Zenkaikon, Anime & Sci-Fi Convention, Lancaster PA

April 1-3, 2016, Lancaster County Convention Center

Zenkaikon T-Shirt Design Contest

Zenkaikon is happy to announce its eighth annual T-shirt contest. Now is your chance to get your unique design immortalized on the official Zenkaikon T-shirt that will be sold to members of Zenkaikon 2018! Think you are up to the challenge? Read the rules and specifications below. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Specifications

  • Artwork should be designed for a black T-shirt
  • Artwork should fit into the Zenkaikon 2018 theme "Japanese Ghosts and Monsters (Yokai)"
  • Artwork should preferably use either (or both) of our male and female mascots. We will, however, consider original designs without our mascots.
  • Artwork should contain the name of the convention ("Zenkaikon 2018") and location ("Lancaster, PA"). Dates ("May 4-6") is optional but recommended.
  • The official font for the "Zenkaikon" name is Agency FB. At the bottom of this section you will find a download that contains .eps and .svg versions of our name, dates, and location rendered in this font. While you may choose a  different font for the dates and location, the word "Zenkaikon" should be rendered in the official font. Colors are up to your discretion.
  • Artwork should be created in CMYK color mode with a maximum of six colors, including white, used in your design. Different shades of the same color (e.g, dark green and light green) are considered separate colors. Black does not count toward the color limit. Artwork will be printed using screen printing with spot color.
  • Vector artwork is strongly preferred. File format should be either .ai (saved for Illustrator CS5 or earlier), .eps (saved for Illustrator CS5 or earlier), or .pdf.
  • If you cannot submit vector artwork, you may submit raster files (.tiff, .png, .pdf) with a minimum size of approximately 3600px x 3600px (this equates to 12in x 12in at 300 dpi).

If you have any questions about these requirements, please e-mail communications@zenkaikon.org and we'll be happy to help! Artwork that does not meet the specifications listed above will be disqualified from the contest.

Helper Files

We recommend you download the following file to assist you in your design. The ZIP file contains:

  • EPS versions of our convention name, dates, and location, rendered in the official font
  • Sample mascot artwork (from previous years/themes) to inspire you in your design

Download the file here: https://www.zenkaikon.com/tshirtcontest/TShirtContestFiles2018.zip

Judging Criteria

Artwork will be judged on a variety of criteria including creativity, overall design, adherence to the convention theme, broadness of appeal, and meeting of all the specifications listed above. Submissions will be judged by a panel of Zenkaikon staff, with one design being chosen as the winner.

Submission Method and Deadline

Submissions must be received by 11:59PM on January 3, 2018. Entries sent after this time cannot be accepted. Designs should be sent as an e-mail attachment to communications@zenkaikon.org with "Zenkaikon 2018 T-shirt Contest Entry" in the subject line. The e-mail body should include the following:

  • Full Name
  • E-mail Address
  • Phone Number (optional)
  • Studio Name (if applicable)
  • Website or portfolio URL (if applicable)
  • Whether you are currently pre-registered for Zenkaikon 2018 (for reimbursement purposes if your design is chosen)
  • Whether you are currently in the Zenkaikon 2018 Artist Alley (for reimbursement purposes if your design is chosen)
  • If you are currently affiliated with a school, you can optionally include that information for listing and/or notifying your school if your design is chosen as the winner

You are permitted to submit multiple designs, but each submission e-mail must include the body contents listed above.

You should receive an e-mail confirmation within 48 hours of sending your submission, letting you know that it has been received. If you don't receive a confirmation within this time period, please send an e-mail to communications@zenkaikon.org to find out if we have received it.

If for any reason your artwork does not meet the specifications for the contest, you will be notified in the confirmation e-mail and have the opportunity to resubmit. In all cases, no corrections/resubmissions will be accepted after the January 3rd deadline.

If your file is too large to send via e-mail, please contact communications@zenkaikon.org to let us know, and we'll try to arrange an alternate submission method.

Winner Announcement and Prize

The winner(s) will be announced on or before January 15, 2018. The winner(s) of the Zenkaikon 2018 T-shirt contest will receive the following:

First Place Winner

  • Their design featured on the official Zenkaikon 2018 T-shirt that will be sold to attendees
  • One (1) complimentary membership to Zenkaikon 2018 (or registration reimbursement if already registered)
  • One (1) complimentary table in the Zenkaikon 2018 Artist Alley (or reimbursement of table fee if already in the Alley)
  • One (1) complimentary Zenkaikon 2018 T-shirt featuring their design
  • Winning design displayed on the Zenkaikon website (along with artist name, studio name, and link if applicable)
  • Artist mentioned in the Zenkaikon 2018 program guide

Depending on the number of entries, Zenkaikon may decide at its discretion to choose up to two separate "Runner Up" winners to have their artwork printed on buttons/magnets and/or children's T-shirts. Runner Up Winners will receive:

Button/Magnet Runner Up

  • Their design featured on official Zenkaikon 2018 buttons that will be sold to attendees
  • One (1) complimentary membership to Zenkaikon 2018 (or registration reimbursement if already registered)
  • Four (4) complimentary Zenkaikon 2017 buttons featuring their design, for themselves and their friends
  • Runner Up design displayed on the Zenkaikon website (along with artist name, studio name, and link if applicable)
  • Artist mentioned in the Zenkaikon 2018 program guide

Children's Shirt Runner Up

  • Their design featured on official Zenkaikon 2018 Children's T-shirt that will be sold to young attendees
  • One (1) complimentary membership to Zenkaikon 2018 (or registration reimbursement if already registered)
  • One (1) complimentary version of the children's T-shirt in their T-shirt size
  • Runner Up design displayed on the Zenkaikon website (along with artist name, studio name, and link if applicable)
  • Artist mentioned in the Zenkaikon 2018 program guide
  • Artwork which does not win the contest may, at Zenkaikon's discretion, be displayed (with credit to the artist) in the Zenkaikon 2018 program book.

Zenkaikon may, at its discretion, choose to use non-winning entries as artwork in the Zenkaikon 2018 program book. If this occurs, artists will be credited. 

Disclaimers

  • Zenkaikon provides artists entering this contest with a limited, revocable right to use the Zenkaikon name and mascots for the sole purpose of creating artwork to enter Zenkaikon's 2018 T-Shirt Design Contest. The Zenkaikon name and mascots belong exclusively to Zenkaikon. 
  • Zenkaikon reserves the right to make modifications to the winning design(s) to meet printing requirements.

Questions

Feel free to send any questions regarding the contest or artwork specifications to communications@zenkaikon.org. We'll be happy to help you ensure your artwork meets the requirements.

Good luck everyone!