Manhattan area vexillologists have an opportunity to show off their skills in a new city contest announced Monday, Feb. 11.

Manhattan is seeking designs for a new flag and will accept submissions through Friday, March 29. Submissions will be reviewed and narrowed down to one or two options by the Arts and Humanities Advisory Board, with the winning design to be decided by a public vote sometime in May. The winner will also be recognized by Mayor Mike Dodson and receive a flag of their own.

Assistant City Manager Dennis Marstall says the city hopes the new flag will be a symbol that “reflects the community, helps to unite us, and instills a sense of pride.

“A great city flag is something citizens are proud to display and can rally behind,” Marstall says. “The possibilities are endless on where and how the flag may be displayed and utilized.”

Marstall hopes the new design will be a hit and be seen on every street around town — in addition to on t-shirts, bumper stickers and more

Design Entry Guidelines (from the City of Manhattan website):

  • Contest entry is free.
  • You must submit your flag design entry in digital (PDF, PNG or JPEG) format or physical format (paper card):
    • Submit digital entries online at
    • Mail or deliver paper entries to: City of Manhattan, Attn: Flag Contest, 1101 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502
  • Each design entry should be in the standard US Flag 1:1.67 proportion, 5 inches tall x 3 inches wide
  • Your design entry must be your original work and must not include, be based on, or derived from any pre-existing or third-party designs, trademarks, or copyrighted images, although elements of the City of Manhattan logo may be used.
  • Each entry may only contain one design. You may submit up to three different design entries.
  • You must complete and submit the City of Manhattan Flag Design Contest Entry Form with each entry.
  • Your entry must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 29, 2019 to be eligible for consideration. The City of Manhattan is not responsible for entries that are lost, overlooked, damaged or not received by the contest deadline.

Selection Process: 

Only entries that meet the design entry guidelines will be considered.  Entries will be initially reviewed by a selection committee that includes City staff and citizen members of the City of Manhattan’s Arts and Humanities Advisory Board.  The selection committee will determine the finalists, and the City will request a public vote and input on the final designs.  The final designs that are recommended by the selection committee and/or the public vote will be presented to the City Commission for consideration for adoption as the City’s official flag in June of 2019.  The City reserves the right to not select a winner.

For more information, visit the city’s website.

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