A source of inspiration for me was the work of Ron Dayes with the second contest - the Red Dragon. I did not copy the work of Ron, and deliberately didn't look at it before Assembly. However, it still came out too it seems :-/ Apparently, all small dragons are very similar to each other...
Scientists around the world are fighting in guessing where the dragons take the flame?
I have my own version of the answer to this question that concerns mankind since ancient times... :-)
Since the flame is piece #9, I think it's best to critique it sans the part. Overall, without it, I'd be hard pressed to call it a dragon, since without the flame it just has an overall serpentine appearance. Mythological definitely, but not necessarily a dragon. I'd like to see some color variety on it too, even if it was just a few touches, notably the wings. The all gold makes is feel blander than it is despite the good parts usage. Still, all in all, given the brick limitation of 8, it's a nice build.