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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"Unpublished Work" is where you can submit art related to work that hasn't been published.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.
Here are the winners for our first IllustratedWord contest.  We had 22 submissions and 17 entrants!

First place: Selladorra with sangel99.deviantart.com/art/Th… 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 rohanelf.deviantart.com/art/A-… 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 solacevendamant.deviantart.com…
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: news.deviantart.com/article/15… :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.
Our first IllustratedWord contest theillustratedword.deviantart.… is ending in 5 days!  The contest entry folder closes May 25th, 12:00 midnight, Pacific Standard Time.
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for finding one of my paintings. Now I know you're here I'll be happy to join this group. :heart:
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pollux101 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
thx for the invitation !
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AStoKo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Thanks a lot for add one of my pics! Love Heart 

 

 I'm very honored to have a place here!

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Riopopo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014   Traditional Artist
I'm glad to join your group.
Thank you!
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madaigual Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Many thanks for your kind request
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oceancradled Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Thank you for featuring my piece :)
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reikohattori Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for adding my art! It's most appreciated :D
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LouisDavilla Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for adding my art. Happy to contribute!
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skillywidden Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Thank you for the request.
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Vespias Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks for allowing me in. I can't illustrate to save my soul but I write. Maybe for a future contest I could put a scene from one of my book s out and see who captures it best. It's my offering to the group.
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