The Queen Mother’s Handwriting Awards

The Queen Mother

The Queen Mother’s Handwriting Awards has been running since 1977. During a visit to the East of England Show in 1976, The Queen Mother expressed an interest in children’s handwriting. ‘Clear handwriting is an essential element of communication and self-expression. It is for this reason that I felt able to suggest to the East of England Show organisers, during a visit to the Schools Area in 1976 that I would support an initiative directed at improving children’s writing skills.’

Following the sad death of the Queen Mother, the Society wrote to Her Majesty The Queen. We asked if we could continue the competition in memory of The Queen Mother. Her Majesty kindly agreed and so the competition continues.

The voluntary three judges, all past heads of schools, also select the poems for copying. These poems are carefully selected to challenge each class.

When selecting the winning entries the judges look in detail for a range of criteria. These include correct copying of the poem, letter shape, punctuation positioning, and the overall presentation.

We had a fantastic turnout for the 2021 awards with over 3,300 entries from 85 schools! Congratulations to all of our winners.

We are also pleased to release the Handwriting Schedule for 2022 which can be found by clicking the button below. Entries close on Monday 28th March.

Thank you to our 2022 sponsor

button to cross website
button to sheaffer website