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Ciruelo, Illustrators of the Future Judge

Ciruelo’s “Dragon Caller” Provides Magical Cover for Writers of the Future Vol 34

We are very excited to announce that world-renowned artist Ciruelo has provided the cover art for L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34 releasing April 2018. And we hope you like it too! Known for his fantasy paintings, Ciruelo is perhaps best known as the illustrator of The Official Eragon Coloring Book.

“Dragon Caller” depicts a high magician standing on a platform carved with symbols which amplify the power of his summoning a dragon. Ciruelo stated, “The scene depicts some kind of collaborative relationship between dragons and humans, which is the kind of situations I prefer to paint instead of battle scenes among them.”

Last year and for the first time, we successfully paired the skills of two masters when we gave Larry Elmore’s cover art to Todd McCaffrey and asked him to write a short story based on the painting. And so Larry Elmore’s “Crimson Dawn” inspired Todd McCaffrey to write “The Dragon Killer’s Daughter” published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33.

Based on its success, we are once again pairing two accomplished professionals. Ciruelo’s “Dragon Caller” was given to Jody Lynn Nye from which she has written her story called “Illusion.” By the way, for those of you who don’t know, Jody was co-author with Anne McCaffrey on many projects including The Dragonlover’s Guide to Pern. About working with Ciruelo, Jody stated, “I love having something to inspire me when I write. I was delighted to have the opportunity to write a story based on the splendid piece of artwork that forms the cover of this anthology, a fantasy painting by Ciruelo. It so happened that the subject matter dovetailed neatly with another fantasy series I have been working on. Instead of treating with the main character of that series, this story hearkens back decades to her employer, a great wizard—or so he seems.”

After being introduced to the Illustrators of the Future contest by fellow contest judge Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons cover art), Ciruelo became a judge in 2017. “I feel honored to have been invited to be part of this prestigious contest which I considered to be an invaluable opportunity for writers and artists to start a professional career. And I’m personally thankful because the Fantasy / Science Fiction genre benefits from this generous event created by Mr. Hubbard.”

Now that you have seen the cover for Writers of the Future Volume 34, what do you think?

Illustrators of the Future panel with Ciruelo, Echo Chernik, Stephan Martiniere and Larry Elmore

Dragon Con 2017 – Day 3

We are now over the halfway mark for the Atlanta Dragon Con and things are still going at high speed.

As soon as the convention opened, we were inundated with public and remained so for the entire day.

We visited the Heinlein Blood Drive to see how that was going as we have had so many public coming by our booth to thank us for the first edition Battlefield Earth. There were blood donors who wanted to thank us directly and so posed for a photo with their copy of Battlefield Earth.Heinlein Blood Drive donor with copy of Battlefield Earth

Heinlein Blood Drive donor with copy of Battlefield Earth

As one of our team members was donating blood, Galen Unold, the Director of the Heinlein Blood Drive, wanted to thank us once again.

And here is what he had to say:



We then had our Illustrators of the Future panel with Ciruelo, Echo Chernik, Stephan Martiniere and Larry Elmore. They spoke about the contest and their own experience with it and why they support it. We have such great judges!

Tomorrow is the final day and we have a special surprise for Pat Henry, President of Dragon Con, that we are excited to show you!  Then we will give you the wrap up of what is looking to be the best Dragon Con that we have ever attended!

Galaxy booth at Dragon Con 2017

Dragon Con 2017 – Day 1

Today was the first day of Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA and it was jam-packed all day long.

Sales at the convention started at 10:00 AM and it was a full booth at the start all the way to the end of the day. Both Battlefield Earth and Writers of the Future are in great demand. Books-A-Million staff are also on hand helping with sales for the release of Battlefield Earth mass market edition.

As sales were going on, we went to CBS46 in Atlanta and did an interview promoting our new release on Atlanta Plugged In. You can see that segment here:

Following that, we had our Writers of the Future panel with several of our Writers of the Future judges including: Rob Sawyer, Mike Resnick, Todd McCaffrey, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven and Jody Lynn Nye.

Writers of the Future panel at Dragon Con

Writers of the Future panel at Dragon Con

Then the President of Dragon Con, Pat Henry, having seen the 9′ tall Terl in the hall, wanted to make sure that he didn’t get in without a badge. So he was provided a ladder that he climbed up to put a badge on him. Along with him was Jonnie Goodboy Tyler making sure he was safe as he placed the badge on Terl’s chest.

