Promote Good Penmanship and Celebrate Handwriting!

Celebrate 30 years of excellence with the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest! More than 2.3 million students have put pencil to paper to participate in the most prestigious handwriting contest in the United States.

Student entries are evaluated at the school and state level. State winners go on to compete at the national level, vying for the honor of Grand National Champion at grades K–8. Winning students receive trophies, cash prizes, and the pride that comes with having the best penmanship in the nation.

To mark our 30th anniversary, we’re taking the contest online! Schools participating in the 2021 contest will be able to submit their entries digitally. We’re hoping the added flexibility of print and digital entries results in a record-breaking number of entries to mark our 30th year. We’re proud to recognize student excellence in manuscript and cursive writing. We hope you will join us!

Who Is Eligible?
The contest is open to all students in grades K–8 (K–2 entries in manuscript and 3–8 entries in cursive) and includes a special-needs category created in honor of Nicholas Maxim, a past participant whose passion for writing inspired the award.

How Do We Get Started?
Official rules, school information form, directions on how to enter, and grade-level and Nicholas Maxim Award entry forms are available for download on the How to Enter tab. All entries are due Valentine’s Day…because we love handwriting.

Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting contest fast facts sheet.

2016 Handwriting Contest Winners