A merfolk inspired creative publication.


Golden Rose by Donato GiancolaIn folklore, merfolk are an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a human and the tail of a fish. Merfolk appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Merfolk are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.

Some of the attributes of merfolk may have been influenced by the Sirens of Greek mythology. Historical accounts of mermaids, such as those reported by Christopher Columbus during his exploration of the Caribbean, may have been inspired by manatees and similar aquatic mammals. While there is no evidence that mermaids exist outside folklore, reports of mermaid sightings continue to the present day, including 21st century examples from Israel and Zimbabwe.

Merfolk have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries, such as in Hans Christian Andersen's well-known fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" (1836). They have subsequently been depicted in operas, paintings, books, films and comics.

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I know this page is ridiculously long, but the information is vital. Please ensure you read all the information. 

Publication Details:

Beneath The Waves is an ArtOrder llc publication for fans of fantasy art and literature. The book will be themed around merfolk - mermaids and mermen. We wish to show a diverse range of creative executions in the book. The book will be a 9" x 12" publication, featuring high-quality paper and printing - similar to the ArtOrder: Journal. All mediums that can provide printable files are welcome to submit for consideration for inclusion - paintings, drawings, sculpture, poetry, mini-comics (4 pages or less) and short prose (1000 words or less)...and anything else that can be printed.

Publication Description and Participation Policy:

Beneath The Waves is a juried publication. All work must be original and the creator must be able to show proof that they can grant ArtOrder llc the rights to print the works submitted. Each creative is eligible to submit up to 10 individual submissions. ArtOrder llc is far more interested in quality than quantity - so please keep that in mind when selecting submissions. Works will be printed as large as possible in the book - please ensure you have a production quality image that can print up to 9.5" x 12.5", if you wish to print full page. All creatives will be credited and have a mini-bio space in the book.

The Pay-Off:

Beneath The Waves will be a profit-sharing publication. Each creative published in the book will receive an equal share of 50% of the profits from the Kickstarter of the publication.

All copyrights will remain with the owner of those rights. ArtOrder llc only requests one time rights to print the works in the publication and to use the works in marketing and promotion of the publication.

Submission Due Date:

Submissions are due by 6:00 pm (Mountain) on April 30th.

Wonderment by Rob ReySubmission Fee:

The submission process will have a fee for this publication to cover the costs of the submission technology and bank fees. Submission fees are not really in keeping with the intent of ArtOrder - so we have worked to keep it as minimal as possible.

Submission fees are $4 each for the first 5 submissions and $2 each for submissions 6-10. You can submit 10 pieces for only $30. That is comparable to a single submission fee in many compilation books.

Submission fees are non-refundable.

Jury Process:

Beneath The Waves will be juried to ensure quality & variety. We expect to receive more submissions than space available in the book. HIGH-QUALITY images are the most important part of your submission. Final determinations for inclusion in the book will be made solely from the files provided. We can not provide individual feedback on submissions. 

Notification of Acceptance:

Notifications will be sent via email no later than May 15th.


There will be a waitlist of submissions who will be notified if space in the publication becomes available. 

If you are placed on the waitlist, there is nothing you need to do (unless you'd like to decline being on our waitlist, which we understand.) If you want to stay on the waitlist, there's nothing to confirm, you're already there! Hang tight, and if a spot opens up that we can slot you into, we will notify you as quickly as we can. In the past, spots have opened up as late as the week before production, but the nature of the waiting list is that it's nothing we can predict.


Once your Submission Fee is received, it cannot be refunded. If you cannot participate in the publication for any reason, please contact info@theArtOrder.com as soon as possible. Failure to do so could impact your ability to participate in future ArtOrder llc projects.

Please direct questions about this submission to: info@theArtOrder.com

To begin your submission process, click the big blue "Register" button in the upper right corner.

Artwork credits:
"Golden Rose" by Donato Giancola
"Wonderment" by Rob Rey
all works copyright of the respective artist