President Dragon Con Pat Henry giving Terl his badge

President Dragon Con Pat Henry giving Terl his badge

Terl, being Terl, also didn’t waste any time creating trouble. He grabbed Larry Elmore and his wife Betty thinking he could get some leverage. Fortunately, both were rescued from the clutches of the 9-foot monster in time for dinner!

Larry & Betty Elmore captured by Terl!

Larry & Betty Elmore captured by Terl!

The evening completed with a dinner with almost all the attending Writers and Illustrators judges at the Dragon Con.

Writers and Illustrators of the Future judges at dinner

Writers and Illustrators of the Future judges at dinner

Stay tuned for Day 2.

 

Larry Elmore & Rob Prior onstage painting a dragon at the Writers of the Future Vol 33 awards ceremony

Can You Draw a Dragon? How Illustrators of the Future Inspires Students

I am teaching in a home school environment and have students who are artists at heart.  Each week I teach an art class that focuses on specific skills as well as ideas that inspire.  These classes validate the imaginative minds of my students in addition to simply being fun.

After this year’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future Event, I was inspired to teach a class on dragons.  I first showed my students (ages 4 to 14) portions of the live stream event starting with the opening sequence with the live action painting of a dragon on stage by two amazing artists, Rob Prior and Larry Elmore:

This was followed by Pat Henry’s fantastic “Dragons 101” speech.  The kids really loved this presentation and the wheels were turning!

I then showed them a YouTube tutorial (Art for Kids Hub with the very kid-friendly artist from Utah named Rob) on how to draw a dragon.

The students followed along and drew their own dragon.  Most of the students were certain they could never draw THAT, but all achieved successful results. Here are two samples of the finished products.

drawing of a dragon

drawing of a dragon

The students especially appreciated the fact that they could choose specific colors and personality traits for their dragons, even though they had to follow certain steps to learn the basics.

Art empowers anyone who will jump in and give it a try, and I thank the Writer’s and Illustrator’s Contest for not only featuring the creative efforts of some of our finest new artists on the scene, but also for inspiring the Future Artists of the Future, if I may coin a name for the group, to find their own personal genius through the arts.

 


Sisu Raiken

Sisu Raiken

Guest Blogger, Sisu Raiken received a BA in Music from Upsala College and studied at The Mannes School for Music, The National Shakespeare Conservatory and The National Improvisational Theatre in New York City. She has taught voice, acting and fine art and also has directed musicals and plays. She has held the position of Artistic Director at The New Village Leadership Academy, an independent school in Calabasas, California from 2005 to 2013. She is currently on the arts faculty for Every Kid’s A Genius.

Andrew and Jake signing books for fans at SDCC.

Check Out How SD Comic Con Welcomed Writers of the Future

Over 500 Comic Con attendees had an opportunity to meet Writers of the Future Volume 33 winners Jake Marley and Andrew L. Roberts to get an autographed copy of volume 33 and the beautiful poster of the cover art, Crimson Dawn, painted by Larry Elmore.

We thought we would let Jake and Andy tell you in their own words what it was like. Here is Jake’s overview of the event

“Getting to sign copies of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future at the San Diego ComicCon was a dream come true. The last time I was in San Diego for the con was eight years ago, and I promised myself I wouldn’t return until I was a professional sitting on the other side of the table.

“Galaxy Press not only got us a pro-badge, but we had a non-stop signing that lasted until we ran out of copies of the book to sell! I’m delighted to know that so many new readers have copies of my story on their shelf. I can’t think of any other possible way my first published story would’ve ever brought me to SDCC, let alone give me the kind of opportunity to meet so many amazing people.

“Once our books were sold out, Andrew L. Roberts and I walked around the enormous convention and managed to find ourselves talking with folks at Simon & Schuster and Penguin/Random House about the contest and our experience as newly published authors.

“There is no other contest that will provide you with the opportunities that Writers of the Future does. You’re part of a group when you win, so you can meet up and go to signings together, you can get tips from some of the biggest pros in the industry, and you can have the confidence to take the next step in your publishing career. The lessons I’ve learned from Writers of the Future are going to help me to achieve all of my writing goals, and they’ve inspired me to dream even bigger.

