This competition is now closed. Winners will be notified on or before April 10, 2015.


Splash 17: Inspiring Subjects

North Light Books’ hardbound showcase of the best in contemporary watercolors.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: December 31, 2014





artwork eligibility
Why does one painter love painting people in daily life, and nothing else? Yet, another artist can’t get enough of sunlit still lifes. Still others find inspiration wherever they go, whether a lovely table setting, a rain-splattered windshield or a funny-looking cow in a pasture. Some artists prefer to play with watercolor until they find inspiration in an emerging imaginary subject. At times, a deep emotional experience, perhaps the birth of a child or the death of a loved one, drives us to express ourselves in paint. Whatever subject sparks your creativity, we want to see it, whether it is a subject category that repeatedly motivates you such as sunlit flowers, or whether it is that particular amazing landscape you drove by and just had to stop. Please show us what inspires you.

We will be looking for excellence and originality, as well as a variety of styles and subjects. If selected, you will be asked to write about the inspiration for your painting: why did you choose, or create, this particular subject? Is this a subject you often paint, or did it just grab you? There are almost infinite ways to be inspired and we’d like to hear about yours. The dominant medium must be watercolor, but minor use of other mediums is acceptable.

Digital images must be submitted online or on CD-ROM or DVD (please label the discs with your name and address). For judging purposes, these images must be high quality, in RGB color mode, JPG format and 72dpi. All digital files must be smaller than 5MB. Digital files submitted by mail must be labeled with your last name, first name, the entry number (should correspond to the number on the entry form), with no punctuation marks until the file extension (example: Wolf Rachel 3.jpg). Discs will not be returned.

Selection process
Rachel Rubin Wolf and the editorial staff of North Light Books will review all submissions. Art will be selected on the basis of general quality as well as suitability for this publication.

Entry form
Enter online or use the downloadable entry form. If entering offline, the form must be completed and submitted along with your artwork, postmarked by December 31, 2014. Keep a copy of the entry form for yourself—we may refer to it in future correspondence.


Entry fee

The fee is $30.00 for the first digital submission and $25.00 for each additional digital submission if submitted during a single checkout. We accept all major credit cards as well as checks or money orders. If you are paying by check or money order please make them payable in U.S. funds to F+W Media, Inc. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Notification and requirements of winners
Winners will be notified on or before April 10, 2015. Winners will be asked to provide specific written information about their selected painting(s). This written information, in order to be accepted, will have to be provided on paper and electronically (i.e., via e-mail or on CD/DVD). Winners will be required to submit a 4″ × 5″ transparency or 9″ × 12″ TIFF or JPG file (RGB format, 300dpi) for the work(s) to be published. Transparencies and CD/DVDs will be held by the publisher until the date of publication; transparencies will be returned. A list of winners will be available online after April 10, 2015.

Occasionally we make portions of our customer list available to other companies so they may contact you about products and services that may interest you. If you prefer we withhold your name, send a note with your name, address and the competition name to: List Manager, F+W Media, Inc., 10151 Carver Road, Suite 200, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242.





Click here to view the SPLASH 17 Winners List

Click here to view the SPLASH 16 Winners List

Click here to view the SPLASH 15 WINNERS LIST