The Women & Planning Division (WPD) needs your help!

We are seeking talent(s) from our Division community who can create an innovative and professional branded design for products like shirts, mugs, etc.. Please read below for more details regarding design, contest rules, and submission requirements.

Design Contest: Official Rules

  • The object of this contest is to create a branded design for the Women & Planning Division of the American Planning Association.
  • Entries must incorporate the WPD logo (vector file available on request) and Division color (Hex Code #86354d).
  • The Contest is open only to individuals. The Contest is not open to companies, educational institutions, organizations, etc. or to groups associated with such institutions.
  • Contestants are permitted to work in groups; however, only one (1) prize will be awarded.
  • You do not need to be a member to participate, but preference may be given to member-submitted designs


The winning design will be announced in January 2022. The winning contestant will receive:

  • A WPD “swag set” featuring your design (including, but not limited to a t-shirt and travel mug)
  • $100 stipend
  • Complimentary ticket to the WPD Annual Reception at NPC22
  • Bragging rights to identify yourself as the designer!


How to Enter

  • The contest begins on November 1, 2021. Submissions will be accepted through November 30, 2021. Winners will be announced via our website, social media, and by direct contact to the winners’ email accounts. All entries must be submitted by email directly to Caroline Dwyer at for consideration and review as an official entry of the Contest. Entries must be submitted as a scalable vector graphic in .ai format AND as a JPG.
  • The submission email must include: the full name(s) of the person(s) who created the branded design, age, postal address, phone number, and email address of the individual submitting the entry.
  • No more than three (3) Entries may be submitted by any one individual.
  • Entries must conform to the Submission Guidelines set out below. Entries which fail to do so will be rejected.
  • The deadline for Entries is 11:59 PM on November 30, 2021.
  • We will attempt to acknowledge all entries within one week of receipt; however, we cannot be responsible for entries or responses lost in e-mail.
  • There is no fee to enter the Contest.


Submission Guidelines

  1. The purpose of the contest is to create a branded design for the Women & Planning Division of the American Planning Association. The branded design must be appropriate for a professional business setting.
  2. The will be used online, in print, and on merchandise. Flexibility is a key requirement, including the need to resize easily and to look good in black and white as well as in color. The final version of the logo will need to be suitable for high quality printing. It should be visually appealing on both small (as small as 2 cm x 2 cm) and large scales.
  3. The design must integrate the Division’s official APA logo.
  4. The design must integrate the following color (HEX color code #86354d) and also be useable in black/white.
  5. This image should not be photographic (see below for information on graphic formats).
  6. Designer is welcome to submit no more than two (2) variants of the design.
  7. Due to the requirements for high quality printing and re-sizing, entries must submitted in scalable vector graphic format. We advise against the use of halftones and gradients unless created inside a vector graphics program. Color in this version must be CMYK, no spot colors.
  8. If your submission exceeds 10Mb, even after compression, please send files individually and note clearly in your emails that you are doing so.
  9. To recap, each entry must consist of two (2) files: the basic logo, in .ai and JPG format. We are able to handle most common file compression formats.


Judging and Selection of Winner

  1. The winning design will be selected by the Executive Committee of the Women & Planning Division. Entries will be judged on their visual appeal, adherence to the concept prompting the contest, quality of design, and ease of reproduction for the purposes stated above.
  2. WPD reserves the right not to select a winner if, at its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.
  3. WPD reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant or Entry at its sole discretion. No correspondence shall be entered into.
  4. The winner will be notified via email and announced on WPD social media channels.


Intellectual Property

  1. All Entrants affirm their submissions are their own original work, have not been copied from others or from previous designs, including their own, and do not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.
  2. All Entries will become the sole property of WPD and may be used for any WPD purposes, including, but not limited to, display on websites and promotional materials.
  3. WPD shall have the right to adapt, edit, modify, or otherwise use the winning submission in part or in its entirety in whatever manner it deems appropriate.
  4. WPD reserves the right to choose not to use the winning entry as described in these contest guidelines.
  5. WPD reserves the right to use any other entry for promotional or business purposes in the future.


  1. WPD is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or otherwise unusable Entries, including entries that are lost or unusable due to computer, internet, or electronic problems.
  2. WPD reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest and award the prize by alternate means if fraud or technical failure is determined at any time, including after the submission window has closed.
  3. WPD is not liable, for the purpose of winner and prize notification and delivery, in the event the contest winner has provided incorrect, outdated, or otherwise invalid contact information.