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You are invited to participate in an open competition for the best artwork inspired by the novel, Water for Elephants (Algonquin), by Sara Gruen.  The winner of this contest will be awarded The Icon Prize and will receive $1500 in award money.  As a participant, you are advised to read the text on which the prize is based.  In response to the work, you may enter for consideration paintings, photographs, graphic art, collage art, textile art and other visual media by submitting a digital photograph (in JPG or JPEG format) of the work to theiconprize(at)gmail(dot)com.  To accompany your work, please include a statement about the part of the novel that served as inspiration for the art.  For further information about Water for Elephants, including reviews and excerpts, please visit the author's website at