Banner Saga Fan Art Contest

By March 16, 2018 Banner Saga, Contests, News

Winners Announced: The winners have been declared! You can view them here. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Updated April 11th, 2018: The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 4th, 2018.

The Banner Saga is a huge tale, with a cast of characters to match that size. And while we’ve seen a great deal of Rook, Alette, Iver and Bolverk, there hasn’t been much time to develop some of the others on the screen.

Until now.

This month, Stoic Studio is throwing a special art contest. We’re seeking artwork from our very talented fans to celebrate the upcoming release of Banner Saga 3, and to expand the series’ lore through the release of new novellas and stories. These stories will focus mostly on tales before the first game, though occasionally they may cover events concurrent to the game series.

Are you ready to embroider your own signature onto the banner?


We’re looking for original pieces of art that highlight the wider Banner Saga world. Ideas for subjects could include:

See the Banner Saga community wiki for more ideas.

Oh! And one more thing. While the plots of the other releases are up in the air, one is guaranteed to star Eirik and Valgard in Strand, long before the events of the first game. Writer James Fadeley will be posting a few teaser pieces of the novella to stoke your creative fires.


“But what’s in it for me?” Now there’s the proper Viking spirit! What raider risks it all if the loot and reputation isn’t worth it?

  • A free copy of the Banner Saga story releases (ebook or later print format)
  • A Banner Saga t-shirt of your choice
  • Your art featured on social media and websites

And of course, a chance to have your art featured on the front cover of a novella or short story anthology, immortalizing your work as part of the Banner Saga itself.

How to Enter:

Email your original character art to moc.o1548105784iduts1548105784ciots1548105784@tset1548105784noc:o1548105784tliam1548105784 before May 4, 2018 11:59 PM PT.  Your image file must be in PNG or PSD format, and should have a DPI of at least 300 and the image should generally be able to work as a book cover of 6-inch width by 9-inch height (15.24 centimeters by 22.86). You may also include a comment of 200 words or less if you feel there are any details you wish to mention about your Submission (for example, “I left space at the top for the Banner Saga logo and title,” or “It’s out of the dimensions, but I’m okay adding a stylized border like the cover of The Gift of Hadrborg to help meet the formatting guidelines,” etc.).

If you have any questions, check the “How to Enter” section of the Official Rules below for more information. You can also ask in Discord ( on our art channel, or write to moc.o1548105784iduts1548105784ciots1548105784@trop1548105784pus:o1548105784tliam1548105784.

Official Rules:


Please read these Official Rules before entering the BANNER SAGA NOVELLA FAN ART CONTEST (the “Contest”). By submitting an entry, entrants (hereafter referred to as “Contestants”) represent that they (a) are eligible to enter the Contest, (b) have read and agree to be bound by these Official Rules, and (c) agree to our judges’ decisions related to the Contest as described in these Official Rules.


The Contest is only open to legal residents of the United States (including the District of Columbia), Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), New Zealand, and the member countries of the European Union (excluding the Netherlands), who are at least as old as the minimum age of majority in the jurisdiction from which they enter the Contest, and only to those who have Internet access prior to the Contest start date (the “Contestants”). Contestants may not be represented under any contract that would limit or impair the Sponsor’s ability to use the Contestant’s Submission (as defined below) in any media form; nor can the Contestant be subjected to or under any merchandising agreement or under any other contractual relationship, including but not limited to guild and/or union memberships, that may prohibit them from participating fully in this Contest, or from allowing Contest Entities (as defined below) to use royalty-free, the Submission worldwide in all media in perpetuity. All such individuals are also not eligible.

This Contest is sponsored by Stoic Studio LLC, 400 Stewart St., Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98101 (“Sponsor”). Employees, officers, directors, agents, business associates and representatives of the Sponsor, Stoic LLC, or the legal, promotion, and/or advertising agencies of the aforementioned entities (hereafter “Contest Entities”), including their immediate family members (defined as spouse, mother, father, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, grandparents and in-laws, regardless of where they live) and those living in their household (whether or not related), and each person or entity connected with the production or administration of the Contest, and each parent company, affiliate, subsidiary, agent and representative of any aforementioned entity are not eligible. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and void where prohibited.



The Contest begins on March 16, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends on May 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PT (the “Contest Submission Period”). Judging will occur between May 25 and May 12 2018.


Limit one (1) entry per Contestant. Only entries submitted in accordance with these Official Rules will be eligible. Contestants are subject to Stoic LLC’s terms of use and privacy policy located at

What we’re looking for: We’re seeking original artwork celebrating the unique world and secondary characters of Banner Saga, preferably of events that can canonically happen. Ultimately, we want quality artwork that can be considered for use as covers of these releases, created by our own talented fans.

