Enter Royal Mail's Christmas Stamp Design Competition 2017
It's back! We are delighted to invite your school to participate in this amazing national art competition.
Once again, Royal Mail is running this prestigious competition for primary school pupils to design stamps for Christmas 2017. This follows the hugely popular Christmas 2013 competition, where 240,000 entries were received.
The competition theme is ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’ and so the children can design an image that best describes what the festive period means to them.
Two lucky winners will see their designs made into one of the 1st or 2nd Class Christmas stamps for 2017.
This is a prize that money cannot buy and will be a huge honour for the winners and their schools. The winning designs will be approved by Her Majesty the Queen and used on millions of Christmas cards during the festive season.
It is also a fun and engaging art lesson activity for children aged 4 to 11 years, and great prizes must be won too!
Only three times in Royal Mail's 500 year history, have children's designs been used on UK Christmas Stamps.
£1,000 prizes for overall winners and their schools.
Prizes will be awarded to both the shortlisted pupils and their schools in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and in each of the nine regions across England. In total there are 120 prizes across 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 July.
All children in the UK aged 4 to 11 years (except residents of 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).
Hurry, all competition entries must be received by 17th March 2017.
|Competition Closing date:||March 17th 2017|
|Judging:||March – May 2017|
|Winners Announced:||By July 2017|
|Stamps go on sale:||November 2017|
|Overall Winners x 2:||£1,000 vouchers||£1,000|
|Area Winners x 22:||£500 vouchers||£500|
|Area Runners Up x 96:||£100 vouchers||£100|
Here's what to do:
Teachers / Schools
- We first need your school to sign-up to the competition asap. PLEASE SIGN UP HERE.
- Once registered, you will be sent a competition resource pack. We have 8,000 free packs to give away on a first come first served basis, one per school. Within the pack will be a set of competition entry forms and also supporting education resources.
- You do not have to wait for the pack though to start the competition, as the contents of the resource pack, including the competition Entry Form and the School Covering Entry Form, can be downloaded for free now. See ‘Free Competition Resources’ below.
- Please ensure before entering that you read the ‘Important Competition Entry Conditions’ below. These may help answer any questions that you have.
Parents / Home Educators / Childminders / Volunteer Leaders / Carers / Clubs
- You can take part too! Firstly though we would please ask that you let your local primary school know about this competition (please email them a link to this page) and encourage them to sign up and take part. Please let them know that they can win a cash prize.
- Please let us know that you intend to take part in the competition by filling in this brief form here.
- Ensure before entering that you read the ‘Important Competition Entry Conditions’ below. These may help answer any questions that you have.
- To enter, simply download and print off the competition Entry Form in the ‘Free Competition Resources’ section below. If you are entering independently from a school then please download and complete the Independent Covering Entry Form and return with the child’s entry.
Free Competition Resorces
Download the resources here.
(To download and read the PDF documents you will need Adode Reader. You can download it for free here).
Entries should then be sent to the judges via the following FREEPOST address to arrive by March 17th 2017:-
Royal Mail Christmas Stamp Design Competition,
Riverside House – Riverside Estate,
Sir Thomas Longley Road,
Medway City Estate,
Important competition entry conditions - please read:
- The competition theme is 'What does the Christmas season mean to you' and the children are asked to design an image that best describes what the festive season means to them.
- Each entry must be hand drawn by the child, must be completely the child’s own original work and must not copy any other work. Unfortunately, drawings which copy other artwork will be disqualified. Drawings must be flat, so no collages, materials or textures. Please also avoid the use of fluorescent inks or highlighter pens.
- Children may use drawing packages on a computer or tablet so long as no part of the design is computer enhanced or generated. So, for instance, the use of clip-art is not allowed. Entries in a digital format will not be accepted, so please ask children to design directly onto the competition entry form, or alternatively, to print out designs and affix to the official entry form in the blank space.
- Children must use the official entry form to submit designs (there is only one version of the official entry form). You can use photocopies of the blank official entry form or you can download and print out more above.
- There will be two different Christmas stamp sizes produced in 2017: a large and a small size as shown opposite. It is therefore important that the design can work for both sizes. We have demonstrated this by showing how one of the 2013 winning designs would have looked at both these large and small sizes.
- Encourage the children to use lots of colour (no black and white images please) and to use up as much of the white space in their design as possible. The reason for this is that the actual stamps will have a white border around the winning designs, as illustrated opposite.
- For this reason, please ask the children NOT to draw The Queen’s silhouette nor the value (e.g "1st") symbol within the design area. Also, please ask them to be aware of where The Queen’s silhouette and value sits within the smaller version (as can be seen on the right). All we need from the child is their individual Christmas design.
- All designs should be drawn within the template on the official entry form.
- After the designs have been completed, please ensure that the name of the child, their age (on the day they finished the design), school name and postcode have been added on each entry form.
- All children in the UK aged 4 to 11 years (except residents of the Isle of Man and Channel Islands) can take part. Entries will also be accepted from children aged 12 years if they are in the final year of primary school.
- All entries that progress to the final stages of the competition will require the signature of the child's parent or legal guardian. It is not compulsory to obtain this signature before sending in an entry, however by doing so it will streamline the process if that entry is successful.
- If you are entering from a school, then please complete the School Covering Entry Form and return this with all the children’s entries. If you are entering independently from a school then please complete the Independent Covering Entry Form and return this with the child’s entry. You can download and print out a copy above.
- Sorry, we cannot return any entries, so please remember to make a copy of each design!
