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Ottawa Geek Market Sci-Fi Vs Fantasy Fall 2017 Event T-Shirt!

Thank you to all who entered our contest!


To help commemorate this fall’s ‘Sci-fi vs Fantasy’ theme we thought it’d be fun to run a t-shirt design contest. And guess what? The first place winner gets a FREE booth right at the front of the event to sell their geeky items! Think you’re up for the challenge? If so read on…


  • Artwork should be designed for a black T-shirt.
  • Artwork must reflect the ‘Sci-fi vs Fantasy’ theme.
  • All artwork must be original and not use licensed characters.
  • Artwork must include the words ‘vs’ or ‘Sci-fi vs Fantasy’.
  • We will not accept applications that include adult content, gore, or graphic language.
  • There’s no need to include the name of the event on the shirt as that will be included, along with the date on the back of each shirt.
  • Artwork should be created in CMYK with a maximum of six colors (including white). Different shades of the same color (e.g, dark green and light green) are considered separate colors. Black does not count toward the color limit.
  • Vector artwork is strongly preferred. File format must be high res (.eps, .jpg, .pdf, or .svg or .ai) at 300 dpi for the official file, however please be sure to include a .jpg or .pdf so our jury can view the file on the computer they’ll be assessing all applicants on.

Artwork that does not meet the specifications listed above will be disqualified from the contest.

Judging Criteria

All submissions will be judged on a variety of criteria including: the use of sci-fi and fantasy imagery, overall design, creativity, broadness of appeal, and meeting of all the specifications listed above. Submissions will be judged by a panel of artists and Geek Market staff.

Submission Method and Deadline

Submissions must be received by 11:59PM on July 26th, 2017. Entries sent after this time will not be accepted. Designs should be sent as an e-mail attachment to contest@geekmarket.ca. The e-mail body should include the following:

  • Full Name
  • E-mail Address
  • Phone Number
  • Studio Name/company name (if you have one)
  • Website or portfolio URL (if you have one so we can link to it if you are one of our three winners)

We will only accept a maximum of 3 designs per artist, however you must submit each design via a new email.

Winner Announcement and Prize

The winners will be announced on or before August 6th, 2017. The winners of our T-shirt contest will receive the following:

First Place Winner

  • One FREE 6′ deep by 8′ wide booth, with draping, at the very front of the event to sell their geeky items. The winner will need to abide by the event’s Exhibitor Terms and Conditions in order to be eligible for the booth.
  • 2 exhibitor passes.
  • 2 t-shirts.
  • Promotion on Geek Market social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and our website.

Second Place Winner

  • $50 gift card for the Ottawa Geek Market.
  • 4 weekend passes.
  • Promotion on Geek Market social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and our website.

Third Place Winner

  • $25 gift card for the Ottawa Geek Market.
  • 2 weekend passes.
  • Promotion on Geek Market social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and our website.


Please note that the first place winning artwork will become the property of Geek Market Incorporated to be used to promote the event, the ‘Sci-fi vs Fantasy’ theme, and t-shirt sales at the fall 2017 event. The Geek Market reserves the right to make modifications to the winning design to meet printing requirements.

All profits made by the sale of the t-shirts at the fall 2017 Geek Market will be donated to our receiving charity (charity to be announced in the coming weeks). That’s right your design will be helping raise money for a great charity!


If you have any questions feel free to contact Erica at contest@geekmarket.ca and she’ll be happy to help!