Winter Carnival Poster & T-Shirt Contest

Dartmouth Winter Carnival has a long history of poster & t-shirt designs created by students based on the Winter Carnival theme. Each year during Winter Carnival weekend, merchandise can be purchased at the Collis Center Information Desk.

2020 Poster & T-shirt Contest Guidelines

  • Posters & T-Shirt design submissions should reflect and include the theme/title, "A Blizzard of Unbelievable Beasts" and may reference the tagline: "A Carnival of Cryptids"
  • This theme should be combined with a connection to Dartmouth and traditional winter events. The words "Dartmouth Winter Carnival" must appear somewhere on the poster & shirt design.
  • Designs MUST be original content and may not include trademarked or copywritten characters, names, or images. Most folklore creatures and concepts (e. g. bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, yeti, wendigo, et. al.) are public domain and permissible, provided they are not drawn on a version of these creatures protected by copyright. Clear parody may also be permissible. If you have any questions about whether your idea/design is permissible under this standard, please feel free to blitz [email protected] and we will be happy to review the design and advise you.    
  • Any medium is acceptable.
  • Posters should be created at 'poster size/proportions' (24" x 30" or 24" x 36") so that we do not need to blow up the poster and ruin the quality of your work. 
  • Digital designs can be saved at a smaller size for submission to reduce file size.
  • To keep the printing cost down, your t-shirt design may contain at most 2-3 colors.
  • You may submit more than one design.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, January 6th, 2020 by 11:59pm (the first day of winter term).

Contest Prizes

  • The chosen poster submission wins $400.
  • The chosen t-shirt design wins $250.

Submission Process

Designs may be submitted at this link or dropped of to 303.  If you drop off a poster, you must still fill out the form including a snapshot/scan of your submission.

Digital submissions should fit the following specifications:

  • 300 DPI, CMYK color
  • Digital designs can be saved at a smaller size for submission to reduce file size
  • Please submit a .jpg file (if selected, we will ask for your original file: .psd, .ai, etc.)

Posters/t-shirts should not infringe on any potential copyright issues. All imagery will be subject to approval. Please feel free to email us with specific questions about content violations.

Merchandise Sales

Winter Carnival Merchandise will be available for sale Wed-Sun of Winter Carnival while supplies last. Online orders are not available. Out-of-town poster sales/shipping are available through the Dartmouth Co-op.