- Entries should then be sent to the judges via the FREEPOST Competition address:- Freepost RTSA-BEGA-AAZB, Royal Mail Christmas Stamp Design Competition, Riverside House – Riverside Estate, Sir Thomas Longley Road, Medway City Estate, Rochester, ME2 4FN (This is a freepost address so no stamps or postage required – just affix one of the freepost address labels which are available above).
- All competition entries must be received by 5pm Friday 17th March 2017.
- If you have any queries please email email@example.com or call the iChild telephone helpline on 01634 729 849 (8am – 5pm, Mon – Fri).
- Please do not email entries, they must be posted using the freepost address above.
N.B. PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS BELOW
Terms & Conditions
- The competition is open to children aged 4 – 11 years in the UK, excluding residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Only one entry per child. The competition will have two age groups: Age Group A: 4 – 7 years and Age Group B: 8 – 11 years. Entries will also be accepted from children aged 12 years if they are in the final year of primary school.
- The competition prize will be having their design featured on one of the Christmas Stamps 2017. There will be two winning designs. Royal Mail retains the discretion as to which design goes on which type of stamp and value. Please note that designs may be cropped and altered for the final stamps.
- All entries must be completely the original work of the child and must not be copies of any other work. Entries will not be returned.
- Entries must be submitted on a fully completed official entry form and sent to the competition freepost address to arrive by 5pm on Friday 17th March 2017, or posted on Thursday 16th March with a First Class stamp. Entries received after this date and time will not be accepted. If applying via a school, the official entry form must be accompanied by the School Covering Entry Form. If applying independently of a school, the official entry form must be accompanied by the Independent Covering Entry Form. Entries will not be accepted without the relevant covering entry form.
- The signature of the child’s parent or legal guardian (agreeing to these terms and conditions) is required for that entry to progress to the final stages of the competition.
- The Promoters (as detailed below) will each collect and process personal information of the children who enter the competition, including their names, ages and the schools they attend and also the personal information of the teacher or adult referenced in the relevant covering entry form (Personal Data). This Personal Data will be used by the Promoters to administer and run the competition and in the ways described in these terms and conditions. This Personal Data may be shared with third parties who provide services to the Promoters solely for use in connection with these purposes. The Personal Data of a child will not be publicised by the Promoters without the consent of the parent or legal guardian of the child. "Personal Data" and "process" shall be interpreted in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988.
- In relation to entries submitted via a school, the school is responsible for and must obtain all necessary parental/guardian consents and must provide all necessary notices required in connection with the disclosure and use of personal information (including that of the entrants) as described in these terms and conditions.
- There will be four stages of judging: a) 1st Stage: All the entries will be judged by a panel of current and/or retired teachers, and 120 of the best designs will be chosen (the Regional Finalists). This will consist of 10 finalists from each of the following: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and from each of the nine regions across England (North West, North East, Yorkshire & the Humber, West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, London, South East and the South West). b) 2nd Stage: The Regional Finalists will then be judged by a panel of judges at Royal Mail. This will include senior executives at Royal Mail, a Royal Mail Stamp Advisory Committee member and an independent person. The panel will choose the best 24 designs, two from each of the above countries and regions (the Regional Winners). c) 3rd Stage: The Regional Winners designs will be judged by senior executives at Royal Mail, a Royal Mail Stamp Advisory Committee member and an independent person, who will choose the final two best designs. d) 4th Stage: The two best designs will be subject to a final review by Her Majesty The Queen who will decide whether to approve the designs. In the event that Her Majesty The Queen does not approve one or both of the designs, Royal Mail reserves the right to choose another design or designs from the remaining Regional Winners. The names of the judges are available on request by writing to: Christmas Stamp Design Competition, 185 Farringdon Road, London, EC1A 1AA. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Regional Winners will be notified by Royal Mail, by post, by 30th June 2017. There will also be eight Regional Runners-Up for each of the countries and regions from the Regional Finalists, who will also be notified as set out above.
- The final two winners will be notified by Royal Mail, by post, by 30th June 2017.
- Prizes: a) The Regional Runners-Up will receive £100 in high street vouchers and £100 cash will be awarded to their schools. b) The Regional Winners will receive £500 in high street vouchers and £500 cash will be awarded to their schools. c) The final two Winners will receive £1,000 in high street vouchers and £1,000 cash will also be awarded to their schools.
- Entries, including the child's name, age, village/town/city/county/region and schools (Child's Details), may be used to publicise the competition across various media platforms (including on Royal Mail websites and Royal Mail media displays). The winning entries will be used on the Christmas Stamps 2017, related stamp products and on relevant marketing material. The Promoters may use the child's name, age, village/town/city/county/region and school alongside winning entries.
- The Promoters accept no responsibility for entries that are not received for any reason.
- As is usual in competitions, the two winners' names and counties/regions will be made available after 30th June 2017 by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Christmas Stamp Design Competition, 185 Farringdon Road, London, EC1A 1AA. This means the winners’ parents or legal guardians will need to have consented to Royal Mail making this information available.
- The Promoters reserve the right to hold, void, cancel, suspend or amend the competition or terms and conditions where it becomes necessary to do so.
- The prizes are not transferable and there is no cash alternative. The Promoters reserve the right to substitute the prizes with a prize of equal or greater value should circumstances make this necessary.
- The Promoters' decision on any aspect of the competition is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The chosen Regional Finalists' designs, including the two eventual Winners may be asked to take part in publicity associated with this competition.
- Promoters: Royal Mail Group Ltd, 100 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0HQ and Family & Education Marketing Limited (trading as iChild), 10-14 Accommodation Road, Golders Green, London NW11 8ED.
- Further entry conditions can be found above.