“Thanks again to everyone at Galaxy Press for making this possible. I had an AMAZING time and if you ever have any other venues you’d like me to hop aboard, let me know and I’ll do my darnedest to make it. I love hanging out with all of you, and I appreciate this more than you can know!” –Jake

Here are Andrew’s thoughts on the signing—

“Jake makes it easy! I learned more from him on the fly than I ever expected. He has a terrific talent when it comes to connecting with people, but more importantly, he really makes the effort to push things to the next level—and he succeeds!

“I think it helped too that he and I click because we are genuine friends, but anyone who signs with Jake is likely to grow and get better at this aspect of being a writer.

“Ultimately though, what really made the event work so well was having the support and energy of the whole Galaxy Press crew. Everyone who was there was a vital part of the process, from our barkers handing out posters and bringing folks in, to Sarah talking to the people one on one in the line and prepping them for us, and finally with Emily who took care of the actual sales—they did the real work so that all Jake and I had to do was happily engage, sign books and be good ambassadors for the Contest. We had the easiest part and the funnest.

“From this experience and from my previous experiences signing with Doug (Souza) and Sean (Hazlett) I have become convinced that signing in pairs or threes is the best way to go. It keeps the energy positive. But man! Having a whole support team was golden.

“I really hope you do this again at other conventions as well as Comic Con. And if you do I hope you include some of the artists as well as the writers, because Jake and I always asked each customer if they were writers or artists and then made a point of promoting both aspects of the contest. We were also quick to express gratitude when the customers identified themselves as ‘readers.’ Because we only get to be writers so long as there are readers.” —Andy

In addition to Jake and Andrew, past winner Steve Pantazis (author of “Switch,” Writers of the Future Volume 31) and his wife came by to congratulate them and wish them well with their signing.

 

Michael Michera on the red carpet with singer Joy Villa

Spotlight on artist Michael Michera

Michael Michera is a self-taught artist who found out about L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest quite accidentally from a friend who then persuaded him to enter. That accidental encounter resulted in Michael winning the grand prize.

The contest, which is in its 28th year, costs nothing to enter. And thousands of artists enter every year from all over the world. The judging is done by top professionals and is anonymous, meaning the judging is done blind without reference to name, gender or nationality.

About Michael and His Art

Grand prize winner, Michael Michera

Grand prize winner, Michael Michera

Michael was born and raised in Poland where he currently resides. When it comes to art, he has been passionate about prehistoric animals since childhood, when he began drawing dinosaurs and creating his own creatures from his imagination. Later his interest expanded to include all animals and biology in general. He read many books on this topic and earned priceless knowledge for his current work as a concept artist.

As a youngster, Michael watched a lot of horror and sci-fi movies and it is those films, and most particularly the movie Alien, that has influenced his art.

Michael has always been fascinated by traditional drawing as well as comic art. He loves to experiment with art styles, though he most enjoys creating robots and futuristic designs of sci-fi technology. He uses digital painting and 3D sculpture in his creations.

Illustrators Workshop and Awards Celebration

As a winner of the Contest, Michael came to Los Angeles and attended the Illustrators of the Future Workshop the week prior to the awards celebration. The workshop is exclusively for the artist winners, and instructors include Coordinating Judge Echo Chernik along with judges Lazarus Chernik, Ciruelo, Larry Elmore, Sergey Poyarkov and a host of special guest artists and art directors.

Author C.L. Kagmi with the illustration Michael did for her story

Author C.L. Kagmi with the illustration Michael did for her story

During the seminars, the artists learn both the practical and business side of illustrating including how to put together their portfolio, how to brand and promote themselves, as well as practical experience on drawing. Each artist also has one-on-one time with professionals to get advice on their work.

During the week, the Writers Workshop is also taking place and so Michael met author C.L. Kagmi who wrote the story he illustrated, “The Drake Equation.”

For Michael, winning the grand prize was the best day of his life. In his acceptance speech, he talked about how artists and writers can together change the world and that he was glad to be shaping the future together with his fellow artists and writers.

He ended by saying, “Thank you for everything. This is a very important day for me and probably the best week in my life. If this is my American dream, I don’t want to wake up.”

We look forward to seeing much more of Michael and his creativity in the future.

Artist Ciruelo during the portfolio review of the Illustrators Workshop

Artist Anthony Moravian

Anthony Moravian is a tall, quiet kind of guy, but his art speaks volumes. He describes his style as fantasy inspired by classic renaissance paintings and, so, not surprisingly, he specializes in charcoal drawings and oil paintings as you can see here in his portfolio.

