jessicasteiner: (Fangirl Moment)
EDIT I've decided after having a bunch of discussion with various artists that I won't be doing a cover art contest after all. Instead, I'll be commissioning a cover.

However! I still encourage anyone who was interested in the contest to produce something if they wish. Anything you do will definitely be featured with great fanfare and appreciation, and possibly I'll run some kind of actual contest in the future.

The Sleeping Death

In a world where all natural forces - such as heat, light, and motion - are controlled by invisible winged creatures known as vox, mages have successfully conquered death, making all humans immortal.

By chance, a journalist named Liiran discovers a winged woman sleeping in a glass coffin, buried in a long-abandoned facility in the desert. The woman, Mortis, is the vox of death.

She escapes her prison, but with no memory of what she is, Mortis goes to the only person she remembers - Liiran.

Declared a criminal and traitor merely by his knowledge of Mortis' existence, Liiran learns that his government is controlled by mages and a corrupt vox bent on taking over the world. He and Mortis are forced to flee, and are drawn into the chaos of war, meeting an enslaved vox, an independent journalist, and a pair of beautiful assassins as they fight to rescue Mortis' friends and avoid imprisonment.

Meanwhile, Liiran struggles with his confusing love for the living personification of death - and the fundamental questions of what it really means to live.

Please click here to read a sample of The Sleeping Death. I hope these chapters will inspire you to produce something wonderful.

If you produce anything that you'd like me to see, please feel free to email your artwork to me at steiner.jessica@gmail.com. I have Adobe Photoshop CS5, so I am able to take submissions in most formats.

Please include your name (online handles are fine) and a link to your website/blog/deviantart/tumblr/etc. in your email, and either attach your art to the email, or include a link where I may download it from a website such as photobucket.
jessicasteiner: (I Write Therefore I Am)
Though it may not be obvious from the silence around here, I've written several blog posts recently! I am working on a series about freelance editing and I want them all to be done before I post the first one, for various reasons, so stay tuned, I guess.

I've also been plugging away at my various projects. Yesterday, I updated my profile with more information about what I'm working on and the status of them, and I'm going to try to keep that information reasonably current.

I've selected my piece of artwork for the Reverse Big Bang on [community profile] originalbigbang. I have to write a minimum 1000 word piece inspired by the artwork by May 22nd, so it's percolating around in my brain right now. I definitely have a few ideas and I'm making some notes, but I don't want to wind up writing something really long, so I'm letting it gel a bit before I sit down to write it. It's going to involve werewolves and time travel, I think.

This morning I found out about two fiction contests that I might enter.

The Canadian Authors Association is holding a Fiction Contest for fiction between 1000 and 2000 words, deadline October 10, 2012. The prizes range between $50 and $300 (though I don't understand why the second place prize is smaller than the first place...) and the winners get published in an anthology.

There's also the Surrey International Writer's Conference Writing Contest. There are several categories, but the Storyteller category is between 2500 and 5000 words, which is more of a range I can sink my teeth into compared to the CAA contest. Deadline for that one is September 14, 2012 and the winner gets $1000 and publication in the SIWC anthology.

I'm definitely going to enter the second one, and I might do a little something for the first one, too. I plan to go to SIWC this year if I can possibly afford it, and last time I went I didn't find out about the contest until it was too late.

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