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Micro Pic Competition

Welcome to the Micro Pic Competition page!

*** THE MICRO PIC COMPETITION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE ***

Although you are most welcome to submit artwork for any of the published fiction on this site, choosing to submit to the pieces as outlined below also gives you the chance to compete for prizes!

Overview

Twice a month I post previously published Micro Fiction from my site in the style of a postcard type image on my Facebook Page, Twitter account and Instagram account with a newly added image in the background to suit the writing. Ideally it'll be a different image on each media platform... and my skills as an artist are limited to say the very least... so I'm giving you the chance to have your artwork as the feature image!

Entry is free!

But what's a competition, without

Prizes

As well as giving your artistic talent a whole new audience (the top three entrants choosing which platform its published on, with priority determined by position) the overall winner will be awarded a coupon for free entry to Morgen Bailey's online writing course 'Entering Writing Competitions'! (Normally £15!)

Find out more about Morgen's courses here -  http://bit.ly/1MAhfOw

All successful submissions will be immortalised on a gallery page on the site, so including contact details with your entry could be a way of receiving feedback for your skills!

Specification

250 pixels wide x 300 pixels high
Preferably Sketch Style
White background
File must be jpeg format

To fit the postcard, entries must be the size listed above. I will not correct your artwork post-submission, other than possibly adding a gradient to soften a particularly dark or rich image so it can sit neatly behind the text. (Gallery images will be unaltered.)

My original vision of these postcards were to be hand drawn sketches, but it is not a necessity. Please mount your image on a white background. Please also bear in mind that these are corner illustrations. They should be standalone images and not a full scene. It will look unnatural to block out the entire corner with rich colour. If you feel your image suits a darker backdrop, I suggest including it as an aura to the image. (For an example, check out my own artwork for the Micro piece 'Into Orbit'.) I will not do this for you, your entry will be rejected.

Please ensure your entry is saved in jpeg format. Any other file extension will be rejected.

Rules

During the competition period, entries are restricted to one submission per person. In the case of multiple submissions, I will accept your first entry - unless you request that any subsequent submission take its place in a separate note when submitting. (Upon closing you are more than welcome to submit as many images as you like to the piece's gallery page.)

I reserve the right to reject any submission. Please ensure the image you submit is relevant to the piece you are submitting it for. If it's not close enough to the theme, or if I decide the nature or standard of the image is unusable for my site I will not accept your entry to the competition. (I will inform you if that is the case.)

How to Submit

To submit your entry, send me an email at paulisaacwriter_enq@hotmail.co.uk with your image attached, using the subject title 'Micro Pic Comp' followed by the name of the piece you are submitting it for. 'Micro Pic Comp - (Title)'.

In the body of the email, please answer all the following questions.

Name (As you'd like it to appear on the site.):

Social Media Tags (For links on the gallery page, plus relevant image tags if you win. If you don't have a personal website, you could instead supply your Tumblr or Deviant Art page for example. If you don't have a Facebook Page, Twitter account or Instagram account, please put 'N/A'. This also applies if you simply don't wish to provide that information.)
Personal Website:
Facebook Page:
Twitter:
Instagram:

Preferred Media Output (If you finish in the top three places your image will be posted with the piece on one of three media platforms. First place gets priority of choice, followed by second place, then third. You may have a better following, or not have an account on one of the three with which to share it. Also when choosing it might be worth having a look at my own statistics if you wish to have your artwork reach a greater audience.)
1st: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
2nd: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
3rd: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Exclude your image from site? (All submissions that don't place in the top three positions will be added to a gallery page unless you tell me not to include your image. Some people may wish to retain their artwork for use in another competition, and most only accept previously unpublished work.)
Yes or No?

* By submitting your image for use on my site you also give me permission to use it on associated networks. For example, I may include your image in a separate gallery on my Facebook page. *

** Please allow up to a week before chasing me for confirmation of your entry - I'm currently operating as part of a one man team! **

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For a limited time, the first ten people to contribute their artwork to the site will receive one coupon for free entry to Morgen Bailey's online writing course 'Entering Writing Competitions'! (Normally £15!)
Find out more about Morgen's courses here -  http://bit.ly/1MAhfOw
There are currently 10 coupons remaining!

**Coupons are limited to one per person. Winning the competition will not grant you a further coupon.**
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Competition Schedule + Results

Listed below is the full competition schedule, including results.

'TBC' refers to a piece yet to be allocated. Once a month, the TBC will be determined by the popularity of the most recent batch of Micro Fictions added to the site. The intermittent pieces selected for competition are generated quarterly.

The dates shown for opening and closing refer to Midnight GMT. So the effective closing time for submission would be either the 9th at 23:59, or the 24th at 23:59.

Micro Pic Competition Timetable

2016

Date
01 Jan
15 Jan
01 Feb
15 Feb
01 Mar
15 Mar
Piece
N/A
N/A
Submission Opening Date
N/A
N/A
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Submission Closing Date
N/A
N/A
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Results
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Date
01 Apr
15 Apr
01 May
15 May
01 Jun
15 Jun
Piece
Submission Opening Date
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Submission Closing Date
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Results
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Date
01 Jul
15 Jul
01 Aug
15 Aug
01 Sep
15 Sep
Piece
Submission Opening Date
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Submission Closing Date
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Results
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Date
01 Oct
15 Oct
01 Nov
15 Nov
01 Dec
15 Dec
Piece
Submission Opening Date
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Submission Closing Date
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Results
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

2017

Date
01 Jan
15 Jan
01 Feb
15 Feb
01 Mar
15 Mar
Piece
Submission Opening Date
Closed
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Submission Closing Date
Closed
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Results
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Date
01 Apr
15 Apr
01 May
15 May
01 Jun
15 Jun
Piece
N/A
N/A
N/A
Submission Opening Date
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Submission Closing Date
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Results
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Date
01 Jul
15 Jul
01 Aug
15 Aug
01 Sep
15 Sep
Piece
Submission Opening Date
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Submission Closing Date
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Results
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Date
01 Oct
15 Oct
01 Nov
15 Nov
01 Dec
15 Dec
Piece
TBC
TBC
TBC
Submission Opening Date
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Submission Closing Date
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Results
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

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