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Children’s competition to design a Christmas stamp launched
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OK, so Christmas is aaaaages away, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon for some preparations to start.

The Royal Mail has launched a competition for UK children aged 4-11 to design a special Christmas 2013 stamp – but you’ll have to please the Queen, as the winning designs will have to be approved by her.

This is the first time in 30 years that school children are being given the chance to design the Christmas stamps. You can see some of the previous winning designs here from 1966 and 1981.


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. Closing date is 19th July 2013, and the winners will be announced in the Autumn.

Full details and how to enter are here

The competition’s theme is “What does the Christmas season mean to you”?

Lauren Child

Lauren Child


The search for the winning designs was launched by children’s author and illustrator Lauren Child, creator of the famous Charlie and Lola characters.

Lauren Child said: “I’m delighted to be part of this fantastic campaign to get children thinking creatively about what Christmas means to them. As well as seeing their stamps on letters and cards in the UK over the festive season, the winning designers will also join a list of the best children’s illustrators who have designed Christmas Stamps for Royal Mail – a great honour indeed.”


And whether you’re entering or not, perhaps you could design a stamp and share it on your blog? Have fun getting into the Christmas mood even though it’s the middle of summer. Leave a link below if you do, we’d love to see your drawings and designs.



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