Listen closely. You might hear the rushing of artists around the globe polishing their entries for the 17th edition of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. The January 22nd deadline is approaching at lightning speed. It always surprises me how many people don't know about this fantastic (yeah, I went there) publication. I was clueless until I dated an artist that participates every year. And if you're a fan of art period, but especially fantasy, science fiction, surreal pieces? Well, you should run out or clickety-click and get any of the 16 editions that you can find.
Artists can submit as many entries as they wish with a nominal entry fee. The entries are judged by a jury of five. The books cover a lot of categories, so you'll see everything from sculptures to oil painting to surreal photo manipulations. The categories are: Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional, and Unpublished. The winners are announced about March. The edition is quickly published in November of the same year. I am not an expert on art competitions, but that seems like an insane and impressive turnaround.
Read lots more about the history of Spectrum here. They also have a FAQ.