The Heartless Mad Hatter Design Contest

Posted on: 1st Aug 2016  /   Categorized: Giveaways



As you know, I love encouraging all sorts of fun and creativity, and while in the past we’ve had a number of different graphic-arts related contests, this time I wanted to try something a little different. Because creativity comes in all forms and, speaking from experience, not all of us are skilled in Photoshop!


So this time, rather than designing bookmarks, stickers, or insignias, I’m asking you to make something physical. Three-dimensional. Something you can hold in your hand. Or, to be precise, something you can wear on your head.


That’s right—in honor of Heartless, Alice, and the Mad Hatter, I want you to make your own Wonderland-inspired headwear.






YOUR MISSION: Design and create a real headpiece inspired by Heartless and the world of Wonderland. This could be a hat, hair fastener, crown, coronet, tiara, or any other sort of headwear that strikes your fancy!

I know you guys haven’t read Heartless yet, but the Mad Hatter is one of the characters you’re going to meet—a very fine hatter who is making a name for himself and his spectacular, wondrous, peculiar hats. Some of them are big, gaudy, crazy creations. Some are sweet and elegant. Some are just plain weird.

So channel your inner Mad Hatter and create something fun, whimsical, over-the-top…. or none of the above! Make the hat that you would want to wear if you were invited to a Mad Hatter Tea Party… or, perhaps, for tea with the Queen of Hearts herself.




1. Your final creation must be an actual wearable headpiece—not just a drawing or artistic rendering of one.

2. You can use absolutely any medium or objects to create your headpiece. You can choose to create the entire thing yourself, or to use an existing hat/fastener/headband/whatever and embellish it from there.

3. Open internationally. (Woot woot!)

4. Please submit only one design. If you submit more than one design, your work will be disqualified.



Not sure where to begin your hat-making journey? Check out these exceptional Pinterest boards for inspiration:






Once your headpiece is finished, take a picture of it – either by itself or being worn. You may take multiple photos if it needs to be seen from multiple angles, but you will then have to combine them into one image for submission.

Share your design on your favorite social media platform and (optional) tell everyone how excited you are to read Heartless!

Once your design is finished, USE THIS TYPEFORM to submit your design and contact information. Note: You must upload the design to the typeform in addition to posting it on social media.

All entries must be received no later than midnight PST on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.


Once all entries have been received, they will be uploaded to my Pinterest page so we can all admire them. I will then choose three finalists. Those finalists will be posted on this blog and fans and readers will be able to vote for the grand prize winner!


ALL THREE FINALISTS will receive a Wires & Nerve sampler book, a Fierce Reads coloring book, and a $50 gift card to a bookseller of your choice!


ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive, in addition to the above prizes, a signed ARC of HEARTLESS!

Also (optional) – if the grand prize winner is willing to have their headpiece sent to me, I would be honored to wear it at the Heartless Launch Party in Seattle, Washington, this November.


Happy hat-making, and GOOD LUCK!


  1. Kayla commented on:

    Oh my goodness!! Super excited to do this!!! I cant wait to read Heartless. AndI love doing your contests!! They are so fun!

  2. Kym commented on:

    This is much too exciting! I’ve got butterflies at what I could make for this. I just hope I can get the time to make it. The prize is so worth it.

  3. Emma commented on:

    Hm…should we have specific measurements? Like, if one of us wins grand prize and can send the hat, how do we make sure that it fits?

  4. Maggie commented on:

    Are we allowed to copy hats off pinterest directly? Or does it have to be completely our own?

  5. Nichole J. commented on:

    So conveniently enough, I have made such a hat for a private tea party with a friend of mine- has not been part of any contest- could I use that? It’s one of my favorite things I created and it was of course with the Mad Hatter in mind.

  6. Natalie commented on:

    Um… The type cast link isn’t working for me. What should I do?

  7. Natalie commented on:

    *type form, stupid autocorrect.

  8. Rachel valdes commented on:

    @Natalie, the Type form isn’t working for me either! Is working for anyone else? Is there any other way to submit the pictures?

  9. Marissa commented on:

    Hi Natalie and Rachel, the typeform has been allowing in entries, so I’m not sure why it isn’t working for you. Perhaps you need to allow pop-ups? Or have you tried it on a different device?

  10. Rachel valdes commented on:

    It’s working now! Thanks!

  11. Paula E. commented on:

    We can upload it onto Pinterest right?

  12. Paula E. commented on:

    Are we also allowed to work with someone? I have a friend I’d like to create this hat with.

  13. Lizzie commented on:

    Can both me and my sister design something? Each a separate hat?

  14. Kim Everill commented on:

    Is it okay for both me and my mom to submit an entry

  15. Aleah commented on:

    Im excited SO EXCITED! I cant wait this is the type of contest ive been waiting for! I cant wait to see other people’s entries as well!

  16. Marissa commented on:

    Paula – Yes, you can upload to Pinterest, and yes, you are allowed to work with someone else, although you will have to divvy up the prize between you should you win.

    Lizzie – yes, of course you and your sister can each design your own hat!

    Kim – Ditto above, yes you and your mom can both submit an entry, provided you each do your own. (Instead of, say, your mom submitting a design that YOU made, effectively giving you two entries, which would be dishonest.)

    I hope you’re all having fun!

  17. Anita Godinez commented on:

    I absolutely so thrilled to enter Heartless Mad Hatter Design Contest! I have been having so much fun coming up with Wonderland headpieces that you could possibly wear if you were having tea with the Mad Hatter. This is really fun to play and dream. Plus, I love the Lunar Chronicles! I am so excited for Heartless, I just know it’s going to be great!

  18. Sandra commented on:

    Our last names won’t be displayed will they?

  19. Bronwyn commented on:

    This is my first time doing a contest like this. So I just have a few questions…When will the hats be posted? And when will the winner be announced?



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