Something we artists have been hoping for for a long time is finally here: the official 2016 Star Trek Ships of the Line Design Contest! But before one thinks I'm all aglee about this (and, believe me, I really do want to be), I want to voice some concerns about the rules, and maybe someone here - maybe even someone who is involved - can provide some answers, or more correct interpretations, before it's too late (the deadline is a very short 3 weeks, Sept. 2, 2014). Four things really stand out to me as things that need clarification, or outright could jeopardize the success of this contest: The main entry page states, "Ship must have been seen or mentioned within the Star Trek universe excluding Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness"; however, the rules themselves state, "The Contest invites Eligible Participants to submit their own original design of a Star Trek Ship, ...". And keep in mind, its official title is the 2016 Star Trek Ships of the Line Design Contest. The main entry page states, "Final art must be delivered at 36” W x 18” H at 300 DPI. Key elements should be kept 1/2” from edges"; the official rules, though, state, "Design may be no larger than 36” X 18” at 300 DPI 3/4” bleed" (italics mine). And considering that the calendar is 12"x12", I'm just curious why they didn't simplify it to say, " 24"x12" @ 450 dpi," which is what the stated size works out to at the actual calendar size when opened up. But the key question is: what is the minimum size, if we go by the rules, or do we simply stick with 36"x18" (or 10,800 px x 5,400 px.)? Tied to the size, the entry page says "Your photo submission must either be JPG, PNG or GIF electronic formats and may not exceed 5MB in size." No matter how hard I try, I can't get an image that is 58 megapixels to anything less than 7 Mb, and that's with one that has a large amount of white space - for something as detailed as a typical Trek calendar image, with compression that doesn't make the image muddy, I don't see how that's even possible; if it is, please share - I limit my JPEG compression to 95% in order to preserve the image (esp. the reds, which tend to compress poorly), and a test image at that size comes out to 11 Mb, with a PNG of the same image being more than 3x as large. Finally, and a personal sticking point, is the rights you must sign away. "By participating, you: (a) assign or agree to assign Sponsor all right, title and interest in and to the Entry and the Design that is incorporated into the Entry, ..." (italics mine). I have no real problem with the sponsor (CBS) having the rights to the image - for $500 and a spot on the calendar, I would expect nothing less. But the original design? I would hope that a contest such as this would bring out some real creativity, which I would hate to see stymied because others like myself prefer to retain the rights to their own designs - they may share Star Trek's language as inspiration and something of a visual guide, but I think at the very least, the rights to original designs demand more compensation. $6500 (the total prize money) is pretty cheap for 13 original ship designs, I would think. If that's the case, though, I would really hate to have the calendar be mostly Enterprise, just like so many of the 'official' calendars, so that the contestants don't feel forced to give up their rights to their own designs.