Cotton Tote Bag Design Contest

Painting, Stencil art

I like bags and if I see any opportunity to design a bag, well, I’m on it. Today I’m sharing an opportunity with you to not only design a bag, but also to get some free publicity from winning a contest. What fun.

For the first time ever, City of Craft is inviting craft enthusiasts to submit imagery for this year’s Swag Bags. City of Craft is the craft fair organization in Toronto, Canada.

The City of Craft’s Swag Bags are handed out to the first lucky 100 attendees and they pack them full of fantastic goodies from local and international craft artists and indie publications. People line up before they open our doors in the freezing cold to receive them (it’s always cold in Canada, remember…), so they want to give them ‘something special’ this year to take home.

If your design is chosen, you will be rewarded handsomely with

A. crafty prizes (always wonderful to get); and

B. fame via their website (City of Craft is a PR4, so good.), blog (at blogspot, so ‘blah’ when it comes to ‘link love’ value.) & other press outlets (can be good).

Cotton totes will be printed with your design on the front and are printed with one colour.

Designs should be no more than 8.5 by 11 inches at 300 dpi. They accept jpegs and pdfs. If you aren’t sure what sort of line thickness is needed for silk-screening or you have any other questions just send them an email.

If you think you have the winning design, let them know by sending your application to swag


Last year’s bag designer was local art instructor Shannon Gerard.

The deadline for submitting applications is November 1, 2009.

The winner will be announced November 15, 2009.

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