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“Superheroes” T-Shirt Design Contest 2020

June 2, 2020

Dog howling in hero cape

Superheroes wear masks to protect their communities

About the Contest

FORGE’s 2020 T-Shirt design contest theme is “Superheroes!” During this time of COVID-19, so many people are working tirelessly for their communities, including healthcare workers, food service workers, those offering social services, and community advocates and activists. Let’s celebrate everything they do to protect us! In our day-to-day lives, each of us is a superhero when we make choices to support and protect our communities. When we wear masks to the grocery store, spend time with friends over Zoom instead of in-person, donate to food pantries or other local causes, show up to protest police brutality and racial injustice, spread awareness, and so much more, we are making heroic choices. We are also our own superheroes when we prioritize our mental and physical health! Even while masked, we recognize one another as community superheroes.

Be part of the visible superhero movement by creating and submitting a T-shirt design for this year’s theme!  We are looking for eye-catching, readable, creative designs that will radiate this year’s theme and look great on a T-shirt. Artists should feel free to rework the exact wording of the theme to better fit your design. (Keep in mind that designs need to be printable in single color for the T-shirts, but we welcome the same design in color to be used in other print and online materials.)


Submissions must be received on or before July 1st, 2020

The 3 best entries will be chosen as finalists and will be highlighted on the FORGE website and on social media.

  • 1st place winner: 2 T-shirts with the winning design and $75 gift card.
  • 2nd place: 1 T-shirt with the winning design and $25 gift card.
  • 3rd place: 1 T-shirt with the winning design.


Entries should be emailed to

You can also submit through an online form at:



  1. All entries must be received (electronically time-stamped) before 11:59pm CT July 1st, 2020. All entries must be submitted with a signed waiver (below). (Online waiver and submission form at
  2. Design submissions should be printable in single color, although multi-color
    submissions are welcomed (and may be used on printed materials other than T-shirts).
  3. Designs will only be accepted electronically ( or through the online form should be in one of the following formats: .eps, .pdf, .tiff, .ai, or high resolution .jpg.
  4. The 1st place design (or any part of it) may be used in promotions, material, literature, handouts, posters, and/or T-shirts.
  5. All finalists will be notified (by email) prior to the public announcement of the winner.




I                                                        (name) understand the above rules and conditions of the FORGE “Superheroes” 2020 T-shirt design contest. If my design is chosen, I release full rights of my artwork/design to FORGE and acknowledge that FORGE may use my design on any literature, material, T-shirts, posters, social media, trainings, or FORGE website.

Name to be included on website if in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place:                                                                            

___ Please don’t include my name on the website


Where we can send your T-shirt if you win!

Name (for mailing):                                                                                                                                                    


City:                                                                                            State:                               Zip Code:                        

Phone:                                                                                      Email:                                                                         

Signature:                                                                                Date:                                                                           


Submissions must be received on or before July 1st, 2020

Submit your waiver and design by email to: