Arisia '10

Student Art Contest Letter

September 22, 2009

Dear Art Educator: 

We are pleased to announce the Arisia Student Art Contest.

This is a free contest, open to all secondary school students.  Scholarship prizes ($800 total) will be awarded for the best science fiction or fantasy-themed artwork.  There are no entry or exhibition fees, and no gotchas.  We simply wish to recognize, celebrate and encourage outstanding student art.

Arisia is the largest and most diverse volunteer-run science fiction convention in New England.  Now in its 21st year, Arisia will be held January 15-18, 2010 in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Among other activities at the convention (panel discussions, demonstrations, storytelling, costume events, games, movies, etc.), we have a first-class Art Show, showcasing over 75 of the finest professional and amateur science fiction and fantasy artists and illustrators.  Some of these artists will participate in the final judging of the Student Art Contest.

Arisia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation; its purpose is to further the enjoyment and appreciation of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and to bring together the fan community.  We believe it is essential to involve and motivate the next generation of artists and fans; and this art contest is an important part of that mission. 

For 2010, the convention theme is “Return to Steampunk”.

Students are free to submit entries using either the convention theme or any other science fiction or fantasy theme for inspiration.

Each year we are astounded at the imagination and high quality of art submitted by students.  For a look at the finalists and winners from previous years you can go to: or

Students who wish, can also choose to put up their art for sale without entering the contest. Please see the Art Show page.

The following sheet contains the complete rules and an entry form.  Please make as many copies as you need, or visit our website at for copies or additional information.  For more general information about Arisia, please see the enclosed flyer, or visit our web site at

If you have any questions about Arisia or the Student Art Contest, please send email to We are very excited about this contest, and we are eager to see what your students create.


Skip Morris and Joni Dashoff
Arisia '10 Student Art Contest Managers
Nicholas Shectman
Arisia ’10 Art Show Director