Ambergris Fan Art Contest

Jeff VanderMeer


Barnes and Noble

More than twenty years ago, Jeff VanderMeer first introduced the world to the fictional city of Ambergris, a sprawling metropolis populated by artists and thieves, composers and murderers, geniuses and fools. Ambergris bristles with intellectual fervor and religious rivalries; it thrives on cultural upheaval, and its politics are never short on intrigue, conspiracy, and even terror. There are stories within stories, mystery, mayhem, and a dark history that threatens to consume the city.

Whether describing the intelligent mushroom folk known as the gray caps, the giant squid that swim in the River Moth, or a metropolis beset with fungi and inspired by Byzantine and Venetian design, VanderMeer has created an imaginary world full of sights both beautiful and sinister.

Now you can chronicle Ambergris through art with your own imaginings, in what has become a tradition of reader renderings of VanderMeer’s work. (Who could forget the Borne art contest, which resulted not just in spectacular entries and winners, but also one of the images even being selected to be the cover of the Chinese edition of Borne!) Through December 18th 2020, you can submit your own personal renderings of Ambergris. Jeff VanderMeer will personally select one grand prize winner and two first prize winners.

🍄 Ambergris Jacket Design by Rodrigo Corral (@rodrigocorral_)
🍄 Jacket Illustration by June Park (@junepark___)


The Grand Prize winner will receive personalized edition of:
-One paperback copy of THE STRANGE BIRD
-One hardcover copy of AMBERGRIS
-One hardcover copy of A PECULIAR PERIL
-One paperback copy of DEAD ASTRONAUTS
-One paperback copy of BORNE
-One paperback copy of ANNIHILATION
-One hardcover copy of AREA X
-One paperback copy of ACCEPTANCE
-And one paperback copy of AUTHORITY

Two first prize winners will receive a personalized edition of:
-One hardcover copy of AMBERGRIS

Contest Rules:

Create a two-dimensional visual artwork, such as a photograph, painting, or drawing that reflects your interpretation of the characters or scenes inspired by Ambergris by Jeff VanderMeer. You may use your own interpretation from reading Ambergris, or you may refer to descriptions online. Then, during the entry period of 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on December 4, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. ET on December 18, 2020, email your submission as a high resolution JPEG attachment to with the subject line “Ambergris Fan Art Contest Submission” and in the body of the email, include your first and last name, age, and state of residence. There is a limit of one entry per person and per email address. Late submissions will not be considered.  Winners will be notified privately by January 4, 2021. Winners will be announced publicly on January 8, 2021, via the Work in Progress newsletter.

No purchase necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are age 18 or older and of the legal age of majority. Entry period begins at 9:00 AM (ET) on 12/4/2020 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on 12/18/2020. Void where prohibited. For full Official Rules, go here. Sponsored by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 120 Broadway, NY, NY 10271.