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Anime Boston Art Contest: Retro!

Anime Boston is happy to announce that we will be once again hosting an art contest!

The 2017 theme is "Retro". Though the term means something different to everyone, think 1950s-2000s era of Anime.

For this year, we'd like each artist to create their own representation of Retro. In addition, you must also submit a brief back story (100 words or less) to describe your representation. When submissions become very close to call, the backstory can give you that edge against your competition.

Judging of entries will be based upon several criteria:
-Adherence to the 2017 theme of Retro!
-Creativity and Originality
-How well the artwork depicts the back story.

Judging will be performed by the Anime Boston Social Media Staff. Results will be announced within two weeks of the contest's conclusion. Judges will select one (1) Grand Prize winner, one (1) Runner Up, and up to ten (10) Honorable Mentions.

-Grand Prize: One (1) complimentary 8-foot table space in the Anime Boston 2017 Artist's Alley and one (1) complimentary weekend badge for Anime Boston 2017.

-Runner Up: One (1) complimentary weekend badge to Anime Boston 2017 and one (1) guaranteed (not complimentary) table space* in the Anime Boston 2017 Artist's Alley. 

-Honorable Mentions: one (1) guaranteed (not complimentary) table space* in the Anime Boston 2017 Artist's Alley. 

Grand Prize, Runner Up, and Honorable Mentions will also be featured in the Anime Boston 2017 Art Gallery, in the Hyne's Convention Center third floor hallway. This prime location will increase your visibility beyond the walls of the Artists' Alley.

*All guaranteed table space in the Artists' Alley will be at least 6 feet in size. 8 foot table spaces may be allocated, depending on availability. Any such 8 foot table spaces will be allocated randomly.

All entries will be posted on our website and forums, along with information about the piece and artist.

There are some simple rules to this contest:
-All artwork must be your own original creations.

-Artwork must not be fan-art. They cannot reference existing properties, including original characters in existing properties.

-Artwork can be either 2D or 3D.

-2D artwork should be either digital, or scanned from the physical artwork.

-3D artwork should be submitted via photographs. We suggest multiple photographs of each piece to capture different angles.(be sure to give us the details of what went into making the work as well as sometimes the picture doesn't tell everything)

-Back story text should be 100 words or less. This will be displayed along with your entry.

-Back story text will not be proof-read or edited prior to being judged or displayed. Make sure it represents you as well as your art does.

-Artwork can depict a single character, a scene, or even a comic format (such as 4-koma).

-Artwork should depict at least 1 character. Multiple characters in an entry are allowed, but will only count as one entry.

-Multiple entries may be submitted by an artist.

-Artists must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.

-Failure to adhere to these rules may result in disqualification from the contest.

-All entries must be emailed to with the subject line "2017 Art Contest". You may include multiple entries in an email. Each entry should be a separate attachment in the email. Make sure the file name is the title of your work.

-Include in each email the following information:

Your legal name
Your email address
Title of your entry
Back story text (100 words or less)
Medium of the artwork (digital, water colors, pencil, etc).
Studio name (if any)
Website (if any)
How to credit you (legal name, pseudonym, studio, etc)
Contact Information for public (email, website, etc)
-All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Other Rules:
-Anime Boston and the New England Anime Society, Inc. have the right to post and use all contest entries for promotional and programming content.

-Anime Boston and the New England Anime Society, Inc. will not have the right to sell the likeness of the artwork without the expressed written consent of the artist.

-Artists will retain the right to sell their artwork.

-Artists may withdraw their submission from the contest at any time before the contest concludes.

-Prizes are not transferable, refundable, or exchangeable.

-Winners must abide by all rules and regulations of the Artists' Alley and Anime Boston.

-Artists who decline their prize may be removed from their placing in favor of another artist.

-Staff of Anime Boston and the New England Anime Society, Inc. are not eligible to win Grand Prize or Runner Up prizes.

-Anime Boston staff reserve the right to alter the rules of this contest at any time.

We can't wait to see your entries! Good luck to everyone and we hope this contest is as close and fierce as the last!

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