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Contests Around dA! Bi-Monthly NewsLetter!

Newsletter Run by karemelancholia since april 2007!
Giving some fresh ideas to create, contests are essential to creativity!
Here are somes that are flying around!
First sorry for not making 2 newsletters in june but i was on holidays ;-)

Want to advertize your contest?
Send me a note : "Contest Ad." including PLEASE : link, title of the contest, deadline if you have one & and if you have a specific category (media) lemme know also.
Note that i don't publish contests that don't appear on your front page journal at you dA account! I've noticed that usually when contests are not published in your journal (front page of your account) these contests disapeared! I take serious contests organisations!
That's why i prefer that you give me your journal link. A journal can be updated not a news article (unless if you are a dA admin ;-)).
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Lost Book Club Announces DREAM BOOK Contest
The Lost Book Club and Museum :iconlostbooks: is a new (Sept. 21st) club that is still relatively unknown. It is a gallery for images and texts that play around with the idea of books in particular and the written word in general. I started it after stepping down from running the Surreal Arts Club, as a club more in tune with my current interests. It has twenty-some members now, and nearly 100 works in the gallery.    

The theme of our first contest is DREAM BOOK, which you can make of what you will - a book that appeared to you in a dream, a book you daydreamed or pipe-dreamed, or a book that explains all dreams. Or perhaps it is a catalog of dreams that you can choose to have. Whatever you decide it is, your entry should be its cover, its title page or a sample page from the inside. It can be an illustration in any media, or pure typography.
Entries will be displayed in the club journal, and all of the ones I really like will end up in the permanen
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James Koehnline, Librarian
United States
Current Residence: Anywhere
Operating System: Hand and Eye, sometimes Bespectacled
Shell of choice: Hardcover
Wallpaper of choice: Marbled
Skin of choice: Paper

Used Club Seeks New Blood

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 8, 2010, 10:53 AM
...for the subscription.

Please disregard the phrase above. I don't know how to get rid of it.

This very fine gallery has been neglected for over a year because I have moved on to other things. If you have any interest in reviving it, running it, turning it into a group endeavor, or in any way carrying on the project I started please let me know. You can change it however you like to make it your own, but I would hope that the gallery up to now would remain and be added to. If no one steps up, I will just leave it sitting here for the foreseeable future.


It is a gallery of fragments, both text and image artifacts, connected by a common theme: The Deconstruction and Reimagining of Books and Book Culture in our Post-Literate Age.

EXAMPLES: Fragments of ancient texts in forgotten languages, scientific & technical illustrations from unknown sciences and technologies, false starts of books, covers or title pages for non-existent books, impossible bindings, enigmatic fragments of torn burned or rotted pages from mysterious religious works, histories, cosmologies, fragments of art, diaries, found poetry, interesting scraps of paper found in the street, books made of unexpected materials or hollowed out to contain unexpected objects, banned, burned, forbidden, unfinished, unwritten books, unidentified alphabets, hieroglyphs, ideograms, iconography, books from prehistory, books from the future, books from parallel universes, books with built-in lenses and peep-holes, pop-up books with animated scenes, magical books, books of pressed flowers, pressed bugs, pressed dreams and nightmares, catalogs of stains and odors, unnatural histories, abnormal philosophies, Readers' Digress condensed and compacted books, Books of tree rings and geological strata, books of Tibetan sand paintings that spill into the gutters as you turn the pages, broken books exposing their inner workings, or with their guts spilling out, neodada collage, putting bits of image and text together haphazardly like the early attempts to reassemble dinosaur bones, books made of folded-spindled-mutilated IBM punch-cards, books written in UPC code, suggestive receipts and office memos, shopping lists and telephone doodles, fragments of catalogs of fragments of catalogs of fragments, et cetera, et cetera...

(The above list of examples is, itself, a good example of an acceptable text submission)

SUBMISSIONS: Entries may take the form of images of these artifacts, text descriptions of physical artifacts, text excerpts from lost books, and/or image and/or text explorations of things related to the main themes of this club. As with other clubs, you submit via note with a link to the image or text already placed in your personal gallery.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I, James Koehnline :iconjames119: shall be, for the foreseeable future, the sole curator, librarian, gatekeeper and judge, making all decisions regarding what gets into the club gallery.

If the quality is high and the quantity sufficient I may have discussions with the contributors of the best submissions regarding the possibility of publishing a real book in the form of a catalog of our imaginary museum.

I am looking forward to hearing from you who find this an interesting experiment.


To be a member you must add the club to your Friends List, and choose your membership category. There are to be two categories, and you are welcome to sign up for both, if you like.

1. DONORS: This is for those of you who intend to submit works from your own galleries to The Lost Book Club and Museum. Submitting as a Donor does not guarantee posting, but it does guarantee careful consideration of the suitability of all pieces submitted, and you get your avatar on the front page and will be invited to participate in contests and such.

2. SCOUTS: This is for those of you who will be on the look-out for exhibits for our museum, whether by simply being attentive to the work of friends and the work you happen to see around dA, or by actively scouring the dA universe for artifacts for our museum. You may then act as go-between or simply note me about prospects and I will check them out. Scouts are also encouraged to help me build a LINKS page, for appropriate materials outside of dA. As a Lost Book Scout your avatar will appear in a separate roster on the front page.

