Competition rules

1 - Presentation of la Société des amis de Marcel Proust et des amis de Combray

The Société des Amis de Marcel Proust et des Amis de Combray, created in 1947, is a non-profit literary and cultural association whose vocation is to bring together Marcel Proust's readers and promote his work.

The Societé has been judged to be of public interest since 1955, and has the particularity of counting among its members both amateurs (lovers of literature, literary figures, etc.) and professionals (academics, specialists, etc.). It is also an association of friends of Aunt Léonie's House, who wish to support the opening of this "Museum of France" dedicated to Marcel Proust and to participate in the enrichment of its collections.

More information about the association is available on its website:

2 - Purpose and organisation of the competition

The Société des amis de Marcel Proust et des amis de Combray ("SAMP") has decided to organize this competition, in order to create and choose:

  • The logo of the association ;
  • The layout of its annual periodical, the Bulletin Marcel Proust.

This competition is free and open to any legal person, and anyone who is least 18 years of age on April 11th 2021, excluding members of the SAMP's Board of Directors. Entries will be evaluated by a jury consisting of SAMP members, hereinafter referred to as "the Jury". The organisation of the competition is entrusted to members of the SAMP's Board of Directors, hereinafter referred to as "the Organiser".

Two categories of participation

Each participant is free to compete in one or both categories.

Two stages of selection

Competition calendar

Throughout the website of the design competition, the terms "participant", "finalist" and "winner" refer to persons, without any presupposition of gender.

  • The first stage will enable the jury to select the competition finalists. This selection will be based on a portfolio submitted by each participant which, through a presentation of works already completed, will highlight his or her skills. These works may or may not have been published. They may be final works or simple sketches, the primary objective being to enable the competition jury to assess the participant's skills in the chosen categories of participation. For each of the two competition categories, the jury will select at most four finalists.
    Entries must be submitted before January 17th 2021 at 23:59, Paris time. Registration will be closed after this date.
    All participants will be informed of the results of this first selection stage by email on January 31st 2021.

    There will be no remuneration at this stage.

  • The second selection stage will allow the four finalists nominated for each category of the competition to develop their proposals.
    A preliminary version of the proposals will be submitted by the finalists to the competition jury, which will be asked to provide feedback for improvement or further development.

    Feedback of a general nature will be shared with all finalists; feedback specific to proposals will only be given to the finalists involved. The jury will comment only once on the preliminary proposals and their comments will be communicated to the finalists by email. All the general feedback will also be consolidated on the FAQ page. There will be no direct communication between the finalists and the jury prior to the announcement of the competition results.

    On the basis of the jury's feedback, the finalists will be asked to submit their final proposals, among which the members of the jury will then designate the winners.

    Preliminary versions of the proposals must be submitted by the finalists no later than February 28th 2021 at 23:59, Paris time.
    The jury will share its remarks on March 14th 2021.
    The final versions of the proposals must be submitted by the finalists no later than March 28th 2021 at 23:59, Paris time.
    The Jury will designate one person, hereinafter referred to as "the winner" or "the winners", in each category, selected from among the finalists. However, the Jury reserves the right not to nominate a winner in either or both categories and to nominate runners-up. In the event of a tie, the Chairman of the jury will have the casting vote. The results will be announced on April 11th 2021. The finalists will be informed of the results of the competition by e-mail. This message will be accompanied by a registered letter.

3 - Endowments

  • « Logo de l’association » category
    Each non-winning finalist will receive 250€ ;
    The laureate will receive 1 500€.
  • « Bulletin Marcel Proust layout » category
    Each non-winning finalist will receive 250€ ;
    The laureate will receive 1 000€.
    Payments will be made by bank transfer, denominated in euros, to a bank account established in the SEPA zone exclusively.

4 - Enrollment procedure

Registrations for the first stage of the competition can only be made online at the following address:

Each participant will receive an email confirmation of his or her registration at the first stage.

Proposals made by the finalists in the second stage will also be submitted online to an address to be provided to them by e-mail on 31 January 2021. Each finalist will receive an email confirmation of the submission of their proposals.

5 - Responsabilities

The Organiser may not be held responsible for any problem related to the running of the competition, whether it is a human, computer or other error. In the event of force majeure, the Organiser reserves the right to amend these rules, postpone or cancel the competition. The Organiser cannot be held liable for these modifications.

The Organiser reserves the right to take any decision it may deem useful for the application, execution and/or interpretation of these regulations. The Organiser may inform the participants by any means of its choice. In particular, the Organiser reserves the right, if necessary, to invalidate and/or cancel all or part of the contest if it appears that fraud, attempted fraud or malfunctions have occurred in any form whatsoever, and in particular in the context of participation in the contest or the determination of the winners. Fraud will result in the immediate disqualification of the perpetrator.

6 - Copyright, intellectual property law

Each participant assigns to the SAMP all his or her copyright (reproduction, representation, communication, adaptation, etc.) on his or her contributions within the framework of this competition, for the legal duration of these rights from the date of sending his or her creations, and this for the entire world.

This assignment includes in particular the right for the SAMP to use the works of the participants on an exclusive basis, in its communications, in the media and for any public event without this use giving rise to any right to remuneration.

Each participant guarantees that the SAMP is the sole owner of the copyrights attached to the content transmitted to the SAMP within the framework of the Contest, and has not introduced any reproduction or reminiscence likely to violate the rights of third parties.

If the participant uses photographs representing a place, a setting, a monument for which the use of the image requires authorisation, he or she must have obtained the prior agreement of the competent persons or authorities in writing.

As such, the participants shall indemnify SAMP against any recourse by third parties for the violation of intellectual property rights or personality rights against any claim, action for liability, damages, losses or expenses (including legitimate legal costs) caused or related to the violation of any of the guarantees or any of the commitments made under these rules.

7 - Personal data processing

The personal data collected in the context of this competition is mandatory to participate in it. Consequently, participants authorise the SAMP to process this data exclusively for the management of the competition and for a period of one (1) year, with the exception of the data of the finalists, which will be kept for the duration of the commitments made through these rules (including, but not limited to, the transfer of rights). They will not be transmitted to third parties and will not be used for commercial purposes.

Participants have a right of access, rectification and opposition which they may exercise at any time by writing to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8 - Convention of Evidence

Except in the case of obvious errors, it is agreed that the information recorded in the SAMP's information systems has evidential force in any dispute as to the elements of connection and the computer processing of said information in relation to the competition.

9 - Obligations

Participation in this competition implies acceptance of these rules by the participants. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the cancellation of participation.

These rules are subject to French law. The Organiser will have sole authority to rule on any difficulty that may arise from the interpretation and/or application of these rules. In case of dispute, the French version of the competition rules will prevail.

10 - Information

All requests for information must be sent in French or in english by e-mail to the competition organisers: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
These rules are freely available on the SAMP website at the following address:

printable version of the rules (in French)