Modern Cyrillic 2014

    International Type Design Competition

Cyrillic fonts, created and/or released after 15 September 2009 may be submitted to the competition. Both released and unreleased designs are eligible.
Participants should indicate competition category on the application form. The jury and the organising committee reserve the right to change the category of an entry, or to exclude it from consideration altogether if it does not satisfy the competition’s terms and conditions. Works by members of the jury and competition organisers are not eligible.
There is no limit to the number of entries. Both individuals and businesses may participate.
Participation is free.
Modern Cyrillic is open to all. Participants are not subject to any restrictions based on age, education, occupation or proficiency in languages using the Cyrillic alphabet. Shedule:
Submissions deadlinethrough 24 October 2014
Judging 25 November 2014
Results announced 30 November 2014

The winning entries will receive honorary diplomas “For Excellence in Type Design”. Competition organisers reserve the right to award their own prizes, citations and diplomas to some of the entries recognised by the jury. Winners of the competition will receive complimentary copies of the catalogue.

Typeface Categories
Competition categories help organise entries for the jury’s convenience. The organisers and jury reserve the right, if necessary, to transfer submitted type designs from one category to another.
Text Typefaces
Typefaces and type families for use in the composition of text for continuous reading.
Display Typefaces
Typefaces and type families for headings and shorter messages, phrases and words in large point sizes, including handwritten, calligraphic, and decorative etc.
Type System
Extended type families, that contain not only companion styles, such as italic, bold, and bold italic, but also include separate (scale-optimised) styles for text and display usage (roman, italic, bold, etc.). Also called superfamilies, they may include styles that fall under multiple typeface classifications that are designed to be used together, for example, serif and sans-serif are also considered in this category.
Typeface Design
Proper indication of the design’s features will help the jury to correctly ascertain and evaluate the design of the submitted typeface(s).
Original Type Designs
Wholly or partly original designs in concept and execution, which have no direct prototypes, and are not a direct reproduction of any existing typeface.
Typefaces created as a reconstruction of a historical prototype, or as a modern interpretation of a classical type. This does not apply to typefaces originally created for a different script without the Cyrillic character set (such entries would be classified as a “derivative designs”). Entries must be accompanied by the names of the prototype fonts, their date of issue, and the names of their designers and manufacturers.
Custom Design
(a) Modified versions of existing typefaces, designed to complement existing designs with additional styles, e.g. in weight or width; with added or removed serifs; text, display, decorative versions etc.; (b) a Cyrillic version of typefaces originally designed for a non-Cyrillic script. Entries need to include names of the prototype typefaces, their dates of issue and the names of their designers and manufacturers.
Custom Type Designs
Typefaces and type families developed on commission from a client to meet particular requirements, as well as type created for specific uses (e.g. navigation systems, aids for the visually impaired or dyslexic, etc.). Entries need to include descriptions of the objectives.
Notifying the Winners Results of Modern Cyrillic 2014 will be announced on the competition website (, Type Journal and on ParaType website, as well as in periodical publications. Winners will be notified by e-mail after the announcement.