Grnd Prize Winners 2017, Jake Marley and Michael Michera

Dave Farland’s 10 Points to Avoid in Writing Short Fiction

This past week I’ve been judging Writers of the Future. Most of the stories come to us electronically, so much of my day is spent opening files, taking a look at them, and then putting in a review–usually one that says “Rejected.” I hate that “Reject” button, and …

Stephen Lawson going on stage at the 33rd annual Writers of the Future Awards celebration

Stephen Lawson, author of “Moonlight One”

Stephen Lawson has a way of looking at the world. It’s a slanted thing. Analytical. Questioning. You feel like he’s watching and assessing everything. It makes him seem …

Anton Rose being interviewed

Anton Rose, author of “A Glowing Heart”

“I am British, you know?” Anton Rose quips at one point of the week long workshop. He’s explaining a penchant he has for a particular personality trait, and the line is given with the …

Ville Meriläinen talking to fellow author Andrew Roberts

Ville Meriläinen, author of “The Fox, the Wolf, and the Dove”

Ville Meriläinen’s cold country is Joensuu, Finland. His story, published in the 33rd annual volume of the Writers of the Future anthology, is titled “The Fox, the Wolf, and the Dove.” Oddly, the work is some kind of a mix between

Andrew Peery

Andrew Peery, author of “Useless Magic”

Andrew Peery is one of the more impressive people you could meet. He lives in Durham, North Carolina where he works as a physician. He has a family—wife and two younger children who he clearly adores. As a doctor, he’s a …

Author Dustin Steinacker

Dustin Steinacker, author of “Envoy in the Ice”

Dustin Steinacker is soft-spoken and open. He’s calm and collected on the outside, but having a conversation with him makes you realize that his mind goes in directions that …

Molly Elizabeth Atkins on stage with David Farland

Molly Elizabeth Atkins, author of “Obsidian Spire”

It seems to me that Molly Elizabeth Atkins is in the middle of a transition. She’s a published finalist in the 33rd Annual Writers of the Future anthology, of course. It’s her first time in print. Her story is titled “Obsidian Spire” and tells the tale of …

Authors Molly Elizabeth Atkins and David VonAllmen

David VonAllmen, author of “The Magnificent Bhajan”

David VonAllmen is someone who seems to always be on an even keel. There’s this sense of stability riding under his veneer that comes out even stronger when he speaks. He looks at things with a sense of calm that suggests …

Ziporah Hildebrandt on stage accepting her award

Ziporah Hildebrandt, author of “The Long Dizzy Down”

Despite being a bit quiet on first meeting, it only took a moment to determine Ziporah Hildebrandt is a free spirit. She is the kind of person who …

Author C.L. Kagmi

C.L. Kagmi, author of “The Drake Equation”

C.L. Kagmi is a woman in blue. Lipstick, that is. “It’s part of the uniform anymore,” she told me when I asked about it. She wore the blue lipstick to an event, and it caused such a positive stir that …