National Stationery Week (20-26 April), the annual campaign to celebrate stationery and encourage handwriting, is asking children to put pen to paper for a nationwide writing competition.
Teachers who involve their pupils with the initiative for schools could win a huge stationery bundle for both the winning child and their classmates, with prizes coming from all seven National Stationery Week sponsors – Cross Pens, Derwent, Manuscript, Marple Stationery Supplies, Moleskine, Staples and uni-ball, as well as its two partners, Premier Stationery and VENT for Change.
To enter, children simply need to write a creative piece, no longer than 300 words, around the theme Pens on an adventure and submit them to the National Stationery Week team no later than 1 April 2020.
Fifty entries from across the UK will then be shortlisted for display at the London Stationery Show on 21 & 22 April, before a single winner and four runners up are chosen to scoop a stationery hamper and the creative writing crown.
There will be a selection of four judges involved in the campaign, each with their own speciality in handwriting, creativity and storytelling.
Rachel Smallman, owner of National Stationery Week, said: “Creative writing is a vital part of a child’s growth and we want National Stationery Week to be an inspiration to them.
“Each year, we run a children’s writing competition but this year’s prize is better than ever before with a great theme that will encourage creativity, fun and – of course – handwriting.”
Rachel concluded: “The team and I can’t wait to read the pupils’ best efforts, showing off their creative imaginations, which are always a joy to see in the written form!”
Schools wishing to get involved with the competition can sign-up here, where they can also make the most of extra free competition tools such as a story starter and printable stickers.