Jobs of the Damned Contest Seeks Illustration Entries for Upcoming Heliotrope Multimedia eBook

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Heliotrope Books seek entries for the visual arts phase of its Jobs of the Damned contest through November 30, 2010. . Winners will appear in Heliotrope's upcoming multimedia ebook on the workplace. The contest is soliciting two different kinds of images on the theme of workplace dissatisfaction and distress -- Graphic novel or comic-style interpretation of winners of the Jobs of the Damned writing contest and spot illustrations.

According to a recent survey conducted by salary.com, only 15 percent of employed respondents were ‘very satisfied’ with their jobs.

Heliotrope Books seek entries for the visual arts phase of its Jobs of the Damned contest. Illustration entries will be accepted between November 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010 at http://www.jobsofthedamned.com . Winners will appear in Heliotrope's upcoming multimedia ebook on the workplace.

The contest is soliciting two different kinds of images on the theme of workplace dissatisfaction and distress -- Graphic novel or comic-style interpretation of winners of the Jobs of the Damned writing contest and spot illustrations.

"According to a recent survey conducted by salary.com, only 15 percent of employed respondents were 'very satisfied' with their jobs," said Naomi Rosenblatt, President of Heliotrope Books. "The workplace today abounds with harsh and inexplicable tales. If you are in the thick of one yourself, you are not alone.

"The final project will intersperse true testimony with expert guidance … and a little comic relief. Artists with a good sense of humor and drama are encouraged to submit their work."

The Job of the Damned writing contest was held between February and May 2010 with people submitting true accounts of bizarre and abusive bosses. Entries can be found on the Jobs of the Damned website. "We sought stories that were told in a direct, spirited way and got 75 entries from people around the US," said Rosenblatt. "We even got one entry from Africa."

A panel review determined the 1st. 2nd and 3rd place winners, and peer votes determined a weekly winner during the 12-week contest. Some lucky authors won in both categories. Now the three top prize-winning authors will judge illustration entries along with:

Katherine Crowley (Harvard trained psychologist, co-author of Working for You Isn't Working for Me: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Boss)

Kathi Elster (co-author of Working for You Isn't Working for Me: The Ultimate Guide To Managing Your Boss)

Eike Gebhardt, PhD (Educator, editor and author of books on social and psychological correlates of creativity)

Naomi Rosenblatt (President, Heliotrope Books)

Joanne Tombrakos (novelist, coach/blogger on reinventing life after working in corporate America)

The stories collected last spring will be springboards for video interviews with experts on workplace conflict -- attorneys, psychologists and human resources specialists. "We hope to include an excerpt from every story we received last spring," Rosenblatt explained. Further, she hopes to aggregate stories and videos, along with the contest illustration entries, into a cutting edge, enriched ebook format.

Follow the contest on Facebook (Jobs of the Damned Writing Contest) or on Twitter, (@heliotropebooks).

About Heliotrope Books

An independent book publisher and packager located in New York City, Heliotrope publishes a few select books each year and sells book proposals to larger presses. In addition to publishing traditional books, Heliotrope is branching into mixed media online ventures.

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