The Contest judges and director will select winners each year, beginning in July and continuing if necessary through September.
Prize-winners' names and writing-samples typically appear on this web-page as soon as possible after the judging - in other words, July or August when possible (but, if necessary, beginning in September or October) and remain on display here for a full year (until after the judging of the next year's contest), after which the new prize-winners' names and writing-samples will replace them.
WHC distributes prizes to the contest-winners each year, distributing all prizes by December.
Mail your entry as early as possible. Postal systems can take several days or weeks to deliver an envelope, particularly when the mail must travel between countries.
Each writer to submit only one entry each year. An individual who has written more than one entry must select only one entry to send. In order to avoid overwork for judges, beginning in 2008 the World Handwriting Contest will disqualify writers who send more than one entry.
Who May Enter?
Anyone in the world, of any age, may enter the World Handwriting Contest.
- Children (age 7 and under)
- Pre-Teens (ages 8 through 12)
- Teens (ages 13 through 19)
- Adults (ages 20 through 64)
- Seniors (age 65 and over)
Within each age group, the judges will sort submissions into two categories of handwriting:
Functional Handwriting - which strives for legibility, speed, and fluency without aiming at artistic effect. For this category, the judges will further separate entries as cursive or manuscript (printing)
Cursive - joins 50% or more of its letters.
Manuscript (print-writing) - joins fewer than half of its letters.
Artistic Handwriting - which uses a monoline or calligraphy marker, pen, or brush along with decorative strokes, flourishes, or combinations of shading and hairlines to create an artistic effect.
WHC will award first and second prizes in each of these categories and subcategories.
the judges - not the contest entrants - determine the category and subcategory in which each entry belongs.
Special Note to Past Winners
Past winners of the Contest may enter. However, to keep the contest continually open to aspiring hand writers, the management of the World Handwriting Contest must ask any entrant who has already won three first prizes in the Contest to refrain from entering future World Handwriting Contests.
In the event that anyone does receive three first prizes in the World Handwriting Contest, we will regard this individual as a "Lifetime Winner" and will enter his or her name permanently on this web-page, in a special "Lifetime Winners" area.
What must an entrant do?
Visit the website for the two copy-quotes for this contest and for instructions on how to write and send it.
When must an entrant enter?
Mail or hand-deliver your entries (to the "Handwriting for Humanity/World Handwriting Contest" address below) in time to arrive on or before June 30th.
World Hand Writing Contest, Attention: Kate Gladstone, contest director, 6-B weis Road, Albany, NY 12208 -1942, United States of America
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