NEW WRITERS! L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

Opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required.
Entrants retain all publication rights.

All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only.

Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500, Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!

Read more here

Every Friday, The Fantasy Herald brings you articles from around the web to help you write your fantasy novel or short story.


Playing with Structure


Capturing Character Voices


Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions


How to Use the Colon


On Voice and Timing


On Cutting

Writing Competitions:

Fantasy Faction October Writing Competitions

Every Thursday, The Fantasy Herald collects the biggest news from fantasy and publishers blogs around the web.

Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson announces the release of a New Novella, Infinity Blade: Awakening

Here’s how you can get your name into the final Wheel of Time novel, A Memory of Light

Fantasy Book Critic

Mihir Wanchoo interviews Philippa Ballantine, author of Chronicles of the Order

 42 October releases are highlighted

Lev AC Rosen discusses how he abused history for All Men of Genius

 Del Rey and Spectra SF & Fantasy

 Matt Staggs interviews Otto Penzler, author of The Vampire Archives and Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

 Shawn Speakman muses on The Power of Finished Epic Fantasy Series

 Check out Del Rey, Spectra, and Lucas Books October releases

 Matt Staggs interviews Arthur Slade, author of The Hunchback Assignments: Empire of Ruins

 Shawn Speakman highlights a letter from Terry Brooks on his writing future

 Tour information for R. A. Salvatore’s October tour revealed

Shawn Speakman interviews David Anthony Durham about his new release, Sacred Band

Fantasy Faction

 Sandra Norval introduces Jonathan Pinnock

 Marc Aplin reviews FantasyCon 2011

Fantasy Magazine

Fantasy Magazine lists October’s upcoming articles

Tim Pratt talks about his short story, The Secret Beach

Andrew Liptak interviews Richard K. Morgan, author of Altered Carbon

Orbit Books

Orbit previews Spring and Summer 2012 book covers

 You can download wallpapers of Blood Rights by Kristen Painter for you computer, iPad, or iPhone


36 new October Releases in Young Adult Science-Fiction and Fantasy

Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy events in October

Peter Orullian interviews George R. R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire


 io9.com has the Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in October

 io9.com gives you the chance to Vote for the Greatest Original Film Score in Science-Fiction and Fantasy History

Calls for Submissions

 British Fantasy Society announces the winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2011

 Hannah Waters asks When is Reshaping Fact Appropriate?

Be it from amateur artists, illustrators, concept artists, or long-dead masters, every Tuesday, The Fantasy Herald showcases the best fantasy art from around the web.

Michael Komarck is a prolific and talented illustrator who has produced art for many books, trading cards, and even board games. Most of his work is inspired by fantasy, but he also has a number of science fiction titles under his belt.

I first came across Komarck as the artist who created the new cover art for the e-book version of Knife of Dreams, book 11 from The Wheel of Time series. Googling his name brought me to his website, and a plethora of beautiful pieces of fantasy artwork.

Knife of Dreams

Every single piece has a strong atmosphere about it. Komarck uses light and shadow to great effect, and makes even the most fantastic of beasts and magic look alive and real. His depictions of people are almost photographic, enhancing the sense that these places and events exist and have actually taken place.

Dungeons & Dragons: Elder Evils

You can see samples of Michael Komarck’s vibrant fantasy and sci-fi art here, or by clicking any of the images in this post.

The Killing Song

Every Thursday, The Fantasy Herald collects the biggest news from fantasy and publishers blogs around the web.


Ashley Barnard explains What Not To Do At A Reading

Leo interviews Blake Charlton, author of Spellwright and Spellbound

Marius du Plessis ponders The Philosophy of Writing and Reading

Tegan Beechey asks Why Are Our Heroes Getting Darker?

Paul Wiseall interviews Paul Evanby, Dutch author of De Scrypturist and De Vloedvormer (The Flood Shaper)

Marc Aplin interviews Peter V. Brett, author of The Demon Cycle series


Tor reveals Tor Books Authors At New York Comic Con 2011

18 new October Releases in Fantasy are revealed

Ryan Britt asks Are Fantasy Tropes a Punk Response to Literature?

Del Rey’s Editor-in-Chief Betsy Mitchell Bows Out

Tor reveals Tour Schedules for Alex Bledsoe, Gabrielle Zevon, Alyson Noel & Mary Pearson

Stephen King Working on a Sequel to The Shining 

53 new October Releases in Urban Fantasy, Horror, and Paranormal Romance

Del Rey and Spectra SF & Fantasy:

 Shawn Speakman discusses How the eBook is Changing the Industry

Keri Arthur contributes Five Facts about Darkness Unbound 

Greg Keyes contributes Five Facts about Lord of Souls: An Elder Scrolls Novel 

Orbit Books:

Book cover for Seven Princes by John. R Fultz revealed

Fantasy Magazine:

Leigh Butler interviews Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn trilogy