Competition rules

  1. The competition is open to all schools in the UK or internationally with children aged 13 years and under. There are 5 entry classes:
    • Class A (6 years and under)
    • Class B (7–8 years)
    • Class C (9–10 years)
    • Class D (11–13 years)
    • Class E (Staff Prize – open to all school staff)
  2. All postal entries must bear the correct amount of postage or they will not be accepted.
  3. One entry form should be completed and enclosed with each package of entries.
  4. A complete list of names, and the ages of the children, of all those who have entered the competition should also be enclosed with the package of entries.
  1. Only entries on A4 paper will be accepted. The paper can be portrait or landscape and with faint lines which do not detract from the handwriting.
  2. Entries in Classes A and B may be written in pen or pencil. Entries for Classes C, D and E should be written in ink. Entries may be illustrated but may be disqualified if these illustrations or decorations overlap or detract from the handwriting.
  3. In order to maintain anonymity during judging, the entrant’s name and age (at the date the entry was written), together with the school’s postcode, should be written on the BACK of each entry. Please do not include the name of the school on the back or the front of the entry.
  4. All entries should be grouped together according to the age of the entrant, e.g. all 8 year-olds together.
  5. There is no limit as to the number of entries per school, but only one entry per person is allowed.
  1. The closing date for receipt of entries is 11 March 2020. No acknowledgement will be sent.
  2. All entries should be addressed to: Elisabeth Jackson, 7, Lakeside, Overstone Park,  Northampton NN6 0QS.
  3. Judging will take place in April and the Prize winners will be notified at the end of the month. Certificates will be sent out to  Runners Up, Third Place and Highly Commended entries.
  4. Entries will not be returned, and copyright of the entries shall become the property of the organisers who have the right to publish or exhibit them. The organisers cannot accept liability for lost, defaced or damaged entries.
  5. The decision of the organisers shall be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.