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Science & Fantasy Fiction Story Inspiration


Our contest is open to amateur artists of any age who are able to follow the contest rules and submit art for review as detailed in the Contest Description on the previous page.

Winners must be able to accept prize payment via either PayPal or check drawn on a U.S. Bank.

An original story of science or fantasy fiction, inspired by ONE of the winning stories, will be written by award winning author Jane Lindskold!*  

*Once prizes are awarded, Jane Lindskold will choose which of the 3 Award Winners has inspired the creation of an original tale of Science Fiction or Fantasy Fiction.  The reasons for Jane's choice will be revealed in an online discussion between Jane Lindskold and Scot Noel regarding the qualities of all 3 winning art pieces.


  • Winning art DOES NOT become the property of ScienceandFantasyFiction.com.  The artist retains all copyright and may reuse, resale, or repurpose their art as they wish; however, the artist grants ScienceandFantasyFiction.com the right to use the image both online at our website, in various Social Media, and in print in association with the website and (if chosen as cover art) for the story it inspires, in perpetuity. 


  • All submitted art will go through a pre-qualification round before being accepted as a suitable submission.  Art will be judged for its suitability as the cover of a new science fiction or fantasy story.  As art is submitted, pieces accepted as suitable contest entries will be displayed online in a contest gallery and in various social media venues to share with our readers.  Visit our FAQs page for more details.


  • Non-winning art may be displayed on our site, contest gallery, and on various social media venues (including but not necessarily limited to Facebook) to help promote the contest and expose submitted art to a wider audience. Non-winning art will not be used for any other purpose without the permission of the artist. The artist retains all copyright and may reuse, resale, or repurpose their art as they wish; however, after the contest is completed, the contest gallery and social media displays may remain online to help promote future contests.


Judging Criteria


The primary goal of the contest is to celebrate amateur art that can inspire a story of science or fantasy fiction.  Each submitted art piece will be judged according to the following criteria, in priority order:

  • Ability to inspire a story of Science Fiction or Fantasy Fiction.
  • Creativity in delivering a unique or idiosyncratic vision.
  • An image composed in a way that lends itself for use as the cover of an e-book.
  • Demonstrated artistic and technical skills.
  • Ability to meet the technical requirements of submission.

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