If you're feeling winter's frosty bite a bit more this winter because you can't wait to see the Season 5 premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones, then you might want to immerse yourself in Game of Thrones: The Compendium, a new, official website on which you can view and submit artwork based on the realms of Westeros. Certain pieces will even be selected for publication in a printed book to be released in 2015:

Press Release – "From paintings and posters, recipes and songs, Game of Thrones® fans have created some of the most intriguing and creative content inspired by their beloved show. To celebrate their passion, HBO is embarking on a first-of-its-kind collaborative official compilation – Game of Thrones®: The Compendium. Through this unifying gateway, fans can contribute original Game of Thrones® themed creative content that showcases their knowledge and expertise of the series giving fans the opportunity to literally “write the book” about the world of Westeros. Artists, craftsman, musicians, foodies, writers and more will have their work displayed in a fully searchable, fluid gallery experience.

The site (http://www.gameofthronescompendium.com/) goes live today and fans can begin submitting their creations on December 19th through March 28, 2015. After the sixteen-week submission period, the best of the finalist entries curated by the VIP Council of Editors will be edited for inclusion in a printed compendium scheduled to be available in December of 2015 (additional details will follow).

Game of Thrones®: The Compendium is an exciting destination for fans, giving them a central location to see the latest fan created content. The site will feature six artistic categories – art, music, costume, food, craft and analysis – where followers can create and upload their pieces or simply browse the galleries to view what others have produced.

Additionally, each piece that is submitted to the site will be reviewed by the Council of Editors. The Council will help curate selections for inclusion in the printed compendium. The Council consists of eight luminaries across various fields such as art, fashion, food and journalism, which are all most importantly, also fans of Game of Thrones®.

The Council Consists of: Gerald Brom, renowned writer and illustrator of Brom Art; Arthur Chu, culture blogger, The Daily Beast; Tom Colicchio, celebrity chef and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef; Nina Garcia, creative director of Marie Claire magazine and judge on Lifetime’s Project Runway; Kevin Hatch, writer and moderator, Reddit r/gameofthrones; Greg Hildebrandt, famous fantasy and science fiction artist; Laura Hudson, entertainment and culture writer for Wired magazine and others; Zack Luye, author at Game of Thrones fan site Watchers on the Wall.com. The selections will be curated based on which pieces the members think enriches and extends the experience of the series and each selection will receive an author credit and a copy of the final product.

Game of Thrones follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen who are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. As betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms, their bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences."

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