A unique competition which could see your artwork becoming an eBook cover for a Peter F Hamilton short story.
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Manhattan In Reverse takes us on a journey from a murder mystery in an alternative Oxford in the 1800s to a brand new story featuring Paula Myo, Deputy Director of the Intersolar Commonwealth’s Serious Crimes Directorate. Dealing with intricate themes and topical subject matter, this top ten bestselling author is at the top of his game.
Pan Macmillan will be releasing two short stories from the collection in eBook format a month early. These will be available to buy through Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon and via Waterstone’s and WHSmith online. SFX online and Pan Macmillan are looking for jacket designs for both stories.
The two winning designs will be selected by a judging panel that includes Peter, his publishing team at Pan Macmillan and SFX staff.
Peter F Hamilton says: “There’s so much promising design talent out there and I’m excited to see how my stories are interpreted.”
SFX will be posting entries online as they come in and Peter will be dropping in to talk about his favourites and his writing more generally between now and the winning announcement in August.
HOW TO ENTER
• Pan Macmillan has provided cover briefs for the short stories The Demon Trap and Footvote – clink on the links to view the briefs. These are exactly the type of briefs that professional artists will receive when they are commissioned to create cover artwork. Read them carefully because they are essential in helping you make your creative chioices.
• You can provide entries for either or both stories
• Your entry must be supplied in its complete form as a 300 dpi high resolution Jpeg or PDF under 2MB
• Your entry must be 240mmx156mm
• Your entry should be submitted to email@example.com
• Only original artwork or digital artwork will be considered and all artwork must be sent with your name, contact telephone number and email address in the body of the email and clearly marked in the subject header ‘ Short story artwork competition ’. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
• Entries must be recieved by Pan Macmillan on or before the closing date of 1 August 2011 before 5.30pm GMT. Pan Macmillan may require a higher res version of the file at a later date
• Please read the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this article for more details
Terms & Conditions
“Short story artwork competition” is the illustration competition in association with Pan Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited (“the Competition”) and SFX magazine a division of Future Publishing Limited.
1. There are two prizes, the prizes consist of each winner having their artwork used by Pan Macmillan on the ebook format of a short story by Peter F Hamilton for publication in 2011. Both eBooks are intended to be published in the United Kingdom in September 2011. Publication will be subject to the winner’s acceptance in writing of those terms and conditions and compliance with them. There is no fee, royalty or cash prize attached to this competition.
2. This competition is not open to employees or their immediate families of The Promoters and any companies within the Futurenet plc group of companies or the Macmillan Publishers Limited group of companies.
3. To be eligible, entries must comprise of a full colour artwork Jpeg or PDF under 2MB that is final and complete at a 300dpi resolution which must be received by Pan Macmillan on or before the closing date of 1 August 2011 before 5.30pm GMT. Pan Macmillan may require a higher res version of the file at a later date
4. The artwork must follow the brief set out for either one of the eligible short stories as supplied by Pan Macmillan and shown on this website. The entry must be supplied in its complete form as a 300 dpi high resolution Jpeg or PDF under 2MB and emailed through to firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Only original artwork or digital artwork will be considered and all artwork must be sent with your name, contact telephone number and email address in the body of the email and clearly marked in the subject header ‘Short story artwork competition’. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
6. The Promoters assume no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, illegible or misdirected entries or for any technical failure during the competition period. Proof of emailing is not proof of receipt
7. You confirm the following in relation to your entry. Namely that all such artwork is your own original work and has not previously been published anywhere in the world; that it does not infringe any laws whether of the UK or elsewhere or the rights of any third party; that no other person was involved in the creation of such work; that you have the right to give the Promoters and their respective licensees permission to use it for the purposes set out below and that you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your contribution.
8. Joint entries are permitted as long as all participants in the individual artwork sign to sign a copy of Pan Macmillan’s terms and conditions
9. No purchase necessary.
10. The two winners will be chosen by Peter F Hamilton, the editor of SFX magazine, an independent illustrator and Pan Macmillan Art Department no later than 15 August 2011. Pan Macmillan or SFX magazine will notify the winners by telephone and email, and the winners will need to respond not later than two days from the notification otherwise another winner will be selected from the remaining eligible entries. Only the winners will be contacted.
11. In the event that, in the opinion of the judges, there are insufficient entries of a high enough standard to win, Pan Macmillan will use their own artwork.
12. Winners will be required to sign a copy of Pan Macmillan’s terms and conditions agreement which they must sign in order for their artwork to be used. Non-compliance will result in another winner being chosen.
13. Entries may be displayed in the public domain on the SFX and/or Pan Macmillan website, through social media sites and in SFX magazine. By entering the competition entrants consent to this, for which they will receive no payment.
14. The winners will be the entries which, in the decision of the judges, best answer the brief supplied by Pan Macmillan. The judges’ decision in all matters will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
15. Entrants must be 18 or over on 9 April 2011 and a permanent resident of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. If you win the competition you may be asked to provide proof of your age and place of residency.
16. There are two prizes, each prize consists of having your artwork used on the ebook publication of a Peter F Hamilton short story for publication by Pan Macmillan in 2011.
17. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. The Promoters reserve the right to amend the specification of the prize, and to amend the terms of, or to withdraw this competition without notice, although every effort will be made to avoid undue disappointment to entrants and to provide a prize of similar quality and value. Details of any such changes will be posted on the SFX website
18. The copyright of your entry will remain with you, unless you win the competition. The winner will be required, under the terms of the Pan Macmillan contract, which they must sign as described above to assign all copyright and other intellectual property rights in their entry and such other artwork to Pan Macmillan. By entering the competition, entrants irrevocably grant the Promoters the right to reproduce their entry or an edited form of their entry in any form or format for the purposes of publication, advertising, marketing or point of sale as the Promoters shall determine. They also irrevocably agree to participate in such promotional activities and feature in such promotional and PR activities as the Promoters may reasonably require and consent to the use of their names, city of residence, photograph for publicity purposes in all media.
19. The name/country of the prizewinner will be published on www.sfx.co.uk
20. By submitting an entry you are deemed to have read and accepted these terms.
21. The email address and phone number you provide on entering this competition will only be used by us to contact you if necessary, and will not be shared with other companies.
22. The Promoters have organised this prize draw in good faith and do not accept liability relating to the prize.
23. These competition Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and constructed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any disputes arising therefrom.
Promoters: Pan Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited of Brunel Road, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire (“Pan Macmillan”) (together “the Promoters”) and SFX magazine, Future Publishing, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW.