for “The Enfield Report” by Christopher Bowthorpe. Orson Scott Card (“Ender’s Game”) provides his advice on the application of Mr. Hubbard’s article “Magic Out of a Hat.” Watch the book trailer for Volume 37 (ISBN 978-1-61986-701-7).

    In a recent review of the series, the Midwest Book Review wrote, “Writers of the Future is the gold standard of emerging talent into the field of science fiction fantasy that has contributed more to the genre than any other source.”

    Dr. Nnedi Okorafor is a speculative fiction novelist of Nigerian descent whose novels include “Who Fears Death” (winner of the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel), “Akata Witch” (an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year), “Zahrah the Windseeker” (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and “The Shadow Speaker” (winner of the Parallax Award). Her children’s book “Long Juju Man” won the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa. Her short story “Windseekers” was published in Writers of the Future Volume 18 in 2001. She has been a Writers of the Future judge since 2013.

    Okorafor provided insightful advice on writing and the value of Writers of the Future in this 11-minute interview excerpt from the Writers of the Future Podcast that you can watch. For her podcast in full, listen to Episode 86 at www.Soundcloud.com/writersofthefuture.

    The Writers of the Future Writing Contest, now in its 39th year, was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” Based on its success, its sister contest, Illustrators of the Future, was created five years later to provide that same opportunity for aspiring artists.

    The 535 past winners and published finalists of the Writing Contest have published over 1,900 novels and nearly 6,200 short stories. In addition, they have produced 36 New York Times bestsellers, and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

    The 382 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,200 illustrations, 390 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art, and visually contributed to 68 TV shows and 40 major movies.

    For more information about L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future and its various programs, visit www.writersofthefuture.com. For more information about Willow Trading SA, visit linkedin.com/company/willow-trading-sa/

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  • 2-Day Women’s Retreat, 3E Event, Transforms Minds, Hearts, Business, and Life

    Women from around the world are invited to 3E Event 2-Day Women's Retreat Sept 29-30 in Rancho Mirage, Calif to learn and get inspired to leave a big impact in the world

    3E Event is where women expand their hearts minds and empowerment to make their mark on the world.

    Women interested in becoming more, having more, receiving more, and who want to leave their impact in this world come to 3E Event to Evoke, Embrace, and Evolve.

    Liza Boubari is a clinical hypnotherapist and founder of the 3E method, host of 3E Event for women, and CEO of HealWithin where women come to evolve into the person they were meant to be to make their big impact in the world.

    3E Event Title Sponsor Beyond Publishing invites women around the world to make a big impact, tell their story, and change the world.

    Michael D. Butler, Founder of Beyond Publishing, sponsors 3E Event for women to make their indelible impact on the world. Butler is an international women' s book publisher helping women tell stories that change the world.

    8th Annual 3E Event Evokes, Embraces, Evolves women toward a life of greater joy and impact

    Women around the world are invited to 3E Event to capitalize on their feminine strengths and make an indelible impact on the world by expanding our hearts, minds, skills, and empowerment.”
    — Liza Boubari, Founder, Creator, Host, 3E Event
    GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA, USA, July 26, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- “Women around the world are invited to 3E Event to capitalize on their feminine strengths and make an indelible impact on the world.”
    — Liza Boubari, Founder and Host, 3E Event.

    The 8th Annual 3E Event motivates, inspires, and empowers women through a guided 2-day journey to Evoke what was, Embrace what is, and Evolve to what will be. Early bird pricing is available until Aug 15. Guests registering for two get an even greater discount.

    “We are more effective when we gather as a tribe to inspire and elevate one another,” says Boubari. “The 3E method elevates women by opening hearts, expanding minds, transforming lives, and being part of a legacy for internal change and external wellness.”

    Taking place Sept. 29-30, 2022, at The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. and hosted by Liza Boubari, clinical hypnotherapist and founder of HealWithin, a mind-body healing center for women, 3E Event is proud to announce its powerful line-up of healers, business executives, and empowerment gurus who will guide guests along the 3E journey:

    ● Liza Boubari
    ‒ Clinical Hypnotherapist and Founder of HealWithin
    ‒ Liza is a healer of mind, body, and soul and the creator or the 3E methodology. After healing herself 20 years ago, she has dedicated her life to the healing and empowerment of women around the world.

    ● Michael D. Butler
    ‒ Women’s Storyteller and Book Publisher
    ‒ Michael turns women’s stories into books and passions into careers that empower others toward greatness.

    ● Lisa MacCarley
    ‒ Probate & Conservatorship Attorney
    ‒ An advocate for women’s rights, Lisa led the Britney Spears’ #FreeBritney campaign when her constitutional rights were violated and became internationally recognized as a leader of the probate court reform movement.

    ● Patrina Wisdom
    ‒ Wealth Mentor
    ‒ Through her Badass Bodacious Life Movement, Patrina inspires women to approach life unapologetically to become the CEO of every part of their lives.

    ● Mel Mason
    ‒ The Clutter Expert
    ‒ Mel guides women to free their minds and lives from clutter to experience greater happiness and abundance in every area of their lives.

    ● Natalie Shaghzoiam
    ‒ Holistic Healer
    ‒ Natalie guides women to transform anger and anxiety into physical, mental, and spiritual balance.

    ● Baydsar Thomasian
    ‒ Political Consultant
    ‒ Baydsar inspires women to aim high, solve problems, and make a difference in society.

