Since people might be looking for something distracting they can do at home around now, we’re running another fun competition to keep you occupied – much like our π-ku poetry competition in July, we’re looking for anyone who has a spare slice of brain to come up with a design for our **fractal bunting** competition.

Standard bunting (pictured above) takes the form of a regular pattern of shapes arranged along a ribbon, and often employs triangles, but we’re looking for you to decide how you interpret our challenge: to make this somehow be a fractal. We don’t want to bias your thought processes, so that’s all we’re giving you. **Fractal bunting**. *Fractal*. Bunting.

It’s up to you if your entry is a sketch on the back of a napkin, or if you’re keen, whether you make real actual bunting out of paper, card or fabric (or just some smaller bunting) and send us a photo. We’ll judge the entries based on fractal-y-ness, use of colour, creativity, mathematical satisfying-ness, and whatever other criteria we make up at the time. We’ll have a special guest judge, illustrator and friend of maths Hana Ayoob, to make sure we properly consider aesthetics and not just cold hard numbers.

You can **enter our competition on Twitter**, using the hashtag **#fractalbunting**, mentioning @Aperiodical in your tweet; if you don’t use Twitter, or don’t want to, you can **email your designs to root@aperiodical.com** with the subject line ‘Fractal bunting’.

The closing date for entries has been extended to **noon on 23rd October**, and we’ll announce the results the following week. Our favourite entry will win a signed copy of Here Come the Numbers, a rhyming book telling the story of numbers, illustrated by Hana and written by mathematician Kyle Evans.