Wacom / Mermay 2021 Art contest rules

Welcome to the MerMay 2021 art contest!  We are excited to have Wacom join us as an official sponsor of our art contest once again.  Even more, we are excited to see the wonderful mermaid artwork that will be produced in May from all over the world!  


That’s easy- Create artwork of a mermaid and post it on Instagram with the hashtags #MadeWithWacom #MerMay and #WacomMerMay2021. There will be four winners (prizes listed below) in TWO different categories announced by the end of May.

TO QUALIFY, you must post ORIGINAL (none of the art can be reused or based off of other’s artwork) artwork on INSTAGRAM and/or on Tik Tok (as many art pieces as you would like) from May 1- May 30th  on your own page.   (You can post on other social media sites, but only Instagram and/or Tik Tok posts will qualify for the contest). The artwork can be traditional or digital and does not have to be based off of the Official Prompt List.  Judging and announcement of the winner will happen by midnight of May 31st, Central time.  Winners will be announced here on the mermay.com website and on Instagram at @mermay_official and @tombancroft1 pages...  MOST IMPORTANTLY, you MUST use the hashtags: #MadeWithWacom #MerMay and #WacomMerMay2021 in your post captions for each piece submitted to qualify for this contest.

Judging will be compiled throughout May but judged on May 30th by a panel of artists and non-artists pre-selected by MerMay creator Tom Bancroft.

This year, we have TWO CATEGORIES: Illustration and Animation:

ILLUSTRATION category -  includes all forms of media (except photography) from digital to traditional art media.  A mermaid/merman should be included in the illustration in some way.

ANIMATION category - Those participating need to post to Instagram and/or Tik Tok, a 1-minute short, animated film involving mermaids in some way. Artist can do anything with that 1 minute. Creativity is key. Artists must use the #MerMayPencilish2021 (as well as other Mermay hashtags above) to be considered, or we will not see their work. These shorts need to be posted by 10 am Central time, Monday, May 17th, to give Pencilish time to choose the winners. All forms of animation are accepted (2D, pencil test, full color, CG, stop motion, etc.).  


2nd-4th Prize

Grand Prize


Grand Prize- Wacom Cintiq 22 and an original drawing from Tom Bancroft


Second- Wacom One creative pen display


Third- Wacom One creative pen display


Fourth- Wacom One creative pen display


Fifth- Tom Bancroft prize pack of a book, prints, and stickers. 



Grand Prize - Grand Prize- Wacom Cintiq 22, an original drawing from Tom Bancroft, your animation is shared on the Pencilish YouTube channel with full credit to you, PLUS a chance to pitch YOUR show idea to the Pencilish Animation Studios board- with a chance to have us partner with you on creating it!


Second - Wacom One creative pen and your animation is shared on the Pencilish YouTube channel with full credit to you.


Third - Your animation is shared on the Pencilish YouTube channel with full credit to you.  Tom Bancroft and Pencilish prize pack of a book, prints, and stickers.

Fourth - Your animation is shared on the Pencilish YouTube channel with full credit to you. 

Wacom will ship the Wacom Cintiq prizes and Tom Bancroft will ship the prizes associated with himself.  We are sorry, but we cannot ship to everywhere in the world.  This is an international contest, though, and below are the places we can ship to.  Make sure you have an address in one of these locations to qualify. 




Latin America (except Venezuela)




New Zealand





Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden plus the two EEA countries Iceland and Norway.




For prize fulfillment, we will need the winners full name, shipping address (not PO box), phone number and email address.


THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!  Have a great MerMay 2021!  Please share this event and contest with your artist friends.


-Tom Bancroft 

Animator, Character Designer, Creator, #MerMay