Solarpunk Art Contest 2021


The format can be any visual medium (digital, ink, paint, 3D, animated, etc). It should be original art, not published elsewhere.

  • A high resolution image of your final artwork (character, environment or key moment)
  • Work-in-progress artwork to show the development of your entry including thumbnails and progress shots
  • Please make sure to include your full name and a link to your portfolio

Why Am I Doing This?

I was inspired by Justine Norton-Kertson’s recent call for submissions to a solarpunk anthology, “Solarpunk Sunscapes: Optimistic Visions of the Future” looking for short stories or poems centered on the solarpunk theme. Their contest page explains the genre well (emphasis mine):

There Is A Better Future And We Can Build It

We have been conditioned through relentless negative media and predictions of apocalypse to believe that mankind has no hope. While it is true that we face unprecedented challenges and have made many collective mistakes, I believe that humanity has the spirit and ability to overcome them. We can create a better future. We need a new and optimistic vision of our world.

What Can I Do To Help?

If you are an artist, I invite you to submit your art to this contest.

Details on Prize Amounts:

First Place: $2,740 + $100 reprint purchase offer to publish the winning entry as cover art on one of the six first year issues of Solarpunk Magazine + $1,000 payable in SOL (Ryan will help you claim).


04 Sep 21: Additional donations from Gaia Dempsey, Christian Anderson of Watershed, Hal Hefner, and Artur Piszek have added another $2,900 to the prize pool!

About Me

Yishan Wong is the founder and CEO of Terraformation, a company dedicated to solving climate change by scaling global native forest restoration. Previously, he served as the CEO of Reddit, and various engineering and management positions at Facebook and PayPal. He currently resides on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, where he wishes he could live an otherwise uneventful life with his family, children, and dogs.



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