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What is The Design-A-Throw Contest

Design-A-Throw Competition is a nationwide pattern design competition open to college and university students enrolled in a graphic design, fashion, interior design, textile or any other related field. Every Spring and Fall semester, students can submit a Maximum of 5 designs that fit the competition themes, which change each school year. Cash prizes are awarded to the top nine designs, worth $1,000, $500, and $200. The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000, plus a luxurious, jaquard knit throw blanket of their design.

DATC is Sponsored By Denali® Home Collection

Denali® Home Collection is a division of Monterey Mills, a major manufacturer of pile and fleece products with over 60 years of producing quality products. Denali's passion for quality is evident in the meticulous detail we put into making our fabric, and in the array of patterns and colors intricately woven into each and every item we make. All of our items are 100% made in America. Our close-knit team produces all of our fabric in house, in our Wisconsin and North Carolina plants. And we cut and sew every item by hand.

Incorporate DATC Into Your Classroom Curriculum

Schools can participate and receive scholarship donations by incorporating the competition into their curriculum as a classroom assignment. Professors that do this will receive a $500 scholarship donation to their program, department or college from the Denali Home Collection and Monterey Mills. Past participating schools have used this money to purchase additional equipment and otherwise re-invest in the program.

20 School Donations Available

The Fall entry deadline is December 1, 2017. Monterey Mills will award up to (20) $500 scholarship/donations to qualifying schools during the 2017 calendar year on a first-come, first-serve basis. A minimum of ten students must submit entries to be eligible. Only one $500 scholarship/donation per department for each school.

Contact to confirm your participation or have any questions answered.

Eligible student programs:
Any U.S. university or college program/class instructing students in textile, fashion, interior design, graphic design or a related field.

Professors – keep in mind our upload for artwork runs slowly the few days prior to the deadline of 12/1/2017. We suggest you encourage your students to enter early!


Please read the following information carefully before registering for our 2017 Design-A-Throw Contest.

2017 Design Concept

Students can chose from two holiday themes. They create either “Halloween” or “Valentine’s Day” themed print designs for a Home Furnishing line of throws. The top designers win large cash prizes and the winning print designs will be featured in a future Denali® Home Collection by Monterey Mills.

Student Assignment

Can you design a print for a home furnishing throw? Students may enter a maximum of 5 print designs. Each print must have a maximum of 4 colors. White and black are colors. Visit to explore the current catalog of prints. Be creative in layout design! All 2017 entries must have either a “Valentine’s Day” or “Halloween” Theme!


A total of $3,500 in cash prizes will be awarded to winning students. The entries will be judged by Denali’s Management Team. The judging criteria is based on adherence to the theme, originality of print, creativity, layout of print on a 60 x 70”and 50 x 60” throw and the design’s appeal to Denali’s customer base.


♦ (1) Grand Prize: $1,000
♦ (3) 2nd Place Awards: $500 each
♦ (5) 3rd Place Awards: $200 each
♦ Honorable Mentions: We have the option of granting any number of Honorable Mentions and awarding prizes for them.

Eligible Students

Any college student enrolled in a 2017 Spring or Fall Semester of any textile, fashion, interior design, graphic design, or any related program in the United States, and who will be at least 18 years of age at the time of entry, will be eligible to participate.

Department Scholarships

Any college or university department, program or professor interested in learning more about our $500 scholarship should review “20 Scholarship Opportunities” below. Scholarships will be awarded in March of 2018.

Steps to Enter Contest

♦ Register & submit artwork using our REGISTER & SUBMIT ARTWORK form (accessible below or from top navigation menu). Contact information must be correct in January 2018, when winners are announced.
♦ All artwork should be on a hand-drawn board, jpeg file, bmp file or Adobe Illustrator or pdf digital file. These files will be submitted digitally during Registration. Each digital artwork file must be under 2 MB. The actual outline of the throw design will be proportional to a 60″x70″ throw which is approximately 8.5″x10″.
♦ Please make sure your School Advisor is present while registering. Our form requires his/her digital signature (for proof of your current school status).


