T-Shirt Design Contest

Deadline for 2023 submissions is Feb 1st, 2023

Every year, participants in Battle of the Books have the opportunity to submit their fun, creative designs for a chance at having their design on all the competition t-shirts!

Teams will be able to purchase t-shirts for ~$7/shirt, customized with the name of the team on the back. The design winner of our T-shirt contest will receive recognition at our Readers' Celebration ceremony and on our website and their team will earn FREE t-shirts!

Our judge this year will be author & illustrator, Kristi Valiant, who lives in our very own Evansville area. She graduated from Columbia College of Arts & Design and has done illustrations for over 25 books. Learn more about her on her website: www.kristivaliant.com!


4th & 5th graders participating in (or trying out for) Battle of the Books are eligible.

How to Submit

Submit by email or by sharing on Google Drive. (By mail also possible-- please advise us if you are sending this way.)

T-Shirt Contest Guidelines

  • School appropriate

  • “Battle of the Books” clearly written somewhere in the design

  • Drawn by hand or digitally

  • No clipart or t-shirt website used

  • May not use or imitate images created by others (ex: clipart, covers to books, etc.)

  • One ink color

  • Should be a design that anyone participating in Battle of the Books would want to wear (So, school-specific or team-specific designs will not be competitive)

#1 Tip: Keep it Simple

This design needs to go well on a t-shirt, so keep it simple!

#2 Tip: Be creative! The actual design, the concept for each design, how the design elements (line, dominance, scale, space, shape, etc.) work together to create a piece and what piece best speaks to the Battle of the Books event will all be considered when choosing a winner for the t-shirt design contest.

#3 Tip: Submit by the deadline! (Coaches)

  • If your student is selected, be ready to provide to us: student’s first & last name, grade, and school name. If the student is willing to have their picture on our site, with parental permission, we would love to recognize them this way!

See past T-Shirt Design Contest Winners, here.