Win the An Post Handwriting Competition

Sharpen your pencils!

Test your skills in our schools' competition.

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Welcome to our exciting handwriting competition for 2018. An Post and INTO challenge you to take part and to show us your best handwriting.
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To be in with a chance to win great prizes be sure to enter before the closing date - Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

To help you take part, get lots of resources and activities in the An Post Handwriting Week pack.


Handwriting theme

The theme for this year's challenge is: St. Patrick's Day.

Find out what St. Patrick's weekend, handwriting and great fun have in common from these junior infants in Scoil Bhríde BNS, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

The writing competition, images and extract used by the pupils are a chance to learn about the origins and traditions associated with this day. 

How to enter

1. Learn about your topic
Below is a lesson plan, which focuses on the theme of St. Patrick's Day. Use this lesson plan to help you write your competition entry.

Lesson Plan - English and History - About St. Patrick's Day 

2. Entry Guidlines
IMPORTANT NOTE: Before you start writing your entry, make sure to read the entry guidelines which explain:

  • How handwriting will be judged
  • The word count for each category

Entry guidelines for category 1, 2, 3 and 4 (PDF)
Entry guidelines for special category (PDF)

3. Get writing!
Download the entry template for your category
Category 1 use this entry template
Category 2, 3 and 4 all use this entry template

  • Category 1: Junior infants and senior infants
  • Category 2: First class and second class
  • Category 3: Third class and fourth class
  • Category 4: Fifth class and sixth class  

Wide line spacing entry template. This template has extra wide line spacing.
Teachers: It is important to clearly mark on both templates:

  • whether the student is at primary or secondary school
  • what category the entry is in
  • include the relevant information in the space provided, if the entry is being judged as a special award.

Teachers, please print/ photocopy one entry template (in black and white) for each pupil in the class.

Pupils from the same class may complete the competition in English, Irish or any other latin based language taught in the school.

**Complete the entry template in your best handwriting**

4. Return class entries
Return the top entry from each class/ category to the INTO staff representative in your school.

Competition Entry Form for INTO staff representative

5. Staff INTO representatives
Use the freepost return envelope provided and the competition entry form, to post all your school's entries to us at:
PO BOX 11201
Dublin 1



By taking part you, your teacher, your principal and your school can win great prizes. 

  • By entering, teachers will go into a draw for a luxury weekend away for two to the value of €300.
  • Winners are chosen based on class participation
  • In Categories One, Two, Three and Four an overall national winner and three regional runners-up will be selected
  • A Special category award will be made to one overall winner at both primary and secondary level

Overall National Winners

  • Category One national winner will win €500 for the school and a Postperson visit to their classroom with goodies for the class 
  • Category Two, Three, Four and the Special Award winners will win a presentation at a national awards ceremony, €500 for the school and a class pass for their school to visit GPO Witness History Visitor Centre during the year 
  • Each Category winner will also receive a €50 One4all gift card for the winning pupil, their teacher and principal

Regional Runners-up

Three runners-up in each category will win: 

  • €100 cash prize for the school
  • €25 One4all gift card for the runner up pupil
  • €25 One4all gift card for their teacher
  • €25 One4all gift card for their school principal 

Closing date

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 20, 2018 so get posting!


  • Category one: Junior infants and senior infants
  • Category two: First class and second class
  • Category three: Third class and fourth class
  • Category four: Fifth class and sixth class
  • Special category: Special needs class entries and entries from students with a special need

Contact us
PO Box 11201
Dublin 1

Telephone: 01 522 4837


An Post Handwriting Week

We want to help you get ready for the An Post/INTO Handwriting Competition. We are delighted to introduce An Post Handwriting Week, February 26-March 2, 2018.

An Post Handwriting Week pack

This online pack has everything you need to plan and have fun with handwriting.

You can reward your pupils' handwriting with An Post Handwriting Week certificates: