If you haven’t heard of La Nef Chocolate, you are missing out on an awesome Maine small business. Founded on Monhegan Island, La Nef Chocolate is committed to conservation, sustainability and community building and has created a company that merges these ideals with art and chocolate! In 2020, they received a professional development grant from the Island Institute and in 2021, La Nef was awarded a business resilience grant – a series of microgrants that helped small businesses adapt to changing times. We are partnering with La Nef once again to create an Island Institute chocolate bar, and we ask YOU – our dedicated supporters, artists, and community members – to design the label for this tasty treat!


Contest prompt

The Island Institute partners with thousands of dedicated people who care about the coast of Maine and believe that a sustainable future for our communities and the environment is crucial. Please create an original art piece that exemplifies the ideology of “building community from the sea up.”


Contest guidelines

The contest will be open for submissions between Sept. 6, 2022 and Sept. 23, 2022. Only artworks submitted during this date range will be eligible. Please submit artwork using the form below.

  • The contest is limited to one entry per person.
  • All contestants must complete the Art Contest Release Form  and submit with their artwork using the form below.
  • Contest open to all ages. If you are under 18, please complete the “In Case of Minor” section in the Art Contest Release Form.
  • Must be an original work of art, and submissions must be in a digital format.
  • The artwork must be a high-resolution JPG, TIFF, or PDF file. At least 300 dpi and in CMYK format.
  • The artwork should accommodate space for La Nef’s labels. Please take this into account when designing your piece. A template of the chocolate bar box layout can be found here.
  • The winner will be picked by a jury of Island Institute staff and partners and announced on October 1st.

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  • The winner’s artwork will be displayed on the 2023 Island Institute exclusive chocolate bar and sold at Archipelago – the Island Institute Store.
  • $250 cash prize and a selection of Island Institute swag and La Nef goodies.



  • Max. file size: 512 MB.
    The artwork must be a high-resolution JPG, TIFF, or PDF file. At least 300 dpi and in CMYK format. Please find the chocolate bar box layout template in the Contest Guidelines. If the artwork file is larger than 512 MB, you may email the file to gbristol@islandinstitute.org.
  • Max. file size: 512 MB.
    The Art Contest Release Form can be found in the Contest Guidelines. If contestant is under 18 years of age, please make sure to complete the "In Case of Minor" section.
  • Disclaimer:

    By submitting an entry to Island Institute/La Nef Chocolate Bar Contest, you are unconditionally assigning and transferring all rights, titles, ideas, concepts, copyrighted materials, and trademarks contained in the entry submitted in the contest to the Island Institute. Entrant unconditionally assigns and transfers to Island Institute all rights, title, interest, and/or claims, which they now have, or may in the future have to their entry. The Island Institute has the right to use, assign, modify, edit, adapt, dispose of, and electronically alter Entrant's Entry, including but not limited to promotional and/or commercial materials, as well as to reproduce it, in whole or in part, without compensation or additional consent from Entrant, or any third party.
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