We're a video game company and we need lots of graphical assets. For this particular contest we're looking at tilesets.
Because of we need a lot of them, for all different genres, we're doing something different. Rather than offering a large prize to a single winning design, we're offering lots of little prizes to just about anyone that enters. (We did something similar with spaceships about a month ago)
The top 10 tilesets will definitely all get $20, but we could end up buying a lot more than 10. When we did a similar contest with spaceships, we said we’d take the top 50 we ended up taking 128, or over half of what was submitted.
We need all genres of tile sets (we have a lot of games in development). So science fiction, urban, outdoors, fantasy, desert, etc. etc. You’ll have a better chance of winning if you submit in a genre that no one else (or very few) has submitted in.
Here's an example tileset, followed by an example background constructed with the tileset.
Your submissions don't have to be quite that elaborate, but of course if you want to impress us... :)
This is our second contest along these lines. We'd love to keep doing them, but that's going to depend in large part on how the response is for this one. So enter early and enter often!