Competition: World Building With Words

Competition: World Building With Words

The World Builders Guild has launched it’s first competition and I’m inviting you to enter.

The aim of this competition is to encourage the world builders out there to collaborate with artists from The WBGuild and create a description for a new environment/location.


The winner will be announced in the WBGuild journal along with a link to their website and a bio about both themselves and any story or world they are creating. Added to that I’m also offering to draw a map of the winner’s world worth £80.

  • Map commission worth £80
  • Promotion on the WBGuild Journal
  • Promotion article on WBSchool website
  • Promotion on our social media

What You Need To Do

We have selected 10 images out of the environments folder. What you need to do is choose one of the images and write a description for that environment. Feel free to set it in your own world or create a new one.

When writing the description you should consider questions such as:

What is this place? Who lives here? What is its purpose? Does it have a history or a special significance for someone or something?

Once you have finished the description upload it to your DA profile and then submit the piece to the “Competition 2013” folder in the WBGuild. Submissions should be “literature”

Note: This is not a novel or short story competition. Please see our Writers Corner for examples of acceptable description submissions. If you are in doubt then please send me an email or comment below and I will be happy to explain further.

The Images To Choose From

These are the images you need to choose from when selecting the inspiration for your environment. All of the artists have kindly granted us permission to use their images for this competition; however you will need to provide credit to the image.

popes_cafe_shelbyville_by_soraxtm-d51jazl platripod_city_by_corwin_cross-d5mlqa1 organic_by_mirojohannes-d5mk84a lighthouse_concept_by_gamefan84 gallery_by_thesphinx-d4sv7im engineering_corridor_by_thesphinx-d55q5r0 centaur_rendezvous_point_by_albino_z-d4ogf0h a_stranger_in_a_strange_land_by_blinck-d55bj1e the_staircase_by_epar3d-d50rh3l sea_castle_by_skaya3000-d5hgrig


















Providing Credit To The Artist

When you upload your submission to our DA profile please include a link in the description back to the image you’ve used for inspiration. This will help us to judge the entries and also give the artists the credit they deserve.

Who Can Enter The Competition?

The competition is free to enter though you need to be a member of The World Builders Guild. This is easy to do – either log into your DeviantART profile or create an account and then visit the WBGuild page and click “Join”. You will then be free to submit artwork to our group.


The winner will be chosen by the WBGuild moderators. In the event of a tied decision we may create a poll for the members to help choose however the moderators decision is final.

Descriptions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Writing quality
  • Interpretation of the image
  • Quality of the idea
  • Believability of the environment (i.e. how well do you make us believe this place is real, even if it would never exist in our world)


You have until the 30th April 2013. Judging will then take place in the month of May with the winner announced shortly after depending on how many submissions we get.

Questions Below

If you have any questions or comments about this competition then please leave them in the comments below.

Visit The World Builders Guild on DeviantART to learn more.

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  1. Eliza says

    This looks interesting!

    One note– could you check the links on those thumbnails? I was looking to view them in greater detail, and I’m getting this error: “Image cannot be loaded. Make sure the path is correct and image exist.”

    • says

      Hi Eliza,

      Thanks for pointing that out. There was a sneaky bit of CSS trying to make the images lightbox bigger when they should be linking to the WBGuild article so you can view the images on the original artist’s profiles.

      Hopefully it is fixed now :)

  2. Lew says

    Hi, I would like to enter the competition but I don’t have a Deviantart account (I’m a writer, not an artist!). Can I still enter the competition, and if so, how? Thanks

  3. says

    Hi Lew,

    Unfortunately to enter the competition you need a DeviantART account but the good news is that DA is free to join. Also it isn’t just for artists as there is a very strong writing community on DA.

    It would be great to see you on DA and your entry for the competition.

    all the best,


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