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...
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.
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.
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"Unpublished Work" is where you can submit art related to work that hasn't been published.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.