The contest is open to all artists who are WetCanvas members in good standing.* All works must be original. Work previously published at the time of submission to this contest in a national publication or offered for sale elsewhere in the final medium of the contest is not eligible.
In addition to the WetCanvas User Agreement, you are responsible for your own designs that you submit, and the consequences of posting or publishing them. By submitting your designs, you assert that they are your original work(s) and that you own the copyright to the work(s). You retain all of your ownership rights over your designs. However, by submitting your designs to the WetCanvas Design Contest, you hereby grant WetCanvas a worldwide, royalty-free, right and license to use, reproduce, display & sell the work(s) according to the format & needs of the WetCanvas Design Contest. And since each WetCanvas user may submit up to 2 designs, if 2 of the user's designs are selected to be among the final 5 winning designs, the user will still be awarded one prize package. Artists can win only one contest per year.
What this means, in plain English:
This is a design contest for WetCanvas, and it will highlight the works of some of the amazingly talented artists among us. You may only submit designs that are your own & which do not violate anyone else's copyright. According to the format of the contest, the best of these designs, as determined by popular vote, shall be turned into t-shirts (or whatever the medium of the contest is at the time), which will be for sale via WetCanvas. To reward the winning designs/artists, winners will receive prizes worth more than $300.00, and other honors (such as being highlighted in the WetCanvas Monthly Newsletter & other community-wide announcements). You are free to re-use & re-publish your designs in any format other than the final medium of the contest. (For example, in a contest to produce a new WetCanvas t-shirt, you cannot go on to produce and sell the same design on a t-shirt elsewhere, however, you are perfectly welcome to create and sell prints or paintings of the design.) Of course, in case the popular vote results in more than one design by a single artist making it into the top 5 designs, the artist will still be awarded one prize package, and artists can only win one contest per year.
You may earn a 15% royalty on any sales that you make, by posting your own Zazzle affiliate links to any of the WetCanvas Design Contest's winning entries (i.e. the items for sale in the WetCanvas Design Shop. You can click here to sign up for Zazzle's affiliate program & learn more about how you can earn a commission on sales from your own blog, website, etc.
* Employees of F+W Media, Inc., and their immediate families, are not eligible. And if you're currently a banned member on WetCanvas, sorry, but you cannot participate in the contest.