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Steampunk Design Contest

About The Contest

Here at WeLoveFine we are enormous fans of steampunk art and design, and we know there is huge support for the genre among our customers. So we felt it was time to offer our fellow steampunk lovers the chance to get in on the steam engine and brass-goggled action! All styles of art are welcome, so long as they incorporate the steampunk genre in the design.


We are open for submissions from now through October 3. From October 6 - 24, voting takes place here on, and the results will inform our decisions; you could win free gift coupons or a grand prize of up to $2,000 cash! Also a chance to get your design printed on tees!


About our Guest Judges:

G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker and MC. He is one of the most recognizable figures in the steampunk literary genre and subculture; his debut novel, The Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies has just been released to rave reviews. Other fiction includes The Strange Case of Mr. Salad Monday, and the serials An Unfortunate Engagement and The Mask of Tezcatlipoca. His work has appeared in Steampunk Tales, Steampunk Magazine, and various anthologies such as Footprints andSteampunk Reloaded. He has also appeared in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle,, and New York Magazine. He is the lead writer for AIR, a steampunk-themed video game currently in development from Hatboy Studios, Inc.  (Photo by Anna Fischer)

Read more about him at
Also, read G.D.'s article at on "Steampunk 101"


Evelyn Kriete is an editor, artist, fashion designer, and social media manager. She has worked closely with various media outlets during their coverage of steampunk, including The New York Times, MTV, NHK, NBC and the San Francisco Chronicle. She co-produces Dorian's Parlor in Philadelphia and is the co-founder of Gilded Age Records. She works with a number of film and television projects, includingWar of the Worlds: Goliath, and is the creative director for Steampunk Tales magazine, a fashion designer for Galley Serpentine, and a curator for Maker Faire New York.

Read more about her at


How To Enter

1. Do: Make something original. Research to make sure your idea isn't already out there. 

2. Do: Make stylized art! Get inspiration by steampunk but make the design in your own style!

3. Do: Have fun and be creative!

4. Don't: Submit similar versions of the same design. Sometimes people submit the same design, but with small changes. This will only divide your votes and hurt your chances of winning rather than help it.

5. Don't: Use any copyrighted, 3rd party or inappropriate materials.  This contest is to submit art designs to be officially licensed.  If it is too obscene or mixes 3rd party, or copyrighted materials, it will NOT be approved.

6. Don't: Use any original artwork from steampunk (or any other artists) as a part of your design. All design should be your own creation.


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


Q: The submission kit is not downloading.  I need help!

A: Click HERE to download our submission kit directly or email us [email protected]to send you one directly.

Q: What are the three "Additional Design Images" for?
A: One upload should be JUST the design itself so we can see it clearly. The other images, if you choose to upload them, can be other images of your design. Please remember that each design should be its OWN submission so don't use them to upload multiple designs.

Q: I'm having trouble uploading my images for my submission. What's going on?
A: Please make sure that each image is exactly 1000x1000px JPG, GIF or PNG and each image MUST be under 2MB.


Q: How many designs can I submit?
A: For most contests you can submit up to 10 designs unless otherwise stated.


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


Q: If I am a finalist, how large does my high-res art need to be?
A: We recommend that your file is done 15in by 19in at 300 dpi or as close to it as your art program can handle.  If your artwork is too small, it won't work on a tee-shirt and it can hurt your chances of winning.


Q: Is it ok for me to promote my designs to people I know to come and help rate my designs?
A: YES!! 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 us determine what the fans really want as winners!  So please feel free to 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 will make every attempt to review submissions within 2 business days.  Please know, if you’ve done any of the following we will not accept the design into the contest and you may not be notified.

- Your design has inappropriate materials or elements.
- 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!
-You've used a design created by someone else as your own.
- 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.


Prize Info