We launch our Christmas card design competition for children across the UK with award-winning author and illustrator Nadia Shireen

22 Sep 2021
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Today, we are so excited to launch our national Christmas card design competition, free to enter for all primary school pupils aged between 5 and 11 in the UK.

We’re asking children to submit a Christmas card design based on their favourite thing about Christmas before 1 November.

12 winning designs will then be available to purchase as printed or digital cards from 15 November, with all proceeds supporting our vital work to improve the literacy, learning and wellbeing of children.

Entries will be judged by the award-winning author and illustrator Nadia Shireen, the author of the brilliant new illustrated book Grimwood (Simon & Schuster), and supporter of the National Literacy Trust.

Children’s designs should have a clear festive theme, be on A5 sized paper (landscape or portrait) and can be scanned and sent by either schools or parents to christmas@literacytrust.org.uk.

Entries must be submitted by Monday 1 November! It could be a great activity for the classroom or even for families to do together as the nights get longer.

Twelve lucky winners will have their design available for sale online for people around the UK to purchase for their friends, families and colleagues ahead of Christmas.

I’m thrilled to be judging this competition for the National Literacy Trust and cannot wait to see children’s Christmas card entries. Christmas is such a special time of year and I love how everyone has their own traditions and favourite part of the festive period. I’m really look forward to seeing all the different designs.

Nadia Shireen, bestselling author and illustrator

We are so excited to launch this year’s national Christmas card design competition. All proceeds from the sales of the cards will help us support the literacy and learning of children and young people across the country. The last year and a half have been very difficult for everyone and many have experienced extreme disruption to their education as a result of the pandemic. We want to make sure the impact of COVID-19 does not last a lifetime.

Jonathan Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of the National Literacy

For more information, please visit: Christmas Card Competition.