18.5.1 Artisanal Contests

Note: Artisanal winners can be seen at:

People of Aetolia! The Artisanal council of the Fellowship of Iosyne do 
invite you all to share the power of your creativity and imagination    
throughout the land! To honor and acclaim your wisdom and artistry, we  
have decided to encourage the fine arts by holding monthly visual arts  
contests. The winners of the competition will be ascribed rank within   
the artisanal order of our Fellowship, as well as receiving a healthy   
reward of the currency known as Credits.                                


Contest entries must be original works of art which clearly portray an  
Aetolian theme (as opposed to just general fantasy). One could paint    
anything from portraits of Aetolian people or places to scenes from     
Aetolian history, to illustrated maps. Credit is given for excellent    
artistic quality and for the way in which the piece embraces and        
enhances Aetolian culture. An accompanying written explanation of it may
be beneficial.                                                          

Please note that occasionally there will be a 'theme' for the contests  
for that month only, which will be announced before the start of the    
month. During that month, entries will be judged not only on quality,   
but also how well they fit into the theme.                              

Contest entries should be submitted at                                  
http://www.aetolia.com/irex/artbard/. Login at the bottom of the page   
with your character's name and password. This character is assumed to   
have created the work in-role. This character will be the one to receive
any forthcoming reward.                                                 

The contests will be held once a (real life) month. The closing date for
each contest will be midnight GMT on the last day of the month (judged  
according to the time the work is received). Contest results will be    
announced around a week after the closing date.                         


In the case of the Artisan contests, entries may be submitted in GIF or 
JPEG formats in the case of still images, or in animated GIF or Flash   
formats in the case of moving images.                                  

Submitting an entry asserts that you were the original creator of the   
material and that there is no part of your submission that is           
copyrighted to anyone else. If you submit material that you didn't      
create yourself, you will be summarily shrubbed without warning.        
ORIGINAL WORKS ONLY!                                                    


There are 3 levels of success in the contest. One winner, up to three   
creditable runners up, and any number of minor merit awards. A character
may only enter once per contest. Success in a contest brings with it the
following rewards:                                                      

Winner        : 4 points and 200 credits
Runners up    : 2 points and 100 credits
Merit         : 1 point  and 50 credits
Participation : 0 points and 15 credits

The winning entries will be displayed on the Aetolia website shortly    
after the prizes have been allocated to the characters who won.         


Each time you hit increments of 4 points in the Artisanal contest, you  
will gain a new rank in that Order as well as some credits. That is in  
addition to the credits you get for being the winner, runner-up, or     
merit contestant (see above).                                           

There are 7 ranks. Your current rank is displayed in your HONORS. The   
rank titles are as follows:                                             

0 - Apprentice       - Unranked
1 - Sketcher         - 100 credits
2 - Engraver         - 200 credits
3 - Illustrator      - 300 credits
4 - Sculptor         - 400 credits
5 - Painter          - 500 credits
6 - Artisanal Master - 600 credits
7 - High Master      - 700 credits


All submitted works become the sole property of Aetolia LLC, with all   
copyright assigned to Aetolia LLC. The reason for this is that we wish  
to be eternally free to display winning works on our website. If you    
still have a problem with this, consider that the only works that will  
win are ones that have something to do with Aetolia, and you couldn't   
sell those anyway. We don't mind you also posting the art or stories on 
your website however.                                                   

See also: BARDIC