Design submissions invited for classical publications library in India

21 Sep,2011

By A Correspondent

Harvard University Press is inviting design submissions for the Murty Classical Library of India, a publication series slated to debut in 2013 that will bring the classical literature of India to a global audience. The designer of the winning series logo, logotype, and jacket design will receive US$10,000 and jacket credit on all books in the series.

The Murty Classical Library of India (MCLI), established through an endowment gift from Rohan Narayan Murty and the Murty family, will provide new English-language translations of works written in Bangla, Hindi, Pali, Panjabi, Persian, Sanskrit, Tamil, and other Indic languages, with the original text on the facing page.

Harvard University Press Executive Editor-at-Large Ms Sharmila Sen noted, “Because the Murty family founded the MCLI in order to bring the rich literary heritage of India to the entire world, it is especially fitting that we issue an open invitation to generate a design for this landmark series.”

Mr Tim Jones, director of design and production at HUP, added: “India’s classical literature is uniquely diverse—geographically, linguistically, and thematically—making it a special challenge to visually convey the scope and richness of the MCLI. We’re holding this contest so that designers of all backgrounds and experience can help us find an iconic way to represent the writings’ diversity.”

Designs may be submitted until December1, 2011. Residents of, and design firms based in, the US, the UK and India are eligible to enter. Details, complete rules, and entry form are available at



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