Friday, June 11, 2010

World HAndwriting Contest


It shall be the purpose of Handwriting For Humanity to foster the study and use of hand-written communications.

The organization shall carry out this purpose through activities such as:

* The promotion of handwriting and its instruction in educational institutions, as well as for personal home study.
* Making handwriting instruction and materials available to all children regardless of cultural and financial barriers.
* Sponsoring an annual handwriting competition.
* Recognizing individual and corporate efforts in the promotion of handwriting and its instruction.
Tracking technical trends in the development of handwriting, and its instruction and materials.


HANDWRITING: That action of emotion, of thought, and of decision that has recorded the history of mankind, revealed the genius of invention, and disclosed the inmost depths of the soulful heart. It gives ideas tangible form through letters, pictographs, symbols, and signs. Handwriting forges a bond across millennia and generations that not only ties us to the thoughts and deeds of our forebears, but also serves as an irrevocable link to our humanity. Neither machines nor technology can replace or equal the contribution or continuing importance of this inexpensive portable skill. Necessary in every age, handwriting remains just as vital to the enduring saga of civilization as our next breath.

The World Handwriting Contest accepts entries each year from January 1 until June 30.

To qualify for prizes in a given year, an entry must arrive on or before June 30 of that year. 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. We cannot accept any facsimile (fax) or electronic submissions. PLEASE NOTE: We ask 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 our judges, beginning in 2008 the World Handwriting Contest will disqualify writers who send more than one entry.

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