Create Designs Inspired by the

BIC® Cristal® Pen

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January 05, 2015 11:59 P.M. PDT

Cash Award

  • Grand Prize $1,000.00 USD
  • First Prize $750.00 USD
  • Second Prize $500.00 USD

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Artwork Specs

  • Your file should be at least 9" x 9" and have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi
  • Accepted file formats: .JPG, .JPEG, .TIF, .TIFF, .EPS, .PNG
  • .TIFF (or .TIF) formats should be flattened
  • .EPS formats must have all type converted to vector paths (traced or outlined)
  • RGB colorspace only
  • Max file size is 60mb

Calling all artists, designers, doodlers, and scribblers!

BIC is calling on you to create a fun, new design inspired by a Ballpoint Pen, such as the BIC® Cristal® Ball Pen! One Grand prize winner will receive $1,000; One First prize: $750; and One Second prize: $500.

Entries may be displayed on any of BIC’s websites such as, and/or the BIC Pen Pals Facebook page. Winning designs may also be featured on BIC product packaging.

A panel of BIC design gurus will select the winners and all eligible entries will be judged based on the following equally weighted criteria: Creativity, Visual Appeal, Fit with the Brand, Skill & Technique. You can vote for your favorites but please note, voting will have no impact on the judging.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest open only to registered members of Creative Allies who are 18+ and who are physically located and reside in the 50 U.S. & D.C. Winners must agree to sign a Transfer of Rights and Assignment Agreement and other required documents to receive a prize. Contest begins on November 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM PST and ends on January 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST.  Void where prohibited.

View the Submission Guidelines and full Official Contest Rules here.


Suggested Theme & Style Guidelines

We're looking for any sort of doodle, sketch, outline, design, cartoon, or handwritten word or phrase, whatever you can possibly think of using any color or point size ballpoint pen such as the iconic BIC® Cristal® Ball Pen as your aesthetic motivation. Just make sure your artwork showcases the freedom and expressive nature of the pen!


It is important to show the judges what is possible with a simple ballpoint pen. Therefore your entry must be hand drawn with a pen and then scanned in to be eligible to win. Do not underestimate the power of the ballpoint pen! 

Things You Need To Include

  • Your design must be made by hand with a ballpoint pen. Only designs created with a ballpoint pen will be eligible to win;
  • If words are used they must be in English;
  • The winning designer(s) should be able to submit a layered file (.psd, .eps, .ai) of the winning design;
  • Must be an original unique creation and design; and
  • Only residents of the 50 United States and D.C. and who are 18 or older are eligible to win

Things You Should Avoid

  • DO NOT use stock images or clip art;
  • Respect copyrights and trademarks. DO NOT submit designs that violate or infringe another’s rights;
  • Absolutely NO photos; and
  • Artwork previously submitted in a promotion of any kind or that has been exhibited or distributed previously in any media