About Æther

For 2013, we were pleased to announce the opening of a new contest: Æther Illustration Contest. This contest has been developed for artists. Just as with DragonComet Short Story Contest and Odyssey Poetry contest, Æther Illustration Contest has divisions for adults and children.

Æther Illustration Contest Rules 2018

The contest is divided into the following divisions:
1. Adult Illustrators (Ages 18+)
2. School Age Illustrators (9th – 12th grade at contest deadline)
3. Young School Age Illustrators (5th – 8th grade at contest deadline)


Entry Guidelines
  • By entering the contest, the illustrator agrees to abide by all contest rules.
  • There is no entrance fee.
  • Only one entry is allowed per person. Only one division can be entered per triad. No simultaneous or previously published entries will be accepted.
  • The Illustration must be science fiction or fantasy in nature with a maximum file size of 30mb.
  • All submissions must be in English. All communication will be done in English.
  • All entries must be the author’s original work. No fan-art is permitted. Any plagiarism will result in the immediate disqualification of the entry.
  • No graphic sex, language, violence, or profanity (as determined by the judges) will be allowed.
  • Team members of Sibyl’s Scriptorium and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.
  • All entries must be submitted electronically by the triad deadline.
Triad Information and Deadlines
  • The contest year is divided into three Triads, plus one bonus Triad.
  • Each triad will have up to three finalists for each division.
  • Finalists are not eligible to enter another Triad during the contest year.
  • Triad deadlines for the 2018 Contest year are July 1, 2017, November 1, 2017, and March 1, 2018.
Submission Preparation Guidelines
  • All illustrations must be in jpg, png, or tif file format.
  • The maximum print area will be 8.25” X 5.25”. Submissions can be larger for judging of fine details, but will be reduced to that size for print.
  • The illustrator’s name and all identifying information must only appear on the entry form.
  • The file name must be the title of the illustration.
Judging Information
  • All judging will be done blindly to avoid any bias of the judges.
  • Winning entries will be determined by the celebrity judges.
  • All judging decisions are final.
  • Finalists will be announced after each Triad’s judging is completed.
  • Winners will be notified privately prior to the SibScript Awards ceremony.


Thank you for your interest in the Æther Illustration Contest. Please pass word of the contest on to anyone you feel may be interested.

Please contact us for any questions or information.