The 32nd Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards for Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Wilshire Ebell Theatre

The members of the Star Wars SteamPunk Universe. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle
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By: Christy Oldham (@DGC)

THE 32ND ANNUAL L. RON HUBBARD ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FOR WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE CONTESTS FOR SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

The members of the Star Wars SteamPunk Universe. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

The members of the Star Wars SteamPunk Universe. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

April 10th, 2016,Wilshire Ebell Theatre- It was a great afternoon to time travel with a unique flying machine made by the Galactic Courier Service for guests and the members of  the Star Wars Steampunk Universe in commemoration of The 32nd Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards for Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests in Science Fiction and Fantasy, at the legendary Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Presented by Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press, the Writers of the Future Award is the genre’s most prestigious award of its kind and has now become the largest and most distinguished vehicle for burgeoning creative talent in the world of contemporary fiction!

The Strato Sculpin Starburner. Photo by: Demi Goddess Chronicle

The Strato Sculpin Starburner. Photo by: Demi Goddess Chronicle

"Dude Vader" Photo credit: Demi Goddess Chrinicle

“Dude Vader” Photo credit: Demi Goddess Chrinicle

"Cog Bane" Photo by: Demi Goddess Chronicle

“Cog Bane” Photo by: Demi Goddess Chronicle

The Steampunk Formal event was attended by 13 members of Star Wars Steampunk Universe as well as celebrities like Catherine Bell, Jennifer Aspen, Jesse Kove, Jim Meskimen, Pepe Reyes, Irvin Rodriguez and The Winner Twins – Brianna and Brittany Winner.  The exciting show was kicked off with an impressive Steampunk body percussion opening number and included appearances by EMCirque, a Cyr wheel performance, a dancer/dinosaur puppeteer performance and an aerialist performance-all on the legendary Ebell stage which has hosted extraordinary artists in the past such as Judy Garland and U2.
MATT DOVEY, a writer from Lincolnshire, UK and ADRIAN MASSARO, an illustrator from Neuquen, Argentina were announced as the Grand Prize Winners. Matt Dovey’s story, ‘Squalor and Sympathy’ was illustrated by artist Adrian Massaro. Dovey was presented with the Golden Pen Award and a $5,000 check by distinguished writers David Farland and Orson Scott Card. Adrian Massaro was presented with the Golden Brush Award and a $5,000 check by distinguished illustrator Sergey Poyarkov and the Awards Show Keynote Speaker, Kellie Gerardi.

Catherine Bell. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

Catherine Bell. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

The Winner Twins. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

The Winner Twins. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

Star Wars SteamPunk Universe Members. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

Star Wars SteamPunk Universe Members. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

“Moments like this are unique and life defining.  Write without shame.  Do what you do with confidence.  Ours is the greatest genre, that of science fiction and fantasy.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Speculative fiction is what we tell our children.  If we are the writers of the future, it is up to us write the future” said Matt Dovey.

“This year’s packed awards show marks a historic moment in our contests 32-year history, in that it is the first time ever that the Grand Prize winning writer and Grand Prize winning illustrator won for both the story and illustration of the same story simultaneously” said  Joni Labaqui, Director of Contests for Author Services, Inc.

Writers and Illustrator Winners. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

Writers and Illustrator Winners. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

John Goodwin, President and Publisher of Galaxy Press, unveiled the 32nd Volume of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future featuring the work of 24 award-winning new authors and illustrators from this year’s contests.

John Goodwin of Galaxy Press. Photo by Demi Goddess Chronicle

John Goodwin of Galaxy Press. Photo by Demi Goddess Chronicle

Edited by David Farland, with cover artwork by Sergey Poyarkov, the book also features stories written by renowned writers like Tim Powers, Sean Williams and Brandon Sanderson.   Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director for Fiction Affairs at Author Services, Inc., emceed the event.   Kellie Gerardi, a Space Science Strategist and Media Specialist of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, served as the Keynote Speaker.  Gerardi is one of 100 people globally currently being considered for space settlement to live on Mars.

Christy Oldham and Jennifer Aspen. Photo credit: Demi Goddess Chronicle

Christy Oldham and Jennifer Aspen. Photo credit: Demi Goddess Chronicle

This year’s 12 Quarterly Awards Winners of the Writing Contest were each presented with cash prizes and trophies. They included: Stewart C Baker of Dallas,Julie Frost of West Jordan, UT, Heather Fullerton (Pen Name:  H.L. Fullerton) of Fishkill, NY, Robert Graves (Pen Name:  R.M. Graves) of London, England (who was unable to attend), Sylvia Anna Hivén of Lawrenceville, GA, Rachael K. Jones of Athens, GA, Ryan Row of Berkeley, CA, Jon Lasser of Seattle, WA, Stephen Merlino of Seattle, WA, Christoph Weber of Reno, NV, and James Williams (Pen Name:  J.W. Alden) of Hypoluxo, FL and K.D. Julicher of Fernley, NV, who was selected as a Published Finalist for this year’s contest.   This year’s 12 Quarterly Awards Winners of the Illustrating Contest were each presented with cash prizes and trophies.  They included:  Christina Alberici of Sewell, NJ; Camber Arnhart of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Brandon Knight of Shawbirch, Telford, UK; Talia Spencer of Los Angeles, CA; Adrian Massaro of Neuquen, Argentina; Killian McKeown of Phoenix, AZ; Vlada Monakhova of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Paul Otteni of Kirkland, WA; Jonas Spokas of Kaunas, Lithuania; Preston Stone of Loveland, CO; Maricela Ugarte Peña of Monterrey, Mexico and Dino Hadziavdic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Illustrator Judges. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

The Illustrator Judges. Photo Credit: Bob Delgadillo for Demi Goddess Chronicle

 

The Event attendees also include 24 world-renowned writer and illustrator contest judges specializing the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy.  The 16 Writer judges included:  Kevin J. Anderson, Dr. Doug Beason, Dr. Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Eric Flint, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Nancy Kress, Todd McCaffrey, Rebecca Moesta, Larry Niven, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, Timothy Thomas “Tim” Powers, Mike Resnick, Dr. Robert J. Sawyer and Dr. Sean Williams.  The seven illustrator judges included:  Laura Freas Beraha, Echo Chernik, Larry Elmore, Ron Lindahn, Val Lakey Lindahn, Gary Meyer and Sergey Poyarkov.

Christoph Weber. Photo by: Demi Goddess Chronicle

Christoph Weber. Photo by: Demi Goddess Chronicle

Madison Brunoehler. Photo by: Demi Goddess Chronicle

Madison Brunoehler. Photo by: Demi Goddess Chronicle

 

For more information please visit www.writersofthefuture.com and www.galaxypress.com.

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About christy oldham
Christy Oldham is an acclaimed multi-hyphenate- a director, screenwriter, producer and actress. Her headlining credit includes the feature film "Barracuda" (Released in 2014 by Maverick Entertainment Group) which earned her critical filmmaker acclaim including 3 Best Picture awards at multiple U.S. film festivals. In 2012, she founded the film production company Demi Goddess Pictures and its subsidiary media arm Demi Goddess Chronicle- with both companies creating content that champions woman empowerment. She is also a published author and entrepreneur. In 2006, she opened the Los Angeles pet care business Healthy Dogs Pet Sitting Service- a company that provides a number of services to some of Hollywood’s biggest names. She penned and self-published the book "Christy Oldham’s Manual to a Happy & Healthy Dog" and donates on-going proceeds from book sales to various animal rights groups and charity’s. Additionally, she is the author of the fictional literary foray "Finley & The Emerald Volcano: The Search for the Missing Cauldron" (volume one in a series) that she also self-published and adapted into screenplay. "Finley" is currently in development as a movie. In 2016, she directed 3 episodes of "Vape Warz", a post-apocalyptic web series (season one) that she also wrote and produced, and that has guest appearances by pop icons Ron Jeremy and Jeff "The Dude" Dowd aka The Big Lebowski. "Vape Warz" is now streaming in Japan, Germany, UK and USA on AMAZON Video Direct with season two in development. Christy lives in Los Angeles.

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