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Also consider the words Fantasy and Sci-fi interchangeable during the course of this blog for the purpose of saving time.
I just wanted to take a few minutes and talk about Fantasy. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary describes Fantasy as: the free play of creative imagination. It is described as being Mental images or imaginary narratives that distort or entirely depart from reality.
Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting. Many works within the genre take place on fictional planes or planets where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three (which are subgenres of speculative fiction).
In popular culture, the genre of fantasy is dominated by its medievalist form, especially since the worldwide success of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. In its broadest sense however, fantasy comprises works by many writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians, from ancient myths and legends to many recent works embraced by a wide audience today.
Myth and legend, magic and supernatural, sword and sorcery. Fantasy, Modern Fantasy and all subgenres. This is what most people recognize as Fantasy.
Which leads us to the Group Submissions...
What we are looking for is instantly noticeable Fantasy or Sci-fi related material. What we are trying to avoid is for a piece that needs be explained as Fantasy by the submissions title or artists comments. Some people may not catch subtle nuances; and simply see perceive a piece with less than discernible fantasy characteristics. We want the Fantasy Art and Lit to be instantly recognizable to everyone as Fantasy. We do not want people to have to search for some kind of clue that it may be Fantasy related.
Many different things can be considered Fantasy. We understand that something may be Fantasy to one person, and not so much to another. And that the definition of Fantasy can encompass a variety of points of view. We do not wish to dispute that. But for our Group we want to focus on more noticeable and obvious Fantasy, so that we can appeal to Fantasy enthusiasts and casual viewers alike.
What we ask is that the work that is to be presented here is instantly recognizable as it's genre to the general public. We are not an Elitist Group, nor do we only cater to a specific sub-genre of Fantasy. But we do receive a large amount of submissions that may not be instantly recognizable Fantasy related, work that is more interpretive, and work that may need to be explained. And unfortunately we have to decline some submissions due to not meeting our Noticeable Fantasy Criteria. We do not like turning away artwork at all, but we are a genre based Group and need to make sure that all material falls into that genre category.
So please post recognizable Fantasy work only. Do not post work that you have to explain, or think might not pass. We accept all skill levels, from beginners to professional artists, but make sure it is noticeable Fantasy. We all work hard to keep this Group going and present your work for all to see, as well as introduce you to other artists and works. So if you could take care of what you submit that would help us very much. Really take a honest look at your submission, and evaluate objectively if it is in fact recognizable as Fantasy.
For more details please read the Submission Guidelines: [link]
Thank you for your time
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