Announcing the A&E Coffee Bag Label Contest!

February 13, 2013

Are you an aspiring illustrator? Promising painter? So-so sketcher? Then this contest is for you!

A&E Coffee Roastery is seeking an artist to create the label art for its special “Earth Day Blend.” For six weeks, from April 1 until May 15, A&E will sell this blend in its stores and online, and your art can be its label!

If gets even better! The winning entrant will be able to choose a non-profit where $2 from every bag sold will go. In addition, A&E will match this donation, so for every bag of Earth Day Blend sold, $4 will be donated to the non-profit of the artist’s choosing.

How to enter

From 9 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2013, until 5 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2013, you can submit your Earth Day-themed artwork via our A&E Facebook page or at the A&E Coffee website. Please make sure that your submission follows the guidelines below:

Acceptable file types

Preferred file format for electronic files is PDF. When generating your PDF, please ensure you have selected options/settings for press quality. All fonts must be properly embedded and images of high resolution, having an effective resolution of 300 dpi or greater.

We can also accept native or source files created in InDesign CS5, QuarkXPress 6.1, Illustrator CS5 and Photoshop CS5 (PSD or TIF). Please include all font files (or convert fonts to outlines) and supporting graphics used in your label when sending native files.

Artwork should be CMYK. You may also include PMS colors in your graphics, although PMS colors will be run as 4-color process.

Trim size is 3” wide by 4” high. Please include 0.125” of bleed in your artwork

Unacceptable file types

We cannot accept: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft PowerPoint or CorelDraw files. Images copied from the web are also not acceptable, as their print reproduction is poor.

The contest

From 9 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013, you can vote once per day for the label of your choice. Remember, 15 days means 15 chances to vote!

On Monday, March 18, 2013, A&E will announce the winner and, on Monday, April 1, 2013, A&E will release the official Earth Day Blend coffee, sporting the winning label.

If you have any questions about this event – whether how to enter or how to vote, please feel free to contact us at and we can help you out. Please also look at our Official Rules for more details.

So get the right side of your brain in high gear and bring the artsy; your masterpiece could become our label!

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