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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This is the greatest contest ever. *grabs pencil* I'm hoping someone makes you write AU slash fic. ;P


July 14 2010, 07:45:03 UTC 8 years ago

Awesome! Been meaning to do a rendition of Temeraire, and I have an idea I've been meaning to use that I can put into action. Gah, now I'm excited and can't sleep. Thanks a lot Naomi


July 14 2010, 15:49:24 UTC 8 years ago

OH God, I don't even want to imagine the rule 34 that you might receive.


July 14 2010, 15:50:58 UTC 8 years ago

On a more serious note, I can't draw worth a bucket of eels, but I can write decent enough. Will there ever bee a short fiction contest for the Temeraire universe?

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8 years ago

Just worked an overnight shift and picked up the new book this morning, and now I'm feeling that second divine wind kicking in! I must join in the arts! Oh Naomi, You just had to promote "Tongues" of Serpents fanarts XD
OH NAOMI LOOK LOOK! \o/ God I love her arts.
I love your Temeraire books. i've got 1,3,4
Still trying to find 2,5 and six
Anyway FANTATASIC work, and congrats on the newest one, cant wait to read more of Temeraires adventures!
Wish i could enter but i dont give my Phone number out on the internet
Well, after hearing this I must say:
HOW COME I JUST NOW NOTICED THIS?! I mean, I never knew you were here!

Steven Spielberg or Peter Jackson really need to pick up your books. I demand a Temeraire movie before we all put our toes up!

I shell definitely try to do this...

Oh my, I'm getting excited.
Good sir Peter Jackson already has the rights and is thinking of doing a TV series since it may lend itself better storytelling wise than the short span of films. Though I would endlessly >:D as well seeing Temeraire flying and fighting Lien on the screen.


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8 years ago

You are genius, my woman, and I bow down to your awesomeness and niceness.
P.S. In your website, the galleries link iz broked. :-(
Fixed now! ty so much for the report :D
This is a brilliant idea! :D
I wonder if all the submitted pieces will be collected in one place or at least linked? ^^
omgomgomg! I definatly want to take part at your contest! *__*
I know it's not much time left but I'll try my best.
Are we also allowed to show how maybe dragons lived in a former time? Your characters hadn't lived at that time. :/
Yes, absolutely! As long as it is in the Temeraire universe, you can either do it as alternate reality -- ie, put Laurence and Temeraire and co in another time -- or do it with other dragons for whom I will then make up names and stories. :D

Does it have to be done BY the 31st or is it okay sometime ON the 31st? I MAY BE RUNNING A LITTLE BEHIND HERE. D:

PS: I will send it to you anyway even if it's not done in time for the contest. :D
Sorry to butt in, but perhaps it helps - Naomi said in a later entry that "as long as it's the 31st somewhere on the planet" everything is fine.

(That's what I've been clinging to as well. "Oh well it's still the 31st in Samoa, right?" >_>


8 years ago

I :);)*_* your books, so, when is the next Temeraire book coming out????? I think that Laurence should go to the U.S. on his return from Australia. Or at least S. America. The Incas?? Hmmm....

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