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Unchartered Realms of Consciousness

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The Psychedelic Renaissance is well underway. Reports of psychedelic therapy, natural medicine and other alternative treatments have been making their way to us, and the published results are just astonishing. Where western medicine and pharmaceutical drugs have failed, these radical new treatments have reportedly cured PTSD, depression, addiction and a host of other disorders successfully. 

Most of us have probably grown up with cautionary tales of drug addicts who turn to crime, destroy their health, lose their minds and even their lives. But since several Publishizer authors have launched wildly successful campaigns on topics such as ayahuasca and medical marijuana, we’ve delved a little deeper into this world and come to understand that the wildly polarising topics are never as black and white as they might seem.

In 2000, Portugal received widespread criticism when they decriminalised the possession of all drugs. Instead of becoming a nation of drug addicts, significantly lower rates of new HIV infections and drug overdose deaths were registered after drug law reforms were implemented. Their holistic model is an example for others today, with roughly two dozen countries and many U.S. cities and states taking steps towards decriminalising drug use and possession. However, the continuing War on Drugs saw brutal massacres in the Philippines last year, encouraging bloody shoot outs between vigilante death squads, drug dealers and users, leaving thousands dead on bloodstained streets.

With an increasing number of people coming out to share their experiences, it’s essential to keep an open mind and remember that change is necessary for progress. Francis Crick attributed his discovery of the DNA double helix to the use of LSD. Author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss takes psilocybin mushrooms once a year to “reset”, and even launched a campaign to raise money to fund a pilot study on the use of psilocybin to treat depression last year. The cosmologist Carl Sagan himself was a regular marijuana user, claiming that it increased his creativity and insights. These are all motivated, established individuals of society - a far cry from the tripped out, dead beat addicts reviled and shunned by many.

Today, various organisations are campaigning for the legalisation of banned drugs for psychotherapeutic uses, and funding rigorous scientific studies around them. Scores of online sites and articles are dedicated to psychedelic journalism and the sharing of resources and information. And while the tricky topic of consciousness still remains a mystery, it appears that science and spirituality are starting to converge around the study of holotropic states.

Are you writing writing a book about consciousness, spirituality, psychedelics, entheogens, plant medicines or alternative therapies? Send in your proposals, fellow cosmonauts. Let’s ride this next wave of human consciousness together.

 

Important Dates

Accepting submissions: 1 Mar 2017, 00:00 EST

Closing date: 31 Mar 2017, 23:59:59 EST

Results: 17 May 2017

Prize: US$2000

 

Official Rules

  1. Only one entry per person is allowed for each contest. Any entrant who enters more than one entry per contest will be disqualified.
  2. All entries must be book proposals written in english and 1000 words long. Publishizer will only accept unpublished works for all contests. If an entry has previously been published in any way, the entry will be disqualified.
  3. Contest entries must be submitted, approved and launched online on Publishizer within the specified month of each contest to qualify. Publishizer will begin accepting entries at midnight EST on the 1st of each contest month, and close for submissions at 23:59 EST on the last day of that month.
  4. Each contest has a cash prize of USD2000 and may be subject to local, state and federal taxes. The prizes are not transferable, and the winner is responsible for all tax payments, international chargers, transfer fees and/or monetary currency conversion charges related to all cash prizes. Publishizer will only be responsible for the original cash prize amounts, not responsible for any additional costs, monetary transfers, charges or fees imposed between a financial or governmental institutions and the winner.
  5. Each campaign will have a total of 45 days, and the entry with the most number of pre-orders sold in 45 days wins the cash prize of USD2000.
  6. The winner will be notified by email 45 days after the contest closing date, and receive information on when, where and how the prize can be collected. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, Publishizer reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner, which will the book proposal with the next highest number of pre-orders sold within 45 days.
  7. Publishizer takes only a 30% commission of all pre-order sales at the end of the crowd-publishing campaign. The commission on pre-order sales is final and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. Publishizer takes no commission from future deal authors make with publishers, nor cuts from future book sales after the crowd-publishing campaign has ended.
  8. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the campaign with the most number of readers registered on their campaign. If the number of readers are tied as well, the tied campaigns will have a further 24 hours to obtain more readers. The campaign with the most readers at the end of the 24 hours wins.
  9. Book proposals that do not respect the Publishizer guidelines may be rejected. In the event of a rejected proposal, no correspondence relating to the contest will be entered into.
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  12. Publishizer shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, and such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
  13. Publishizer reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control, or if it is deemed that a contest received insufficient entries.
  14. Only the number of preorders and readers registered on the campaign within 45 days of the launch date of the campaign will count towards the contest.
  15. Anyone may participate. There are no purchase requirement or entry fee to enter any of the Publishizer book proposal contests. 

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