“Writing matters” to Cambridge University Press during National Stationery Week

As tablets and laptops creep ever more into our homes, schools and workplaces, Cambridge University Press are teaming up with National Stationery Week and SATIPS to launch a handwriting competition proving that the stylus and the tablet can live side by side with pen and paper.

The competition, which runs until March, will encourage children and adults alike to empty their pencil cases and get writing for the chance to win a fantastic stationery prize plus a certificate.

After it was revealed that doctors have the worst handwriting, the Cambridge University Press want to present the power of penmanship and celebrate the significance of script by encouraging people of all ages to take a few moments to write neatly whilst showing one’s own flair and emotion.

Following the removal of handwriting from the curriculum in schools in Finland and much of the US, Cambridge University Press along with National Stationery Week and SATIPS will champion the under-pressure pen showing that writing matters.

World renowned calligrapher Patricia Lovett MBE will judge the competition alongside a panel of other judges and is a champion of changing attitudes towards writing.

“It was a privilege to be part of last year’s competition and I was very impressed with the standard of entries. At the Cambridge University Press, we are passionate supporters of handwriting and it was wonderful to see so many schools recognising what a vital skill handwriting is and giving it the importance it deserves.

The children’s enthusiasm and pride in their work was a delight too. We look forward to topping it in the 2016 competition”

The 2015 competition attracted over 7,000 entries across five categories and 2016 is looking to expand on that success.

Other than the 11-13 year olds, entrants will have to copy out a poem selected by last year’s winner St Faith’s School, Cambridge.

The successful winner of each category will be announced throughout National Stationery Week, which runs from 25th April to 1st May 2016.

For details, please see www.nationalstationeryweek.com

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