Design A Christmas stamp competition closes with almost 240,000 entries
Our Design A Christmas Stamp competition has received an astonishing 239,374 entries from children across the UK.
Following the overwhelming response to the competition, we extended the deadline for entries by a week having seen a record 46,000 entries being received in a single day.
Children aged 4 to 11-years-old have been drawing, painting, colouring and crayoning in response to the question: ‘What Christmas means to you?’, and all the entries now received are in the running to have their design feature on this year’s 1st or 2nd Class Christmas Stamp.
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. As with all Special Stamps issued by Royal Mail, both winning designs will have to be approved by The Queen.
Only twice before in the company’s history has the official Christmas stamp been designed by schoolchildren, previously in 1966 and 1981.
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 Axel Scheffler (2012), Nick Park (2010), Quentin Blake (1993) and Michael Foreman (1987).
The winners of the competition will be announced in the autumn and the stamps will be available to buy from November 5th 2013.
We will select 120 area winners from 12 regions across the UK. Two area winners will be chosen from each region, with 24 winners going into the grand final. Two overall winners will then see their design feature on this year’s 1st or 2nd Class Christmas stamp.
Children have longer to put their stamp on competition
Following the overwhelming response to our Design a Christmas Stamp competition, we have extended the deadline for entries to Friday, 26th July.
The demand for the competition has been really high and we have received thousands of entries so far from over 5,000 schools across the UK.
Children aged 4 to 11-year-old now have three weeks to pick up their pencils and paint brushes, and potentially design this year’s 1st or 2nd Class Christmas Stamp.
Thousands of children get into the festive spirit
Our Design a Christmas Stamp competition is going from strength to strength, with over four thousand schools across the UK already registered. That represents a massive 600,000 primary school children.
Entries are now coming in thick and fast, as thousands of children are picking up their pencils and paint brushes, designing festive images with the aim of them becoming this year’s First and Second Class Christmas stamps.
There’s still plenty of time to sign up to the competition and send entries in.
Publicity and use of competition entries
Our competition is proving a big hit with schools and children across the UK.
As part of the project, Royal Mail may use the entries that have been submitted to help publicise the competition and encourage entries.
The designs, responding to the question ‘What does Christmas mean to you?’, will be used across various media platforms, including on Royal Mail websites and Royal Mail building displays.
Following the competition closing date (19 July) all of the entries used to promote the competition will be submitted to the judging panel to select the 120 regional winners. From the 120, a shortlist of 24 finalists will be selected and the two winners chosen.
Competition makes a stamp on national media
Our competition has been getting great media coverage across the UK.
The Daily Express recently showcased the competition in a news article.
Looking for inspiration? Here's a selection of the entries we've received so far.
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