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  • Royal Mail Group
    6 February 2017
    It's back..! Royal Mail's popular competition for children to design a Christmas stamp returns for 2017
Royal Mail today announces the return of the popular competition giving schoolchildren the chance to design its Christmas stamps
Both winning designs will have to be approved by Her Majesty The Queen
Primary school children aged 4-11 are being invited to take part to create the artwork for official Royal Mail Special Stamps for Christmas 2017 
Only three times in Royal Mail’s 500-year history have children’s designs been used on Christmas stamps; 1966, the year the first Christmas stamps were issued in the UK, 1981 and 2013
There will be two winning pictures - one to appear on a 1st Class stamp, the other on a 2nd Class stamp. They will be picked from 120 regional finalists
The competition’s theme is: “What does the Christmas season mean to you?”  All entries have to be received by the closing date of Friday 17 March, 2017
Judges in the 2013 competition included Prince Charles and Royal Mail CEO, Moya Greene. The 2013 competition received over 240,000 entries
The two winners will be announced in the summer and the stamps will go on sale on 7 November 2017
Full details can be found at www.royalmail.com/stampcompetition   
  • Royal Mail today announces the return of the popular competition giving schoolchildren the chance to design its Christmas stamps
  • Both winning designs will have to be approved by Her Majesty The Queen
  • Primary school children aged 4-11 are being invited to take part to create the artwork for official Royal Mail Special Stamps for Christmas 2017 
  • Only three times in Royal Mail’s 500-year history have children’s designs been used on Christmas stamps; 1966, the year the first Christmas stamps were issued in the UK, 1981 and 2013
  • There will be two winning pictures - one to appear on a 1st Class stamp, the other on a 2nd Class stamp. They will be picked from 120 regional finalists
  • The competition’s theme is: “What does the Christmas season mean to you?”  All entries have to be received by the closing date of Friday 17 March, 2017
  • Judges in the 2013 competition included Prince Charles and Royal Mail CEO, Moya Greene. The 2013 competition received over 240,000 entries
  • The two winners will be announced in the summer and the stamps will go on sale on 7 November 2017
  • Full details can be found at www.royalmail.com/stampcompetition      
 
Royal Mail today announced its popular Christmas Stamp Design Competition is returning for 2017. The competition will give primary schoolchildren the chance to create an official Christmas stamp which will appear on millions of items of mail over the 2017 Christmas period.  
 
Only three times in the company’s 500-year history has Royal Mail’s official Christmas stamp been designed by schoolchildren – in 1966 and 1981 and 2013. 
 
The theme of the competition is: “What does the Christmas season mean to you?” As with all Special Stamps issued by Royal Mail, both winning designs will have to be approved by Her Majesty The Queen. 
 
Two winning designs from children will be selected by a panel of judges, and their designs will appear on one of the 1st and one of the 2nd Class Christmas Stamps from this year’s range. 
 
Stephen Agar, Managing Director of Consumer and Network Access, Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail is delighted to give two UK schoolchildren the chance to design an official Royal Mail Christmas stamp and see their winning designs adorn millions of items of mail over the festive season. Our winners will join a list of some of the most talented designers in the world to have designed a Royal Mail Christmas stamp.”
 
The 2013 Christmas Stamp Design Competition received over 240,000 entries, with just over a quarter (26%) of all primary schools in the UK taking part.
 
The two winners will follow in the footsteps of highly acclaimed children’s designers and illustrators who have designed Christmas Stamps in the past, such as, Quentin Blake (1993), Nick Park (2010) and Axel Scheffler (2012).
 
HOW IT WORKS
Schools, and parents of home-schooled children, can sign-up to the competition online or by returning the application form in a pack sent to them by iChild, the online educational resource centre, in association with Royal Mail.  
 
Applications for the 8,000 available resource packs will be sent out on a first-come, first served basis. Entries must be received by the closing date of 17 March, 2017.  
 
The winners of the competition will be announced in the summer and the stamps will be available to buy from 7 November 2017.
 
Royal Mail will select 120 regional runners up across the UK. They, and their schools, will each receive prizes of £100 for the school and £100 gift vouchers for the child.
 
From those 120 runners up, a shortlist of 24 finalists will be chosen. They and their schools will receive prizes of £500 for the school and £500 of gift vouchers for the child.
 
From the finalists two winners will be chosen, one for the First Class Christmas stamp and once for the Second Class. They will also receive prizes of £1,000 for the school and £1,000 in vouchers for the child.
 
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Royal Mail Press Office on 3 February 2017.
Natasha Ayivor
100 Victoria Embankment
London EC4Y 0HQ
Tel: 020 7449 8250
Mobile: 07436 280 002
 
Notes to Editors: 
 
2013 Christmas Stamp Design Competition
Judges who chose the winning designs in the 2013 competition included, Prince Charles and Moya Greene. 
 
‘Santa’ design by Molly Robson aged 7, from Horsham, West Sussex featured on the 1st Class Christmas Stamp.
 
‘Singing Angels’ by Rosie Hargreaves aged 10, from Ivybridge, Devon featured on the 2nd Class Christmas stamp. 
 
5,354 schools signed up to the competition, which equated to 26% of UK primary schools.
 
Total Entries submitted by schools: 240,033 or 4.3% of primary-school aged children in the UK.
 
About Royal Mail Special Stamps 
For more than 50 years Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has commemorated anniversaries and celebrated events relevant to UK heritage and life. Today, there are an estimated 2.5 million stamp collectors and gift givers in the UK and millions worldwide. Her Majesty The Queen approves all UK stamp designs before they are issued.
 
About Royal Mail plc
Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (“UKPIL”) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the “Royal Mail” and “Parcelforce Worldwide” brands. Through the Royal Mail Core Network, the company delivers a one-price-goes-anywhere service on a range of parcels and letters products. Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to more than 29 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels. Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.