The HPLHS, Inc. is sponsoring a contest in which participants are invited to submit their own contributions to the Necronomicon. Submissions will be considered for inclusion in a 17th-century style edition of the Necronomicon to be published by the HPLHS, and top entries can win prizes. Cthulhu Lives! is a game that doesn't really have a lot of rules, but a contest has to have some, so here they are....
We are looking for submissions which could plausibly be part of a 400-year-old Necronomicon and are true to the spirit of the Cthulhu Mythos. Submissions should have the tone and literary sensibilities of a genuine 17th century occult tome; splatter punk and Delta Green-styled submissions are unlikely to be chosen for inclusion in this particular project.
1. Entries must be the original work of the entrant. Adaptation or modification of previously existing work is acceptable only if the previously existing work is in the public domain and if the entrant's adaptation or modification adds substantially to the original, as determined at the sole discretion of the contest judges.
2. Since the object of this contest is to generate new material, entrants should avoid using established passages from the Necronomicon appearing in Lovecraft's stories (for example, any entries including the famous couplet "That is not Dead which can eternal lie, etc.").
3. Text can be in English, Latin, Greek, Arabic, or in a code or cipher alphabet. If in Latin, Greek, or Arabic, a reasonably accurate English translation must be supplied by the entrant. If in a code or cipher alphabet, a key for decoding or deciphering the text must be supplied by the entrant. Deliberately mis-translated or mis-coded submissions are not likely to be looked upon favorably by HPLHS ajudicators.
4. Extended passages of homemade R'lyehan language are discouraged.
5. The HPLHS reserves the right to edit any and all text entries for inclusion in the final book, if necessary, to create a cohesive volume.
6. Art entries should be in a vintage woodcut, engraving, or pen-and-ink style. Paintings or photographs are not appropriate (although hand-colored woodcuts or engravings are acceptable). Art entries should be clean and complete, and not feature burned edges, simulated bloodstains, or other indicators of age or distress. Occult charts and diagrams such as horoscopes are encouraged, but should be accompanied by a text explanation.
1. Entries can be in the form of text, art, or both.
2. Please use the Official Necronomicontest Entry Form for submissions of text. Text entries should be at least 100 words in length. There is no maximum length for a submission. Yet.
3. Art entries should be in black and white/grayscale, submitted as lo-res (72ppi) jpgs emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Artwork should be no smaller than 1 inch x 1 inch (72 pixels by 72 pixels at low resolution), and generally no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches (576 pixels by 720 pixels at low resolution). Artwork which is any wider than 8 inches must be a full 16 inches wide, to print on a two-page spread.
4. If you can't email digital art, analog artwork may be mailed to HPLHS, Inc. 2466 E. Chevy Chase Dr. Glendale, CA 91206. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to have your artwork returned to you. Send a copy of your art rather than a precious original: HPLHS, Inc. has no control over the US Post Office and can bear no responsibility for the fate of analog originals submitted to the Necronomicontest.
5. Art contest finalists will be contacted about providing high-resolution copies of their entries.
6. Text and art must be reasonably consistent with the style of mid 17th-century English publishing. (See samples on website.) Older styles are eligible, but more recent ones are not. Text entrants do not need to attempt to match the typography or graphic layout of the samples on the website, just the style of literary composition. The final book will be designed and typeset by HPLHS.
7. Although authorial credit for your entry can be given to a pen-name, if desired, to be eligible for prizes you must include your full real name and a valid e-mail address and/or phone number with your entry. We can't award a prize if we don't know who you are or where to find you.
The deadline for entries in the Necronomicontest is Lovecraft's birthday: August 20, 2004. No entries received after that date will be eligible to win prizes.
1. Entrants retain copyright in their own work, but by entering the contest they grant the HPLHS a non-exclusive, unlimited right to include the entry in the finished HPLHS Necronomicon in digital and analog formats.
2. HPLHS will have exclusive copyright in the collective work known as the HPLHS Necronomicon.
3. Entrants waive any and all rights to compensation and any share in any proceeds arising from the potential sale of the finished HPLHS Necronomicon.
4. The HPLHS Necronomicon is intended for use as a Role-Playing Game prop (or really scary coffee table book), which, to be successful, requires the suspension of disbelief. In order to better preserve the ability of players to pretend that the HPLHS Necronomicon is real within the context of a game (or the other many uses of an ultra-realistic occult tome), contributors might not be listed in the publication itself, or identities may be hidden within the work in some fashion yet to be determined. The HPLHS will clearly give full credit by name to all contributors on the HPLHS website.
1. GRAND PRIZE. One submission will be chosen as the Grand Prize winner. That entrant will win a hand-made leather-bound super authentic version of the HPLHS Necronomicon.
2. CATEGORY PRIZES. One winner will be chosen for each of the categories below. Winners of category prizes will receive the HPLHS Necronomicon Kit from which they can build their own Necronomicon. Categories include:
Best English language spell or ritual
Best English language passage of insane Mythos ranting
Best non-English language passage
Best code or cipher entry
Best small illustration (up to 3 inches x 3 inches)
Best large illustration (up to 8 inches x 10 inches)
Best double-page illustration (16 inches x 10 inches)
Best occult chart or diagram
Best decorative capital or page decoration
3. BEASTIE PRIZES. Five winners will be chosen amongst submissions which make outstanding use of a creature from the Cthulhu Mythos. Winners of the Beastie Prize will receive the HPLHS Necronomicon CD. Favored Beasties include:
Other Lovecraftian Entity.
4. The HPLHS reserves the right to give out extra prizes, free t-shirts and stuff as we see fit.
5. No single submission may win more than one prize.
Covenants, Restrictions and Other Legal Stuff
1. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest or to win.
2. An individual may enter as often as he or she wishes, but each entry must be unique.
3. No single entry can win more than one prize, but an entrant can win multiple prizes with multiple entries.
4. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.