LSC3 Opens Pulp-O-Mizer Competition

LoneStarCon 3 has opened a competition to design a pulp magazine-style cover promoting this year’s Worldcon using Bradley Schenck’s Pulp-O-Mizer website application.

Vast numbers of people have been creating mock-antique prozine covers since the Pulp-O-Mizer went online in February. I recently posted this example by David Gerrold.

Full instructions for entering the contest are on the LSC3 site. The deadline for entering is May 31. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges that will include LSC3 committee members along with Bradley Schenck, inventor of the Pulp-O-Mizer. The covers will be blind-judged to ensure an unbiased selection.

The full press release follows the jump.


LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention

San Antonio, Texas

August 29 – September 2, 2013

Postal queries to: P.O. Box 27277, Austin, TX 78755


Friday, February 22, 2013 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), is delighted to announce the LoneStarCon 3 Pulp-O-Mizer Competition. The aim of the competition is to design a pulp magazine-style cover promoting LoneStarCon 3, using the Pulp-O-Mizer web application.

Designed by artist Bradley W. Schenck, the Pulp-O-Mizer is a customizable pulp magazine cover generator. Launched in early February, 2013, it has since gone viral, with over 160,000 hits showing up on Google after just two weeks. The free application has been featured in online coverage at, IO9, CNet, Boing Boing, and many other sites. Authors including Jo Walton, David Gerrold, F. Paul Wilson, and Mary Robinette Kowal are also getting in on the act and creating new artwork with Pulp-O-Mizer, celebrating the spirit of rockets, robots and ray guns.

The Pulp-O-Mizer Competition is open to all LoneStarCon 3 members and staff, excepting staff working at the Divisional level or in the Chair’s Office. All entries must be submitted by Friday, May 31, 2013 and the winning design will be featured in the LoneStarCon 3 Souvenir Book, a full-color publication distributed to all convention members. Shortlisted entries will also be featured in an exhibition display at the convention.

The Pulp-O-Mizer may be found online at

Full terms and information on how to enter can be found on the LoneStarCon 3 website at This includes instructions on how to unlock a unique LoneStarCon 3 cover option which all competition members need to use in their entries.

LoneStarCon 3 is excited to be joining up with Bradley W. Schenck for this competition, and to have him on the judging panel. Subject to work commitments, Schenk also hopes to take part in LoneStarCon 3 in person, and to talk about his love of retro futures, as featured in his ongoing “Retropolis” project, which can be found online at


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