If interested, note me.







Our Scouts Honor Roll starts off with two of you: :iconliviaa:, who helped to spread the word of this club, pointed out some great work and brought in several enthusiastic members,
and :iconhectorpineda:, who has brought to my attention many treasures here at dA, as well as great resources from beyond for our Links Page [link] Thanks to you, and to all who are helping this club grow and evolve.

The fiction of Jorge Luis Borges…
Peter Greenaway's film "Prospero's Books"…
Writings and Projects of Hakim Bey
Recent Exhibition at the Seattle Asian Art Museum: "Shu: Reinventing Books in Contemporary Chinese Art"…
Ernie Kovacs' "Eugene" TV special (especially the library scene, of course)…


Brody Neuenschwander Art Great text and book related art.

Jean Benoit's "Encasement for the Manuscript of Les Champs Magnetiques" ("Les Champs Magnetiques" or "The Magnetic Fields", 1920, was a book by Andre Breton and Philippe Soupault, which Breton called the first surrealist book). This is a page scanned from the catalog of the 1976 World Surrealist Exhibition in Chicago, "Marvelous Freedom, Vigilance of Desire". I spent a lot of time there. I also inserted a couple other small photos of this remarkable book cover:

Secret Books: Unpublished Images by Sean Kernan. Photos that didn't make it into his book of Borges-inspired images:…

Brian Dettmer carves into books revealing the artwork inside, creating complex layered three-dimensional sculptures.…: wearduringorangealert.blogspot…

Internet Sacred Text Archive The largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.


The Codex Borbonicus is an Aztec codex written by Aztec priests shortly before or after the Spanish conquest of México. The codex is named after the Palais Bourbon in France.…

Rare Book Room: A company called "Octavo" embarked on digitally photographing some of the world ’s great books from some of the greatest libraries. This site contains all of the books (about 400) that have been digitized to date. These range over a wide variety of topics and rarity. The books are presented so that the viewer can examine all the pages in medium to medium-high

THE OCCULT: An Exhibition of material from the Monash University Library Rare Book Collection 4 June-24 July 1998:…

Science and the Artist's Book, an exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the Washington Project for the Arts is an exhibition which explores links between scientific and artistic creativity through the book format:…

The Getty Museum: The Artist Turns to the Book. This 2005 exhibition features works from the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute, which holds over 5,000 artists' books and several artists'…

CFPR Artists' Book Exhibitions & Events Archives:…

Sudanese Zoomorphic Calligraphy on BibliOdessey:…

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers.…

A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel…

Autoportret Issue on "Spaces of Books".…

LIBERATURE: appendix to a dictionary of literary terms by Zenon Fajfer…

Book Art Site (in Polish)

Piotr Rypson, Books and Pages. Polish Avant-garde and Artist's Books in the 20th Century…

The Smallest Book in the World…

Technion Researchers Succeed in Putting Entire Bible on Head of Pin…

The Guild of Bookworkers: The National Organization for All the Book Arts.
The Guild of Book Workers was founded in 1906 to "establish and maintain a feeling of kinship and mutual interest among workers in the several hand book crafts."…

Fresh Pics: Amazing Art with Books…


Key to Imagination by lostbooks by :iconmjdaluz:


So Many Books by LaPurr

Thanks to :iconmalikanas: for our deviantID.

Thanks (again) to :iconhectorpineda: for the CSS for our journal, and some reformatting to make it work.


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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Happy Birthday!
*Dances around wildly and almost missed the shelf*
*Slinks away again*
lostbooks Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Sorry to have abandoned this club. My 20th century loner brain became dangerously overloaded by 21st century social media some time ago, so I took a long break. For the moment I have only returned to let you know where I can be found, for those who might want to find me. I have just started a blog at [link] in order to have a public place to work on my latest obsessions.
I promise to be far more responsive to the few who visit me there - and you might find it interesting. Wishing all the best for all of you.

James 119
mysticnova7 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
OK, so I have been watching the group for a while now and you're on my friends list. How do I choose to be a donor and what's next?
agre76 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i was always thinkin that my drawings are missing book covers or illustration for forbbiden books..have loots of inspiration:)
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Happy Birthday!
*Dances around wildly until a shelf gets knocked over*
*Slinks away*
liviaa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
can somebody please let me know if James is coming back ?? what has happened ?? do you have any news ??
I'd like this club to be a GROUP, lots of persons are so interested in it.... It's one of the best clubs in DA
3Licht Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009

is the Club of the lost Books still alife ... cos the journal entry from James Koehnline dates back to june this year. I´m interested in joining and submitting to the club once in a while cos im a surreal book lover!

gromyko Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
im afraid james have been away for some time now my friend...really really sad loss for the lost books...but hopefully he will return with much power!!!
johnadam Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
links to free online books....general, romance and audio...found here:


also check under "recent posts" for more categories of online books
melanierogers Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
fixed, i think. :zombie:

:bounce: I liked that image so much my reflex to fav was a little trigger happy. I had just hit your club's page without quite knowing where I was.

I was caught in the space between the pages.

This is my favourite club find so far. Someday, down the dA path a bit, I may rise to this kind of achievement. Meanwhile, I will enjoy the watch seat.

I won't go official scout until I do find something for you.

mel :floating:
anie rogers
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