The Escapist Background Contest

Ends on 20 Apr 2012

Greetings Escapists,

Have you ever wanted the power to create your very own background for The Escapist website? Of course you have. We know, because you tell us all the time! So, in light of your prodding, pleas and occasional animal sacrifice, we're happy to announce the first ever Escapist Background Contest.

From now until April 20th, designers, drawers and doodle dabblers of all kinds are welcomed to submit their artistic offspring for consideration. After sorting through it all, we'll present the best creations to you for a vote. If your work is among the top submissions, we will add it to the list of browsing options in The Escapist user profile.

Plus, if you win, you get a spiffy new mystery badge!

Just for illustrative purposes (yeah, we know this is a copyrighted image, we can't actually use it), our lovely graphic designer ckeymel has created an example:


If you need a bit of help, feel free to use this template.

How to Enter

  • You must be a registered member of The Escapist.
    You can sign up for your free account by clicking here, or Login with Facebook.
  • Complete the form below, including your artwork in the 'Image File' field.
  • Users have 2 weeks to submit artwork
  • Enter as often as you want, but each submission must be different.
  • After your first submission, please send all additional work to
  • Images should be formatted as compressed JPEGs. Dimensions must be 1920px X 1200px. Leave a 1000px centered blank space, starting 110px from the top of the page, in order to accommodate the site's body.
  • Submissions not meeting these requirements will not be eligible.

The Rules

  • DO NOT USE COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS. We will not be able to host your image if it infringes upon somebody's copyright, so please take care.
  • You will not receive financial compensation for your submission, and winning submissions become property of The Escapist.
  • Use good taste. We do enjoy humor, but please refrain from submitting pornographic or similarly obscene images that might be in conflict with the site's rules.
  • Contest submissions will be accepted starting Friday, April 6 at 12:00 EDT. All submissions must be in no later than Friday, April 20th at 12:00 EDT for a chance to win.
  • Beginning Wednesday April 25th a set of background options will be presented for the community to vote on. Voting will last until Friday, April 27th.

The Prizes

  • If your artwork is among the top user voted pieces, it will be added to the static list of site backgrounds located in The Escapist's user profile browsing options.
  • You will be presented with a unique badge, indicating your artistic contribution to The Escapist community.

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The contest has ended!

Thanks for your interest, but this contest is now over. Keep checking The Escapist for more contests and giveaways in the future.