The THS wishes to give the journal a bolder, brighter, more modern look, and to this end is launching a competition for a brand new cover design open to anyone over the age of 18.

Hardy Society Journal Cover Design Competition

Could your design feature on future covers of the Hardy Society Journals?

This is an example of the current design

Following the Thomas Hardy Society’s successful 50th birthday celebrations, and to mark the publication of 30 issues, in 2020 we hope to give the biannual Hardy Society Journal a bolder, brighter, more modern look. For over a decade, the spring and summer issues of the Hardy Society Journal have featured images from the archive, and this has been a wonderful way to discover—and rediscover—aspects of Hardy’s life and work. But now, just as we have refreshed the look and feel of our website, it’s time to revamp the journal.

To this end, the Thomas Hardy Society is about to launch a competition for a brand new cover design, open to anybody over the age of 18. The initial call seeks concepts, rather than final designs, for the new front cover.

These concepts should

  • work with the following proportions: 21cm (height) x 14 cm (width)
  • incorporate the Thomas Hardy Society logo, which is available by request
  • feature an original image (illustration, graphic, photograph, collage) that relates to Thomas Hardy’s life, work, or legacy and which does not violate copyright in anyway;
  • use bold colours;

include the following information:

  • Title: Hardy Society Journal
  • Issue Name (i.e. Spring 2020), Volume Number (i.e. Vol. 16), Issue Number (i.e. No 1)
  • Price: £4
  • ISSN 1746-4617

You are welcome—and encouraged—to use a different layout and fonts.

If you combine a love of Hardy’s work and a passion for art and design, this competition is for you! Your design could be seen and enjoyed by hundreds of subscribers every year.

As an initial prize, we offer free membership (with printed copies of the journal) for one year, and a voucher worth £50. Initial entries will be judged by members of the editorial board and the Society’s Council of Management. The designer of the successful concept will then be offered the commission to turn their concept into a final design, for which they will receive an additional honorarium.

The competition will open on 1 March 2018. It is open to anybody over 18 years of age. ‘Concepts’ for the new cover design will be due by 31 September 2019.

Please watch this space for further, more detailed information about the deadline, submission instructions, terms and conditions, etc.

Please direct any enquiries about the competition to

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