SOTA Catalyst Award
Call for Entries

The Society of Typographic Aficionados is pleased to announce the 5th annual SOTA Catalyst Award. The award is targeted at young people who have created original work in type design, type history, or other areas related to typography. It recognizes a person 25 years of age or younger who shows both achievement and future promise in the field of typography. The purpose of the award is to act as a catalyst in the career of a young person who does not yet have broad exposure in the profession.

The recipient will be awarded up to $1,500 USD in reimbursement for transportation and lodging expenses to attend the TypeCon2014 conference in Washington, DC — July 30th to August 3rd. They will also have their conference registration fee paid for and will be required to give a 20-minute presentation during the main conference program. Recipients should be available to attend the conference from Thursday to Sunday.

Judging Committee

Jill Bell
Jay Rutherford
Yvette Rutledge
Mamoun Sakkal
Jim Wasco

Submission Deadline

March 2nd, 2014

Notification of Award

April 7th, 2014


You must be 25 years of age or younger on December 31st, 2014 and must attend TypeCon2014 in Washington, DC — making a 20-minute presentation during the conference.

The following materials must be emailed to by the submission deadline. A single PDF file (may be multiple pages) containing the following information is preferred:

  1. Visual samples of a specific project or related group of work to be the topic of the presentation
  2. A brief description of the presentation (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

Contact Information

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