Creative Guidelines  
As a creative here on HatchWise you do have certain responsibilities. Please read through the guidelines below and the general community guidelines as well.
1.
Only post ORIGINAL work
 
No clipart, period. If it isn't yours, don't submit it. If you did not come up with 100% of the artwork from your own brain, than it isn't yours. The obvious exception to this is when the customer is providing a sketch or example that they want copied. Just ask yourself before you submit an entry "did I really make this?"
2.
Be on your best behaviour
 
Remember: many contests get alot of entries and it can take alot of time for the contest holder to comment on each entry. Even if you don't like what they say about your designs or disagree with them there is no need to get rude. Fee free to report the contest to Admin if you feel it is being grossly mishandled, but we do ask that you refrain from lashing out verbally.
3.
Make sure your designs are not offensive
 
Please make sure that your designs do not incorporate or include anything that could be construed as rude, offensive, or illegal by anyone. People from all backgrounds, religons and ethnic groups take part here on HatchWise and we want to make it a friendly place for all of us.
4.
Read the Design Brief carefully
 
Take the time to read the Design Brief in full, and if you still have questions you can ask the Contest Holder by posting a comment on the Contest Detail page. Creating a design that is in line with what the Contest Holder is asking for is the best way to ensure that you have a decent chance at winning the contest!
5.
Deliver the correct files when you win a contest
 
Pay really, really close attention to the email that you get when you win a contest. You need to deliver the exact files that are requested in the email or you may end up not getting the prize credited to your account. The files that you will need to deliver if you win are: The original, layered source file for the winning logo, with all fonts converted to shapes, as well as versions of the logo in the following formats: .jpg, .gif, .png, .tiff, eps and .pdf.
6.
Watermark your entries
 
We strongly recommend that you lightly watermark each entry before submitting it to a contest. This not only keeps honest contest holders honest but gives you peace of mind that no one else is using your designs as well.
7.
Do not spam or harass people
 
Spamming or harassing people, wether by PM or contest discussion will result in immediate account termination. There is no excuse. Period.
8.
Private Messages are not entirely private
 
For several reasons, including those mentioned above (do not spam or harass people), Admin are cc'ed on each Private Message. Please make sure that you do not put anything in a private message that you do not want a third party to see. This is done to ensure the safety and integrity of the community. If you have a problem with it, well, no one's forcing you to use the PM system!
9.
Transferring ownership of your winning entry
 

Once a Contest Holder has selected your entry as a winner and paid the prize in full, you are required to upload the completed logo and transfer full ownership of the completed design to the Contest Holder .

This transfer of ownership consists of the following (from the Terms and Conditions): "...(transferring to the contest holder) a royalty-free, irrevocable exclusive worldwide right to use "completed artwork" in any way whatsoever, you (the designer) retain the rights to display the work in your portfolio and advertising as an example of the work you do.

10.
If you don't like our rules or our mission, please don't participate
 

A lot of thought and time has gone into the design, development and implementation of this site, and if you have a problem with any of the rules (which we think are pretty reasonable) or just don't like the idea of a logo design contest in general, then we ask that you please not participate.

If you have a serious concern or a problem or an argument against logo design contests that you just have to share, then please contact us, we are more than happy to hear your thoughts and will give them some real consideration and a human response.