Discover the Next Generation of Christian Storytellers…

The second edition of Voices of the Future weaves together short stories of courage and compassion in a memorable and heartwarming collection. Experience the next generation’s creativity and vision through these tales from rising young creatives.

Featuring Sarah Pagel

Sarah Pagel grew up finding pockets of magic in the seams of her ordinary Midwest town. Now, she writes stories that infuse the real world with the wondrous and offer a haven for kids who feel out of place.

In her spare time, you can find her searching for the best Earl Grey latte, listening to Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1, or acting as a governess to other people’s dogs through the pet-sitting business she started in high school.

About Her Short Story

Ivy is cursed—at least, that’s what all the kids at school whisper. With her secondhand clothes and whimsical love of art, Ivy was never as popular as her older sister. But after she touches the school’s haunted well, the students are convinced she’s doomed to fall down it just like a girl did fifty years ago. They treat her like an outcast, throwing her watercolor tin into the well.

The only way to break the curse? Climb down the well, retrieve her paints, and make it back up to prove the haunted well has let her go. But what Ivy doesn’t know is that an ancient creature waits for her at the bottom—and it’s far more than a myth.

Her Accomplishments
  • Drafted 5 novels, 2 novellas, and 1 short story
  • A semifinalist for the Middle Grade category in the 2023 Aurora Contest
  • Attended Realm Makers in 2021 and 2022 and received interest in her projects from multiple publishers
  • Started a pet-sitting business to practice in-person marketing and grew a client list of over 40 households
  • Interned for creative writing at CedarCreek Church
  • Worked as a freelance copywriter for a local TV station

Meet the 8 other authors in the anthology!

Kyla Carter

“The Graveyard of Lost Dreams”

Alyssa Guthrie

“A Deathbed Wish”

Hannah Marie

“Zelophehad’s Daughters”



“The Sister Knot”



“If Ye’d Only Say”

elena B.


“In Our Blood”




kasumi Sonoda

“Chichi no Chikai: A Father’s Vow”

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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