Fandom Art Contest

Rules and Prizes

GSE Fandom Art Contest

The following are the submission guidelines for the 2021 Fall GSE Fandom Art Contest. However, these are subject to change as we refine the process. Be sure to check back for updates before submitting an application. Entrants’ work will be reviewed by members of GSE, guest judges, and the community and judged on uniqueness/originality, professional quality (neatness and craft), aesthetic quality (design, composition, color/tones), concept, selection and application of materials, and complexity/level of digital technology if used.




Entrants must be a member of their Garden State Esports sanctioned esports club at their school or community organization. Participants agree to understand that the pictures and videos will be made available to the public, including without limitation, posting on the internet.


Competition Period 


The Competition is open from September 28, 2021 and closes midnight est on November 28, 2021. Your Entry must be received within this period.


Entry Submission Requirements


  • Entrants shall produce one original piece of Fandom Art, in a medium of their choosing, submitted as a .jpg or .png in the dimensions of at least 1080 x 1080 pixels, and at most 10 megabytes in size. 
  • Entrants shall base their Fandom Art off of existing characters from literature, comics, anime, cartoons, video games, music, and or/film and TV. 
  • The design can be an original take on an existing character(s) or be a direct representation of an existing character(s).
  • Entrants shall submit a written description or three-minute video showcasing their Fandom Art. The written description or video shall include an introduction of themselves, a description of their design submission, and a reflection of what they learned during the creation process.
  • Videos shall be submitted on YouTube, or another video platform, with the entrant’s name, school name, and school district in the title. This video may be set to public or private.
  • Video can be submitted in your primary language, but English subtitles must be included. Written submissions may be written in an entrant’s preferred language.
  • Excessively revealing, vulgar, or violent Fandom Art will not be permitted, regardless of the character being portrayed.
  • Must not contain material which is sexually explicit or suggestive, violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, profane or pornographic, contain nudity or any materially dangerous activity;
  • Must not contain material which promotes illegal drugs (or the use of any of the foregoing), or any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any political agenda or message;


Competition Winners


A panel of GSE staff and guest judges will vote on the final winner. The entry which receives a plurality of judges’ votes shall be named the overall winner. This winner will be known as the “Judge’s Choice” or “the winner.”


A second winner will also be selected based on the results of the community votes on the GSE contest page. This winner will be known as the “People’s Choice.”


The winners will be chosen subjectively, but judges will be asked to vote based upon a combination of the following: uniqueness/originality, professional quality (neatness and craft), aesthetic quality (design, composition, color/tones), concept, selection and application of materials, and complexity/level of digital technology if used.


Competition Prize


The prize for winning the Competition is as follows: (1) the winning artists will be featured on Garden State Esports social media (2) the opportunity to be recognized at our Fall Finals event at Rutgers on Dec. 18th (3) the “Judge’s Choice” and the “People’s Choice” will each receive a prize package sponsored by SHI. (4) $250 scholarship. 


Winner Notification


The winner will be announced during the week of December 9th and will be notified via personal/secondary email from a GSE representative. Notified winners must respond to the selection email to validate their contact details. Winners must claim their Prize by responding within 7 days of first contact. If the winner doesn’t reply to GSE by the designated date, the winner will be deemed to have declined the Prize. In that case, the winner will forfeit the rights to receive the Prize and GSE may select a new winner(s) at its sole discretion.