One of the highlights of placing in the Writers of the Future Contest is that my winning story will have an illustration created for it by one of the winners of the Illustrators of the Future contest. I can’t wait to see what part of/character(s) in the story will be illustrated.
I have been lucky though and have had illustrations for a couple of my previous stories.
“The Tale of Lady Spite” in Tales of the Talisman had a nice sketch of the ‘old lady by the river — complete with chains’ done by Erika McGinnis and “The End of the Road” in Not One of Us had an illustration done by Russell Diekerson. It is always exciting to see what the artist takes from your story.