Calling all artists. We’re launching our Rep Your City Design Contest, where artists + designers can submit designs to be featured on products in The AVLtoday Shop — our online shop, home to merch featuring local landmarks + city slogans — and get paid up to $1,500.
The goal? To work with + support creatives, share cool designs, and celebrate our city.
Designers are encouraged to submit their local-focused graphics, illustrations, or paintings that can be digitized and placed on shirts, mugs, prints, bags + more.
Designs we’re looking for:
- City icons (think: recognizable skylines, landscapes, buildings + landmarks)
- Local celebrities
- Key city events
- Food + drink
- Well-known companies
- See what designs we currently have in our shop, like this Asheville Checklist sweatshirt
How it works:
- This is an ongoing contest through 2021, with multiple winners and unlimited opportunities to submit designs.
- Our audience chooses the winning designs (1 or more winners per round) by voting in a poll hosted on our website. Voting rounds take place for 1 full week. (**See UPDATE below)
1️⃣ Contest round 1:
- Entry period opens on Tues., June 1
- The 6AM team will choose the top 10 designs to be voted on by our audience in a poll hosted on our website. Voting rounds take place for 1 full week from June 22-28.
- Votes are tallied and the winner(s) is announced in our newsletter on Thurs., July 1
**UPDATE: Because we received such a strong response in submissions in this first round, there was no way we could select just one design. Our audience will be selecting this first winner, but the 6AM team has decided that we will be selecting multiple artists whose designs we would like to carry in our shop, all reaping the $500+ reward. These selections will roll out throughout the year so keep submitting your designs!
What you get if your design is selected:
- You’ll make up to $1,500. We’ll buy the rights to use + reproduce your design for $500, and for every 100 units purchased up to 1,000 units, we’ll send you an additional check for $100.
- You’ll be featured in our store’s “Meet the Artists” page with your bio, website + social media.
- Your design will be featured in our newsletters, social media + promotional materials.
How to enter:
- Submit your design through the form below (files accepted include JPG + PNG; max size 500MB).
- Applicants can submit as many designs as they’d like.
If selected, the winner must be able to provide the design in the following specs:
- JPG or PNG file type
- Print file resolution of 300 DPI
- Color profile saved in sRGB
- More info about preparing a print file here
We can’t wait to see your designs, AVL. Know a designer, artist or just a really creative person? Share this with them.