Amateur Sci Fi and Fantasy Art Contest - Inspire a New Short Story by New York Times Bestselling Author Jane Lindskold With Your Art; $600 in Prizes

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Pittsburgh area writer teams with award winning author to sponsor an amateur art contest for aspiring science fiction and fantasy artists.

Pittsburgh area writer teams with award winning author to sponsor an art contest for aspiring science fiction and fantasy artists.

The Science & Fantasy Fiction Art Inspiration Contest launches Monday, January 27th and runs through May 31st, 2014. $600 in prizes is to be awarded, with one of the winning pieces of art inspiring a short story by New York Times bestselling author Jane Lindskold.

The contest began as a project of Pittsburgh area web-writer Scot Noel, whose personal fiction website is

"This is purely a celebration of amateur art," explained Scot. "There’s no corporate involvement, no advertising revenue, no money being made. My goal is to have fun and provide recognition to the talents of amateur artists everywhere who craft their own visions of compelling futures and engaging fantasy worlds."

In addition to cash prizes, Scot came up with the idea of having the winning art pieces provide inspiration for new short stories. The art will then be featured as cover art for e-book versions of the stories, with the e-books to be given away for free on his website.

When New Mexico based author Jane Lindskold heard about this contest, she was immediately very enthusiastic. Throughout her career, Jane has felt great support from her fans, some of whom express themselves by creating and sharing imaginative art. She's always felt thrilled and honored when fans show her art inspired by her novels.

In fact, the cover art for her forthcoming novel Artemis Awakening (available from Tor Books on May 27th) is directly inspired by a friend's art. Jane also admits to having rather passionate opinions about cover art in general.

Because of all of this, Jane asked both if she could help sponsor the contest and write a story to be inspired by one of the award winners. "I couldn’t believe it," said Scot. "It’s a tremendous contribution for an author like Jane to contribute both to the cash awards and take the time to craft a story based on a winning piece of amateur art. Jane has a very real appreciation of fans and their ability to express their love of sci fi and fantasy worlds artistically."

Scot Noel and Jane Lindskold first worked together on the computer game Chronomaster, developed by DreamForge Intertainment in 1995, and they have stayed in touch with one another via letters and email ever since.

To learn more about the Science & Fantasy Fiction Art Inspiration Contest, including contest rules and submission details, please visit the contest web-page at

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