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Sesame Street Fan Design Contest

About The Contest

Can YOU tell us how to get to Sesame Street?! Chances are, if you're a breathing human, you can! For more than four unprecedented decades, the gang at Sesame Street have entertained and educated young children in a multitude of languages all over the world, making them a global formative experience - one which remains beloved well into adulthood, proven by how popular the characters remain in our online store! We can't resist the opportunity to team with our friends at Sesame Street on a contest in which you, the fans, can let your imaginations soar and show us through your artwork how much Sesame Street means to you. And the winning designs will not only get great prizes, but be made into officially licensed merchandise! Get those ideas going, we want to see your creativity shine - go for it, and good luck!




Caroll Spinney: Is the heart and soul of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since Sesame Street’s premiere in 1969. He loves working on “the Street.” Big Bird hit the road to China with Bob Hope in 1979, and has since danced with the Rockettes and prima ballerina, Cynthia Gregory. Sesame Street specials have taken Spinney to China, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom.  He has performed on various television shows, including 146 episodes of Hollywood Squares. Spinney also conducted symphony orchestras throughout the United States, Australia and Canada. En route, Big Bird has been feted with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, celebrated with his likeness on a U.S. postage stamp and as Big Bird, Spinney was named a “Living Legend” in 2000 by the Library of Congress. Spinney enjoys being a lecturer and has earned four honorary doctorates. He is also an accomplished author and artist, and co-authored and illustrated his autobiography, The Wisdom of Big Bird. Spinney starred in the much-loved feature film, Follow That Bird and takes great pride in his 2006 Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award, his five Emmys, two Gold Records and two Grammy honors. He is the 2003 recipient of the “Legacy for Children Award” and The Christopher’s James Keller Award in 2004. His life and career will be documented in the upcoming film I Am Big Bird.

Spinney and his wife, Debra, have been together for forty years; they have three children and four grandchildren.


David Rudman: Is a Sesame Street performer since 1985, bringing to life Baby Bear, Cookie Monster and Two-Headed Monster.   Rudman has received three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for his work on Sesame Street. He has performed in numerous television shows and specials from Saturday Night Live to the Colbert Report.   His film credits include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppets Take Manhattan, Labyrinth, Elmo in Grouchland and most recently, The Muppets (2011).  In addition to his work on Sesame Street, Rudman is also co-owner of Spiffy Pictures where he is co-creator, co-executive producer and director of Bunnytown on Disney Junior, and Jack's Big Music Show and Curious Buddies on Nick Jr.  Rudman recently co-produced and directed several web videos for Sesame Workshop including Cookie Monster Auditions for Saturday Night Live and Conversations with Bert.


How To Enter


-Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PST) on December 3, 2013.

-You may submit up to 5 entries per person

-All entries must be in one of the following file formats: GIF/PNG/JPG.

-By entering the contest (”Promotion”), you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, (a) the Official Rules and (b) Mighty Fine’s (”Sponsor”) decisions, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

-Please see the Terms of Service for more rules and regulations.


FAQ - To see our full set of Contest FAQ, please click here.

Q: The submission kit is not downloading.  I need help!
A: Please email [email protected].  We should be able to send you one directly.


Q: How many designs can I submit?
A: You may submit up to 5 entries per person


Q: What file format do you accept?
A: All entries must be in one of the following file formats: GIF/PNG/JPG


Q: Is it ok for me to promote my designs to people I know to come and help rate my designs?
A: We encourage every artist submitting to the contest to promote themselves and their designs to friends, family and followers.  Through our experience we have found that more ratings help determine what the fans really want as your winners!  So please promote yourselves!


Q: It’s been more than 2 business days and I don't see my design on the site.  What’s going on with my design?
A: We review every submission we get before they are made live for viewing and rating.  We sometimes reject designs for obvious reasons.  If you’ve done any of the following don’t even bother asking why your design was rejected.


- Your design has inappropriate materials.
- Your design uses other copy righted material.  This means you are using other people’s intellectual property in your design you do not have the right to.  NO MASH UPS!!!
- It’s not a design. A direct photograph or a scribble you just drew on a piece of paper is not considered a shirt design.


Q: I see people cheating.  What should I do?
A: Please email [email protected] detailing what you are suspecting.  More details you can give the better we can make our decision.



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