Here’s how to enter:

a)    During the Contest Submission Period, email your entry to *protected email* and, according to the submission guidelines section contained in these rules (the “Submission Guidelines”), submit an original piece of artwork (“Submission”).

b)    The image file must be in PNG or PSD format. The image should have a DPI of at least 300 and the image should generally be able to work as a book cover of 6-inch width by 9-inch height (15.24 centimeters by 22.86). You may also include a comment of 200 words or less if you feel there are any details you wish to mention about your Submission (for example, “I left space at the top for the Banner Saga logo and title,” or “It’s out of the dimensions, but I’m okay adding a stylized border like the cover of The Gift of Hadrborg to help meet the formatting guidelines,” etc.).

c)    If you have any questions or something to discuss, you can ask in Discord ( on our art channel, or write to moc.o1548105784iduts1548105784ciots1548105784@trop1548105784pus:o1548105784tliam1548105784.

d)    All Submissions must be in English, and all contact information must be current, truthful, and valid. Submissions must be received no later than May 4, 2018 11: 59 p.m. PT according to the Sponsor’s internal server time. No other methods of entry will be accepted. All Submissions received by the end of the Contest Submission Period that are complete and otherwise qualified will be eligible. The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Contestant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or violating these Official Rules; all associated Submissions will be void. Persons discovered entering under several names will be disqualified. Any submission of robotic, automatic, or programmed Submissions, or any Submissions made through other unapproved methods are void. Contest Entities reserve the right to disqualify false Submissions or Submissions suspected of being false or fraudulent. Contest Entities are not responsible for incomplete, late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, void, corrupted, garbled, illegible, or unintelligible Submissions and those Submissions are void and will not be accepted; nor are Contest Entities responsible for any problems, bugs or malfunctions Contestants may encounter when seeking to enter their Submissions. Contestants are solely responsible for compliance with these Submission Guidelines.

e)    By uploading your Submission, you represent that your Submission (including your artwork) conforms to the Submission Guidelines, Stoic’s Privacy Policy, and that Contest Entities, in their sole discretion, may remove your Submission and disqualify you from the Contest if they believe your Submission fails to conform to these Official Rules or is otherwise not in keeping with Sponsor’s image.


Your artwork can be as creative as you like within the following guidelines:

a)    It should feature images and characters inspired purely from the Banner Saga universe. All game and story content, and intellectual property rights therein, are owned by Stoic LLC or its licensors and expressly reserved by Stoic LLC (“Stoic Property”). You have the right to use Stoic Property for the purpose of creating a Submission for this Contest and for no other purpose outside of this Contest.

b)    Your artwork may not refer to or rely on any trademark, logo, or trade name of any third party other than Stoic LLC. For example, no images of Eirik dressed as 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd, despite however awesome that might be.

c)    It should be creative but influenced by your experiences playing any of the games or reading any of the extended universe stories.

d)    It may involve characters of secondary or supportive importance to the story (for example, Ekkill, Folka, Ubin, Rugga, etc). Use of primary protagonists is acceptable, but highlighting a supporting character is much preferred.

e)    The artwork may involve scenes of places within the world of Banner Saga (Arberrang, Frostvellr, etc). Original places are also acceptable, provided they fit within the Banner Saga world.

f)    Your work may involve items, weapons or cultural objects of importance from the Banner Saga universe (for example, a city’s banner or Hadrborg’s crest).

g)    It should involve images of strong canonically possibility (Ekkill holding up Iver’s severed head is safely not what we’re looking for, but Mogr battling dredge, or Nid and her children gazing upon the landscape would work).

h)    Your Submission can be funny, silly, amusing, or serious as long as it meets the criteria set out in these Guidelines.

i)    Your Submission may not depict or describe any nudity, animal or plant cruelty, harmful or illegal activity or substances, or be offensive, racist, obscene, political charged or contain inflammatory subject matter as determined at our sole discretion. No Submission shall portray Contest Entities or Banner Saga in a negative light. Please, no personal attacks on anyone.

j)    Including a comment is completely optional, and maybe fewer than 200 words, but not longer than 200 words either, and such comment must also comply with these Official Rules.

k)    Your Submission and any enclosed details must not contain material that is unlawful or in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the Submission is created.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES: All Submissions must be the original product of and created by the Contestant who makes the Submission. So while we want you to be creative, you need to be careful. You may not copy or otherwise plagiarize any source, nor may your Submission include third-party copyrighted material – such as artwork, photographs, movie or TV screenshots, or tattoo designs – without the copyright holder’s permission. By entering, you warrant that your Submission does not infringe any third party’s rights, and that you have obtained all necessary permissions from all relevant third parties to submit the Submission. Similarly, the Contestant must secure – and each Selected Contestant will be required to submit – a written release from any participant featured on any advertising or promotional material or in the New Books, providing that the Sponsor and/or Contest Entities are granted the right to use the participant’s likeness under the terms and conditions of these Official Rules. Sponsor may request evidence of such permissions at any time during or after the Contest Submission Period and Judging Period.

If, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, your Submission constitutes copyright infringement, the Submission will be disqualified. The Contestant agrees to indemnify the Content Entities against any and all claims of infringement from any third party for any use by the Contest Entities of the design Submission.

We reserve the right to exclude any Submission that we believe does not meet the above criteria or otherwise does not comply with these Official Rules, at our sole discretion.


Judging will be completed in one (1) round. All Submissions will be pre-screened to insure they have correctly met the Submission Guidelines and meet with the Sponsor’s general standards and practices prior to any judging (“Qualified Submissions”). A panel of qualified judges will then conduct judging of all Qualified Submissions received during the Contest Submission Period. Each Qualified Submission will be judged on the following criteria, on a 100-point scale:

  • Creativity and Originality (15 points)
  • Relevance to Themes (40 points)
  • Artistic Quality (35 points)
  • Technical Merit (10 points)

Up to five (5) Submissions will be determined to be selected Contestants (“Selected Contestants”). In the event of a tie, the tying Submissions will be rescored in order to determine the Selected Contestant(s).

Any communication or information transmitted to the Sponsor and/or by electronic mail or otherwise is and will be treated as non-confidential and nonproprietary. Proof of submitting any Submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such Submission. Furthermore, the Contest Entities shall have no liability for any Submission that is lost, intercepted or not received by the Sponsor. The Contest Entities are not responsible for delays in finalizing winners.

In accordance with the License section below, Contest Entities reserve the right to distribute or display any Submissions in any media and on any website, including on its and affiliated websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube pages. The Contestants understand that users of these sites may share, embed, comment on (including negatively) and re-post their Submissions during and after the Contest Submission Period. Contest Entities are not responsible for such third-party activities.

The name, profile, and the art of each Selected Contestant may be announced and posted on the Contest Entities’ website(s) and social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and in all other media and media forms to be determined solely at the Sponsor’s and Contest Entities’ discretion.

The Selected Contestants will be notified by email (“Notification”). The Selected Contestants will be required to respond to the Notification by email (as directed) within 96 hours of attempted Notification. The failure to respond timely to the Notification may result in forfeiture of the prize (as later described herein); and, in such case, the Sponsor may choose the next highest scoring Submission from among the remaining eligible submissions. The Selected Contestants may be required to sign and return a Declaration of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (“Declaration”) and any other documents the Sponsor or the Sponsor’s representative may require within 96 hours of receipt of the Declaration. Failure to timely return a signed Declaration or other required documents or the return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in prize forfeiture. If a Selected Contestant cannot be reached, is unable or unwilling to accept the prize (or any portion of the prize) or is disqualified for any reason, the prize may be awarded to a runner-up, if any, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify each Selected Contestant’s agreement and consent that the Sponsor and its designees may use the Selected Contestant’s first name, state/province, country, Submission, and/or prize information in connection with the Contest and the Game for promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. With permission and where applicable, their social media handles and/or website pages may also be promoted upon the Stoic Studio and Banner Saga social and promotional outlets. The Sponsor will not make multiple attempts to contact Selected Contestants. Winner selection is subject to verification, including verification of the Selected Contestant’s eligibility.


Up to five (5) prize packages will be available to be awarded, one to each of the Selected Contestants. Selected Contestants may have their art used as the cover of the next Banner Saga book release (the “New Books”). Contest Entities are not obligated to use any Selected Contestant’s Submission in the New Books or on any other promotional product.

They will also receive one Banner Saga t-shirt of their choice from a list provided by the Contest Entities, as well as a copy of the novella in either e-book or print format, depending on date of publication.

Each Selected Contestant may have the opportunity to meet, via VoIP or video chat, members of the Stoic Banner Saga development team or associates for the purpose of including the Selected Contestant’s art onto the New Books. Contest Entities are not obligated to use a Selected Contestant’s artwork in the New Books, game series or on any other promotional product.

Each Selected Contestant will be included in the copyright page of the New Books, per whichever release uses their artwork, if any.

