T-Shirt Design Contest

Deadline for 2024 submissions is Feb 1st, 2024

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 Julia Starr, who has a B.S. in Studio Art and a minor in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Evansville and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Check out some of the work she has done on her website, here: www.illustrationswithjulia.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

#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)

See past T-Shirt Design Contest Winners, here.