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SOTA Catalyst Award

The Society of Typographic Aficionados is pleased to announce a new award for young people who have created original work in type design, type history, or other areas related to typography. The award recognizes a person 30 years of age or younger who shows both achievement and future promise in the field of typography. The recipient will attend TypeCon2010 in Los Angeles and will give a presentation during the conference program.

The SOTA board of directors hopes that this introduction to a large cross-section of the typographic community will serve as a catalyst in advancing the career of the recipient.


Submit your typography works to the Society of Typographic Aficionados.


The award includes main conference and education forum registration fees plus reimbursement of up to US $1500 for coach travel to/from Los Angeles and standard lodging in the conference hotel while attending TypeCon. Attending TypeCon2010 and giving a presentation are required to receive the award.


  • Recipient must have been born in 1980 or later
  • Recipient must attend TypeCon2010 in Los Angeles and give a 20-minute presentation during the main conference.

How to enter?

The following materials must be emailed to by the submission deadline:

  1. A PDF file (may be multiple pages) detailing a specific project or group of related work to be the topic of your presentation
  2. A brief description of the presentation with title (100 words or less)
  3. A letter explaining your involvement in typography (300 words or less)
  4. Optional online links to additional work or background information

Please place all submission files into a folder and compress into a single archive marked with your name. If your submission is larger than 12 MB, please provide a URL for downloading materials. Use the following as the subject line of your email: 2010 SOTA Catalyst (Your First and Last Name).

Include your name, date of birth, physical address, organization or university affiliation if applicable, email address, web URL, and phone number with area code. Applicants from outside the U.S. or Canada should include their country dialing code as well.