Next Letter for Kids: Fran Wilde


Our next Letter for Kids comes from award-winning author Fran Wilde! Fran’s letter is a vibrant, visual experience. Focused on maps and magic and full of illustration, kids are offered a special glimpse into what goes into making a fantasy map and are encouraged to try making one on their own!

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Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for six Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and a Lodestar. They include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, and her Lodestar- and Nebula-finalist debut Middle Grade novel Riverland. Her short stories appear in Asimov’s,, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, Uncanny, and Jonathan Strahan’s 2020 Year’s Best SFF. Fran directs the Genre Fiction MFA concentration at Western Colorado University and writes nonfiction for publications including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and at


Photograph of Fran Wilde by Brian Djerballa.