Burlington City Arts

Contest for New Burlington Flag

The City of Burlington is seeking a new design for its 30 year-old flag. Burlington is joining cities across the country in updating its flag to capture the spirit and character of its community today.

Mayor Miro Weinberger first announced the city flag redesign project at a City Council meeting in January. City Council unanimously endorsed the public redesign competition, and the Mayor selected Burlington City Arts, the City of Burlington’s cultural planner, to lead the public competition process. In keeping with the spirit of community unity from the 1990 contest that led to the current City of Burlington flag, all residents of Burlington are encouraged to submit a design.
"A great city deserves a great flag to mark its municipal buildings and special events,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. "I’m excited to see what the public creates in the months ahead.”  
Submissions will be accepted online until October 15. A small committee made up of Burlington residents will select the finalists. Public voting will start on October 20 and end on November 17.


Anyone interested in submitting should watch the TED Talk on Flag Design below.


Your Submission should follow the Five Basic Principles of Flag Design*:

  1. Keep it Simple: A flag should be so simple that a child could draw it from memory.
  2. Use Meaningful Symbolism
  3. Use Two to Three Basic Colors
  4. No Lettering or Seals
  5. Be Distinctive or Be Related



  • Submissions accepted online: September 1
  • Deadline for all submissions: October 15
  • Finalists selected and public voting: October 20-November 17
  • Winning design chosen and announced: November 20
  • Flag unveiling: December 31 during First Night

The winning design will receive a $250 honorarium, membership to BCA, and a flag with their design.


Submission Requirements:

  1. Your design must have a 2:3 or 1:2 ratio.
  2. Designs will only be accepted online at the link below.
  3. Your submission must be in a JPEG or GIF format.
  4. The design should follow the Five Basic Principles of Flag Design.
  5. You can submit one design. Additional submissions will not be considered.
  6. You must live, work, go to school in, or own a business in Burlington.
  7. Designs must be original.
  8. Designs must be positive in spirit.
  9. Designs with religious symbols will not be considered.
  10. Designs construed as hateful, defamatory, or discriminatory will not be considered.
  11. Designs with references to alcohol, drugs, or illicit activities will not be considered.
  12. Anonymous submissions forfeit any right to prize money.
  13. In the event of significantly similar or identical designs, the artists’ statements will be considered in the scoring. Should the artists’ statements also reflect a significantly similar design process, the first design submitted will be considered.


Anyone without access to a computer or a scanner is encouraged to visit the Fletcher Free Library. Scanning services are free. Teachers click here for student template.


Submissions are now closed.


Click here to see ten examples of good flag design.


The current flag (shown above) was designed by then-eighth grader Cara Wick as part of a leadership project in 1990.

Once submitted, all entries become the property of the City of Burlington, and the designer relinquishes all rights to the design. The winning designer will be credited.  The City reserves the right to alter, modify, or combine designs to create an official City of Burlington flag.

If you have any questions, please contact Deb Caulo at or call 802.865.7166.


*North American Vexillolgical Association, and Ted Kaye. Good Flag, Bad Flag: How to Design a Great Flag. PDF. Boston, MA: North American Vexillological Association.