Once again this year Mephit FurMeet is running a contest to select the artwork for our con shirts!
For your inspiration, the previous winners are listed in the menus on our website. Go check them out!
To learn how to submit your entry, look at the bottom of this page. We're putting it under the rules so you can get a good chance to read them as you scroll.
This Year's Theme
This year's theme is the Year of the Skunk.
PLEASE READ THESE RULES IN THEIR ENTIRETY BEFORE ENTERING.
The rules for 2012's T-Shirt Contest are:
What's up for grabs?
There are three chances for your artwork to be selected for MFM's T-Shirts.
Attendees Choice - The winner of the Attendees Choice will have their artwork featured on the front of the MFM T-Shirts. This is chosen by you, the attendees.
Director's Choice - The winner of the Director's Choice will be featured on the back of the MFM T-Shirt.
Staff Choice - This will be chosen by the staff and be featured on their staff shirts. Each winner will receive a free attending membership.
Who is eligible to enter?
Everyone! To be fair to all artists, we are continuing the requirement this year that the winner of the previous year's Attendees Choice will not be eligible for this year's Attendees Choice. They will still be allowed to enter, and may be considered for either the Director's Choice or Staff Choice.
What do I submit?
The overall rating for the piece should be a "G" to "PG" rating - if you wouldn't wear it in your elderly grandmother's house, don't put it on your entry! The piece must feature a skunk as the main subject or subjects. It should also bear either "Mephit FurMeet" or "MFM" as well as the year or corresponding anniversary number (i.e.: 2012 or 16). Entries that misspell the name of the convention will be disqualified.
For an entry to be eligible for voting, two versions of the entry MUST be submitted - one for display/voting, and a second, higher-resolution piece for use should that entry win or be selected for other use by a member of staff.
Display Piece: No more than 800 x 600, This display piece should not contain a signature to show who created this (We will go into more detail on this later). Artists need not worry about misuse of their artwork, as this piece will be watermarked by the staff as being an MFM T-Shirt Entry prior to being placed on the website for display. The "Display Piece" should be submitted as a .JPG or .GIF.
Final Piece: This will be the actual artwork used by our printing company to make the t-shirts, or the staff should your piece be used in any other function. This finished work SHOULD contain a signature which will appear on the t-shirt. The recommended dimensions are at least 10 inches high at 300 dots per inch or higher. The "Final Piece" should be submitted in Adobe Illustrator (.ai) format, although TIFF or EPS will also be acceptable. This is by request of our printer that it be sent as Illustrator format.
Both the display and the final piece must be black and white ONLY (GRAYSCALE AND HALFTONED IMAGES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE, PERIOD).
When the artwork has been received, you will be notified within 72 hours that it was received. If you did not receive a notification within 72 hours, please do not resend your email, but instead a follow up to see if it was received and the administrator of the contest just plain forgot *grin*.
Display of artwork
Once again, we will be running a 'blind' contest. We will only display the title of the piece, not who the creator is. By doing this, we hope to make the contest fairer by making everyone choose the submission based upon the piece itself, not the artist. Voting will be the same as in previous years - commencing for one week, after which votes determined to be ineligible will be discarded and the design which gets the majority of valid votes will be the winner.
After voting has finished and the director's choice has been selected, the t-shirt entry page will be updated with the names of the artists who submitted each entry.
When do you need it?
Cutoff Date for Submitting Entries is 11:59 PM Central time on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
Each artist may enter up to three pieces for inclusion in the contest. The administrator of the contest shall abstain from voting. The rules for voting will remain the same as in past years, where for a vote to be valid, the corresponding email address must be subscribed to one of Mephit FurMeet's mailing lists. IP Addresses will be logged, and MFM reserves the right to disqualify multiple votes from the same IP.
Some stuff you need to know (Better read it, it affects you!)
By submitting an entry to the Mephit FurMeet T-Shirt contest, you are granting Mephit FurMeet and its parent corporation, Mid South and Tennessee Anthropomorphic Arts Association (MST3A) an irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use the entry for promotional purposes. The original creators of the work are permitted to use the work in their own portfolios and promotions. Mephit FurMeet and MST3A reserve the right to review all entries and not allow any entry that it deems inappropriate (i.e.: drug/alcohol references, violent or sexual content, or possible trademark/copyright violations).
MFM shall in no way be responsible for entries that are lost in transit, either via email or postal service. If we do not receive an entry before an established cutoff date, the entry will not be included in the contest. Also, if you do not submit both required versions, your entry will not be included.
How do I submit an entry?
To enter the contest, email your two files (the display and final entry) to email@example.com.
Thank you for your interest in the MFM T-Shirt Contest!