Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve wandered down a strange and interesting new road. It began with an e-mail from my friend Scot Noel asking if I’d mind taking a look at some information he was putting together for a cover art contest he and his wife, Jane, had decided to sponsor on their website, ScienceandFantasyFiction.com .
I did. I liked what I saw. Both cover art and amateur art hold great interest for me. Next thing poor Scot knew, I was asking if I could get involved.
(Oh! You can learn about how Scot, Jane, and I became friends on the Wednesday Wandering for 10-24-12. Not surprisingly, it involves both art and storytelling.)
The contest is just getting started. Take a look at www.sffcontest.com for details. I’m not going to be a judge, but I am sponsoring one of the prizes. I’m also going to write a short story based on one of the winning pieces. The contest web pages are works of art in themselves. (Scot and Jane are professional website designers.) The pages also very clearly spell out the guidelines, both technical and artistic. If the contest cover page doesn’t give you enough detail, try the FAQ. We tried to anticipate more specific questions there.
The featured art is by my friends Rowan Derrick and Tori Hansen. As well as being very good, their contributions show the wide range of approaches that are welcome.
While you’re browsing, don’t forget to take a look at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction site. It has reviews, short fiction for free download, and some other interesting stuff.
So, what’s an author doing getting involved in an art contest? Is this where you learn that I paint and draw in my spare time? Actually, the reason I’m getting involved is precisely because I can’t paint or draw. People who can do so seem downright magical to me.
Also, I’ve always been thrilled when fans show me art that my stories have inspired. I’m looking forward to letting someone’s art inspire a piece of my fiction. Additionally, Scot and I plan to have a chat or two about how visual art can inspire written art.
So, I hope some of you will choose to enter. Feel free to pass this information along to any of your artistically inclined friends. Pieces will be posted on-line, so even if your art doesn’t win, you’ll have the pleasure of sharing it with a different range of viewers!
So, ready? Set! Get out your pencils and start drawing!