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By the end of this week’s challenge you’ll be ready to plan your next backyard barbecue! Fire up your favorite design program to create a repeating design inspired by the savory bites you’ll find at any summer cookout. Don’t forget to include your favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers and one of our personal picks - watermelon!


Overview

From a challenge inspired by International Women’s Day on March 8 to a prompt that will have you dreaming up your next fixer upper, we think this month’s design challenge themes will spark your creativity (and maybe even your taste buds!). If you’ve been trying to design more in 2018, why not set a goal of entering all four challenges this month? Can’t commit to all four weeks? That’s OK! Our monthly challenges are designed to encourage your creativity in a fun way that works with your busy schedule!

Prizes

  • 1 first place winner will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • 2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly-voted designs from each theme will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive 10% commission on every sale -- no $5 swatch required.

Summer Cookout Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 3 PM EST.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (21” x 18”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs.
  • Public designs previously uploaded on Spoonflower.com are not eligible for this contest. Designs do not require printed proofing to enter the contest.
  • Moderation will take place at the close of the contest deadline.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes.

See Challenge Terms & Conditions

Timeline

  • 02/05/2018: Submissions open
  • 03/20/2018: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 03/22/2018: Public voting opens
  • 03/27/2018: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
  • 03/29/2018: Spoonflower will announce the winner

How to Submit a Design

  1. Log in to Spoonflower. If you don't have an account, create one here.
  2. Once logged into your account, upload the design you wish to enter into the challenge.
  3. Select Summer Cookout from the Challenges Dropdown.

For complete instructions, see the Challenge Terms & Conditions.

Screenshot of submission selection

How To Vote

Once voting is open for Summer Cookout, you will be able to follow the link below to vote for your favorite designs.

Vote for Designs
Open March 22 - March 27
See Upcoming Challenges

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?
This contest is open to ALL Spoonflower community members who are 18 years of age as of Tuesday, March 20, 2018. All submitted designs must be the original work of the entrant. Please do not use stock images or base your design on the work of another artist.
How many designs can I enter?
You can enter only ONE DESIGN in this contest. Designs entered in previous Spoonflower contests or public designs previously uploaded to Spoonflower are not eligible.
Can I share my entry on social media and make it available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace before voting opens?
The spirit of the Design Challenge is to give a creative prompt that inspires designers to create a new design that speaks specifically to the theme we have selected. Spoonflower is seeking an exclusive set of designs, so all designs should be new to Spoonflower. We absolutely encourage sharing your process and finished design on the web and you can make your challenge entry for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace, but to ensure that your work is eligible for the challenge, we ask that it is not an existing design from your public portfolio that has been previously uploaded to Spoonflower.
Who will judge the contest?
All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs. The first place winner will be the fabric design with the most votes.
Who can vote?
Anyone can vote (when voting opens on Thursday, March 22, 2018), but only one set of votes may be submitted per individual. Email addresses will be collected from voters. Duplicate votes are filtered using fraud detection software and not counted toward final totals. Designers will be disqualified for incentivizing or compensating votes.
What if I don't want my design to be purchased by other people?
By participating in this contest, you are granting permission to make your design available to the public for voting and you are granting permission for Spoonflower to make your design for sale only if your design finishes in the top 25.
Am I giving up the copyright of my design by entering it?
You are not giving up ownership of your design, but by entering your design in the contest, you give us the non-exclusive right, should your design finish in the top 25, to make it available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace per the customary terms of the Spoonflower Marketplace. For any sales generated in the Marketplace, you will receive up to a 15% commission. You will always be credited for your design and you are free to continue to sell it on your own, now and in the future.

Active Challenges

Orchid and Navy Limited Color Palette Design Challenge

Orchid and Navy Limited Color Palette

Vote Now

Winners to be announced February 22

The Tortoise and the Hare Design Challenge

Tortoise and the Hare

See the Challenge

Voting begins February 22

Art Deco Design Challenge

Art Deco Large Scale

See the Challenge

Submissions close February 27 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins March 1

Sisterhood Around the World Design Challenge

Sisterhood Around the World

See the Challenge

Submissions close March 6 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins March 8

Monochrome Design Challenge

Monochrome

See the Challenge

Submissions close March 13 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins March 15

Summer Cookout Design Challenge

Summer Cookout

See the Challenge

Submissions close March 20 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins March 22

Modern Farmhouse Design Challenge

Modern Farmhouse

See the Challenge

Submissions close March 27 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins March 29

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