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The Association des amis de Marcel Proust et des amis de Combray wishes to redesign the graphic design of its annual periodical, the Bulletin Marcel Proust.

Created in 1950, le Bulletin Marcel Proust :

  • reports on the French and international Proustian news of the past year
  • includes academic articles and book reviews on the work and life of Marcel Proust;
  • presents a review of the association's activities and a summary of its general assembly.

The paper version of the latest issues of the periodical is available for sale on the online shop of the association or directly at the House of aunt Léonie - Musée Marcel Proust at Illiers-Combray in Eure-et-Loir.

Since July 2019, thanks to a partnership with the BNF, past issues have been available free of charge on the Gallica website.
Click here for the past issues from 1950 to 1992 ;
Click here for the past issues from 1993 to 2015.

First stage: selection of finalists

Each participant in the competition is invited to submit a portfolio of his or her past creations, whether published or unpublished, whether in final or draft form, enabling the competition jury to assess the participant's skills in the creation of periodical layouts.

technical characteristics of the portfolios

  • format: PDF;
  • Resolution: 300 DPI;
  • Maximum file size: 10 Mo;

Second stage: Selection of the laureate layout

On the basis of the portfolios, the competition jury will select up to four finalists who will each have to submit one or more layout proposals.

Layout composition

The layout of the Bulletin Marcel Proust will be comprised of the following elements:

Examples of elements appearing
in the current version of the
Bulletin Marcel Proust
the cover (front cover, spine, back cover)
The title page
The table of contents
The first page of an article, with title and subtitle
An inner double page with text, quotation, note and folio
A news page


Design proposals should reflect both the respect for Marcel Proust's work and the dynamism of the Société's activities.

Resources available to finalists


template files

indd format

idml format

pdf format
Document templates for covers and inner pages of the Bulletin Marcel Proust.


Several versions of the periodical's ISSN barcode, as well as the logo of the Centre National du Livre.
The ISSN barcode, as well as the CNL logo, are both to be included on the back cover.

Texts to be included

odt format

docx format

pdf format
Texts to be included in the various elements of the layout

technical characteristics of the layout proposals expected from the finalists

  • Dimensions :

    • Height: 240 mm ;
    • Width: 160 mm ;
    • Spine (for the cover): 13 mm wide.
  • Resolution: 300 dpi ;
  • Color mode: CMYK ;
  • Bleed: 5 mm ;
  • Cutting marks must be visible in the pdf files;
  • Formats: proposals should be sent in pdf format, as well as in editable format (indd, idml, sla or sla.gz) ;
  • All the resources required for the editable files must be communicated (image files, font files, etc.);
  • The use of fonts must be restricted to royalty-free fonts;
  • The use of images must be restricted to those for which the participant owns the rights, or which are in the public domain;
  • All the files making up the proposal(s) must be submitted in the form of a compressed archive in the zip format .
  • Maximum size of the compressed archive: 10 MB.
  • In the pdf version of the proposals, the front cover should appear on its own, before the entire cover (back cover + spine + 1front cover) and the other elements, as illustrated in this example.


Each non-winning finalist will receive 250€ ;
The laureate will receive 1 000€.

Key dates

December 7th 2020: official opening of the competition ;
January 17th 2021: 1st stage: registration deadline (submission of portfolios);
January 31st 2021: 1st stage: announcement of finalists;
February 28th 2021: 2nd stage: deadline for submission of proposals (drafts);
March 14th 2021: 2nd stage: communication of jury feedback to the finalists;
March 28th 2021: 2nd stage: deadline for submission of proposals (final versions);
April 11th 2021: 2nd stage: announcement of the winners of the competition;

The association reserves the right to organise an award ceremony following the announcement of the results.

Registration for the competition requires the acceptance of its rules.

Any questions ?

We invite you to consult the FAQ page as well as the competition rules page. If you did not find the answer to your questions after consulting these pages, you could contact the competition organisers by sending an e-mail, in English or in French, to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..