Non-latin type competition

GRANSHAN celebrates the diversity and richness of the typographic scripts that underpin global communication, empower communities, and enable identity.

The GRANSHAN Competition covers a growing range of scripts for communities on a global scale – from the most widely used, to scripts in use by small communities or even under threat.

All type designers from all parts of the world are invited to take part in the competition.

The next call for entries is planned for 2019!

The Type competition

International font competitions – of which there are few – usually focus on Latin script. But small type foundries, global corporations and leading universities have all uncovered a secret: promoting non-Latin typefaces opens up enormous economic potential and fantastic design opportunities.

The Granshan non-Latin type competition recognises the most notable typefaces for individual non-Latin scripts as well as multiscript families.

In 2017, the following experts assisted in the competition judging:
Armenian – Vahan Balasanyan | Garegin Martirosyan | Ruben Malayan
Arabic – Bahia Shehab
Chinese – Min Wang | Curt Huang | Zhiwei Zhu | Keith Tam
Greek – Klimis Mastoridis | Irene Vlachou
Hebrew – Liron Lavi | Anat Katzir
South Asian scriptsRavi Pooviah | Rathna Ramanathan | Graham Shaw
Korean – Joo Sung Kim | Jeong-mi Yu | Seong Jae Song

For further information or general enquiry, contact

Choose a category

Created exclusively for Non-Latin scripts with no Latin complements. You can submit the following scripts:
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Chinese (traditional or simplified)
  • Cyrillic
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Korean
  • South Asian scripts*
  • Thai
  • Display (For all scripts that not covered by the scripts above)

* South Asian scripts as Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Malayalam, Sinhala.

Focused on typefaces designed with a specific combination of Non-Latin and a corresponding Latin version. You can submit the following scripts:
  • Latin – Arabic
  • Latin – Armenian
  • Latin – Chinese (tradional or simplified)
  • Latin – Cyrillic
  • Latin – Greek
  • Latin – Hebrew
  • Latin – South Asian scripts*
  • Latin – Korean
  • Latin – Thai
Established for typefaces with at least two Non-Latin complements intended to work combined, without reference to any accompanying Latin. Select all the script combinations covered by your typeface:
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Chinese (traditional or simplified)
  • Cyrillic
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • South Asian scripts*
  • Korean
  • Thai
  • Type designers from all parts of the world are invited to take part in the competition. All typefaces designed or ­digitized after 2015 complying with the requirements of the competition are eligible for entry. All submitted fonts shall comply with and use Unicode encoding system.
  • Please download the submission rules and the application pack and read both carefully.

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                     _Application Form A
                     _Submission Document B
                     _Your biography text
                     _Your photo
    to this email-address:


    Next competition is planned for 2019


    Main Jury at work
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    Granshan Jury
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    Arabic | Jury
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    Granshan Conference 2016 – CAIRO
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