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Bigfoot and jackalopes and the loch ness monster, oh my! Cryptozoology is the official word for the study of creatures like these that are only rumored to exist.


Overview

Many cryptids are well-known like the Yeti or the aforementioned Sasquatch, but have you ever heard of the Wolpertinger that allegedly hide in the alpine forest of Bavaria or the Bunyip that may call Australian swamps home? Have fun this week researching and illustrating the many legendary animals from regional folklore.

In March, two challenges have a twist! Every week, Spoonflower employees watch as you, our creative community, participate in the Weekly Design Challenges. Once a year, employees are eligible to create a design for the annual Employee Design Challenge. This year, employees will participate alongside the Spoonflower designer community in two Design Challenges—Cryptozoology and Boardsports—but don’t worry, there’s no home team advantage here.

Please visit the blog to learn more about Spoonflower’s Design Challenge rules and moderation process.

Prizes

  • 1st 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 50 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.

The Winner

The rest of the Top 61

Cryptozoology Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 3 PM ET.
  • Designs will be previewed 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 50 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.

Timeline

  • 02/05/2021: Submissions open
  • 03/16/2021: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 03/18/2021: Public voting opens
  • 03/23/2021: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
  • 03/25/2021: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Wild Grasses Design Challenge

Wild Grasses

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Winners to be announced April 15

Intergalactic Adventures Design Challenge

Intergalactic Adventures

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

Home on the Range Design Challenge

Home on the Range

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

Seashells Design Challenge

Seashells

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

Embroidery Template Design Challenge

Embroidery Template

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Submissions close May 4 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins May 6

Moody Tropical Flora Wallpaper Design Challenge

Moody Tropical Flora Wallpaper

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Submissions close May 11 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins May 13

Current Challenge Past Challenges