2023 BGS Summer Contest!

Create your inner Owl!

Visit our Mood Board!

Handmade OWL Contest!

This summer we are sponsoring a contest honoring and celebrating the Owl! Owls are fierce, majestic, wise and also adorable. They are also elusive and nocturnal, so let's bring them into the spotlight! Please send us an original handmade owl, owlet, owl nest or anything owlish. You can also decide to make owl prey…


What Counts as an Owl? We are looking for beautiful, colorful, interesting owls or parts of owls (eyes, feathers, feet) as well as all the other creatures that may live close to owls in the forest. If you want to go microscopic that is ok too! Submissions must be 3-D. Size is not important although it would be nice for them to be big enough so we can see and appreciate detail. They may be knit, sewn, crocheted, felted, quilted, knotted, embroidered and molded out of any fiber. Ceramic and/or mixed media is ok too. We are looking for the most interesting, mysterious, sparkling, magical work you can dream up. In creating…let’s be grateful for the amazing world of wildlife that lives in the forest. For inspiration, I have put together a mood board here: https://pin.it/4AWDF5B

Call for Entries:

First 3 entries get a free Brooklyn General t-shirt. Entries can be hand delivered or mailed to Brooklyn General Store, 128 Union St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231. They may come from any part of the world. Artwork will be judged on originality, craftsmanship, and all-around exotic beauty.

Dates and Deadlines:

Call for entries begin June 1st! Contest ends September 30th, 2023 (You have all summer!) and all art must be received by that date. The owls will be kept on display in the shop until the end of October. Winning pieces will be announced in our newsletter and on IG and FB the week following the end of the contest with links to winner’s IG if desired. (be sure to include IG address with your entry if you would like us to post this info).

Rules & Restrictions:

All work must be hand made by the participant. Youth entries must be made with minimal parent involvement. All work must be self-designed. You can submit up to three works. If you want your entry returned you must include a self-addressed, appropriately sized, padded envelope/box with the correct postage already on it. Postage for the return of entries will be the sole responsibility of the participant. There is no insurance on return shipping and safe delivery of wayward work is not guaranteed. Entries to be picked up in person must be reclaimed by November 15, 2023. If you would like your work to be entered into our auction, please let us know. Auction will be scheduled for November 15st and all proceeds from the auction will be donated to our scholarship fund for textile arts education. If your work does not sell in the auction it will be returned to you.


Judging will be held the first week of October and winners will be announced that week.
1st Prize: $75 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate.
2nd Prize: $50 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate.
3rd Prize: $25 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate.
Youth Prizes (0-15 yrs): Two entries will be awarded one $20 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate.

I hope you are as excited about this as I am! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!