Discover the Next Generation of Christian Storytellers…

This inaugural edition of Voices of the Future weaves together short stories of family and fearlessness in a memorable and heartwarming collection. Experience the next generation’s creativity and vision through tales of hope and belonging from rising young creatives.

Featuring Madigan Thompson

Growing up near the majestic mountains of Utah, with its snowy peaks and mysterious waterfalls, Madigan Thompson writes middle-grade and YA fantasy about fantastical lands and mighty heroes who find family, hope, and perseverance through life’s trials.

When she is not writing, you can find Madigan bringing her imagination to life through the art of her characters, binging shows with her dad, or filling her bookshelves with literary treasures such as Tolkien, Lewis, and Andrew Peterson.

About Her Short Story

She named herself Cor.

Cor lived alone in the mountains since before she could remember, watching the creatures living below. Though these things called ‘humans’ fascinate her, Cor is content to be a wild thing, neither animal nor human. To be the tread of feet that leads lost travelers through the mountain paths. Unseen. Unknown. After all, why would the humans spare a monster like her?

That all changed, however, when the cry of a woman echoed through the crags. Upon finding a crashed carriage, Cor is faced with a panicked family and a young mother who has gone into labor. Determined that saving a life is worth showing herself at last, Cor rushes to assist…but will the humans leave her alive long enough to say she is there to help?


Her Accomplishments
  • Drafted seven full-length novels and a novella
  • Implemented both developmental and line edits from professional editors
  • Attended the 2023 Realm Maker’s Winter Retreat and received positive reviews of her writing from published authors and editors
  • Won a The Young Writer’s Workshop short story competition
  • Grew her email list to over 100 subscribers in just 30 days
  • Has had professional coaching on business and marketing strategy through the Author Conservatory

Meet the 8 other authors in the anthology!

Olivia G.


“A Book Dragon’s Story”



“People of the Rain”



“Fairies in the Garden”



“Shattered Echoes”



“The Penny Dragon”

Abi Lyn


“The Little Tire Shop”






“Colors of Grief”

Support the next generation of writers

100% of the proceeds from this anthology go toward helping up-and-coming writers attend writing conferences where they can pitch their work to agents and publishers.

About the Author Conservatory

Conservatorynoun: “A school specializing in one of the fine arts.”

The Author Conservatory is an online apprenticeship-modeled program that teaches students the writing & business skills they need to get published and support themselves financially. The Voices of the Future anthology features short stories from nine of our 2024 graduates.

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