Entry Info

Learn about the Spectrum Call for Entries, how and when you can submit your work, request a poster and more.

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Submit Your Work

The Spectrum 22 Call for Entries are now closed. The Spectrum 23 Call for Entries opens on October 19, 2015.

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Meet the Judges

Learn about the five member jury team who will select the Gold and Silver awards and artwork for inclusion in Spectrum 22.

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Latest News

Spectrum 22: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art Award Nominations!

The Spectrum 22 jury has nominated the top five artist works in each of the eight categories for a silver and gold award. Justin Gerard, Virginie Ropars, Greg Ruth, Annie Stegg Gerard and Dice Tsutsumi went late into the evening on Saturday, February 28 as they discussed the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list. The winners will be announced at the Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 23th. Congratulations to all of the artists who have been considered! The full list of artist names and the artwork can be viewed here.

Spectrum 22 Jury Selections and Nominations Complete!

After an exhilarating day of judging on Saturday the Spectrum 22 jury has finished selecting the submissions for inclusion in the book. The nominations for awards have also been decided. We are currently compiling their picks and making the list of artist names that have been selected into Spectrum 22. We are dedicated to working solely on this duty to share the names soon as possible. Please watch this website in the coming days for more details.

Spectrum 22 Jury Event!

The Spectrum 22 jury arrived at the Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, California on February 28, 2015! Justin Gerard, Virginie Ropars, Greg Ruth, Annie Stegg Gerard and Dice Tsutsumi convened to cast their votes for the works that will be included in Spectrum 22. Watch for jury interviews that will be posted in our videos section! You can visit the Flesk Publications blog to see pictures taken during the day here.

Watch the Greg Ruth documentary The Dry Brush Master online!

Get to know Spectrum 22 jury member Greg Ruth by watching his documentary The Drybrush Master by visiting his website here! Ruth will be joining us on February 28th for the Spectrum 22 judging event at the Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, California.

Spectrum 22 Jury Event Coming February 28!

The Spectrum 22 jury consisting of Justin Gerard, Virginie Ropars, Greg Ruth, Annie Stegg Gerard and Dice Tsutsumi will convene on February 28th at the Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, California to cast their votes for the artwork that will be included in Spectrum 22. Each jury member votes anonymously and independently, except when they discuss as a group the recipients for the silver and gold awards. A majority of three or more votes earns placement in Spectrum 22. The flights and hotels have been booked, the artwork is ready and the Flesk/Spectrum crew is all set. Watch this website on February 28th for videos and pictures of the day as it unfolds.

Spectrum 22 Submissions Ready for the Jury!

After two weeks of dedicated work since the call for entries deadline we have just finished reviewing all of the Spectrum 22 submissions. It's important to us that every piece of art was labeled correctly, that the online artwork opened properly and that the submission forms are accurately filled out. We even sent partial refunds to approximately twenty people who overpaid. Online entries were confirmed by email. Print submissions by mail are confirmed when your payment is processed. The artwork is ready to be viewed by the jury on February 28th. Thanks to everyone who submitted!

Thank You for Submitting to Spectrum 22!

We would like to thank everyone who submitted to Spectrum 22. We look forward to carefully reviewing all of the entries and notifying those who submitted online with an official confirmation soon! More details coming in a few days.

The Spectrum 22 Call for Entries Deadline is January 26th!

The Call for Entries for Spectrum 22 ends on January 26th. Submit by mail or online! All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible. There is no unacceptable way to create art. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury will be printed in full color in the Spectrum annual, the peer-selected "best of the year" collection for the fantastic arts.

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Seven Reasons to Enter Spectrum by James Gurney!

Premiere storyteller and artist, James Gurney [Dinotopia, Color and Light] has written about the seven reasons to enter Spectrum on his Gurney Journey blog.

Read the post here.

The Strategy of Submitting to Spectrum by Dan dos Santos!

Exceptional illustrator and the man behind the popular fantasy art collective blog, Muddy Colors, has posted an article with many helpful tips when it comes to submitting your artwork to Spectrum. While you are at it you can enjoy the many other intriguing articles written by industry greats.

Read the post here.

Latest Video

Interview with Dice Tsutsumi during the Spectrum 22 judging event. This was filmed at the Flesk offices on February 28, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California.

In this video Jeffrey Alan Love provides an engaging art demonstration showcasing his working methods. Most impressive is Jeff's confidence and dynamic energy while the painting emerges. This was filmed at the Flesk offices on January 21, 2015 in Santa Cruz, CA.

Jeffrey Alan Love visited the Flesk offices on January 21, 2015 in Santa Cruz, CA. He brought a few dozen of his latest originals to share with us including assignments done for Irene Gallo at Tor, pages from his personal unpublished graphic novel and more. This video captures Jeff as he gives us an overview of his latest works.

Jeffrey Alan Love opens up about his past and how he went from an unknown new artist to becoming someone who is constantly in demand by clients such as Irene Gallo at Tor. Jeff shares his philosophy about art while giving us insight into his unique and highly individualized work. This was filmed at the Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, California on January 21, 2015.

Gary Gianni talks about what Spectrum Fantastic Art means to him and provides advice to students.

Frank Cho draws his Savage Beauty artwork used for one of the gatefolds in Drawing Beautiful Women: the Frank Cho Method available from Flesk Publications.

The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija! Take a journey with the artist and writer Petar Meseldzija, who tells how he was allowed unparalleled access through the Invisible Curtain and into the land of giants. A year in the making, this book’s sixteen paintings and nearly ninety drawings bring to life Petar’s experiences on this journey and secrets uncovered, going back to ancient times. He shares stories of new discoveries that free giants from the murky abyss of myth and a forgotten past. Available summer 2015 from Flesk Publications.

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