NSS Space Settlement Art Contest Submission Requirements

Submission Requirements

The SmallSat Education Conference in collaboration with the National Space Society’s (NSS) SpacEdge Education Program is looking for student artists to create ORIGINAL illustrations to share their…Visions of a Future in Space.


Saturday, October 14, 2023
(11:59 pm Eastern U.S. time zone)

Our goal is to have winners announced by October 23, 2023


  • Open to full-time students between the ages of 10 and 25.
  • Students 18 and under must have parental permission.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • Must agree to contest’s Terms and Conditions for submitted artwork.
  • All submissions must be made in a digital format and will only be accepted via the Roadmap to Space Art Contest Submission Form.
  • A screening process will be in place and the review committee reserves the right to reject any submission without showing cause.
  • Images created in whole or in part by generative artificial intelligence are NOT allowed


  • All artwork must be the original work of the student.
  • All submitted art must be REALISTIC. Realistic means as accurate as possible both in science and engineering, and as close as possible to what a real-life future in space would actually look like. Art that has merit but is less realistic looking may still be accepted for display, but would be very unlikely to be a winning entry.
  • The artwork MUST be consistent with this year’s theme: Visions of a Future in Space.

Additional details as to acceptable content and how judges will be evaluating the artwork can be found in the Judging Guidelines for submitted artwork.

2016 student art contest space aviary
2016 First Prize Winner Grades 9-12: Space Aviary by Vindya Malla, 11th Grade, India.


You are free to choose any media to use for the creation of your artwork, but submissions must be in digital format with minimum dimensions of 5500 pixels by 4250 pixels (or vertically, 4250 pixels by 5500 pixels). Images that are obviously enlarged to meet the size requirement (with resulting degradation in quality) will be rejected.

Smaller images may be submitted but will be considered only for Honorable Mention.

The initial submitted images must be full size but in JPEG format and must not exceed 8 megabytes in size (which may require some file compression). If an image is one of the winners of the contest, the artist will be required to submit the original uncompressed version.

Artwork can be submitted in landscape or portrait format.

If an image is one of the winners of the contest and the medium used to create the artwork was not electronic, the artist may be required to send the original piece of art to the contest for public display. Exceptions will be granted if this poses a hardship.


If you have any questions regarding the contest, please email the NSS SpacEdge Contest Coordinator.