Art Contest

So now that Ilona Andrews has sorted out my template, now I want a new background in honor of 2011. Something fresh and exciting, something so creative I wouldn’t even think of it to tell a designer. So here’s the deal:

You have from now until March 16th to design a new background for my website. View what I have now, here. It should be similar in layout and size, so that it will slide neatly into my existing template. Any images used need to be original art, or stock photos to which you have legal rights. No copyrighted images in the design please. As for other elements, I love grungy, post-apocalyptic and/or steampunk. If you combine the three somehow, that would be epic. I love shades of blue and purple-y noir. Your design should complement my simple splash page as well. One final instruction: like my current background image, your piece should say Ann Aguirre & national bestselling author on it somewhere.

Grand prize = Kindle
1st place = $50 GC from your favorite store
2nd place = Any three books from my backlist
3rd place = A signed copy of ENCLAVE

How to enter: Please don’t send me attachments via email. Instead, post a comment here with a link to your design. There are number of free hosting sites that can help with this. Don’t fret it if your comment goes to moderation due to the link. I’ll approve it as soon as I can.

Terms and conditions: if you send me a design, you agree it’s okay for me to use it (with proper credit and a link back to your site / online portfolio), even if you don’t place in the judging. All entries must be received by March 16th at midnight to permit me to review them. Winners will be announced here on March 18.

And that’s all. Get your art on!