Naomi Novik (naominovik) wrote,
Naomi Novik

Temeraire fanart contest!

So I am super excited about this -- to celebrate the launch of Tongues of Serpents tomorrow, I have teamed up with the awesome Subterranean Press to run a fanart contest where I will write stories to go with the winning entries, and it all goes into a super-spiffy limited edition chapbook to support the OTW! \o/ Here is the official announcement:

Announcing a contest of draconic proportions!

Submit your art inspired by Naomi Novik’s New York Times Best-Selling Temeraire series for a chance to be published in a limited-edition chapbook from Subterranean Press. The author will choose her five favorite works and ten runners-up and write a short original piece of fiction to go with each.

The Temeraire series is a six-volume (so far!) historical fantasy series that reimagines the Napoleonic Wars fought with the aid of dragons. Captain William Laurence and his dragon Temeraire fight to protect England, and in the course of their adventures travel the world, discover the wide variety of human and dragon societies, and confront danger of every description. The newest book in the series, Tongues of Serpents, is out on July 13.

Contest Rules
  1. Your artwork may feature any scene, character, or characters from any of the six Temeraire books, in any medium you choose. Alternate universe settings, chibi, and parody entries are welcome, or anything else you come up with. Feel free to let your imagination run wild!

  2. Entries may be in color or in black-and-white, but note that, if selected, color entries may be reproduced in black-and-white in the chapbook.

  3. To enter, send an image of your artwork to the contest email address: Please include your name, phone number, and email address.

  4. The deadline for submitting artwork is August 31, 2010.

  5. You may enter as many times as you like.

  6. Contest entries will be judged by Naomi, Del Rey editor-in-chief Betsy Mitchell, and Del Rey art director David Stevenson.

The creators of the fifteen pieces of art selected by the author will see their work published, each with a piece of original fiction by Naomi Novik inspired by the illustration (short stories for the five winners, drabble-length for the runners-up), and will all receive a free copy of the chapbook.

Naomi's proceeds from the chapbook will go to support the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), a nonprofit run by and for fans which works to protect the rights of fan creators and access to fan creations.

Thanks to all prospective participants and good luck!

- Naomi Novik

I am figuring I will probably write about a 5000-word story for the top winner, 1000-word stories for the four other finalists, and drabblish things for the ten runners-up, so the chapbook will be about 10,000 words of fic. And yes, you can totally do Laurence and Temeraire in space, or fighting demons, or something else out-there, I am up for the challenge. :D

ETA answers to some questions:
  • The contest is open to artists worldwide! (and btw please feel free to translate and repost the announcement anywhere you like)

  • Collaborations are welcome! Just include both your names/emails when submitting.

  • Kids are welcome to participate with permission of their parent/guardian, just be aware I'll be writing the chapbook at the same maturity level as the books (and see the next note).

  • There are no restrictions on art content; as the books are adult and have some pretty intense battle scenes and sexual situations, I don't want to impose constraints. That said, I will probably just LOL a whole lot if you send me X-rated Temeraire porn art so that may not be the most strategic choice. ;)

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*digs up pen tablet*
the same maturity level as the books >> Just to clarify further, what restrictions does this / do you impose on the content of the art? (I'm thinking particular in terms of nudity, sexual content, and violence/gore content.) Not that I have any specific ideas atm, I'm just curious for ~brainstorming purposes~ to know where hard lines should be drawn, if anyplace. :)
There aren't any! The books are adult and have some pretty grim battle scenes and sexual situations, so I don't want to impose constraints.

I mean, if someone sends me an NC-17 piece of dragon-human porn art, it will have to be a work of staggering genius or my reaction as a judge will be LOL NO, but I don't feel like there's anything I would rule out on principle. *g*


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Hell to the yes! I'm so entering! 8D ohboy, the ideas are churning already.
Ooooh, this is fantastic! I'm very excited to draw something for this.
That is a GENIUS promotional idea! My God! Win!

0_0 Damn I wish I drew and didn't write. And can I just say you are so cool!
Oh man! Can I give you my money for a copy like.. NOW?!
\o/ I love you for making this worldwide, finally a contest I can enter! Well, not that I'm that good but hey, that's totally beside the point.

...right after work.

Stupid work.
I am very excited about the new book! Do you happen to know when the audiobook is due for release?
It's coming out in September! The release will be announced here and on facebook :)
I love this idea! It sounds like it will be loads of fun. :)
I hope I manage to get creative and actually send something. :) I haven't done any art in ages... I feel all rusty.
OHMYGOODNESS. my friend just sent me a link to this, and i am spazzing so hard right now, so forgive my lack of sentence structure and all that sort of grammar-y stuff, please.

Are there any restrictions to format? I imagine since you are having submissions to be emailed they are okay in PNG? Should we put them in any particular dpi?

And I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of Tongues of Serpents. (:
No format restrictions! Obviously, the higher res the better when it comes to printing time, but for the judging part you can send it however we can look at it. :D PNG is fine.
Tongues of Serpents has totally sold out at The Strand! I thought you might find that an encouraging sign.


July 13 2010, 18:21:04 UTC 8 years ago

Is Tongues of Serpents the last book in the series, or will there be a book 7? I found it hard to tell from the ending of the book.
There will be books 7 - 9! :D


July 13 2010, 23:48:06 UTC 8 years ago

And this is the time when my tablet dies D: Oh well, I hope to get a new one soon, but I shall be doing lots of sketching for this now :D
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