NOWNESS.com and Random House team up to hold a design competition for fans to create work inspired by any of the famous author’s best-selling novels or short stories
As anyone who’s ever read any of Haruki Murakami‘s cerebral and trippy novels can tell you, the mental images they create can be both bizarre, harrowing, and beautiful all at once. The Japanese master of Kafka-esque fiction has been heralded for years as a weaver of tales that combine contemporary Japanese society with pop culture references, occult symbols, and dream-like sequencing. In honor of his forthcoming release 1Q84, Random House Inc. and NOWNESS are inviting fans to submit original artwork inspired by any of the writer’s best-selling novels or short stories to win exclusive editions or a commission for NOWNESS. On October 25th, six winners will be announced and awarded with a first-edition copy of 1Q84 signed by the author, as well as a complete archive of his previous works. To encourage budding young artists, one student entrant will also be rewarded with a paid commission for NOWNESS and have their work published on the site. The competition will be open for submissions for two weeks until October 11, followed by a one-week voting period. While you can read the full terms of the contest on the site, in the meantime artist Micah Lidberg has put his own spin on his favorite Murakami works, seen below.