STARFISH: Art Contest + Entry Rules

As you probably know, Kiko is an artist, and most of the chapters in STARFISH end with a description of one of her drawings or paintings. You might also know that I love art and contests, so what better way to celebrate the release of this book than to combine the two?


A signed, personalized copy of STARFISH, book swag, and a handwritten letter from yours truly! I’ll be giving out five of these, and will be choosing winners based on my favorite entries.


  • ★ Create a piece of artwork based off of one of Kiko’s drawings or paintings (your choice!) and send an image of the artwork to akemidawnbowman [at] gmail [dot] com by December 31st, 2017.
  • ★ This contest is open internationally!
  • ★ You can use pencil, paint, digital, typography, or anything you want, really. It can include the quote, or not include the quote. It just needs to be your interpretation of Kiko’s art! Please send either a scanned image or good quality photo to the email address above.
  • ★ Even if you don’t include the quote in your actual artwork, please make sure you include it in the email!
  • ★ Please also be aware that I will be posting all of the images on my website and sharing them on social media to boost the contest and show off your amazing talent. Please only enter this contest if you’re okay with your work being shared! Note: I won’t use your real name when sharing/posting on my accounts in an effort to keep anonymity for those who don’t wish to be public, but if you’d like to take credit for your work, you’re more than welcome to share it yourself on social media!
  • ★ If you don’t have your own copy of STARFISH to read the quotes, here are some ways to get them:
    • ★ Request the book from your local library, if you have one.
    • ★ Riveted currently has an extended 100 page excerpt of STARFISH available on their website (though you’ll have to act fast on this one, as it ends on October 16th, 2017!)
    • ★ I’ll also post artwork as they’re sent to me, and they’ll be organized by quote. Feel free to browse through them to find the one you like best!
  • ★ Winners will be announced on my website and through social media during the first week of January 2018. Winners will also receive an email requesting a shipping address. Please respond within 7 days of receiving this email, so that I can get your prizes mailed out as quickly as possible!
  • ★ And finally, please no offensive or graphic images. I won’t post anything that’s not appropriate for the age range the book is meant for, so please keep that in mind when submitting.

And that’s it! I hope you all have fun with this one, and I’m so looking forward to seeing your artwork. Happy creating and good luck!

Click below to see all the entries!

Entry #1

“I draw a little mouse so afraid of the world that he hides in the dark until he goes blind.”


Entry #2

“I draw the sun teaching the moon how to shine.”


Entry #3

“I paint a girl with wings instead of arms, flying along the border where darkness becomes light, unsure of where she’s supposed to be.”


Entry #4

“I paint a girl with white hair, blending into a forest of white trees, with stars exploding in the sky above them like shattering glass. If you don’t know where to look for her, you might not see her at all.”


Entry #5

“I paint three faceless people—one becomes the sky, one becomes the ocean, and one becomes the sun. They live apart for eternity because they don’t belong together.”


Entry #6


“I draw a little mouse so afraid of the world that he hides in the dark until he goes blind.”


Entry #7

“I draw a thousand fairies circling around a girl so that she can finally fly away.”


Entry #8

“I draw a girl shrinking into the grass until she’s hidden by a bed of flowers that are all so much prettier than she is.”


Entry #9

“I draw a girl without a face, drawing somebody else’s face onto her own reflection.”


Entry #10

“I draw a black heart exploding in every direction, and inside is a girl made entirely of light.”


Entry #11

“I draw a girl with arms that reach up to the clouds, but all the clouds avoid her because she’s made of night and not day.”


Entry #12

“A girl in a boat, fishing for stars.”


Entry #13

“I draw a dragon breaking free from its grave and finally seeing what its wings and fire are for.”

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