Morisawa Type Design Competition 2019


Please make sure that your works will be created under the current application guideline.

Morisawa Award and People’s Choice

Size of entry sheets
Entry sheets must be A3 in size (297mm x 420mm).
Free Presentation
In free presentation sheet, you are free to use any character size and to set any way you want. However, names of entrants, their membership organizations and typefaces should not be appeared in the sentence. Using the existing typefaces is also prohibited.
How do I submit a font family?
We will accept 1 weight as 1 work (entry).
In cases where you are planning to submit a font family, there is a special work ID. Please obtain the ID for each weight (or style).
How do I choose black color?

Your entry works will be printed for the screening meeting.
In Application Guideline, the format is set as:

“0-4 Blank Space must be white and typeface color must be black only”

To make preparation for judgement be proceeded smoothly, please refrain the use of RGB or CMY, and use K100% only. Please check that a halftone dot does not occur in your printed work.

Do you accept my handwriting?

Yes. Please check out the Application Guideline:

“0-7 Scanned image must have resolution of at least 600 dpi. This is necessary to ensure that quality of entries can be fairly judged.”

In Kanji Category, is Latin alphabet necessary to create?
[Only for Kanji Category] The alphabet letters is optional, not required, in Morisawa Award and People’s Choice.

Akashi Award

What is the Variable Fonts?
Variable Fonts are the fonts designed utilizing the technology called OpenType Font Variations, which newly introduced in OpenType 1.8.
Please check this post for more details.
Will the winning works of Akashi award be produced and marketed by Morisawa?
Not same as the past competitions, the winning works of Akashi award is not intended to commercialization.
Where does the name of Akashi come from?
The name of Akashi Award is from Akashi City (Hyogo Pref.) which is the address of Morisawa Bunken Inc. that is assuming a large role in creating Morisawa Fonts.


Submission fee and Hanging fee
Is there any limitation for the number of submissions?
There is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant.
The competition is open to any individual, group or nationality.
Registration will be opened in November 1st 2018.
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Can I use a pseudonym or the team name?
When you proceed the submission process, you’ll find the entry form for your team name or another name before pressing a button for confirmation.
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Copyrights and Other Rights
Those submitting their designs to the competition retain the copyrights for their works. However, with regard to commercialization of all prize-winning and finalist works Morisawa Inc. shall have priority rights for negotiation for 6 months starting from the date of the result announcement.
Please refer to the entry guideline in details.
Updates of Application Guideline
The latest guideline was published on August 1st, 2018.
The typo in the English text of Entry Guideline was corrected. There is no change in Format and Specifications.
Download Application Guideline
Reception time

We’re open at 9:00–12:00 and 13:00–17:15(JST), on Monday to Friday (except the national and prescribed holidays).