Are you – or do you know – a student who creates Oz art? Our 2018 Baum Bugle editor-in-chief, Sarah Crotzer, has launched a contest to find fresh, new interpretations of Oz characters. Her goal is to enliven the pages of future Club publications by incorporating emerging artists’ modern, diverse work with the classic illustrations we love.
Opened Nov. 1, the contest will close Feb. 1. Still plenty of time left to aim for that $150 cash prize!
Judging entries will be Sarah, Eisner award-winning writer/artist Eric Shanower (who knows a thing or two about Oz art), Sarah’s “Burzee” co-host Nick Campbell who is currently working on the relaunch of children’s content for the Oz Club, and me.
Of course, the Oz Club offers annual contests for Oz-specific artwork, fiction and non-fiction writing will be up and running again with prizes awarded this summer, but this contest is something special. Something extra. Something that might just put YOUR art in front of Oz fans everywhere.
For details, see https://ozcontest.wordpress.com/
And if you don’t follow the Burzee blogspace, check it out here: https://burzee.wordpress.com/
On a personal note, I’m particularly pleased by this project because The Oz Gazette, a publication for kids the Oz Club once produced, was my project for many years. Eric was kind enough to let me use his artwork from time to time. And Sarah and Nick met through a penpal program we offered in its pages!