As a Finalist in the Illustrators of the Future Contest, we asked Anthony to illustrate one of the winning stories, “A Glowing Heart” written by Anton Rose. Anton’s story is about a boy faced with a terrible decision. His mother is dying, and the only way he can save her is by killing something beautiful.

Author Anton Rose with Anthony and his art for the story "A Glowing Heart"

Author Anton Rose with Anthony and his art for the story “A Glowing Heart”

In doing the illustration, Anthony said he was inspired by the story’s theme of doing what is necessary, even it if is something you would rather not do, which prompted him to capture the feeling of grief in the protagonist over what he had done. He further elaborated on his selection of the scene he chose from the story, stating that reading and writing play a large part in his process when doing an illustration. He tries to balance the two in order to maintain interest in the illustration and he can do this if he understands all of the elements of the story.

I read and enjoyed Anton’s touching story immensely and have to say that Anthony did a great job capturing both its mood and spirit. His illustration appears in the latest edition of the Writers of the Future anthology, Volume 33.

A bit about Anthony. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and has been drawing since the age of three. Anthony graduated magna cum laude from the Associate’s program at the Fashion Institute of Technology and is currently honing his art at the Art Students League of New York.

He came out to Los Angeles to attend this year’s Illustrators of the Future Workshop and the annual awards event. While here he met the author of the story as well as a host of artists from all corners of the globe as part of the Illustrators Workshop.

According to Anthony, the whole experience was wonderful and he had a great time meeting the other illustrator winners and professional artists and art directors who were part of the workshop. As he summed it up, “The seminars were very thorough. The critiques during the portfolio review were, perhaps, the most helpful parts of the event. I look forward to putting what I learned to good use.”

You can meet up with Anthony and see his art on display today (April 14) between 7:00-9:00 PM along with fellow artist Yader Fonseca at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square, Manhattan. They will be there signing copies of Writers of the Future Volume 33 which contains their art.

Anthony will also be doing another book signing, April 15, at Books-A-Million in Paramus, New Jersey between 1:00-3:00 PM.

For information about author book signings, visit the Writers & Illustrators of the Future facebook page.

Bob Ciano

Illustrators of the Future Workshop 2017 – Day 5

Day 5. Portfolio day. The winners have been through the gauntlet. They pushed through their assignments and have the tools to succeed.

Larry Elmore started the day giving his advice to the winners. Listening to him is a special treat with his amazing wealth of experience. He spoke about how technology has influenced his work for reference gathering and about lens distortion when taking your reference. His tip was to use an 80mm lens as it will be similar to the human eye. Regardless of technology, he has used models for 40 years and gave sound advice for keeping everything legal to protect yourself. One of the beauties of technology is the distribution outlets for your projects. While many of the older publications are now gone, new outlets have evolved thanks to the internet. So the age of technology has really made it an incredible time to add revenue streams that make you money while you sleep. All this advice was really good, but the primary force of the talk was about how an artist sees. Not just look but to really see it, to the point where you understand the shapes and patterns. Cataloging your visual library is a lifelong journey but is vital to an artist’s visual vocabulary and once you understand the shapes and patterns you can manipulate them, distort, and make something new.

Bob Ciano, has worked as a Creative Director for Wired magazine, St. Mary’s College, Life magazine and the New York Times. He gave his lecture with the illustrators about their business plan and reinforced their usage rights as artists. He asked some great questions which the winners will need to ask themselves regularly. Questions like: What art do you make? Who is your target? What has the response been to your art? Are you getting work? Because if you are not making your living on your art you are not a professional. He talked about the invoice, the basics being: Who it goes to. When it’s due. How much. The most important thing he looks for in promotional material is to do something different, even if it’s something small. You must market yourself. This includes research on your other illustrators. You must be a good designer, and a good marketer using a website and social media. Make sure you are making projects that stand out, not just portfolio pieces. Don’t worry about the rejection letters as it usually takes 3-5 years to have enough clients to not work a day job, but it works that way in all industries. He discussed how to sell by targeting who you want to work for. Do you have a promotion piece and are you going to send it to them every month until they tell you to go away or give you a job. Art Directors and Creative Directors are busy people and it takes many tries sometimes to get the timing right and the right project to come along. The key is to never stop sending.

