Fur The More 2018

Fantasy in the Sakura Forest | April 20 - 22, 2018

It’s here!

One of the best times of year for us here in the Fur The More Publications is when we receive all of your lovely Conbook submissions! It is wonderful to see how talented and dedicated our unique community is and we love opening submission emails and looking at everyone’s work. It’s seriously like Christmas for us (haha… it’s currently December)! This year we are excited for our Cherry Blossom Fantasy Theme, and we hope you are too!

In 1912, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gifted to Washington, DC, 3000 Cherry Trees. Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is held to celebrate this gift of unity and peace. The wonderful culture and the beauty of the Cherry Blossom Festival is an inspiring thing, and we can’t wait to see what you create with your art and writing!

So, how do you become apart of Fur The More 2018 celebration and Conbook (while also making the Publication Department act like excited school children)? Here are the rules and some things you need to know!

We are attempting to tell a story this year with our Conbook, trying to depict the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival to now and to honor the Japanese culture. That means what we are looking for is Cherry Blossomed related work and/or Japanese folklore inspired work. It can be any style, any time period (between 1912 – 2018), and set anywhere, but please keep in mind our Cherry Blossom Fantasy celebration.

Please note that our Conbook is 8.5×5.5 and published in black and white (gray scale). We request that you format accordingly.

While we love receiving art in the mail, sadly we cannot accept submissions in that manner. We ask that all submission be sent to conbook@furthemore.org. Also include in the subject title of the email “Conbook Submission 2018.”

Please make sure that you credit yourself! You’re talented and your piece is wonderful! Let us share with your peers who made such a fantastic contribution! When you email us, include your name (the one you want published in the credits) and your work’s title (“Untitled” is an acceptable title).

Please also submit only your own work. You are allowed to submit more than one piece, however that does not mean all your pieces will make it into the book.

WRITERS! We love a good story, and we’re excited to showcase you! However, we have limited space in the Conbook. Please keep your writing to three pages or less (standard format, i.e. Times 12pt font).

Also, we are a family friendly and inclusive convention. We ask that submission be PG-13 rated or lower (no vulgar language). We ask that politics, religion, and anything that may be found offensive not be submitted. We celebrate diversity, and equality and any message of love is appreciated.

Please be aware that space is limited in the Conbook, and while we would love to publish everyone who sends us something, we may not be able to. You will still receive a special thank you credit in the Conbook and we still appreciate your submission, but we simple didn’t have room for it this year. Please don’t let that discourage you! If you don’t see your work, it’s because we couldn’t fit it in and not because it wasn’t good enough.

All submissions are due by March 9th 2018!

Thank you all so much! We can’t wait to see what you send us!

 

Submissions, what you need to know:

  • Please stick to the Cherry Blossom Fantasy Theme (read above for details).
  • Submissions must be PG-13 or lower in rating (Family friendly con!).
    • No politics, religion, and anything that may be found offensive.
    • Any message of love is appreciated.
  • Conbook is 8.5×5.5 and published in black and white (gray scale), format accordingly.
  • Send submission to conbook@furthemore.org
    • Include in the subject title of the email “Conbook Submission 2018.”
    • Include the name you want published in the credits and your work’s title (“Untitled” is an acceptable title)
  • Submissions are due by March 9th, 2018.
    • They will not be accepted later.

 

Helpful Resources for Inspiration:

Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan by Richard Gordon Smith
http://www.sacred-texts.com/shi/atfj/index.htm

Cherry Trees in Japanese Folklore
https://www.bbg.org/news/cherry_trees_in_japanese_folklore

For Hundreds of Years, Cherry Blossoms Are Matter of Life and Death
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/for-more-than-1000-years-cherry-blossoms-move-world-to-emotion

(This is the American Festival) History of the Cherry Blossom Trees and Festival
http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/about/history/

Significance of Sakura: Cherry Blossom Traditions in Japan
https://festival.si.edu/blog/2014/significance-of-sakura-cherry-blossom-traditions-in-japan/

Traditional Japanese Children’s Stories
http://life.ou.edu/stories/

 

Fur The More Submissions Disclaimer:

I understand that submission of my art and/or writing to Fur The More Conbook releases any rights I have to the piece or writing. Fur The More will have the right to publish and/or use my work for the purpose of publishing in, and distribution of the Conbook.

I also understand that Fur The More may chose to post the work on their website or other publicity releases in the future, with the understanding that the work be cited properly (ex: “Art Piece”, by Jane Doe).

I also understand that I will not be compensated for the artwork or writing.

As for the original piece of the artwork or writing, I do understand that I maintain the rights to that piece (i.e. I have the right to sell and/or display) but Fur The More maintains the rights to the submission.

If the submission makes use, in anyway, of the Fur The More logo, mascot (Quoth), or any other Fur The More specific entity, I do not have the rights to those elements outside of submission to the Conbook.