Royal Mail Launches National Competition for Two Children to Draw a Christmas Stamp for 2013

royal-mail-logoThe competition launched on Monday 10th June and is the first time in 30 years Royal Mail is giving schoolchildren the chance to design its Christmas stamps

Primary school aged children (4-11) are being invited to take part to create the artwork for two official Royal Mail  stamps for Christmas 2013. Two winning designs from children will be selected by a panel of judges and the winning designs will appear on a 1st Class stamp, the other on a 2nd Class stamp. They will be picked from 120 regional finalists

The competition’s theme is “What does the Christmas season mean to you”? The designs can be religious or secular and both winning designs will have to be approved by the Queen

Only twice before have children’s designs been used on Christmas stamps; 1966, the year the first Christmas stamps were issued in the UK, and 1981

The search for the winning designs was launched by children’s author and illustrator Lauren Child, creator of the famous Charlie and Lola characters. All entries have to be received by the closing date of 19 July. Winners will be announced in the Autumn.

Full details can be found at  www.royalmail.com/designastamp

Royal Mail announced that over 3000 schools have registered for their ‘Christmas Stamp Design’ Competition that launched on Monday 10 June.

The schools, which have a total of 474,922 children aged 4-11, will enter a competition that has been held only twice before in the company’s history – in 1966 and 1981 and was launched by children’s author and illustrator Lauren Child, the competition is open to primary school aged pupils from 4-11, and will give two winners the chance to see their design used by hundreds of thousands of people sending festive greetings to friends and family across the country and as with all Special Stamps issued by Royal Mail, both winning designs will have to be approved by The Queen.

Two winning designs from children will be selected by a panel of judges, and their designs will appear on one of the 1st and one of the 2nd Class Christmas Stamps from this year’s range.

The two winners will follow in the footsteps of highly acclaimed children’s’ designers and illustrators who have designed Christmas Stamps in the past, such as Nick Park (2010), Axel Scheffler (2012), Quentin Blake (1993) and Michael Foreman (1987).

Schools, and parents of home-schooled children, can sign-up to the competition online or by returning the application form in a pack sent to them by iChild, the online educational resource centre,  in association with Royal Mail.

Applications for the 10,000 available resource packs will be sent out on a first come first served basis and entries must be received by the closing date of 19th July 2013.

The winners of the competition will be announced in the autumn and the stamps will be available to buy from November 5th 2013.

Royal Mail will select 120 regional runners up across the UK. They and their schools will each receive prizes of £100 for the school and £100 gift vouchers for the child. From those 120 runners up, a shortlist of 24 finalists will be chosen. They and their schools will receive prizes of £500 for the school and £500 of gift vouchers for the child and from them finalists, the two winners will be chosen, one for the First Class Christmas stamp and once for the Second Class. They will also receive prizes of £1,000 for the school and £1,000 in vouchers for the child.

To find out more and to enter the competition go to www.royalmail.com/designastamp

1966 Stamps-1   1981 Christmas StampJesus Christ
1966 Stamps                                      1981 Stamp                                 

Posted by Amy Moylan

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