The Winners broke for lunch and then upon returning conducted round robin style portfolio reviews with each of the visiting judges providing a vast wealth of knowledge to draw from. Each Winner had 20 minutes for each session with their choice of Ciruelo, Larry Elmore, Bob Ciano, Echo Chernik, Lazarus Chernik, Val Lindahn and past winners. With so many biases and different experiences each Portfolio Review would be different and it seemed to be a pattern that after the timer quite a few artists and judges went over their time. That just speaks to the level of art that is winning the competition, each year builds higher from the year before.

Past Illustrators of the Future winner Ven Locklear came to talk and showcased his work and his experiences working at Liquid Development. He has worked on games ranging from Farmville to Halo 5, and with companies like WB Games, Zynga, Disney Interactive, 343 Industries, and Bethesda. Most of his presentation was how he entered into the industry and provided avenues for the winners if they would like to pursue a similar career path. In this case there were a couple winners who definitely have that style and they were able to converse further after the fact.

Most of the night the winners spent rehearsing at the theatre where the event is fast approaching, all anyone could talk about was the humongous dragon that wrapped around the stage. If you cannot attend the event personally make sure to catch the live streamed event to see all the winning pieces as well as who wins this year’s Golden Brush Award.

Photos from today’s workshop, HERE.

 


Joshua Meehan

Joshua Meehan

Guest blogger, Joshua Meehan.
Joshua Meehan is a freelance science fiction and fantasy illustrator. He was an Illustrators of the Future winner in 2013 in Volume 29. His client list includes Paizo Publishing, Analog Sci-fi magazine, Fantasy Flight and Bethesda. Joshua’s illustration for Robert J. Sawyer’s short story “Gator” is in the latest Writers of the Future anthology, Volume 33.
www.joshuameehan.com

Image of a knight facing off with a dragon

Why Is It Not an Adventure Worth Telling If There Aren’t Any Dragons?

This heading, of course, is referring to the famous J.R.R. Tolkien quote: “It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.”

Dragons have been with us in myths tracing back as far as 4000 BC. Not only have stories, both verbal and written, been passed down through history about these scaly winged creatures but they’ve also been sculpted, drawn, painted and incorporated into legends in almost every culture on earth. Our fascination with the fire-breathing beasts continues to grow in the 21st century thanks to films, video games and entire websites dedicated to these iconic creatures.

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33For this reason, the theme of our upcoming Writers and Illustrators of the Future annual awards event is around “Dragons and Dreamers.” It just happened that way when we chose Larry Elmore’s dragon art, Crimson Dawn, for the cover of the latest edition of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33. (For more about the cover art, see our blog Dragon Art Inspiration for New Story.)

Naturally, it was appropriate to include in this year’s anthology an article on writing by Grand Master Anne McCaffrey entitled, “A Thousand or So Words of Wisdom.” Anne is best known for the Dragonriders of Pern fantasy series and her son, Todd McCaffrey, is carrying forward that tradition. Todd is also featured in the book with his original short story, “The Dragon Killer’s Daughter.”

I decided to pull some advice and quotes from our judges and other creative minds, not on writing and not on illustration, but on how to deal with dragons in a world that is full of them. These insightful quotes might also explain why J.R.R. Tolkien said what he did about dragons.

Read on. These quotes are sure to inspire budding writers and artists.

On Dragons ─ from Writers of the Future Judges

“How much can a dragon carry? As much as it thinks it can.” ─Anne McCaffrey

“There are all kinds of dragons, including those of the mind: our own fierce, sometimes untamable thoughts and desires. Even if a story contains no physical dragons, dragons are there. They are always there.” ─Nancy Kress

“Dragons come in many forms. They can be a friendly mysterious beast. They can also be fire breathing terrors. They can come in the smoky cloak of fear and cripple you until you stand up and slay it. And so on. What all dragons have in common is that they breathe the heat that is life. An adventure isn’t an adventure without dragons. Tolkien was correct.” ─Nnedi Okorafor

“Dragons represent the great power and creativity that is inherent in all people. Having them in a story allows us to explore that potential.” ─Todd McCaffrey

“Dragons add magic and power that mere humans lack. A story about humans is a tale. A story with dragons is an epic.” ─Jody Lynn Nye

