Jo urges pupils to enter Christmas stamp competition

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is urging local primary schools to take part in the Royal Mail’s Christmas Children’s Stamp Art Competition for 2013. 

The competition is for primary school aged pupils from 4 -11.  One winner will see their design on a First Class Christmas Stamp; the other on a Second Class Christmas Stamp.  The theme is ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’ and designs can be religious or secular.

The winning designs will be approved by Her Majesty the Queen, and used on millions of Christmas cards during the festive season. The closing date for entries is 19 July 2013.

Commenting Jo said:

“Royal Mail has only run a competition like this twice before – in 1966 and 1981 so this is the first time in more than 30 years that school pupils can design an official Royal Mail Christmas stamp.

“This is a prize that money cannot buy, and will be a huge honour for the winners and their schools.

“Teachers can visit to sign their school up to take part in the competition.” 

More information:

  • Prizes will be awarded to both the shortlisted pupils and their schools in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and in each of the nine regions across England. In total there are 60 prizes for both the 4 – 7 and 8 – 11 years age categories.
  • Overall winners will receive £1,000 in vouchers for their family, and £1,000 will be awarded to their school. Area winners and schools will each receive £500, and £100 will be awarded to both area runners up and their schools. Winners will be announced by the end of October.
  • All children in the UK aged 4 – 11 years (except from the Isle of Man and Channel Islands) can take part (and we will also accept entries from children aged 12 years who are in the final year of primary school).

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