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Our juried competition celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and hand lettering. Any typographic project first published or produced from September 2020 through September 2021 is eligible. Chosen by a jury of leading design professionals, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Typography Annual, in print and digital editions, and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.
CA’s Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession.
Typography Competition Categories
These categories are judged by the Typography jury and will appear in the Typography Annual. For a list of fees, please download the category PDF:
- Advertising: print/out-of-home advertising, advertising posters, direct mail, etc.
- Brochures: annual reports, brochures, catalogs, corporate literature, etc.
- Posters: concert, performance, exhibition, theater, gallery, etc.
- Ephemera: invitations, announcements, greeting cards, etc.
- Packaging: labels, shopping bags, audio/video/software packaging, etc.
- Books: covers and complete books.
- Periodicals: magazines, newspapers, newsletters, etc.
- Digital Media: websites, blogs, mobile applications, etc.
- Environmental: signage, environmental graphics, museum/tradeshow graphics, etc.
- Identity: logos/trademarks, business papers, collateral, etc.
- Motion: movie/network/program titles, television commercials, web videos, animations, etc.
- Typeface Design: commercially available typefaces and type families.
- Calligraphy/Hand Lettering: hand-drawn type for commercial purposes.
- Miscellaneous: apparel, products for sale, etc.
- Unpublished: experimental/personal work not published.
- Student Work: work created for school assignments.
How to Enter
All competition entries are processed through our online competition system.
Before you begin the process of entering a competition, please have the following information and materials ready. This will make the process go quickly.
- Your contact information for registration and notification.
- Title and basic credits for each project.
- Printed copies or digital files of work you want to submit. See below for file specs.
Please submit only one version of each entry (i.e.: do not send printed copies if you already uploaded digital files of the same entry). Entries can be submitted in the following formats:
Print Entries: Must be unmounted and sent to our office by mail/courier. Do not tape series together. Send all multi-page projects—books, annual reports, etc.—in bound form. Any project over 18" x 24" must be submitted as digital images. If you enter a project in multiple categories and wish to submit printed samples, you must send an additional sample for each entry with the appropriate form attached.Wordmarks must be centered on an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet. Place the company name and nature of the business under the mark.
Typeface designs must show a complete character set and a sample setting and fit on a single 11" x 17" sheet. Type families must show a complete character set and a sample setting for each variant. Each variant must fit on a single 11" x 17" sheet.
Digital Images: Must be RGB in JPG format with a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels at 72 dpi. NO EXCEPTIONS. Digital images will be projected for the judges using an HD projector on a 6' x 4' screen.
Motion Entries: Must be in MOV, MP4 or MPG format, with a maximum file size of 1 GB. Include 4 seconds of black, no slates or bars, at the beginning of each video and 2 seconds at the end.
No entries will be returned. NO EXCEPTIONS. CA is not responsible for damage or loss of any entry. All entrants grant Communication Arts the right to reproduce work selected in the Typography Competition on the Communication Arts website and in materials used to promote the magazine, the competition and/or future related promotions.
Preparation of Packages
All pieces sent in physical form must have an entry form taped to the back of the work. Do not send work in poster tubes as they are frequently damaged in transit. Non-United States contestants should mark each package “Materials for Contest Entry. No Commercial Value.” No provision will be made by Communication Arts for U.S. Customs or airport pickup. International entries should be sent by post or international courier. All entries must be received by the final deadline date.
Forms and Entry Fees
Once you have completed the registration process, a PDF with a receipt or invoice and entry forms for physical submissions will be generated. You must print, trim and attach the entry forms to the back of your physical entries. If the entry is a print-based campaign, you will tape an entry form to each piece included in the campaign. Entries on disk require an entry form taped to the outside of each disk case. Multiple digital files may be placed on a single disk. Please tape all applicable entry forms one on top of the other so we can flip through them to verify the contents of the disk. Do not send any entries without entry forms attached.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal through our online competition system. Charges for your entry fees will appear on your statement as (“Commarts”). We also accept checks, international money orders and wire transfers. Make checks payable to Communication Arts. Non-United States contestants wishing to pay by check must send a check in U.S. funds drafted on a U.S. bank. Please include the check or money order with your entries if you are delivering them via mail/courier. If your payment is being sent under a separate cover, please include a note with your entries indicating that the check or money order is coming under separate cover. If you submit all of your entries online, please send a copy of the invoice you print out at the end of the entry process with the check or money order. Please note on wire transfers: We require an additional fee of $25 (U.S.) to cover fees charged by the banks to process the transfer.
All entry submissions are final and entry fees are nonrefundable.
Mail entries to:
Communication Arts Typography Competition
110 Constitution Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025-1107
(Via United States Mail, FedEx, UPS, etc. Entrants submitting from outside the U.S. please use an international courier.)
Notification of Acceptance
Only accepted entrants will be notified within two months after the final deadline date due to the number of entries we receive. Complete credits and any necessary material for the best possible reproduction in the Annual will be requested at that time.
If you have any other questions you can reach us by:
Phone: (650) 326-6040
Fax: (650) 326-1648
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
What can be entered in the Student Work category?
Any project created for a school assignment. We do not accept personal unpublished work in this competition.
The work must be completely original and not utilize content owned by another copyright holder unless the entrant has been granted specific usage rights. If a student project is selected and documentation of specific usage rights cannot be supplied, the project will be disqualified. Communication Arts is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant, and will not become involved in copyright disputes.
Deadline: September 24, 2021
Cost/funding for participants:
Can I get an extension on the deadline?
After the September 10, 2021 deadline we will accept entries for two weeks but a late entry fee of $10 per submission is required. No entries can be registered after September 24, 2021.
Do you offer a cash prize?
We do not offer a cash prize. The winners are featured in one of our annuals distributed worldwide, in both print and digital editions, and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. Each winning entrant will also receive one personalized Award of Excellence, milled from solid aluminum, and printed award certificates for all creative contributors.