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Poster Design Contest 2018

Official Rules

1. Basic Information


The contest is open to all National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) member students. All entries should be submitted on an individual basis. No shared work is allowed.

Entry Limit

Up to two posters per student.

Entry Deadline

Entries must be submitted to the NSDA by Friday, December 29, 2017.

Poster Design Contest

The entry form is now closed. The winning design will be announced January 5, 2018!

2. Poster Requirements


Design or propose a poster to encourage and promote a celebration of National Speech and Debate Education Day (March 2, 2018). All subject matter must be in good taste.


Poster designs should contain:

  • the name of the day and/or our official NSDE Day logo
  • National Speech and Debate Education Day

  • the following tagline, in full or in part:
  • Celebrating educators. Inspiring students. Transforming tomorrow.

  • the date:
  • March 2, 2018

A small credit line with the student’s name is allowed.

Poster Size

Poster can be horizontal or vertical, measuring 8.5” x 11″.


Any mixed media suitable for reproduction as a poster is allowed, including computer-generated graphics. Posters must be two-dimensional. All posters must be original art. No trademarked or copyrighted images or phrases should be used, with the exception of the NSDA logo, if applicable.

Submission Format

Digital designs should be submitted as a 300 dpi JPG or PDF. If submitting a traditional painting or drawing, it should be scanned and sent as a 300 dpi JPG or PDF.


One winner will be chosen by a panel of NSDA judges and announced by January 5, 2018.

The winning poster design may be displayed at the NSDA, reproduced on the official NSDA website,, and on NSDA social media channels at the sole discretion of the NSDA. The NSDA will assume full ownership of the content, including any profits if the poster is ever associated with a sale.


3. Rights

All winning entries become the property of the NSDA.

Except as used by the NSDA, all artists, including the winner, will retain the rights to their work. Entry in the contest constitutes full permission to publish names and photos of winners without further compensation. The determination of eligibility of entries and any interpretation of these rules is at the sole discretion of the NSDA, and shall be final and binding upon all entrants.

By participating, the entrant agrees to abide by and be bound by these rules.

Download Our Logo

If you’d like to incorporate the official logo for National Speech and Debate Education Day into your poster design, click the image to download a high-resolution, transparent PNG file.