“Dragons were dangerous in the sky. Of course, they were dangerous on the ground too. Just less dangerous. In the same way that a sword is less dangerous so long as it’s pointed at someone else.” ─Brandon Sanderson from I Hate Dragons

On Dragons ─ from Many More Creative Writers, Poets and Artists

“Focus on the princess, not on the problem. You can’t marry the princess without killing the dragon. So when you see the dragon, just remember: There’s a princess on the other side.” ─Doug Wead

“Always speak politely to an enraged dragon.” ─Steven Brust

“We think, sometimes, there’s not a dragon left. Not one brave knight, not a single princess gliding through secret forests … What a pleasure to be wrong. Princesses, knights, enchantments and dragons, mystery and adventure … not only are they here-and-now, they’re all that ever lived on earth!” ─Richard Bach

“And what lesson can we draw from Volantene history?

“If you want to conquer the world, you best have dragons.” ─George R.R. Martin from A Dance with Dragons

“The objection to fairy stories is that they tell children there are dragons, but children have always known there are dragons. Fairy stories tell children that dragons can be killed.”  ─G.K. Chesterton

“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”  ─Ursula K. Le Guin

“Never laugh at live dragons.” ─J.R.R. Tolkien

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” ─Rainer Maria Rilke

“In life, you need courage to fight the dragons. The ones who live inside and the ones who live outside.” ─Ernesto Neto

And finally, I couldn’t resist…

“You know you’ve written a good book when even the people who hate it admit it’s entertaining.” ─Sully Tarnish about The Dragon and the Apprentice: A Wizard’s Wager

For more info about the annual awards event themed “Dragons and Dreamers” on the 2nd of April 2017 and to RSVP, click here.

"Crimson Dawn" by Larry Elmore

Dragon Art Inspiration for New Story

Larry Elmore

Larry Elmore

The cover for the latest volume in the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future anthology, which features the best new SF & Fantasy short stories of the year, has just been released and it features a stunning dragon by artist and illustrator Larry Elmore. Larry’s list of work includes illustrations for Dungeons & Dragons, Dragonlance, and the comic strip series SnarfQuest. About his dragons illustrations, British game designer Graeme Davis commented that Elmore “should get some kind of award for drawing so many dragons and making them all different.”

Unlike all of the other stories in volume 33 of the bestselling Writers of the Future anthology where the art was created for each story, in this case it was the art that inspired the story.

Dragon's Kin book cover

Naturally, New York Times bestselling author and Writers of the Future judge Todd McCaffrey was asked to write that story. As one of the few people allowed to write in the marvelous Dragonriders of Pern universe, with three solo books (Dragonsblood, Dragonheart, Dragongirl) and five collaborations with his Nebula Grandmaster mother, the late Anne McCaffrey (Dragon’s Kin, Dragon’s Fire, Dragon Harper, Dragon’s Time, Sky Dragons), Todd is used to dealing with dragons—although not those generally chased by knights in armor intent on their destruction. Todd, however, stated he was thrilled to be asked, particularly after he saw Elmore’s painting.

The outcome of this unique collaboration between iconic dragon artist and author is entitled “The Dragon Killer’s Daughter” by Todd McCaffrey.

With “The Dragon Killer’s Daughter,” McCaffrey took an interesting spin on the old fantastical notion of knights in shining armor and fire-breathing dragons in scales. Set in the same universe as his talking-dragon stories “Golden” and “The Dragon’s Child,” Todd explores an earlier time on a fantastic world and shows why, sometimes, killing the dragon is only the start of the story.

Todd McCaffrey

Todd McCaffrey

As a bestselling author and a judge for the Writers of the Future Contest, Todd gave us his insight into both the Contest and the anthology: “In Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future, we have a chance to look at the best and the brightest people coming up in the ranks and acknowledge them and propel them forward. Paying it forward is, at some level, really enlightened self-interest because every writer I know is also a reader. So, by finding and recognizing more talent we’re basically giving ourselves more stuff to read and we love that.”

“The Dragon Killer’s Daughter” is one of the sci-fi and fantasy short stories in the latest release of Writers of the Future which features 14 talented and diverse new authors who are selected out of thousands of Contest entries by renown authors in the field, such as, Orson Scott Card, Brandon Sanderson, Tim Powers, David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, Robert J. Sawyer, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33 releases April 4, and is now available for pre-order.