    ● Conni Ponturo
    ‒ Pilates instructor, Pain-Free Living in Body & Mind
    ‒ Conni is a leading authority in pain-free living at every age through a harmonious connection of mind, emotions, and body.

    ● Jasmine Montoya
    ‒ Intuitive Guide and Healing Facilitator
    ‒ Jasmine guides women on their path to self-actualization, love, and peace, as they define the life they want and set a path to create the reality.

    ● Jennifer L. Horspool, Mistress of Ceremonies
    ‒ Founder of Engagement PR & Marketing
    ‒ An international speaker and global brand strategist, Jennifer makes business owners and executives seen, known, and revered for their expertise.


    This transformational 2-day retreat will provide:
    ‒ The secret code to unleashing your impact on your life and others
    ‒ Tools to harness your inner power to make an indelible impact
    ‒ Insights to capitalize on your feminine strengths
    ‒ The guide to mastering your personal perceptions and attitudes
    ‒ Techniques to live in joy and connection
    ‒ Influence over your life trajectory
    ‒ Guidance to define and live your legacy, as defined by you

    3E Event is sponsored by Michael D. Butler, CEO of Beyond Publishing, along with Liana Grigoryan Photography, SoCal HHA & Hospice Care, and Business Life Magazine. A quarter of the proceeds will support Heal Within International – a 501(c)(3) charity supporting motherless children.

    Earlybird pricing ends Aug. 15; additional discounts available for groups of two. Additional spots are available for vendors and sponsors. If you are ready to transform your life, expand your mind, and elevate your success, come to 3E Event.

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  • “The Greatest Literary Show on Earth!” JLF Colorado Returns to the Boulder Public Library, September 17-18, 2022

    Internationally Acclaimed Authors, Scholars, and Poets to Participate In-Person at Iconic Literary Event Celebrating Diversity, Books, Music, and Dialogue

    We’re excited to return to an in-person format this year and gather with the community, thanks to Teamwork Arts, the producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival.”
    — Jessie Friedman, JLF Colorado Executive Director

    BOULDER, COLORADO, USA , July 25, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Boulder, CO (July 25, 2022) – The Colorado Chapter of the Jaipur Literature Festival in partnership with Teamwork Arts and the Boulder Public Library, is proud to announce that the Festival is returning to a LIVE format this year. Attendees will participate in back-to-back sessions starting on Saturday, September 17 through Sunday, September 18, 2022, at the Boulder Public Library, located at 1001 Arapahoe Street in Boulder, Colorado.

    JLF Colorado is pleased to celebrate this year with the community surrounded by the beauty of the Colorado Rockies and provide attendees with Boulder's unique energy, excitement, and intellect – something the festival is known for worldwide.

    “We’re excited to return to an in-person format this year and gather with the community, thanks to Teamwork Arts, the producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival. JLF Colorado has not had an in-person event since 2019 due to the pandemic. We’re thrilled to be back at the Boulder Public Library and invite everyone in the community to join us in September,” said Jessie Friedman, JLF Colorado Executive Director.

    JLF Colorado programming will highlight many diverse topics, including crime-writing, environment, international politics, racial equality and discrimination, entertainment, and fiction. Noted writers will kick off the series each day with special readings from their latest books and conversations on the creative process. Here's a sneak peek of top authors who will be in person in Boulder:

    • Andre Aciman, New York Times Bestselling Author - Call Me by Your Name
    • Ahja Fox, Newly Appointed Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado
    • Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Indian politician & Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

    Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the grandson of the two greatest champions of India's Independence--Mahatma Gandhi and C. Rajagopalachari. His father Devadas Gandhi, a journalist, was
    Mahatma Gandhi's son. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, born in April 1945, has had a successful career as an acclaimed author, diplomat, and columnist. Gopalkrishna Gandhi will speak on his recent book, Scorching Love: Letters from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to His Son, Devadas.

    JLF Colorado will present 60+ eminent international and local speakers. A final program will be released soon. For more information on this year’s program, visit https://jlflitfest.org/colorado.
    Register for free access to the JLF Colorado Festival, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jlf-colorado-2022-tickets-373454812397.

    About JLF Colorado:
    The internationally renowned Jaipur Literature Festival, named the "greatest literary show on Earth" by Tina Brown, established its Colorado branch, JLF Colorado, in 2015. JLF Colorado is an uplifting celebration of the mind and heart, presenting diverse writers and thinkers from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe. This year, the community will participate in provocative in person conversations about life and society, economics and the arts, equity, freedom, and the care of our planet. JLF Colorado is presented by the nonprofit organization JLF Colorado and Teamwork Arts in association with the Boulder Public Library, the City of Boulder, the Boulder Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Commission on Human Relations. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @belitco.

    About Teamwork Arts:
    For over 30 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India, presenting the finest of Indian performers, writers, and visual artists in the cultural and art space in India and abroad. Every year, we produce over 25 performing visual arts and literary festivals in a variety of countries, including Australia, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the UK, the USA, in addition to many eclectic festivals across India. We produce the world's largest literary gathering: the annual Jaipur Literature Festival; JLF international now travels to the US, UK, Canada, Qatar, and Australia, and we have recently launched a digital series - JLF Brave New World. Our musical extravaganza, Bollywood Love Story - A Musical, continues to tour the world with sold-out shows everywhere it is held. More information at: www.teamworkarts.com.

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