Additionally, each Selected Contestant’s artwork may also be featured on the Contest Entities’ websites, at the Contest Entities’ sole discretion.

Each prize package for each Selected Contestant is valued at a maximum of USD $25, which includes the t-shirt, the book, and the opportunity to meet via electronic communication the Stoic Studio representation. The opportunity to use the Selected Contestant’s artwork shall be valued upon a separate contractual agreement between Stoic Studio and the Selected Contestant, which will handle due royalties and agreements regarding usage rights, to be detailed between the Selected Contestant and Stoic Studio privately.

For all prizes, all federal, state provincial and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes) and other expenses in connection with the prize are the sole responsibility of the Selected Contestant. Selected Contestants are solely responsible for any other unspecified expenses related to prize. All activities related to the prize, are at the Selected Contestants’ own risk and subject to whatever restrictions are imposed by the entities that govern activities. Selected Contestants not entitled to any surplus between actual retail value of the prize and stated ARV and any difference between stated ARV and actual value of the prize will not be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption of prize is allowed, provided however that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason, including, without limitation, in the event the Sponsor or Contest Entities determine in their sole discretion to not commercially release the New Books. If a prize is awarded but goes unclaimed or is forfeited by recipient, the prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate Selected Contestant will be selected. Each Selected Contestant will meet with the Banner Saga team at a time mutually convenient to both parties within a commercially reasonable time after the conclusion of the Contest (exact timing subject to changing time schedules and availability of the Banner Saga team members). Book credits will be included and contingent upon the commercial release of the New Books. Limit: One (1) prize per person per household.


As a condition of accepting any prize, and unless prohibited by applicable law, all Contestants hereby grant the Contest Entities, and their respective licensees, designees, assigns and successors (collectively, “Licensed Parties”) a shared worldwide license to use, edit, modify, distribute, copy, create derivative works from, and publicly display the Submission, in whole or in part, in any and all media throughout the world until the expiration of this license, for any purpose whatsoever (including without limitation as a PC wallpaper, in a game and at trade shows), without any additional compensation, the term of which shall be the entire life of the copyright. Should any Contestant be unwilling or otherwise unable to enter into license, or provide permissions and or releases or otherwise cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, Contestants with the next highest score will be chosen from the remaining Submission until one who is able to meet all requirements can be selected. Contestants may not sell, assign or transfer any of their rights in their Submissions under these Official Rules. Contestants will not be paid for their Submissions, or for granting Licensed Parties any of these rights. The terms agreed upon in the publishing contract as part of the Prize Packages shall override any points mentioned here.

At any time before or after the Contest Submission Period, the Contest Entities may post, share or print Submission concepts in any order or sequence, with or without commentary, in its sole discretion. While Contest Entities will seek to post Submissions in the form as provided at the time of entry, all Contestants agree that due to technical or other limitations, Submissions may be altered from their original form and that Sponsor reserves the right to edit or modify the Submission in its sole discretion, including adding its logo or other trademarks. Selected Contestants further understand and agree that their Submission or any portion thereof, may be used, edited, and/or modified by Sponsor at any time before or after the end of the Contest Submission Period for promotional purposes, including without limitation, for the purpose of promoting the New Books, other Contest Entities’ games, and Contest Entities’ offerings.


Contest is subject to these Official Rules. By participating, Contestants agree: (i) to be bound by these complete Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor which shall be final and binding; and (ii) to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Official Rules, except where prohibited by law. By accepting a prize, Selected Contestants agree to release Contest Entities, including their parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities together with their respective directors, employees, officers, licensees, business associates, licensors and agents, and respective advertising and promotion entities and any person or entity associated with the production, judging, or administration of the Contest (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all liability, loss or damage arising from or in connection with awarding, receipt and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any prize-related activities.

Releasees shall not be liable for: (i) VoIP system, mobile phone or computer hardware, software or other technical or computer malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays or transmission errors; (ii) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iii) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including death caused by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of a prize, or from participation in the Contest; or (iv) any printing, typographical, administrative or technological errors in any materials associated with the Contest. Sponsor disclaims any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Contest. The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Contest, in its sole discretion, should it receive fewer than 5 entries, or receive no entries that have a judged score above 60 points, or due to circumstances beyond its control, including natural disasters. Submissions will not be returned and may be destroyed.

By participating, each Contestant further agrees that Releasees are not responsible or liable for, and shall be released and held harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with or resulting from participation in the Contest, or acceptance of the prize, including without limitation, claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL CONTESTANTS BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN AWARDS FOR, AND CONTESTANTS HEREBY WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OTHER THAN CONTESTANT’S ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES (E.G. COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THE CONTEST). CONTESTANTS FURTHER WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES INCREASED.

