I think contests are great, because you are the client. You get to design whatever you want. And you get to showcase it selfishly on your own blog.
Recently I submitted my own design for Charlestown, Louisiana's new cultural art district.
There were looking for something simple, that could also be used for street banners, postcards, window clings you get the picture.
After emailing the director of the arts and science council with some specific questions. I was ready to dazzle.
Quickly I threw something together that I thought was right on and sent it out. Now this was on a Saturday and I couldn't believe that the director was emailing me back.
She responded with "you have mad talent" comment which I have to say is one of my favorite testimonials to date and wanted to share my results with you.
They haven't picked a winner yet, but I heard I set the bar high.