National Stationery Week

 

National Stationery Week

National Stationery Week is a celebration of the written word and all things stationery. We want to get more people putting pen to paper and writing by hand more often, and spelling stationery correctly with an ‘e’!

The truth is, technology has merely distracted us from the joy and importance of writing, it hasn’t replaced it. There is still something special about stationery and receiving a handwritten letter or card.

Send one to a friend or relative during National Stationery Week, and show you care!

The Competition

To celebrate National Stationery Week, The Pen Shop is inviting you to indulge your creative streak by writing a short story (no more than 1000 words) beginning with one of the opening lines below. We’ll be rewarding the best submissions with writing instruments kindly supplied by Cross, Faber-Castell and Lamy.

Selection of Opening Lines

‘A hush fell over the room as…’

‘There was a sudden knock at the door…’

'Quick, there’s no time to explain…'

To enter, please email your story to hannah.storey@penshop.co.uk, or you can send it to us in the post at the address below. We’re happy to accept both word-processed and handwritten submissions, and all entries should be received no later than 28th April 2013. A parent or guardian will required to enter on behalf of the younger age groups.

The judging categories will be based on age; Under-8, 8-12, 13-18 and 18+. If submitting your entry via post, please remember to include a valid email address and telephone number, as this is how the winners will be contacted.

The Prizes

Aged Under-8 = First Prize: Faber-Castell Playing & Learning Mechanical Pencil, 20 Playing & Learning Clip Colour Markers, Playing & Learning Erasable Colouring Pencils, Faber-Castell Pocket Pen and Lamy Safari Fountain Pen. 3 x Runner-Up Prizes: Double-ended Markers, Erasable Colouring Pencils, Faber-Castell Pocket Pen.

Age 8-12 = First Prize: Faber-Castell Playing & Learning Mechanical Pencil, 20 Playing & Learning Clip Colour Markers, Playing & Learning Erasable Colouring Pencils, Faber-Castell Pocket Pen and Lamy Safari Fountain Pen . 3 x Runner-Up Prizes: Double-ended Markers, Erasable Colouring Pencils, Faber-Castell Pocket Pen.

Age 13-18 = First Prize: Cross Apogee Chrome Fountain Pen, 3 x Runner-Up Prizes: Cross Century Chrome Ball Pen.

Age 18+ = First Prize: Cross Apogee Chrome Fountain Pen, 3 x Runner-Up Prizes: Cross Century Chrome Ball Pen.



Competition Entry Details

Name:
Age:
Age Category:
Email Address:
Telephone Number:
Your Story:

Send your entry to:
The Pen Shop
5 Bamburgh Court
Team Valley
Gateshead
NE11 0TX

Alternatively, email your entry to hannah.storey@penshop.co.uk.

Terms and Conditions

1) Competition closes 30th April 2013. 2) Winners will be notified by email no later than 20th May 2013. 3) Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 4) The entries will be split into age categories – under-8, 8-12, 13-18 and 18+ - with one winner and three runners-up selected from each category. 4) No cash alternative will be offered. 5) By entering, you agree that your work may be reproduced by The Pen Shop, with full credit given to the author. 6) Regrettably, entries which are submitted via post cannot be returned. 7) All entries must be the author’s own work; entries which include material from other authors will not be included in judging.