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Tell Us About Your Ideal Fantasy Hero, and Win a Copy of Writing Fantasy Heroes From Rogue Blades Entertainment!

Monday, March 25th, 2013 | Posted by John ONeill

Writing Fantasy HeroesPop culture is dominated by fantasy heroes like never before, from Zelda to Harry Potter, Gandalf to Tyrion Lannister. The truth is we’ve always been fascinated by heroes, but in the last few years we’ve turned to fantasy like never before.

What makes a true hero? And which ones will endure, and which will eventually be forgotten?

These are the kinds of questions that require greater minds than ours. In fact, a riddle like this demands the sharpest, most agile minds on Earth. I’m talking about the readers of Black Gate, naturally.

To help us answer the question, we’re inviting Black Gate readers — that’s you — to tell us about your ideal hero. It can be a fictional character, or a general description of those qualities that make one ideal. In one paragraph or less, tell us what makes her a hero.

We’ll publish the best entries here on the blog, and randomly draw three names from all qualifying entries. Those three winners will each receive a copy of the new book Writing Fantasy Heroes, compliments of Rogue Blades Entertainment. Each of these experts on heroes will also be invited to submit a brief review of the book, to be published here on the Black Gate website.

Please submit entries by e-mail to with the title “My Ideal Hero.” All entries become the property of New Epoch Press. No purchase necessary. Must be 12 or older. Decisions of the judges (capricious as they may be) are final. Terms and conditions subject to change as our lawyers sober up and get back to us. Not valid where prohibited by law. Or anywhere postage for a hefty trade paperback is more than, like, 10 bucks. Good luck!


  1. Cool contest, wish I could join in!

    I’m looking forward to those mini-reviews wherein we’ll get to hear from the winners about how well the book’s advice lives up to or demonstrates what it is they think makes an ideal and enduring hero.

    Comment by Jason 'RBE' Waltz - March 25, 2013 8:20 pm

  2. Thanks for offering the books, Jason. And congratulations on publishing what looks like one of the best books of the year!

    Comment by John ONeill - March 25, 2013 9:21 pm

  3. Jason,

    Keep up the good work over at RBE! This looks like a really interesting read.

    Comment by Matthew Wuertz - March 25, 2013 10:38 pm

  4. Thanks Matthew!

    [i]I[/i] thinks it’s a really interesting read :) Heck, I think it’s a really rockin’ read, who am I kidding?!

    Comment by Jason 'RBE' Waltz - March 25, 2013 11:40 pm

  5. Wish I could enter. Damn the petrol price and high international postage fees!

    Comment by Tiberius - March 26, 2013 3:47 am

  6. This must be a case of great minds thinking alike. I’m running a similar giveaway on my site:

    Jason, have you seen some of the responses I’ve gotten so far? Pretty impressive. John, I’ll link to this giveway as well.

    Comment by westkeith - March 26, 2013 3:16 pm

  7. Hey Keith – it does indeed! I guess you must be right — great minds DO think alike.

    Good luck with your contest. So far the responses on your site are pretty impressive. You have a well read audience!

    Comment by John ONeill - March 26, 2013 3:30 pm

  8. Hey Tiberius! If you don’t mind e-reading you can still win an e-version in your choice of PDF, Kindle, or HTML formats. :)

    Comment by Jason 'RBE' Waltz - March 26, 2013 8:20 pm

  9. Thanks jason I will have a go.

    Comment by Tiberius - March 27, 2013 7:42 am

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