Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Graceful Envelope Contest

It's that time of year again. Time to get out your inks, paints, pens, brushes, and imagination. The call for entries for the 18th. annual Graceful Envelope Contest sponsored by the Washington Calligraphers Guild and the National Association of Letter Carriers.

This year's theme is "D-liver D-letter D-sooner D-better." Entries need to be postmarked by 30. April 2012. The envelope must be artistically rendered and mailed through the U.S. Postal Service. There is no entry fee and no cash or trophy prize. Winners receive the oohs and aahs of friends and family, and a nice certificate from the Washington Calligraphers Guild.

The envelope pictured was my 2009 entry for "Addressing the Environment". The envelope didn't win, place, or show, but was fun to work on. Yes, that's a working pinwheel constructed from a straw and recycled packaging from bottled water. I had a lot of time on my hands that day.

The contest also has a children's division.  What a great way to have children practice the dying art of hand-addressing an envelope.

Contest rules and regulations can be found here. N, S, be ready to open the stamp vault. I'll be stopping by later today to pick out my stamps.

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