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The Illustrated Word is for your illustrations & fan art of novels, short stories, children's books, poetry, fables, fairy tales, myths and even graphic novels!

IMPORTANT: Cite the author (or culture of origin, in the case of fairy tales) and title of the story you have illustrated when you submit!

We want to maintain a standard of quality without being exclusionary. Your submission should show a level of effort, but we will accept work from all skill levels so long as it is not an unfinished sketch, a WIP, or work with a large solid-color background (white or not--except in the case of portraits). With regards to stories that have been adapted to film...

:bulletblack: We will accept Harry Potter art, for example, but not a portrait of Daniel Radcliffe. If your Harry looks a little like Daniel Radcliffe, it should not be obviously referenced from promotional images used for the movie.
:bulletblack: The same goes with stories that have been adapted to other mediums. A half-masked depiction of the Phantom of the Opera (like in the musical, not the novel) is not for this group.
:bulletblack: Stories that have been adapted from film are acceptable, if they are a continuation of the story and not a literary translation of it. For example, fan art of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is not for this group, but fan art of any of the Star Wars expanded universe novels is acceptable.

"Unpublished Work" is where you can submit art related to work that hasn't been published. It can be a childen's story you are working on, cover art you have drawn, or illustrations of a scene. This is not where you submit doodles of your OC-who-has-a-background-story; it should be a story you intend to one day publish, whether that be through the traditional route or online. Illustrations of in-canon fan fiction will also be permitted, given you provide a link to the story in your artist's comments, since we are all about people being able to read what inspired you! Quality standards for this gallery will be slightly higher, so don't feel bad if your work is declined; it will still go into our favorites.

At this time, we are accepting 6 submissions a week from members. You may suggest submissions from other artists. Please join to submit; we promise to be courteous about not flooding your inbox! Nonmembers can suggest exceptional art for the group gallery by sending TheIllustratedWord a note. If your work is not accepted into our gallery, it will be placed in our favorites. Our favorites are also the place where you can submit your illustrations of musicals/opera, alternate/crossover depictions of characters, or artwork related to reading.
This is a reminder that our submission guidelines are located on the group's front page.  Please read them when joining the group.  Approximately 80-90% of the group's submissions do not meet the group submission guidelines and are turned down.  As the group grows, it is becoming hard to keep up with the quantity of submissions.  Therefore, I will be limiting the number of submissions allowed per week.

If anyone has found the submission guidelines unclear, please do let me know.  If there are parts that read ambiguous to some people, I would like to change them and perhaps reduce some of the declined submissions.
Here are the winners for our first IllustratedWord contest.  We had 22 submissions and 17 entrants!

First place: Selladorra with… her illustration of the Thunderbird from Native American myth.  She drew the legendary bird mid-wingbeat, in the act of creating one of its namesake thunderstorms.
She wins a 6-month dA subscription and 200 points.

Second place: RohanElf with… her illustration of Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden.  Read an excerpt of the scene she chose to depict in her artist's comments.
She wins a 3-month dA subscription and 100 points.

Third place: EpicMunchTime with…
They win 50 points.

All winners also got a feature of their gallery.  Because TheIllustratedWord is not a supergroup, we can't feature thumbnails in our blog, and links just don't do a picture justice!  Instead, we've published the full contest winner announcement, complete with features, as a news article :pointr:… :pointl:.  Hopefully it will receive more exposure out there!  

In other news, our group has grown a lot in the three months since our formation.  We now have 210 members!  We're interested in hearing your ideas for activities to keep this group active, and possible prompts for the next time we have a contest.
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Largoyzniaar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I wonder if I can submit this in the Anthro Animal Story folder:…

I have a doubt because this is a reinterpretation of a famous tale, I don't know if is it allowed.
Ciameth Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That should be fine
Largoyzniaar Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, thank you for replying :)
LuciferArcadia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015   General Artist
Hello. I have a question: Can I put a picture inspired by one of the key scenes from the novel Demian? If I was a member, of course
Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
We only accept pictures illustrating actual scenes/characters from literature, so if it is simply inspired by Demian but does not illustrate Demian, no.
ellaine Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
I have a question - what about mature content (nudity in this case) in the submission? Because it's not mentioned anywhere above and I guess, I just had two of my "Outlander" illustrations declined because of that. Just wanted clarification to avoid such misunderstandings in the future:]
Ciameth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Mature content is permitted.  They may have been declined for another reason--the main reason stuff gets declined is that the author & title of the story illustrated aren't clearly stated in the comments, and we get so many submissions it is hard for us to check up whether each one is actually depicting something from a published story, or completely personal artwork.
ellaine Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
Thank you for replying. Author and title have been clearly stated in both cases. I guess that whoever checked them didn't get past the song quote to the comments;]. Sometimes inspiration may come from two mediums at once. But they are definitely book illustrations. Well, I will just maybe try my luck again;].
Joshuagoymer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Professional Artist
Thanks for accepting, I am blown away by some of the astonishing art in this group!
Morbethia Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist
Thanks for the request:) Made me come across this group, I really like the works here :)
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