2018 National Handwriting Contest

You asked, we listened! Back by popular demand, Universal Publishing is pleased to bring you the 2018 National Handwriting Contest. Submissions will be accepted January 23, 2018 – April 15, 2018.

After hearing from countless educators about their desire to participate in the contest, we have made some changes to make it possible for us to host the contest for you this year.

We hope you enjoy the exciting changes we’ve made (there’s even a new Teacher Division!). We welcome your feedback anytime!

 

Important Handwriting Contest Materials

Online Registration Form (Required to Enter)

Official Contest Rules

Student Division Entry Forms:

We have two Student Division Entry Form options for teachers to choose from: the Standard Entry Form and the Catholic/Christian School Option. The only difference between these entry forms is that the Catholic/Christian School Option includes a faith-based writing prompt for the free writing section.

Student Entry Form Label

Teacher Division Entry Form

Please mail entries in a 9 x 12 envelope to:

Universal Publishing
Attn: Handwriting Contest
677 Roosevelt Highway
Waymart, PA 18472

NOTE ABOUT GOOGLE CHROME:

When using Google Chrome, the dotted midlines (grades K-5) do not print correctly.  This issue is specific to Google Chrome; the entry forms print correctly in other browsers (Firefox, Explorer, etc.).

If you only have access to Google Chrome, rather than printing directly from the browser, save the file to your computer, open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader, and print from there.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

 

Eligibility

Student Division: All K-8 students are eligible to enter the contest.

NEW! Teacher Division: All teachers who submit student entries are eligible to submit their own entries to be judged against other teacher submissions.

NEW! Classroom Writing Kit Drawing: All teachers who submit student entries will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of three Universal Publishing Classroom Writing Kits. (See details below.)

 

Awards & Prizes: Student Division

Grades K-5: One 1st place winner, one 2nd place winner, and one 3rd place winner will be selected for each grade.

Grades 6-8: One 1st place winner, one 2nd place winner, and one 3rd place winner will be selected from all grade 6, 7, and 8 entries combined.

1st Place Winners:

  • $100
  • Handwriting Contest Award Medal
  • Certificate of Achievement

Teachers of the 1st place winners will also receive a $100 Universal Publishing gift certificate and a special gift from Thomas Wasylyk!

2nd and 3rd Place Winners:

  • Handwriting Contest Award Medal
  • Certificate of Achievement

 

Awards & Prizes: Teacher Division

One 1st place winner, one 2nd place winner, and one 3rd place winner will be selected from the teacher submissions.

1st Place Winner:

  • $100
  • Handwriting Contest Award Plaque
  • Personalized National Handwriting Contest Winner Classroom Poster

2nd and 3rd Place Winners:

  • Handwriting Contest Award Plaque
  • Personalized National Handwriting Contest Winner Classroom Poster

 

Classroom Writing Kit Drawing

Three winners will be randomly selected from all teachers who submit student entries.

Classroom Writing Kit Contest

Classroom Writing Kits include:

  • A classroom set of handwriting books*
  • A classroom set of writing journals*
  • A classroom set of math journals*
  • A classroom set of word wall journals*
  • AlphamationPlus (for one school year)
  • Alphabet desk strips
  • Alphabet wall strips
  • An alphabet wall chart
  • Pencils

*  To be selected by the winners from eligible Universal Publishing products.

 

What’s New?

For those who have participated in our handwriting contest in the past, here are some notable changes:

  • Teachers may submit entries for all of their students (1 entry per student)
  • Grade 2 will be judged on manuscript only (no grade 2 cursive category)
  • Grades 6, 7, and 8 will now be judged together
  • Teachers can now show off their own handwriting by entering our Teacher Division
  • Teachers who complete the online Registration Form and submit student entries will also be automatically entered into a special drawing for one of 3 Classroom Writing Kits

 

For complete handwriting contest rules, Official Contest Rules.   |   Questions? Call 1-800-940-2270 or email contest@upub.net.