I’m putting together the Magical Menageries Colouring Book so I need something awesome to use as a cover and it occurred to me that the best cover art would be the coloured version of one of the interior pages. That’s where you come in 🙂
How to Enter:
1. Click on one (or more if you’re feeling ambitious) of the illustrations below. That will take you to a full-size version of the image that you can print.
2. Colour the picture.
3. Send me a high-quality scan as a .png or .jpg attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line ‘Colouring Contest’.
4. Cross your fingers.
Each person can send me up to three entries — one of each image.
I will be accepting entries until midnight MST March 1, 2018.
The winner will be decided by me on or before my birthday — March 15th.
But wait? What does the winner get?
Well, in addition to having their coloured picture used as the cover of the colouring book they will receive 2 contributor copies and a $25 gift card from their choice of either Amazon or Kobo.
Plus, I think it’ll be fun.
Who’s in? Are you in? C’mon, you know you wanna… 😉
I’m currently open to submissions of speculative stories about all things equine for Equus, the latest title in my Magical Menageries series. If you’re interested in submitting check out the call for submissions here, or find out what happens after you submit here.
But this is not about that 🙂
Not only is Equus the fifth title in my Magical Menageries series, it’s also meant to be the final book in that series. With the series coming to a close I wanted to come up with a way to mark and celebrate it because it is one hell of a collection.
So I’m going to produce a Magical Menageries colouring book!
The idea is that I will give it away as swag at conventions or sell it at the cost of shipping from my website for those who won’t be at the same conventions that I am. The only problem is I am *so* not an artist.
Which means I need to hire some.
I will be asking each participating artist to provide me with one colouring page to represent each book in the Magical Menageries collection, so five in all. Those books are:
Fae — fairies, forests, fairies, green men, fairies… you get the idea. Mostly fairies… but not so much of the Tinkerbell variety.
Corvidae — Magpies and ravens and jays, oh my!
Scarecrow — D’oh! I should have saved the Wizard of Oz reference for this description. Because yes. Scarecrows.
Sirens — Sirens from both the sea (mermaid type) and sky (winged type)
Equus — Horses, unicorns, Pegasus, centaurs…
If you’re not familiar with the books and find yourself stuck for subject matter I will be happy to provide a sample story to help inspire you.
I’m looking for colouring pages however you define that. It might be something as complex and detailed as this:
something simpler, like this:
Or even this:
I want a mixture of styles and detail levels and will be asking for the nonexclusive use to the images (which means you’ll be free to sell or use them elsewhere too).
I will offer a token payment per image (starting around $5-10) plus contributor copies.
If you are interested in contributing to the colouring book please contact me at email@example.com with a sample of your work or a link to your portfolio and a note about your expected rate of payment.
I’d like to have all the artists lined up by January so I’ll be open to receiving emails about this until December 15th, 2016.
I am incredibly excited and proud to announce the fifth and final installment to the Magical Menageries anthology series:
Horses, unicorns, Pegasus…
I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it has been to sit on this announcement and not shout it from the rooftops… though I did enjoy answering ‘Nay’ when people asked if I’d give them a hint of what was coming next. Nay/neigh, get it? Ha! I kill me!**
Without further squealing on my part, here are the details:
Magical Menageries #5: Equus
Horses are represented in mythology and folklore from Paleolithic right up to modern times. What is it about these magnificent creatures that fascinates us and captures our hearts? Is it their intelligence, their power, their beauty or something else that draw us to them? That is just one of the questions we’re going to explore in Equus.
I will be looking for stories about every kind of horse from the earthly to the mythological and though I’ll be placing a special emphasis on horses, unicorns and Pegasus, every kind of magical equine is welcome (and really, aren’t they all magical?). Stories with a strong sense of place will have an advantage, as will those which explore the connection (for better or for worse) between equines and humans.
Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 and a paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. Seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.
Publisher: World Weaver Press
Anthologist: C’est moi
Open submission period: September 1st – November 30, 2016