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J. Aleksandr Wootton
Artist | Professional | Literature
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I am a Virginian and a bookworm - "worm" in this case meaning "dragon". I hoard books in shelves and spare rooms and like to sleep surrounded by them.

In my spare time I chair the folklore department at Lightfoot College. My research emphasis is on post-war Faerie.
Hey deviantARTists!

My debut original poetry collection, Forgetting: impressions from the millennial borderland, was published a couple of months ago, and I need your help to release a new, Illustrated Edition!

What I'm Looking For:

B&W line art to accompany each poem. Very simple.

What Kind of Line Art?

Anything. Traditional or digital, photography or photomanipulations, any style. The only requirement is that the image be black-and-white line art only. Shading is okay, as long as it's bar or hatch shading.

tl;dr = Nothing but lines; no color. No other restrictions. No nudity or porn.

And, obviously, the art should be in some way related to the poem it's meant to accompany. It can depict an image from the poem, or express how the poem made you feel, or what it made you think about. The connection doesn't have to be obvious to anyone but you; it's your art, after all!

What's In It For You? [PRIZES!]

If your art is selected for the Illustrated Edition of Forgetting, you get:

Professional credit for your portfolio and resume

Your art will be captioned with your artist name and a link to your deviantART gallery (or external gallery if you request that). Digital editions of the book will contain working hyperlinks (paperback can't, of course, but will still include the URL). Descriptions of the book will include your credits and gallery link everywhere the book is sold (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Kobo, !ndigo, Diesel, Rakuten, etc.)

I will also produce audio recordings of each poem. Your art will be displayed on YouTube as a visual to go with the reading, and your credits and gallery link will appear in the video description.

One Grand Prize Winner will additionally receive $50 USD (or equivalent in non-U.S. currency of his or her choice, paid via PayPal). All artists whose work appear in the Illustrated Edition will receive 6 free paperback copies of the book that they can give away to friends & family.

If more than 3 of your art works are selected for inclusion, you will automatically win a $20 USD Top Contributor Prize. Artists can win multiple Top Contributor Prizes.

Included artists will also be forever eligible to purchase an unlimited number of copies of the Illustrated Edition at bare-minimum printing + shipping costs that they can sign & resell.

How To Enter

1. No Purchase Necessary. Get a FREE digital copy of Forgetting from Smashwords here , or purchase a paperback for $7 USD from any of these online booksellers.

If you prefer digital (and free) but don't own a tablet or ereader, you can download a free laptop/desktop/smartphone app for most formats (Nook, Kindle, iBooks, etc.) from that retailer's website - just do a quick search and you'll find it.

2. Reply to this Journal with a link to your contest entry. (Make sure you say which poem your art goes with!)

3. There is NO LIMIT to the number of entries you can submit! Multiple artworks by the same artist may be selected for inclusion (see PRIZES above). 

That's it! Easy, right?

Entry Deadline

To be eligible for inclusion, entries must be received by December 31st, 2014.

(I know it sounds like plenty of time, but trust me - deadlines have a way of sneaking up close through the tall grass of passing days and pouncing suddenly. Better get on it!)

What About Copyrights?

Obviously, any work you submit must be your own, original work that you own full rights to. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified from this contest and immediately reported to dA.

If you would like to suggest another artist's work for inclusion, you can do so in the comments but you should also contact them directly and link them to the contest. I also will inform them of the nomination and invite them to participate.

Included artists will retain all rights to their own artwork. By entering this contest, you authorize me to use your art in two places only - the Illustrated Edition of Forgetting in physical book and ebook digital formats, and on YouTube, to accompany audio readings of the poems. You are free to otherwise distribute, publish, re-sell, or use your own art as you see fit. I retain no copyright and claim no intellectual property rights over your art, except to use as noted above.

Who's Judging This Thing?

Me + my publishing team (my editor, graphic designer, beta readers, reviewers, etc). But mostly me.

Want to Read Some of My Poems While You're Thinking About It?

Wootton's Poems on deviantART        Wotton's Poems on His Blog (some overlap, most are different)

You've Got Questions!

Of course ya do! Leave 'em in the comments, I'll answer 'em ASAP.


This competition may be cancelled if insufficient winning entries are received/selected. If this happens, prizes will not be awarded, permissions to use entrants' art will not be granted to me, and your work will not be published - which would be a total bummer, dude - so Favorite this Journal & Tell Your Friends, Watchers, and favorite Artists to Enter!

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pewpewminer1gamelord Featured By Owner 1 day ago
thanks for the +watch i guss have a beaverPokemote: Bidoof + PLZ 
hubert61 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
merci pour les favs :)
dak47922 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Thanks for the follow!
Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the Llama.
NkDesignTGA Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for + watch, check-out also some of these my manips:
Chase your dreams by NkDesignTGA  It's Time To Believe by NkDesignTGA  Never Give Up by NkDesignTGA  
Fisherbrook-Photos Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the llama.
Bibliosmith Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks for the fave.
C-A-Harland Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks for the watch :)
hubert61 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Pixx-73 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the fav. :thanks:
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