MAMA Scared Stiff Contest

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By Moonbeam13
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Guillermo del Toro presents MAMA, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.

Now, the MAMA filmmakers in conjunction with deviantART invite you to bring your scariest childhood memory to life! Is it under the bed? Or perhaps lurking in the closet, attic or basement? Use your imagination and create a visual depiction of your most frightening apparition.

MAMA filmmakers Andy & Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro will be judging your ability to create your very own childhood terror! Enter now! If you dare...

Watch the trailer for "MAMA" above, and use it to bring into your imagination a looming scary memory from your childhood.

Using the medium of your choice depict the most frightening image from your childhood coming out from underneath a bed, from a closet, an attic or a basement. The "image" can be a person, poltergeist, monster, animal or thing whether animate or inanimate.

Read the Official Rules. Your entry must be a single .jpg or .png.

Once you've finished your piece, submit it to the contest category by clicking the submit button to the right.

  • $5,000 USD
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART Hoodie of Winner's Choice*
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • A print of your choice from*
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
Depending on sizes and subject to availability. Maximum value: $250.00 USD.
  • $3,500 USD
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART T-shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
  • $1,500 USD
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART T-shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART

2,000 deviantART Points • Three-Month Premium Membership to deviantART


  • Entrant must be at least 18 years old as of December 6, 2012 and a resident of the United States, Puerto Rico or a U.S. military installation to be eligible to enter the Contest;
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PM) on January 9, 2013 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to is free;
  • Entrant must submit: an original work depicting the most frightening image from your childhood coming out from underneath a bed, from a closet, an attic or a basement;
  • The Work may originate in any medium but must be submitted as a single JPG or PNG file;
  • You may not use any third party stock images for the Work however licensed brushes and textures are acceptable;
  • You may submit more than one entry;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, please read the Official Rules carefully;

25 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Semi-Finalists, the final three Winners will be selected by filmmakers Andy & Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creative Interpretation of the Task
  • Technical Artistic Skill

© 2012 - 2020 Moonbeam13
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obiobi8Student Traditional Artist
o no I missed this!!!I didnt know there were contests on deviantart!!!!
I'm gonna join one!!!!
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nasrzaaraHobbyist Digital Artist
woooooooow !!! amazing :D im see this movie ;)
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nasrzaaraHobbyist Digital Artist
coool mama hhhh :D
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BradleyPittStudent Photographer
I really love the journal 8I
SenselessFearX's avatar
it says they are judging now :DDDD...goodluck all!
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AnthonyScimeProfessional Digital Artist
Any word on the semifinalists? Just that fact that Guillermo del Toro might be looking at your work is amazing!
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Moonbeam13Hobbyist Photographer
they were just posted.
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MissOliviaLeeStudent Digital Artist
where were they posted?
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Moonbeam13Hobbyist Photographer
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CleoniqueStudent General Artist
Have the entries been reviewed by Deviantart staff already?
kjkar15's avatar
Awesome work guys!~
gawd, now i wish i worked more on mine >< [link]
DemoniCarmesi's avatar
I'm nervous, if this is enough:

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Maxed-It-Out's avatar
its simple yet not simple but it sure is freaky :D
DemoniCarmesi's avatar
thanks, all your coments are important to me
ParhelionSundog's avatar
I am so excited for this contest. What a huge honor all the winners will have! Guillermo del Toro... Wow. That is so cool.

My entry was hastily put together. Sent in 10 minutes before the deadline. lol!
I wish I had had more time, but that's what you get when you leave deviantart and come back months later.

GOOD LUCK ALL! I can't wait to see the winners! I love horror!
TruGamer97's avatar
I honestly haven't had a nightmare in an extremely long time.
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anniefeng93Hobbyist General Artist
When are the semi announced? And the winners? It doesn't say an announcement date....
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AmandaPainter87Hobbyist General Artist
When will the winners be selected and posted? Good luck all who entered :D Saw some awesome work out there
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MandarkhahahaStudent Digital Artist
Will there be a link to the winners when they are done judging?
This is my first contest and I don't quite know how they work...
paintingamy's avatar
on January 11th the semi finalists they might show them then pick
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DeskTopZombIeProfessional General Artist
Love the idea of this contest and of sharing a piece inspired by American Folklore
If you all would be so kind as to take a look and share your thoughts it would be greatly appreciated.

Windigos own these Woods


Alternate 3d version is also available here:

CreepySheepStudio's avatar
I had noticed above that it states '22 semi finalists' and below that, it says '25 semi finalists'. I'm curious as to the proper number of semi finalists to be selected.
smile7z's avatar
22+ top 3 winners.
CreepySheepStudio's avatar
Ah, duh- this makes sense. My math is terrible. I appreciate you humorist my stupidity. :P
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