City Flag Contest 2019

Be a part of Manhattan's history

Thank you for all the submissions! We've received over 100 entries which will be evaluated by members of the Arts and Humanities Advisory Board. They will select 5-10 favorites, then the public will get a chance to vote and select the winner. Finally, the City Commission will adopt the new flag and we will raise it at City Hall on Flag Day, June 14, 2019.

Stay tuned for updates! 

Entry Deadline: March 29, 2019 

The City of Manhattan is sponsoring a City Flag Design Contest to adopt a new official City flag that will serve as a symbol for the City of Manhattan and as a source of civic pride.  We look forward to seeing your vision for our City!

Design Entry Guidelines:

  • 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.

Your flag design entry will be judged based upon the North American Vexillological Association’s (NAVA) Five Basic Principles of Flag Design:

  1. Keep it Simple: The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
  2. Use Meaningful Symbols to the City of Manhattan: The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
  3. Use 2-3 Basic Colors: Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which contrast well and come from the standard color set (red, blue, green, black, yellow, and white)
  4. No Lettering or Seals: Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
  5. Be Distinctive or Be Related to the City of Manhattan: Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.

For more information on the Five Basic Principles of Flag Design:  

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.