Statement About Speculative Work

Speculative (spec) work is any kind of work that a creative professional renders and submits to a potential client in the hopes of securing work or payment, but without guarantee of appropriate compensation and/or without a fair agreement concerning rights to the work. Often the solicitation for spec work is in the form of a contest or competition.

The Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators endorses the positions of these two organizations on the issue of spec work:
The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
https://gnsi.org/resources/business/spec-work-policy
The Association of Medical Illustrators
http://ami.org/professional-resources/business-practices/spec-work
SONSI will not promote or distribute solicitations for spec work, and discourages its members from engaging in spec work.

More information:
http://www.nospec.com/
https://gnsi.org/journal/how-artdesign-competitions-exploit-artists-and-what-you-can-do-about-it