The 2014 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest
Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest! This year’s contest is now closed for new entries. Be sure to check back with us later this spring when we announce the Nicholas Maxim Award winners, State-Level winners, National Grade-Level Semifinalists, and the Grand National Champion!
Free Resources for Handwriting Practice
Before your students put pen to paper on their National Handwriting Contest entry form, let them practice the Keys to Legibility and handwriting skills that will make them handwriting all-stars! Here are some helpful free tools and ideas to get you started:
Handwriting Tips Videos
These short, animated videos feature handwriting tips appropriate for your grade level.
Give your students practice where they need it most and create your own worksheets. The free version of the ZB FontsOnline PlusTM application includes editable templates with grade-specific guidelines and Zaner-Bloser’s manuscript and cursive alphabets. Try it now.
Fine and Gross Motor Skill Development Activities
Strengthen the motor skills that lead to improved handwriting with these effective activities developed by leading occupational therapists.Learn More
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Stroke Descriptions
Take your students step-by-step through proper letter and numeral formation with these easy-to-remember stroke descriptions.
The Four Keys to Legibility—Shape, Size, Spacing, and Slant—are essential to legible handwriting and form the criteria for judging the National Handwriting Contest. Download these kid-friendly guidelines to help your students understand each key.
As students practice for the contest, they can use these helpful guides with grade-appropriate models of Excellent, Good, Average, Fair, and Poor handwriting to self-evaluate and improve their handwriting.
The Nicholas Maxim National Manuscript Champion is Jhonatan Hernandez, a second grade student from P.S. 229 Emanuel Kaplan School in Woodside, NY. The Nicholas Maxim National Cursive Champion is Paul Alexander Girolamo, a fifth grade student from St. Egbert Catholic School in Moorhead City, NC. The Nicholas Maxim Awards honor two special needs students each year for their handwriting mastery.
National Grade-Level Winners
Chosen from State Grade-Level Winners, the National Grade-Level Winners include eight public and eight private school winners. View list of winners.