The Big 2023 Design Contest – Take Part & Win

Who’s lurking in the vastness of space? May it just be the first design contest of the year? Come along and find out!

Long time no see! Feel like locking horns with fellow designers? Then the 2023 Star Academy competition will take you to the arena. And one thing’s for sure: we look forward to nothing but the most exciting designs in the entire Spreadshirt universe. We’ll tell you everything you need to know right here.

The theme of our 2023 design contest: GOTHIC AESTHETIC

Tag it! The contest keyword: gothiccontest2023

Timeline & important dates 

08.05.2023. Start of the design contest
22.05.2023. (by 23:59) Entry Deadline
31.05.2023. Announcement of the 20 finalists and start of internal voting (selection of the Top 10)
13.06.2023. Voting Deadline
14.06.2023. Announcement of the Winners

Congratulations to our Top 10!

Our Spreadshirt employees have voted and the voting results are finally in! We’re proud to present you our Top 10 of Darkness:

  1. The White Crow designed by Monsieur Mouton
  2. Dark visions designed by jo bullfinch
  3. Gothic Girl designed by kimprut
  4. Raven with Rosary designed by MadoDesignShop
  5. Aesthetics Gothic Skull Girl Femme Fatale designed by Sinus Herbst
  6. Gothic Garden – Black Plants designed by
  7. Mr. Smart Darkness designed by PONCE AND BANANA
  8. The awakening of Catleman Jack designed by Fluse-san
  9. Cat-a-combs designed by Lucky State
  10. Goth girl with raven – Witch with raven designed by Hopfauf

Congratulations to Our Gloomy Top 20 finalists

We thank you for your overwhelming participation in the design contest – and we can hardly believe our luck. Over a hundred exciting designs were submitted to us, and these gloomy treasures were voted into the Top 20:


1. Why should I take part?

We see countless creative and stunning designs every day. Thanks to the contest, your creations have a chance to get a proper marketing boost and – after a period of spacy limbo – hit the ground running.

On the plus side, this little contest is bound to push the boundaries of creativity to new levels. The more creative your content, the better your chances of moving up to a higher star class. In turn, this will also increase the visibility of your designs and your sales.

Oh, and just think of the cash prizes, campaign features and vouchers up for grabs. More of that can be read up on in item #4 of this message.

2. How can I take part?

Art is long, life is short. Here’s the lowdown:

  • The design contest takes place in the EU only
  • Each participant may submit only ONE design. If we receive several designs from one person, only your first design counts.
  • Only designers of Star Classes 3, 4 & 5 are entitled to participate.
  • The participating design must be uploaded within two weeks (14 days) after the start of the contest.
  • The design must be tagged with the contest keyword to be considered by the jury. The keyword will be announced with the design contest theme and can also be found on the design contest page.
  • Designs uploaded before the contest start date will not be considered by our jury.
  • For more information, please see the attached terms and conditions below.

The contest will start with the announcement of the design contest theme and then last for two weeks (14 days). We will update this page as soon as there’s news about the contest. You’ll find the most important info at the top of the page. Please keep checking back!

And as always, by participating in our design contest, you automatically accept our terms and conditions as well as our privacy policy.

3. How are the winners selected?

Step 1: Our design experts will review each and every design of thousands of submissions. Then they’ll select the top 20 based on the following criteria:

  • The effect on the product: does the design come out well on a Spreadshirt product?
  • Relation to the topic: how relevant and appropriate is the design for the competition?
  • Very important – creativity: is the design unique and original?
  • Art is about skill: does the design show solid creative skills?

The jury will award points for each criterion on a scale of 0 to 3. This means that a design can receive a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 12 points from each jury member. To determine the total score, the points awarded by all jury members will be added up.

Step 2: The three winners will be determined by an internal vote of Spreadshirt employees, who will evaluate each of the 20 selected designs.

The first three places will go to those whose respective design received the highest rating. The top 10 designs are also determined according to the evaluation of results.

The Top 20 finalists and the Top 10 winners will be announced publicly one by one, right here on this page and by e-mail.

4. What can I win?

  • The 20 finalists will be presented on a webpage that we’re going to promote as well as in the newsletter
  • The top 10 will additionally be featured on Instagram and in a paid marketing campaign via social media, eligible for a Spreadshirt €25 voucher
  • The top 3 winners will be featured on our blog and will receive these prizes:
  • 1st place: cash prize of €150 AND feature in one of our biggest campaigns, the T-shirt of the week!
  • 2nd place: cash prize of €100
  • 3rd place: cash prize of €70

See Terms of Participation

We can’t wait to take a closer look at all the creative designs. As always, we’re waiting for your questions and comments about the contest on the forum or in the comments.

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