The BBC news reported this week that Christopher Tolkien, age 93, has stated JRR Tolkien's latest release, The Fall of Gondolin, is scheduled for August 2018. Christopher has continued his father's legacy by editing and compiling his father's works for publication. The only two books that were ever published during JRR Tolkien's lifetime were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. JRR Tolkien died in 1973. Since his death, his son has been editing and releasing his other manuscripts.
The Fall of Gondolin is the second book to have been released by Christopher Tolkien within the last few years. It is the story of the elven city, Gondolin. The tale reveals the devastation of the city from Morgoth's army. This Middle Earth story was the first story in Tolkien's entire Middle Earth series and provides the backstory of events before The Lord of the Rings. The Fall of Gondolin is believed to have been written by Tolkien in 1917 while recovering from World War 1.
Tolkien fans consider the new release the "Holy Grail" of three stories. The other two books were released about two years ago include The Children of Hurin and Beren and Luthien. If you are a Tolkien fan, mark your calendars for August 2018's new release.
Are you a writer under the age of 21? The Margaret and Reg Turnill Competition is looking for you. This year they are compiling a unique anthology honoring H.G. Wells and are looking for short story, fiction writers. There are no entry fees for writers under 21. The winning writer receives 1,000 English pounds, which is roughly $1,200 American dollars.
The rules are very simple and can be found here. Basically, each writer completes a fiction story between 1,500 and 5,000 words. Your story cannot have been previously published and must be a completely original story. All entries must be submitted before July 16, 2017.
This year's theme is "LIGHT." Light as a theme offers many opportunities for creative expression. Light might be astronomical as in the sun, moon, or stars providing light to a planet. It might be phosphorescent: algae or created by some other unique expression of life. It could be conceptual as in traveling by light. It could be metaphysical or employ quantum physics. Perhaps characters harness the power of light in healing, spiritual communication, or changing the direction of the universe. The concepts and uses of the "LIGHT" theme have endless potential.
Remember this contest is in memory of H.G. Wells when submitting your stories. H.G. Wells was a self-taught writer who deeply impacted the genre of science-fiction. He often mixed scientific principles with Some of his most famous works are Time Machine, War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and the Island of Doctor Moreau.
Today we say farewell to Maya Angelou, renowned poet. Maya was 86 years old and died at her home in North Carolina after suffering a long illness according to NPR news. Her writing career began with the famous work, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. This memoir was astonishing considering she refused to speak for much of her childhood. Originally born Marguerite Johnson, Maya was more commonly known by a nickname her brother gave her. Ms. Angelou had an extraordinary life which included many talents and careers including a singer, dancer, author, performer, and political activist. Maya was a beautiful woman who thankfully left a wonderful legacy behind in both her writings and the lives she inspired. Some of her books are listed below for your enjoyment.
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