1. This contest is for emerging erotic artists only. An “emerging erotic artist” is defined as one who has not received payment for the sale of any art in the erotic field.
  2. The Contest opens December 16, 2008 and all submissions must be received by the closing date of May 8, 2009 — Tom's Birthday.
  3. After submissions close, the judging process begins. Judges will make their scores and the results will be tabulated. All contestants will be notified of the final results. Winners will be announced and displayed on our website.
  4. The entry fee for a single work is $25, or 2 entries for $35. Entrants may remit by check, money order, American Express, Visa, or MasterCard. Checks and money orders should be made payable to "Tom of Finland Foundation".
  5. Artists may submit either one or two pieces, but may not receive more than one award in any given category.
  6. Subject requirement for submissions is limited to the EROTIC, which may include heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, pansexual male or female, surrealism, fetishism, fantasy, or any combination thereof. Non-erotic artwork, artwork depicting minors (under 18 years-of-age) or bestiality will be disqualified.
    Submissions via post:  Print out this ENTRY FORM and fill it out completely. (If printing is difficult, you may request an entry form at the address listed below, e-mail us your address, or call us..)

    Include reproductions of the artwork(s) you are entering either as
    • A hard-copy color reproduction(s) no larger than  8 1/2 x 11”  [21 1/2 x 28 CM], or
    • On a floppy disk or CD in standard JPG format, 72 dpi, medium quality, RGB mode, maximum height & width 10".

      Please send reproduction(s) or copies of the work ONLY. We cannot be responsible and accept no liability for original artwork. Mail completed entry form, payment and reproduction(s) to:

      Emerging Erotic Artist Contest
      c/o Tom of Finland Foundation
      1421 Laveta Terrace
      Los Angeles, CA 90026

    Submissions via e-mail:  Highlight and copy this ENTRY FORM, paste it into an e-mail to  Administration@TomOfFinlandFoundation.Org, and fill it out completely including credit card payment. Attach to your e-mail reproductions of the artwork(s) you are entering in standard JPG format, 72 dpi, medium quality, RGB mode, maximum height & width 10".

    Hint: Click on the entry form link, place your cursor within the page, right-click on your mouse and go to "select all" (Mac users: keyboard 'Command-A'), all the text will then be highlighted, right-click and go to "copy" (Mac users: keyboard 'Command-C').  Click on the e-mail address Administration@TomOfFinlandFoundation.Org, place your cursor within the message area, right-click and go to "paste" (Mac users: keyboard 'Command-V').  The entry form should now be in your e-mail, now place your cursor and type in information wherever needed.  Make sure to attach your JPG images as specified above before sending the e-mail. E-mail entrants must pay with credit card.

Please put "EEAC" in the subject line.

  1. Complete anonymity is guaranteed to any contestant requesting it. Any pseudonym chosen by the artist is acceptable (except for "Anonymous").
  2. Entry of work(s) to the Emerging Erotic Artist Contest constitutes permission to reproduce the work for the purpose of judging, advertising, and promoting the contest and the Tom of Finland Foundation. Winning works may be reproduced in media coverage of the contest and/or advertising of the Emerging Erotic Artist Contest and the Tom of Finland Foundation. Work will not be sold or reproduced for any profit-making venues whatsoever without prior written approval of the artist.
  3. CATEGORIES: The contest is open to all media. Submissions may include photography, drawings, paintings, mixed media, collage, sculpture, three dimension art, or digital renderings. (Final decision of category placements will be determined by the Foundation.)

    (A) Single Figure, (B) Dual Figure, (C) Multiple Figure, (D) Fantasy

    When a work fits in more than one category, it will default to one with the least competition from the other entries.

    Please note that all photographs of any identifiable person(s) must include:

    • A signed model release and
    • A legible copy of valid I.D. proving model’s age to be 18+.

      Photography not accompanied by model release(s) will not be considered.

  4. Judges will make their decisions based, above all, on erotic content, taking into consideration all artistic criteria by which art is usually judged.
  5. Thirteen categories of prizes will be awarded. There are three winners in each of the four categories, plus an overall Grand Prize Winner from all categories combined.

    Prizes for this contest are listed here.

    Only one prize category will be awarded to any individual artist.

Questions? Call 213.250.1685 or
E-mail to Administration@TomOfFinlandFoundation.Org