Releasees are not responsible and shall not be held liable, and your Submission may be disqualified and may not be considered for any prize, should your Submission be removed from a social media or other hosting site for any reason (including without limitation DMCA take-down).

The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest should a virus, bug, computer problem, unauthorized intervention or other causes corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest. Sponsor may prohibit a Contestant from participating in the Contest or winning prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines such Contestant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest in any way by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other players or Sponsor representatives. Use of automated entry devices or programs is prohibited. Any attempts to access the site, enter the Contest via a bot script, device or brute-force attack will result in disqualification, including that IP address becoming ineligible for the entire Contest. Caution: any attempt to deliberately damage or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be in violation of criminal and civil laws and will result in disqualification from participation in the Contest. Should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages (including attorney fees) to the fullest extent of the law, including criminal prosecution.

The laws of the United States and the laws of the State of Washington govern the Contest and all claims must be resolved in the United States. As a condition of participating in the Contest, Contestants agree, to the extent permitted by law, that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action out of or in connection with this Contest, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in King County, Washington.

For residents of the EU: The limitations on damages provisions in the foregoing statements in this Section do not apply to claims against Sponsor their representatives and its vicarious agents for damages because of personal injury or death, and to claims for damages in case of intent or gross negligence by Sponsor, its representatives or vicarious agents. In such circumstances, the release will apply to the fullest extent permitted by law.


Contest Entities reserve the right to use the Submissions and any portion thereof for publicity purposes prior to, during, or after the Contest end date, in any media, and to use the state and country of any Contestant, including all or part of their Submission throughout the world, for the duration of the shared licenses, without any further compensation or prior review unless specifically prohibited by law. Contestants will not be paid for their Submissions or for granting Sponsor any of these rights. Should any Selected Contestant be unwilling or otherwise unable to provide permissions and or releases or otherwise cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, the Selected Contestant with the next highest score will be chosen from the remaining entries until one who is able to meet all requirements can be selected.


Except as prohibited by applicable law and as a condition of participating in this Contest, each Contestant hereby irrevocably and perpetually waives any right s/he may have to a trial by jury in respect of any litigation directly or indirectly arising out of, under or in connection with this contest, any document or agreement entered into in connection herewith, any prize available in connection herewith, and any of the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby.


Nothing in these Official Rules shall be deemed to exclude or restrict any of the Selected Contestants or any Contestant’s statutory rights as a consumer. Participation in the Contest implies authorization to collect, use and disclose the Contestant’s personal information including the right to transfer personal data to the United States for purposes of administration of the Contest and prize fulfillment. All information submitted to the Sponsor as part of this Contest will be treated in accordance with Stoic’s privacy policy, available at Personal information includes name, address, email address, birthday, country of residence, and will be used to: (a) contact potential Selected Contestants; and (b) if a Contestant selects to receive additional information from the Contest’s entry form, to send additional information to that Contestant; and (c) to publicly announce the winners of the Contest. The recipient of your personal data is the Sponsor and Contest Entities.


For Residents of France Only: Pursuant to French law pertaining to data collection and processing, you have a right of access to, modification and withdrawal of your personal data. You also have the right of opposition to the data collection, under certain circumstances. To exercise such right, you may moc.o1548105784iduts1548105784ciots1548105784@tset1548105784noc:o1548105784tliam1548105784The data controller is the Sponsor. The recipient of your personal data is the Sponsor. Your data will be transferred outside the European Union.

For Residents of Germany Only: Pursuant to the German Federal Data Protection Act, you have a right to information about the personal data stored about you, including its origin, recipient or categories of recipients of the data and the purpose of the storage. In addition, you have the right of correction and, in certain circumstances, to disabling and deletion of your data and, in certain circumstances, the right to object to the collection, processing and use of your personal data. To exercise such right, you may moc.o1548105784iduts1548105784ciots1548105784@tset1548105784noc:o1548105784tliam1548105784.

All Contestants have the right to access, withdraw, and correct their personal data. Contestants may request such action by sending a message with the request, subject line “THE BANNER SAGA NOVELLA FAN ART CONTEST to moc.o1548105784iduts1548105784ciots1548105784@tset1548105784noc:o1548105784tliam1548105784.


For a copy of these Official Rules, you may download the page you are viewing and print it out. For a copy of the winners list, check back on the same site these official rules were posted on after May 12, 2018.