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Bookshop Santa Cruz's 2016 Design a Tote Bag Contest

We are looking for original designs that capture the community essence of Bookshop Santa Cruz, books, and reading on our 50th anniversary. The winning entry will be featured on our next official Bookshop Santa Cruz tote bag! The winning artist will receive a $250 gift certificate and five tote bags featuring their design. The artist who comes up with the winning design will not only get to see their artwork on the tote, but their name and design will be promoted extensively by Bookshop Santa Cruz and will be seen by tens of thousands through social media, email blasts to our subscribers, and in-store displays.

Basic Instructions and Guidelines:

We are looking for designs that represent and reflect Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz literary community, as well as our passion for books and the written word. This year, Bookshop is celebrating our 50th Anniversary and therefore want the design to celebrate this milestone in some way. This could include featuring the number 50, depicting 50 items, or showing then and now reading/Santa Cruz images. Please keep in mind that the winning design will be screen printed and that process favors bold lines and clean images for the best results. If you would like to, you can incorporate the Bookshop Santa Cruz logo (several versions are available for download). The contest is open to adults only--see the official rules document for more details.


Entry Preparation:

Designs may include line art, text, and original artwork, and are limited to a maximum of three ink colors.

Submissions must be your own artwork.

All entries must be submitted digitally through the entry form on our website. You must create a free acount with our website in order to submit your files.

If your design is chosen, we will require a high-resolution file in a vectored art format, however to enter the contest please submit a low-resolution (72dpi) jpg or pdf file. Please see the official rules document for further art specs.

You can submit as many designs as you would like.

No purchase is necessary to enter or win this contest.

Entries are limited to legal adults. The contest is void where prohibited.

Employees of Bookshop Santa Cruz (as well as their family members) are not eligible.

For inquires or questions, please email

By submitting a design to our contest you confirm that you have read and agree to contest terms as outlined in the official rules document.


Entry Deadline and Judging:

The deadline for submission is Sunday, April 24th.

Bookshop Santa Cruz will choose the finalists and then public voting will take place online and in the store. Final judging will take place by May 7th.


See the winners from 2015's Design a Tote Contest & 2014's Design a Tote Contest


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