The Tribes of Yggdrasil Cover Contest

Want to become part of history? Want to help make it instead if just watching it?

Do you Draw, Paint or Sketch? If so, then maybe you’ll be interested in helping create the cover for my next novel and add your name to the history books – well this book anyway 😉

Title: “The Tribes of Yggdrasil – Book 1: Dawning of the Wolf Age”

Prizes:

  1. First place may have their image featured as the cover of the novel, and will be awarded US$100 paid via Paypal.
  2. Second place will receive US$25 paid via Paypal
  3. Third place will receive a free autographed copy of the book

About the Competition:

Starts: Friday September 7’th 2012

Ends: Friday November 30’th

Prizes Awarded: Friday December 7’th (so you can spend your prize money on gifts for the holidays!)

Who can enter? Anyone can enter, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, sexual preference, type of car driven, political affiliation, skill level, whatever – I want good art!

How to submit: You can e-mail your art at covercontest@hughblong.com anytime before November 30’th, and you can submit as many samples as you like – 1 per email please, so I can sort them and process them.

What to submit: I need it in PNG format, preferably with the layers intact, that way I can add Title, author etc.. It needs to be full color and represents the theme of the book (I’ll give you access to the first ½ of the book to read as a reference. Also send me your website, Deviantart.com account or whatever, so I can tell people about your work!

I’ll provide you with a PDF and PNG template as a guide to size and image placement. I’ll also give you a sample cover that I designed for my last book, so you can have a rough idea where top put things – for example, you want key pieces of an image on the spine!

Rules: Whatever art you submit, you must agree that I have to right to use it for marketing purposes for the novel, as the cover If it wins, and on my website. This is a good thing for you, as it will highlight your art. If you provide a web address, Facebook page, DeviantArt.com account etc. I will highlight that with any submissions if I use them in marketing. You still own the rights to your picture and can continue to do whatever you want with it. I might not use your image, so don’t be offended or upset if you don’t see your image posted, but I’ll try. I may put up a gallery of all submissions if I have time.

About the Story:

In a nutshell, two scientists decode a sophisticated message embedded on several Scandinavian Runestones; this leads to first contact with an alien race – the Alfar, who turn out to be related to us via the Norse gods. They explain to us that the Norse Gods seeded our planet 180,000 years ago, and theirs as well, eons before. They instructed the Alfar to help shepherd us to the stars if we should advance far enough to decode the message on the runestones – which we did. (This is all told in the Prologue of the book which I’ll give you)

One hundred and fifteen years later, we are regularly plying the stars. We have a colony, Norvik, on a planet called New Midgard around the star Epsilon Eridani.

The first book focuses on setting the stage, and revealing the many dangers of venturing into space – Meet the evil Hrymar that live on the planet Niflheim. They’re a race whose whole economy is based on slavery and they are aggressive and nasty – and we bump into them!

There are many other mysteries and tragedies that unfold in the first book. We are just one of the “Tribes of Yggdrasil”. The Alfar are another, as are the Hrymar, but what about the rest?

Love, hate, revenge, lust, betrayal, honesty, integrity, honor, heroism, action, awe and adventure – all in equal measure. That’s what awaits reader of this series!

I’ll give you my working Draft of the Prologue and Chapters 1 through 5. That will give you a good feel for the races, characters and settings.

Resources:

Blank Cover Template

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9632034/BookCover5x8_BW_300.png

Samples of My Other Covers

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9632034/Northern_Wisdom_Cover6.png

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9632034/Northern_Wisdom_Art_Only.png This is what I need from you. The cover above with all the Text etc. I will add.

Draft Prologue & Chapters 1 to 5

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9632034/The%20Tribes%20of%20Yggdrasil%20Ch1-5.pdf

Other Science Fiction Cover Images for Inspiration

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9632034/other_cover_images.zip

Let the Competition begin!

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