♦ Any college student enrolled in a 2017 Spring or Fall Semester of any textile, fashion, interior design, graphic design, or any related program in the United States, and who will be at least 18 years of age at the time of entry, will be eligible to participate.
♦ All entries must be submitted by and represent the original work of a student as described above.
♦ Winners will be judged on originality of print, creativity, layout of print on 60” x 70” throw and Denali’s ability to market the design to its current and future customer bases.
♦ All original artwork must be professionally presented.
♦ All Students must work within specific deadlines, criteria and entry requirements established by Denali® Home Collection.
♦ Entry constitutes permission to use winners’ names and photographs of the design entries for press, web exposure and marketing on behalf of Monterey Mills.
♦ Prizes are non-transferable.
♦ All decisions made by judges are final and may not be disputed.
♦ Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
♦ All entries will not be returned, but will be showcased at Monterey Mills headquarters. For return requests please contact –
♦ All designs that do not win a prize will be re-released to students following the completion of the competition in March 2018.


May 30, 2017: Spring Semester entry deadline.
December 1, 2017: Fall entries must be postmarked by this date to be considered.
December 21, 2017: 2017 student finalists will be contacted and announced online. All designs will be viewable online.
March 2018 date TBD: Winning prizes will be assigned to all finalists and scholarship donations will be distributed to participating schools that have completed the competition.
March 31, 2018: Denali® Home Collection will release back to the students all the designs that have not been awarded a prize or honorable mention.
Keep in mind website and upload for artwork runs slowly the few days prior to the deadline of 12/1/17. We suggest you enter early!


♦ Designs are Limited to a Maximum of 4 Colors
♦ Up to 4 colors can be knitted into designs.
♦ We can match PMS colors or swatches. ♦ Background is one color.
♦ White and black are colors.


♦ “Birdseye” can be used to create additional colors. Every other stitch is a different color.
♦ This gives the EFFECT of more than 4 colors.
♦ Other patterns or textures are also used to give shadowing and dimension to the print.
♦ The image to the left is an example of the “5th Color” Birdseye.
♦ The colors used are: Sunset, Black, Pine, and Merlot.

Past Years’ Winners


From Our Blog

Take a peek at some of our recent blog posts, and make sure to stay tuned. We will keep you updated on deadlines, and any announcements we have!

Let’s Get In Touch

Please contact us with questions.

Below are several ways of reaching out.


1725 E. Delavan Dr Janesville, WI 53546


(608) 373-2953

Contact Form

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Contact Us With Any Questions


1. I am entering four designs. Do I need four separate registration forms?
Each student may upload up to 5 designs per student per calendar year. These can all be submitted with a single registration form.

2. Are white and black a color?
Each design may only have 4 colors. This includes the background color. Yes, white and black are colors. The fabric is knitted and all areas within the design will be knitted by one of the colors.

3. I am not attending a university or college, can I enter?
Only students enrolled in a U.S. university or college program in textiles, fashion, interior design, graphic design or a related field is eligible to enter. Many professors are participating with an entire class but individual students may enter as well. The student will need to provide school that they are currently attending.

4. I will be graduating in December and will not be able to be reached at my current email address or phone number. What should I do?
Student must provide a phone number and email where that student can be reached end of December and into early 2018. If the student will not be available, provide a permanent number where the student can be reached – for example, a parent’s phone number.

5. Will I lose the right to my design if my artwork does not win?
No. On March 31, 2018, Denali Home Collection will release back to the students all the designs that have not been awarded a prize of honorable mention.

6. Can I get my artwork back if I do not win?
For return requests, please contact

7. Can I send in hand drawn artboards rather than digital files?
Yes, 8 ½ x 11” artboards will be accepted as long as they are postmarked by December 1, 2017 *Please send to: Monterey Mills’ DATC Competition, 1725 E. Delavan Dr., Janesville, WI 53546.

8. The website is really slow when I try to submit. Is there another way to enter the registration form and artwork?
If you are experiencing a very slow website (usually the few days before deadline), you can email artwork and registration form to:

Download a printable 2017 Registration / Release Form here:


Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)


Your Message



Please provide valid contact information for January 2017 if award winner

Your First Name (required)

Your Last Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Phone (required)

School Attending (required)

Expected Date of Graduation (required)

Birthdate (required)


Faculty Advisor Name (required)

Faculty Advisor's Title (required)

Faculty Advisor's Department (required)

Faculty Advisor's Phone (required)

Faculty Advisor's Email (required)

Advisor check here if you agree that the above student is currently enrolled in the above named school.

Faculty Advisor- by typing your first and last name, you agree that the above information is true (required)


Description of submitted materials --- e.g. description of design, number of 8.5"x10" boards, digital files, etc. Please include a title and description for each entry submitted.(required) Students may enter a Maximum of 5 designs per competition.

Submit artwork here (required)
Digital file names must include student last name. Students may enter a Maximum of 5 designs per competition. Each digital file must be less than 2 MB
to upload properly.


Please read the following carefully, and if you agree, check the box at the bottom

I certify that I am at least 18 years of age; that the above information is true; that all the work submitted (my Entry Design) is my original creation of design and composition; that I have the full right, title and ownership interest in and to the copyright of my Entry Design; that I have read and complied with all the rules of the competition, have committed no fraud or deception in entering the competition or in claiming any prize, and obtained competition materials through authorized, legitimate channels; that I am not, nor is anyone residing in my household, an employee or agent of Monterey Mills; that I understand that I am entitled to receive only the announced prize, that prizes are non-transferable, and that no substitutions will be made except at the sole discretion of Monterey Mills or as provided in the competition rules.

In consideration for the awarding of the prize and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, I hereby assign all rights, including without limitation all copyright, trademark, trade dress, patent, and other intellectual property rights, in and to my Entry Design to Monterey Mills and its successors and assigns. I understand that Monterey Mills and its successors and assigns can use my Entry Design per se or to prepare derivative works for commercial use and that I will not be additionally compensated for such use.

I give my consent to Monterey Mills and its agents, successors and assignees to use my name, school name, hometown, voice, likeness, photograph, and/or statements regarding the competition in any and all advertising and promotional materials relating to Monterey Mills, the competition, and similar competitions which may be offered by Monterey Mills in any and all media, including on the Internet, in tweets, and on Monterey Mills' Facebook page, without territorial, time, use or other limitation, all without further obligation to me. I waive any right I may otherwise have to approve such use of my name, school name, hometown, voice, likeness, photograph, and/or statements; I waive any right of privacy or publicity that I or my heirs or assigns may have therein; and I release Monterey Mills and its agents, successors and assignees from any claim or liability arising out of any distortion which may arise in the reproduction of my name, school name, hometown, voice, likeness, photograph and/or statements.

I acknowledge that I am solely responsible for all federal, state and local taxes associated with my receipt of any prize in connection with the competition. I recognize that I may seek independent counsel to determine the full extent of my tax liability under state or federal laws and regulations.

I agree to return immediately upon demand to Monterey Mills any prize that has been or may be awarded to me if any statement made by me regarding the competition is found to be false.

I understand that my Entry Design will not be returned; that submissions to this competition are property of Monterey Mills and may be altered to allow for maximum use by Monterey Mills as long as content and intent of design are not altered; that Monterey Mills is not responsible for unauthorized duplication or use by third parties on the Internet; that application or entry into the competition does not guarantee an award or prize or recognition; that Monterey Mills is not responsible for any lost or incomplete entries; and that all decisions made by judges are final and may not be disputed.

I hereby waive and release, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, and personal representatives, any and all rights, claims, causes of action, damages, liability, costs, attorneys’ fees and expenses whatsoever arising directly or indirectly out of my participation in the competition, my acceptance and utilization of any prize that I may win in the competition, and Monterey Mills' use of any of the rights herein assigned to it or by which I have herein consented to its use or that I have herein waived or released, and includes, without limitation, personal injury, property damage and death; or arising from the action or inaction of any persons not directly employed by or under the direct control of Monterey Mills.

For the purpose of the assignment, waiver, and release, "Monterey Mills" includes its affiliates, officers, directors, owners, employees, agents, and attorneys, and their successors, assigns, heirs, executors, administrators, and personal representatives.

Check here if you accept these terms.