As its done in recent years, the design of the official Iron Maiden xmas card open to everyone. This is the card that gets sent to FC members and to friends of the band.
Each year, the standard has been amazingly high and itвЂ™s been a real challenge to choose a winner.
Send us your designs - conforming to the specifications below - and the winner will be picked by Rod, be printed and sent to loads of people. The winner will get a credit on the card and a signed Derek Riggs print (and some other goodies). Iron Maiden will also award prizes to any runners up we particularly like, and even if your card isn't chosen to be printed the favourites В will be used on the official website throughout December.
Your design needs to be A5 size (about 21 by 15 cm) - it's up to you which way round it goes (portrait or landscape). The picture is entirely up to you.
Now here's the important stuff - as the design will be printed, you need to make sure you have a high-resolution image that you can send if your card is chosen. If you're hand painting or drawing, no problem, but if you're creating your design from scratch in Photoshop or whatever, please make sure you do it at 600dpi and not at the lower resolution you'd use for things that are going to be displayed only on a monitor. Keep the original in a very safe place, and send us a copy.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN
Please send in your submissions as lower-resolution JPEG or GIF images вЂ" DonвЂ™t send the huge hi-res file until we choose the winner.
Please make sure that you name your file with your own name - eg. JimSmith.jpg
Email you entries to this address, title your email 'XMAS CARD' and please make sure you include your contact details.
This competition is open to everyone - fanclub members and non-fanclub members.
Closing date for entries is 15th October, The winner wil announced within a couple of weeks of that date (sometimes decisions are hard to make!) Good luck!